The Laurels consists of three separate ground floor units which have been equipped with technology to aid care and a unit designed to solely provide physiotherapy programmes for those who require them. A brand new social hub, the 'T BAR', opened in July 2019 to provide an internal entertainment venue which allows for a different environment to spend time in the evening with drinks, films and outside entertainment. A sensory room is located within one unit, which allows for the people we support to explore their senses in a therapeutic and soothing environment. The people we support will also be able to access the on-site salt cave, two hydrotherapy pools and an activity day centre.
Our aim is to holistically support individuals within their own home, Your Life, Your Way. Each individual we support will be encouraged to have the care they need delivered in a way that is personal to them. Staff will support each individual to maximise their full potential through their own physical, intellectual, emotional and social capacity, focusing on individualised person-centred care. Individuals will have access to nursing support as well as social care.
Everyone has 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 Laurels is a facility which provides 30 places for younger people with complex health needs, which may include autism or physical and/or learning disabilities. The three bungalows provide spacious accommodation throughout. Each bungalow has 10 single spacious en-suite rooms, each fitted with a track hoist system and are all able to fit equipment needed to provide specialist care, whilst allowing for a homely feel. Each bedroom can be decorated to each individual's preferences. The 'T BAR' is located centrally within the Laurels, which offers an entertainment venue for all in the home. The people we support can also access a salt cave and two hydrotherapy pools.
- Experienced staff team
- Nurse call system in all rooms
- Multi-sensory room
- Home cooked food using fresh produce
- Special diets catered for
- Chiropody, physiotherapy and psychological support available if required
- Specialist bath and aids
- Visitors welcome at all times
- Social and recreational activities programme
- Integration with the local community
- Spa/ hydrotherapy pools
- IT suites
- Day centre
- Regular visits from local GP
- 'T BAR'
- Annual parties for celebrations (Summer BBQ and Christmas party)
Care and Support
The home is registered to provide residential care and is led by an experienced Home Manager who oversees a team of dedicated carers. The focus of the care and support is based on our person-centred philosophy. Each individual will have access to trained and knowledgeable carers as well as nurses.
SHC has access to a range of trusted external therapists, including physiotherapists, speech & language therapists and occupational therapists.
The Laurels has the benefit of an Activities Co-ordinator, who devises and carries out personalised activity plans alongside the individual's key worker.
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 and sporting activities. Participation in further education and leisure activities at local colleges and outreach facilities are available to all.
We have the use of our own specially adapted vehicles for outings and sporting activities. We also have access to a company called 'Oomph', which provides support and buses to access activities within the community.
Every effort is made to enable people to keep in touch with relatives and friends. Advocacy and volunteer befriending schemes are encouraged.
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.
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 and increase independence for those who may be totally dependent on others to do everyday tasks.
SHC offers access to its own salt cave, which has been known for many centuries to help relieve respiratory and skin conditions, which provides equal opportunities and access regardless of an individual's ability or health status.