Care Home

  • A Day in the Life Gary DochertyMy name is Gary Docherty and I am the Consultant Nurse for Scotland within Danshell. Here is a bit about my day to day life, the challenges affecting my role and what I love most about what I do.

  • Christmas Card 1The annual Danshell Christmas Card competition has seen over 120 cards flying in to the York Central Support Office, filling the place with glitter and colour. Service user representatives from around the country came to York to help with our jolly judging day, dressed in their best Christmas jumpers.

  • SPT 2318 640x427Our 2018 Danshell Shining Star Awards was a night to remember, celebrating everything our wonderful teams do to make a difference in people’s lives. Read on to see our winners!

  • DSC 0494 Web SizeMembers of the team at our services across the East Midlands are celebrating after receiving multiple nominations at prestigious regional and national awards.

  • DSC 0332 800x536Our teams in the West Midlands have been recognised for the outstanding quality of the support given to people with learning disabilities and autism with a clutch of national award nominations.

  • Toller2The entire team at Toller Road care home are celebrating after being recognised for the high quality of personalised support they provide.

    The care home received the ‘Putting People First Award’ at the East Midlands regional Great British Care Awards, and will now go on to represent their region at the national final in February next year.

  • Bright Isokpan

    Bright Isokpan is a Healthcare Support Worker at Thors Park. Bright takes the time to learn all about the people he supports, asking questions and is always eager to find out more about people’s interests. He is a role model to the team, encouraging them to share people’s likes and dislikes so that the whole team has a real understanding of each person they support.

     

    "Bright is a very happy person and makes sure everyone is smiling and happy" - a colleague at Thors Park

  • LD WinnerAmy Childs, our Consultant Nurse for the Midlands region, has received national recognition as a winner at the prestigious National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards 2017.

  • Care Awards logo 2017 Finalist 2Jo Crook, Manager of Hollyhurst care home in Darlington, has been named as a finalist at a national awards. Jo is in the running for ‘Care Home Manager of the Year’ at the National Care Awards.

  • Tony Perini

    Dr Tony Perini is our North East Consultant Psychiatrist. Dr Perini is praised for always doing his best for the people he supports, making sure he is available at all hours and even being known to take calls when away on holiday! He was described as a ‘good listener’ by one service user who nominated him.

     

    "He helps you and fights for you and your choices" - a service user in the North East

  • Ducks Halt


    DSCF0272 640x427Location: Kirby-le-Soken, Essex   
    Number of beds: 5   
    Gender: Mixed   
    Age: 18+
    Service: Residential

    Download: Ducks Halt Brochure
    Download: Ducks Halt Easy Read Brochure

       
             

    Manager:
    Nicola Darby      

    Nicola Darby 
             

    Ducks Halt
    8 Walton Road, Kirby-le-Soken
    Essex CO13 0DU
    01255 853 930

           
    Case Study 6
     

    Ducks Halt is a Residential Care Home for women and men living with a learning disability

    Based in the picturesque village of Kirby-le-Soken, Essex, Ducks Halt supports adults who are living with a learning disability and complex needs, including people who may have additional mental and physical health needs, and complex behaviours.

    Ducks Halt is homely and we support people to personalise and decorate their room as they would like it to be. It has relaxing living areas and a kitchen for people to prepare drinks, food and snacks for themselves or for people visiting them.

    There is a large garden with a seating area and space for gardening and other outdoor interests, including hosting parties and spending time with the therapy dog that comes to visit the service regularly.

    Ducks Halt is close to the sea and in particular Frinton and Walton beaches, with all that a seaside town has to offer. There are local bus links to Colchester, Clacton and other outlying towns. To see a map of the surrounding community facilities, please click here.

    Our goal is to enable people to structure their time; build relationships and establish a balance between therapy, selfcare, work and leisure, as appropriate to their individual needs. Community based activities give people the opportunity to meet others, have new experiences, participate in leisure activities and practice social skills. Activities depend on individual preference and can include a variety of community based and educational choices.

    Ducks Halt Map

    People may come to Ducks Halt for many reasons. They may be moving through their care pathway from a hospital setting or may require a extra support during a difficult period in their life, or they could be on a pathway to a place of their own.

     

     

    Our Model of Care

    Within Ducks Halt we follow the five key principles that form our model of care, Personal PATHS.

    1. Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
    2. Appreciative Inquiry Methodology
    3. Therapeutic Outcomes
    4. Healthy Lifestyles
    5. Safe Services

    We believe that we must be fully accountable to the people we support, their families and to those who commission services on their behalf. Personal PATHS model of care is our unique way of supporting this.

  • Ducks Halt hero 640x427We are delighted to announce that Ducks Halt in Kirby-le-Soken has been newly developed and changed registration with the CQC. A series of positive changes has seen Ducks Halt, a specialist service for people with learning disabilities, re-registered as a residential service.

  • Ducks Halt hero 640x427We are delighted to announce that Ducks Halt in Kirby-le-Soken has been newly developed and changed registration with the CQC. A series of positive changes has seen Ducks Halt, a specialist service for people with learning disabilities, re-registered as a residential service.

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    Ellen Mhor


    Ellen Mhor exterior 1Location:
     Dundee   
    Number of beds: 12      
    Gender: Mixed        
    Age: 18+      
    Service: Care Home with Nursing

    Download: Ellen Mhor Brochure

    Download: Ellen Mhor Easy Read Brochure

       
          

    Service Manager:  
    Rachel Allcock

    Rachel Allcock 2017
            

    Ellen Mhor
    2-4 Ellen Street, Dundee
    Angus DD1 2QH
    01382 200 548

                     
    Case Study 1
     

    Ellen Mhor is a Residential Care Home with Nursing for adults living with a learning disability

    Based in a suburban area of Dundee, Ellen Mhor supports up to 12 adults who are living with a learning disability and complex needs, and who may have an autistic spectrum condition. The team also supports those who have complex behaviours and associated mental or physical health needs.

    Ellen Mhor is a large detached house with its own private garden situated in a quiet residential area of Dundee. Everyone at Ellen Mhor has their own en-suite bedroom and they are encouraged and supported to personalise their rooms. There is a choice of three living areas that people can choose from and a bright and airy dining room. There is a life skills kitchen and lounge area where people are supported in a small group to develop and maintain independent living skills such as menu planning and preparing their own drinks, snacks and meals. Externally there is a patio and seating areas for service users and their visitors to enjoy.

    In Dundee there are many activities for people to access, including leisure centres, cinema, theatre, markets, shops and cafes. Ellen Mhor has a dedicated Activity Coordinator who supports service users to have individual activity plans, which are created based on each person’s likes and hobbies. Their goal is to enable people to structure their time, build relationships and establish a balance between therapy, self-care, work and leisure, as appropriate to their individual needs.

    People come to Ellen Mhor for different reasons; they may require more support than can be provided in a supported living setting, or they may be moving along their care pathway from a hospital placement. Whatever the reason, Ellen Mhor can offer specialist input based on individual need to deliver flexible and effective support.

    Our Model of Care

    Within Ellen Mhor we follow the five key principles that form our model of care, Personal PATHS.

    1. Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
    2. Appreciative Inquiry Methodology
    3. Therapeutic Outcomes
    4. Healthy Lifestyles
    5. Safe Services

    We believe that we must be fully accountable to the people we support, their families and to those who commission services on their behalf. Personal PATHS model of care is our unique way of supporting this.

  • Small new danshell 1 Web SizeChantel Cumberland, Activity Coordinator at Ducks Halt care home in Kirby-le-Soken, Essex, has been shortlisted in the Activity Organiser category at the Great British Care Awards.

  • Finalist

    Danshell has been officially recognised nationally for the outstanding support our services provide for people with learning disabilities and autism.

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    Hollyhurst


    Hollyhurst exterior 1Location: Darlington    
    Number of beds: 19   
    Gender: Mixed      

    Age:
    18+

    Service: Care Home with Nursing

    Download: Hollyhurst Brochure

    Download: Hollyhurst Easy Read Brochure

       
             

    Manager:
    Jo Crook      

    Jo Crook 2017       
             

    Hollyhurst
    118 Woodland Road, Darlington
    County Durham DL3 9LN
    01325 252 002

         
    Case Study 5
     

    Hollyhurst is a Residential Care Home with Nursing for adults with learning disabilities

    Based in Darlington, County Durham, Hollyhurst supports adults who are living with a learning disability and complex needs. The team can also support those with complex behaviours, as well as those who have associated mental or physical health needs.

    Hollyhurst is a detached period property set in its own private gardens and accessed via a private tree lined drive. There are numerous living areas including a quiet lounge and two large communal lounges. Everyone has their own bedroom, which they are encouraged to decorate and personalise to suit their own personal style.

    There is also a supported life skills kitchen where people can plan and cook meals and snacks for themselves and their visitors. They can also spend time relaxing with their friends, family and other visitors in the family room. A computer room is open throughout the day so service users can access the internet and develop IT skills, staff are available for support with this. There is an aromatherapy room, where an aromatherapist visits once a fortnight to provide uplifting massage to service users. There is also a new multi-sensory room that can be used for relaxation or stimulation. The garden project provides opportunities for service users to participate in growing fresh vegetables in the greenhouse and allotment located in the grounds.

    In addition to the main house, within the grounds we also have Hollyhurst Lodge, a bespoke self-contained service delivering 24 hours care and support for two individuals. This service was specially designed in partnership with local commissioners and community teams to provide personalised support for two people with complex needs. Each person has their own individual living /dining room and en-suite bedroom. There is a secure shared life skills kitchen for people to learn how to cook meals and snacks for themselves and their visitors.

    Within walking distance is the market town of Darlington, which has many community facilities for people to access, including leisure centres, social clubs, shops, colleges, and work placement settings.

    Hollyhurst has a dedicated Activity Coordinator who supports service users to have individual activity plans, which are created based on each person’s likes and hobbies. Their goal is to enable people to structure their time, build relationships and establish a balance between therapy, self-care, work and leisure, as appropriate to their individual needs.

    People may come to Hollyhurst for many reasons. They may be moving on from a hospital setting or may require a service which can support them more than a residential placement. It may be that they are leaving a residential or home setting and require a little support during a difficult period in their life, or they could be on a pathway to a place of their own.

    Our Model of Care

    Within Hollyhurst we follow the five key principles that form our model of care, Personal PATHS.

    1. Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
    2. Appreciative Inquiry Methodology
    3. Therapeutic Outcomes
    4. Healthy Lifestyles
    5. Safe Services

    We believe that we must be fully accountable to the people we support, their families and to those who commission services on their behalf. Personal PATHS model of care is our unique way of supporting this.

  • Hollyhurst One

    Hollyhurst residential service in Darlington has been praised by the independent regulator, the Care Quality Commission, for the quality of its care and support, receiving a ‘Good’ rating.

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    Hope House


    IMG 3110 Web SizeLocation: Hartlepool     
    Number of beds: 11     
    Gender: Mixed       
    Age: 18+
    Service: Care Home with Nursing

    Download: Hope House Brochure

    Download: Hope House Easy Read Brochure

       
            

    Manager:    
    Lorna Taggart   

    Lorna Taggart 2017   
            

    Hope House
    59 Hutton Ave, Hartlepool
    Cleveland TS26 9PW
    01429 224 442

                  
    Case Study 2
     

    Hope House contains Bespoke Residential Apartments with Nursing for adults living with a learning disability

    Based in Hartlepool, Hope House is a residential care home with nursing, which delivers 24 hour care and support for up to 11 people in self-contained bespoke apartments adapted to meet their individual needs.

    The name Hope House was chosen by one of the gentlemen who moved into the service when it first opened. He said:

    "I am always hoping for something and always hoped to live in this area"

    Hope House supports adults living with a learning disability, this includes people who have additional mental and physical ill-health and complex behaviours. The individuals at Hope House may be stepping down from hospital provision or may be people who need a more robust package of care than can be provided in supported living. They may also be people who are on a care pathway towards a place of their own.

    Hope House was specially designed in partnership with local commissioners and community teams to create individual, bespoke, self-contained apartments that provide personalised support for people. The service design is split into two separate elements, based on the specific individual requirements of the people we support:

    • Hope House comprises of bespoke apartments for six men and women to live independently in their own space. Each apartment has en-suite facilities, a secure kitchenette, living and dining space, as well as access to a communal garden. One of the apartments has direct access to a specially designed private garden, giving the individual it was created for the quiet outdoor space that is needed.
    • Hope Lodge, next door to Hope House, has one en-suite bedroom and four individual apartments, each with their own kitchenette. In addition to this private space, Hope Lodge has a spacious dining kitchen, enabling the people living here to socialise and develop their independent living skills.

    Service users are supported to access local community facilities within Hartlepool town centre, which is within walking distance. A few of the community facilities available to service users at Hope House are colleges, swimming pools, a cinema and shops. The current service user group also enjoy visiting a local disco, attending a gardening club and learning how to play table tennis.

    Hope House has a dedicated Activity Coordinator who supports service users to have individual activity plans, which are created based on each person’s likes and hobbies. Their goal is to enable people to structure their time, build relationships and establish a balance between therapy, self-care, work and leisure, as appropriate to their individual needs. Several charity events have been organised in recent months with the attendance of the local Mayor. These have been service user-led, with support from staff.

     

    Our Model of Care

    Within Hope House we follow the five key principles that form our model of care, Personal PATHS.

    1. Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
    2. Appreciative Inquiry Methodology
    3. Therapeutic Outcomes
    4. Healthy Lifestyles
    5. Safe Services

    We believe that we must be fully accountable to the people we support, their families and to those who commission services on their behalf. Personal PATHS model of care is our unique way of supporting this.

  • Gung HoStaff from Hope House, one of our North-East specialist care homes for people with learning disabilities, have gone Gung-Ho to raise cash for charity.

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