<p> The summer is always a special time of year when, hopefully, the weather allows us to make the most of being outdoors, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. When it comes to holidays, we make sure that they meet the needs of our service users, who are supported in deciding where they go and who accompanies them.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/summer-activities-service-users/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>



<p> At this time of year, members of our admissions and referrals team and some of our senior managers are getting out and about across the country at various events. In June, we’re taking part in the European Neuro Convention at ExCeL London.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/european-neuro-convention-7-8-june-2017/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>



<p> An unannounced inspection took place at The Mews, one of our homes for adults with acquired brain injuries, in January. The Mews was rated ‘Good’ against all of the five key questions: Is the service safe? Is the service effective? Is the service caring?→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/cqc-inspection-for-the-mews/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>



<p> During the summer, service users with acquired brain injuries went to a range of different holiday destinations including Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Shropshire and Wales, as well as supported home visits to all parts of the UK and further afield.</p> <p>The choice of holiday destination is a decision made by each service user – we respect each person’s individuality and actively support them in making decisions, with the aim of increasing their autonomy.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/holidays-form-important-part-of-brain-injury-rehabilitation/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>



<p> At The Richardson Partnership for Care we strive to provide an open environment, welcoming feedback from service users’ families about the care of their loved ones. We also complete an annual survey, which provides family members with a more formal opportunity to tell us about their views on the care, support and rehabilitation services that we provide for adults with acquired brain injuries and learning difficulties.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/feedback-from-service-users-families/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>



<p> Voice Ability is an advocacy service providing independent advocacy for people aged over 18. The organisation supports people who use adult mental health care services with issues about mental health and social care.</p> <p>Voice Ability also provides a quality checking service for a range of organisations including Northamptonshire County Council, the CQC and NHS Trusts.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/the-mews-awarded-1010-in-quality-checkers-report/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>



<p> <a href="http://www.wildsci.co.uk/">Wild Science</a>, a specialist animal education group, brought some inhabitants of their ‘mini zoo’ to The Mews recently, where service users from all of our homes could take part in an ‘animal therapy’ session.</p> <p>For service users who have mobility difficulties, or for people who would find visiting a real zoo an over-stimulating environment, the session presented an excellent opportunity to learn about some unusual creatures.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/wild-science-brings-some-animal-magic-to-the-mews/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>



<p> No two brain injuries are the same, as no two individuals are the same, so our specialist residential care homes need to cater for people with different needs. Service users may come to us several years after they have sustained a brain injury and after they have already had a period of acute rehabilitation.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/144-boughton-green-road-regains-headway-accreditation/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>



<p> We learn about the world constantly through our senses and by interacting with it. This process of exploration and learning starts in childhood and continues throughout our lives. However, people with learning difficulties may not have had the same opportunities to explore and interact with their environment, and people with acquired brain injuries may need to repeat some of these learning experiences.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/sensory-awareness-groups/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>



<p> There is a rolling training programme every three weeks for care staff at The Richardson Partnership for Care and one of the topics is dementia awareness. The Alzheimer’s Society estimates that there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and people with learning difficulties and people who have experienced stroke or head injuries have a higher risk of dementia.→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/dementia-awareness-training/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a></p>


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