The Granary is a specialist care home that consists of four separate ground floor units, which have been equipped with technology to aid care and support, including a salt cave and two hydrotherapy pools. It has access to the Magic Carpet system which offers the people we support the opportunity to interact and communicate. There is also an on-site specialist gymnasium that can be accessed for leisure or specific physiotherapy programmes.
Our aim is to provide a care home that offers a safe, comfortable environment with support and stimulation to help people maximise their potential physical, intellectual, emotional and social capacity. The people we support have the right to live as normal a life as possible and to have the respect of those who support them.
All individuals have the right to live as normal a life as possible and to have the respect of those who support them. SHC's philosophy is focused on a person-centred, holistic approach to care, recognising the unique strengths and skills of each individual.
The Granary has its own kitchen and dining area, plus an IT/games room, available to all the people we support. The home has a large sitting room available, plus:
- Qualified nurses and experienced staff team
- Nurse call systems in all rooms
- Salt cave
- Home cooked food using fresh produce
- Special diets catered for
- Chiropody, physiotherapy and psychological support available
- Specialist baths and aids
- Visitors welcome at all times
- Social and recreational activities programme
- Integration with the local community
- Spa/hydrotherapy pools
- Multi-sensory room
- Specialist gymnasium
- Day centre
- Regular visits from local GP
Care and Support
The home is registered to provide specialist nursing and residential care and is led by an experienced Home Manager. A qualified nurse is available 24 hours a day with a team of dedicated carers. The focus of the care and support is based on our person-centred philosophy.
SHC has access to a range of trusted external therapists including physiotherapists, speech & language therapists and occupational therapists. Psychological support is also available.
The Granary has the benefit of an Activities Co-ordinator, who devises and carries out personalised activity plans alongside the individual's key workers.
The activities include alternative and complementary therapies, dance, music, arts and crafts, cooking, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and swimming. The people we support benefit from the use of their own specially adapted vehicles for outings. Participation in further education and leisure activities at local colleges and outreach facilities are available to all.
Every effort is made to enable people to keep in touch with relatives and friends. Advocacy and volunteer befriending schemes are also encouraged.
SHC is always researching into ways to improve the lifestyles of the people we support and try to offer a chance for individuals to be in control of their environment, as well as increase independence for those who may be totally dependent on others to do everyday tasks.
We are able to offer sensory equipment and technologies, such as the Magic Carpet system, which offer people with very complex needs the opportunity to interact and communicate, a salt cave, which has been known for many centuries to help relieve respiratory and skin conditions, and a specialist gymnasium, which provides equal opportunities and access regardless of the person's ability or health status.
Salt Cave Therapy
The Granary offers a salt cave, which benefits the people we support by improving health conditions. With changing sensory lights and the user's own preference of music, the salt cave allows for full relaxation for all users. Dry salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, is a holistic, complementary therapy that helps a range of issues, including lung and skin conditions, such as asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, sinusitis, eczema and psoriasis.
The history of salt therapy dates back more than 100 years ago, when people working in salt mines were found to have less respiratory problems than those working in other mines. Upon these findings, Dr. Feliks Boczkowski, a Polish doctor, opened the first health resort facility in Wieliczka to treat people with halotherapy in the salt mines in Poland, 1839. Through technological innovations, engineers developed a halotherapy device, which replicates the grinding of salt in mines that would distribute fine salt particles into the air. This is now what is used today in modern salt caves used for therapy.
Salt caves provide sterile environments, due to microorganisms being unable to survive in the environment, meaning there are no pathogens such as bacteria, viruses or allergens. Salt caves have a high level of negative ions, which are beneficial to the human body and are commonly found in nature. When breathed in, the negative ions in the air help to break down mucus and alleviate other lung conditions.
All staff undertake an induction programme at our Training Academy when joining SHC. In addition, a system of supervision and support for care staff enables them to gain experience and increase their skills. Extensive in-house training is provided by the SHC training team, and QCF courses are undertaken in conjunction with local colleges. The Care Certificate is available to all new staff.