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Martin Reeves (or Martin the Music Man), our Music Enrichment Leader, returned to Richardson Care homes again in March after the Coronavirus lockdown, performing in the gardens of the homes. Martin sings and plays the guitar and ukulele. He also has a collection of fun percussion instruments (one is shaped like a banana, for instance) and he tailors his activities to the preferences and personalities to the residents in each care home.

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The importance of communication is the subject of the fourth blog post in our series about what we’ve learnt so far during the pandemic. It may sound obvious, but it’s easy to get it wrong. The situation was changing on a daily basis and the pressure and expectation on the management team was extraordinary.

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Once again, Admissions & Referrals Co-ordinator Ebony has come up with a novel idea to engage our service users, who have acquired brain injuries, in a range of activities. With the usual activities restricted due to the Coronavirus safety measures, we have been finding new ways to keep service users active and engaged, supporting their mental well-being, physical health and cognitive skills.

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Activities of daily living require a huge range of cognitive skills, which we develop from childhood as we grow. However, someone who has an acquired brain injury has to re-learn many of these skills. At Richardson Care we take an holistic approach, where members of our clinical team work with each service user to develop the skills they have lost.

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Each service user at our specialist residential care homes has their own individual care plan, which is designed to provide therapies and activities to meet their needs and help them to reach their personal goals. These therapies may include psychological support, psychiatry, speech & language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy as well as exercise and activities of daily living.

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The Coronavirus lockdown is affecting people in many different ways, but it can be particularly difficult for people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs. They often need routine and structure, which has been disrupted as we’re no longer able to go out and about, visiting the usual places, doing the usual things.

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<div class="bt_bb_wrapper"><p><strong>Building confidence and self-esteem</strong><br /> As well as specific therapeutic inputs, such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy and psychology sessions, service users in our care can also choose to take part in a range of activities each week, depending on their needs and abilities.</p></div>→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/activities-adults-acquired-brain-injuries/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a>


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<div class="bt_bb_wrapper"><p>The excitement has been building as the holiday season is now well underway and we’ve had weeks of glorious sunshine. Holidays are planned months in advance and our service users, who have acquired brain injuries, or learning disabilities and complex needs, are supported in choosing where they would like to go.</p></div>→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/summer-holidays-activities/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a>


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