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Coronavirus - COVID-19

DATE: 29.07.2021

COVID-19 and Choice Care Visiting Procedures

Quality Assurance Report 2019/20

DATE: 20.05.2020

This is the summary overview of the findings from our 2019/20 survey of staff, care professionals and the people we support. The report highlights our main findings, including the areas we did well as well as some areas that we can improve. We hope you find the information valuable and it gives you an insight into all the stakeholders that make up the Choice Care family.

Mental Health Awareness Week 18 -24 May

DATE: 18.05.2020

This is a time for us all to think about our mental health

Stephen's Song for Carers

DATE: 23.04.2020

Stephen is raising money for the Care Workers' Charity!

Thank you to Bombay Sapphire

DATE: 21.04.2020

We would like to give a massive THANK YOU to The Bombay Sapphire Distillery for producing and delivering hand sanitiser to one of our nearby homes, Oakley Lodge.
This incredibly generous act means a lot to all our staff and the people we support 💚

CARE Badge Success

DATE: 27.02.2020

Over 100,000 CARE badges are now being proudly worn across the sector

Sharon's Success Story

DATE: 19.02.2020

Sharon, from one of our homes in Waterlooville, has lived with Choice for 8 years. Now she has become independent enough to move on, and she has taken the time to write up her amazing success story...

A Fresh Look for Choice Care

DATE: 10.01.2020

Our Chief Executive, Edwina Johnston, explains the thinking behind the new Choice Care brand identity and introduces our fabulous new website.

Intensive Interaction at Argyll House

DATE: 02.12.2019

In 2010 a young man moved into our Argyll House service in Swindon, Wiltshire, who had previously experienced particularly difficult placements.

Intensive Interaction at Sennen Lodge

DATE: 02.12.2019

Sennen Lodge, a home that supports adults with Autistic Spectrum Condition was one of the first of our residential services to adopt Intensive Interaction.

Success Story: Appleton

DATE: 02.12.2019

Jay originally moved to Choice Care from Children’s Services. It was decided he required a robust environment in a rural setting, and his placement began at Ocknell Park in the New Forest.

Annexe Living at Boxgrove House

DATE: 02.12.2019

For some time we have been approaching commissioners and care management teams to discuss ways we can develop.

Success Story: Redlands House

DATE: 02.12.2019

For the first 20 years of her life, Jade divided her time between her home and her special school in Surrey.

Success Story: Rowan Cottage

DATE: 02.12.2019

Having looked after Richard since he was three, his foster parents Lesley and Colin were determined.

Success Story: Ben’s Personal Annexe

DATE: 02.12.2019

Ben had been living in one of our homes for many years and our staff knew him very well.

Success Story: Tim’s Personal Annexe

DATE: 02.12.2019

Tim was referred to Choice Care by the transitions team at his residential school as he approached the end of his time there.

Care England calls for £4bn cash injection for social care

DATE: 07.11.2019

Care England have called out for an immediate additional £4bn to be attributed by the government.

Government invests £34m into ‘care robots’

DATE: 28.10.2019

£34 million into what it is calling the UK’s biggest research programme in the sector

Choice ranked #1 in England!

DATE: 16.10.2019

We are officially ranked THE BEST care home provider in England!!!

100 most influential disabled people in the UK 2019

DATE: 14.10.2019

100 celebrates the most influential disabled people in the UK

Violent hate crime against disabled has risen by 41 per cent

DATE: 09.10.2019

Hate crimes against people with disabilities has been suggested to have increased by a huge 41% in the last year.

We Can Only Solve The Social Care Crisis By Working Across Party Lines

DATE: 07.10.2019

Lib Dem MP Vince Cable writes about the need for cross-party unity in order to solve the seemingly endless social care crisis.

Paralysed man moves in mind-reading exoskeleton

DATE: 04.10.2019

A man has been able to move all four of his paralysed limbs with a mind-controlled exoskeleton suit

Stroud Lodge nominated for a National Care Award!!

DATE: 03.10.2019

Our Stroud Lodge home in Gloucester nominated for Dignity and Respect Care Home of the Year

No job for a young man? Social care career myths busted

DATE: 01.10.2019

Misconceptions can make it difficult to recruit new entrants in a sector with 110,000 vacancies

Autistic teens targeted by drug gangs

DATE: 25.09.2019

Teenagers with autism are being targeted by gangs running county lines drugs operations.

Having A Good Relationship Is Everything

DATE: 16.09.2019

It's important to understand and respect the sexual needs and sexual health of the people we care for.

Disabled Artist has First Exhibition in London

DATE: 09.09.2019

US artist Nicholas Kontaxis exhibits his colourful canvases in London's Mayfair.

I was told only boys could be autistic

DATE: 03.09.2019

There are multiple theories why many more men and boys get an autism diagnosis

5G networks for health and social care

DATE: 05.08.2019

Liverpool 5G Testbed and techUK call for action to accelerate the roll out of 5G technology in health and social care.

Down’s syndrome actor inspires

DATE: 01.08.2019

Belfast actor with Down’s syndrome inspires young people with special needs.

Leaders debate CCTV use in care homes

DATE: 19.07.2019

Few topics in social care are more emotive. CHP takes a look at the arguments on both sides of the debate.

New app to support healthy eating and exercise

DATE: 15.07.2019

Helping people with learning disabilities make positive changes to their lifestyle

Sector reacts to Whorlton Hall abuse

DATE: 01.07.2019

The care sector has responded with outrage following BBC's Panorama documentary

Success Story: Ocknell Park

DATE: 08.06.2019

After years in hospital, moving to a community placement helped Enoch stabilise and reassess his future.

CQC launches new Equality Objectives for 2019-21

DATE: 05.06.2019

New objectives ensure that equality is front and centre, both in their regulatory work, and for their staff.

Whorlton Hall abuse: Care watchdog launches investigations

DATE: 03.06.2019

The health watchdog launches a review into how it handled a 2015 report raising concerns about Whorlton Hall hospital.

Health and Social Care Secretary backs care home camera campaign

DATE: 30.05.2019

Campaign by the Daily Express and the Care Campaign for the Vulnerable calls for CCTV cameras in care home communal areas.

Game-changing charities

DATE: 28.05.2019

Community Integrated Care launches a pioneering inclusive rugby programme

Choice Care Group – response to Panorama broadcast on 22 May 2019

DATE: 23.05.2019

We were appalled to see the bullying and abuse shown at Cygnet Health Care’s Whorlton Hall Hospital.

Hancock vows to fix ‘broken’ system

DATE: 21.05.2019

Every patient held in long-term segregation or seclusion is to be reviewed by independent advocates.

Changes to NHS England’s commissioning powers

DATE: 13.05.2019

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group expresses concern over giving NHS England responsibilty for care commissioning at long-stay hospitals.

Drag Syndrome

DATE: 08.05.2019

Drag Syndrome - outspoken performers with Down’s syndrome creating a stir on the drag scene.

Slimming World makes weight loss clubs more accessible

DATE: 30.04.2019

New adaptations designed for people with learning disabilities will now be rolled out to more than 5,000 Slimming World consultants.

Job market boom’ as social care salaries and applications increase

DATE: 05.04.2019

Average salaries for new roles in the social care sector are rising despite economic uncertainty.

Ravenna Lodge is delighted to be rated ‘Good’ overall

DATE: 04.04.2019

The team at Ravenna Lodge receive a ‘Good’ rating following their first CQC inspection.

Good food, noisy TVs, busy staff: my stay in a care home

DATE: 28.03.2019

Chief Executive of The Fremantle Trust spends a weekend living at a care home to gain first-hand insight.

How my life turned around with new treatment

DATE: 15.03.2019

Springbank Ward at Fulbourn Hospital near Cambridge introduces dialectical behaviour therapy

Autism: Nine tips to help parents and children

DATE: 01.03.2019

An expert and a parent offer their tips for how to help you and your child

Care England study into council fees

DATE: 01.03.2019

A Care England study into council fees has shown that local authorities are failing to keep pace with rising costs

Disability-Themed Emojis Approved For Use

DATE: 18.02.2019

New accessibility-themed emojis welcomed by disability rights campaigners.

‘It’s like the light’s come back on’

DATE: 05.02.2019

Tackling social isolation by building links between older and learning-disabled people and their neighbourhoods

Supported Living – What is Happening?

DATE: 20.03.2018

BBC Radio 4 programme raised valuable points about the benefits of supported living.

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