Congratulations to all the service users at Richardson Care who were awarded ASDAN certificates throughout 2018/19. ASDAN stands for the Awards Scheme Development Accreditation Network: it provides courses in a wide range of subjects at various skill levels to enable people to achieve accredited qualifications.
As you can imagine, December is a busy month in our specialist residential care homes. Where possible, we support service users to stay with their families, or visit for the day, over the Christmas period. Alternatively, family members and friends are welcome to visit their loved ones in our homes.
We recently celebrated our 30th anniversary with a garden party for service users, their families, staff and guests. Everyone was invited to take part in traditional games and activities such as tombola, bean bag throwing and ‘pin the tail on the donkey’, while enjoying entertainment from the Northampton Ukulele group and Martin the Music Man.
We have six specialist residential care homes: three for adults with learning disabilities and three for adults with acquired brain injuries, and all of our homes cater for people who present with behaviour that challenges and have complex needs.
The psychology team at The Richardson Partnership for Care plays a crucial role in the care and support of our service users, who have complex needs and acquired brain injuries or learning disabilities. Dr Pedro Areias Grilo, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, heads up the team and is supported by three Assistant Psychologists: Julita Frackowska, Olivia Ferrie and Joseph Szablowski.
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<h4><strong>Activities for service users with learning disabilities and acquired brain injuries</strong></h4>
<p>With Spring in the air, we are looking forward to longer days and better weather. However, even in the winter, we have a varied range of activities for our service users.</p></div>→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/community-participation-and-well-being/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a>
<div class="bt_bb_wrapper"><p><img class="alignleft wp-image-2945 size-full" src="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IMG_7332_sm-1.jpg" alt="Kay - Resident" width="600" height="588" srcset="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IMG_7332_sm-1.jpg 600w, https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IMG_7332_sm-1-320x314.jpg 320w, https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IMG_7332_sm-1-540x529.jpg 540w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /></p>
<p>When she was only 18 months old, Kay contracted Encephalitis and consequently experienced severe epilepsy. At the age of 13, she underwent surgery on her frontal lobe, which further exacerbated the brain damage. Kay also has a diagnosis of moderate learning disability.</p></div>→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/brain-injury-rehabilitation-kays-story/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a>
<div class="bt_bb_wrapper"><p>Brian Richardson</p>
<p>This month we pay tribute to my dad, Brian Richardson, who has died after a short illness: He was diagnosed with Lymphoma in his brain in April this year. Brian was the driving force behind The Richardson Partnership for Care, which he founded with my mum, Jackie, in 1989.</p></div>→ <a href="https://www.richardsoncares.co.uk/sad-news-tribute-brian-richardson/" class="read-more">Read the rest </a>
<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>