Regard Group

Helping People Focus On Living After A Loss

People from Regard dealing with living after loss

Staff at a residential service for people with enduring mental health problems in Frindsbury, near Strood in Kent, have been praised by their manager and the families of people who live there for the bereavement support they provided when one of their house-mates passed on. 

Seventy-three-year-old Raymond Coote, who died in hospital following a severe stroke, had lived at Orchard View for three years, and was a very popular individual.  

Service manager John Henderson said: “Raymond’s funeral was held on 21 December with many of the people we support at Orchard View in attendance, and they were clearly affected by their loss. 

Team Spirit Proves A Motivation Winner

Team Spirit Proves A Motivation Winner

A specialist supported living rehabilitation service near Caterham is taking a novel approach to working with people who are living with brain damage.

Staff at Wren Park, home to up to 17 individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI), are sharing therapeutic sports sessions alongside the people they support.

The programme, designed by assistant psychologist Fran Chaisty, is aimed at helping people to take steps to improve their physical and mental health.

“Lack of initiation and motivation due to ABI are often one of the biggest challenges people experience as a result of ABI,” said Fran, from neurorehabilitation provider NPsych-Rehab.

Solar Care Homes Becomes Part Of The Regard Group

Solar Care Homes Becomes Part Of The Regard Group

The Regard Group, the UK’s third largest private care provider in its sector, has strengthened its presence in the South West with the acquisition of the Cornwall-based Solar Care Homes Ltd. 

This latest acquisition has increased Regard’s portfolio to 167 services, offering 16 new beds in Redruth to adults with learning disabilities, autism and physical disabilities. 

CEO Carole Edmond said: “One of Solar Care’s services is rated Outstanding by the CQC, and we were attracted to them because their vision matches our own - to provide excellent care and support, to continuously improve the quality of our service and to make people’s lives better every day. 

Brighton disability pride role for Arden house volunteers

Arden House Disability Pride event

Members of Arden House, asupported living service in Brighton, have volunteered their help to make sure celebration-goers stay hydrated at this weekend’s Disability Pride event.

Staff members and four people who live at Arden House in Preston Park, which supports people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs, will be greeting visitors and running a watering station at the event at Hove Lawns on July 14.

The celebrations will include live music, acts, performances, and speeches from disabled people; work from disabled artists; and stalls from local support organisations.

Chris Woolgar, manager of Arden House, said:

Graham finds a new zest for life

Graham finds a new zest for life thanks to Homeleigh

Graham Oddie, who lives at Homeleigh, has secured himself a volunteer position at a British Heart Foundation shop has been the key to uncovering a fresh zest for life for a Manchester man with learning disabilities.

At the end of 2017 Graham Oddie was struggling to summon up a smile, but with the support of staff at the residential care home where he lives he decided to turn his life around, starting by applying for the BHF position.

Graham has been volunteering at the shop in Cheetham Hill three times a week since March, and feels that he is now a different man.

Lilian Kidd, service manager at Homeleigh where Graham lives, said:

Roller coaster joy for worthing’s Sam

Alton Towers

A young autistic man from West Sussex who has never been on holiday before because he experiences severe anxiety is celebrating making an overnight trip to Alton Towers.

Sam Motton, aged 25, made the 230-mile to journey alongside two members of staff from Coneyhurst Lodge residential service in Worthing where he lives.

‘It worked out really well,” said Coneyhurst service manager, Elvira Panxha.

“He was amazing. He was really calm and cheerful and took everything in his stride. We helped prepare him for the visit by taking him out on regular short trips to different places and then staying a while to slowly build up his confidence.”

Meryem spreads her wings

Park Road

A young woman from Sittingbourne who is living proof that having learning difficulties need not stand in the way of being independent, has written her own account of the progress Park Road has enabled her to make over the past year.

Meryem Kizigol, 34, said:

“When I came to Park Road at the start of March last year I was unable to do a lot of the basic stuff. I kept myself to myself - a very lonely life. I can now do all my own laundry myself, cook, go for daily walks, do house chores and even do my own food shopping.  After a lot of support and encouragement I have been able to do this with no support from staff.”

Kelyn Takes Independent Living In Her Stride

Kelyn Takes Independent Living In Her Stride

A Twickenham woman is celebrating living an independent life in the community. Kelyn Esprit who has been living in care settings since she was 18 has recently moved into her own flat. Kelyn, 34, is being supported by care staff from nearby Jubilee House, run by the Regard Group who provide care services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.

“Keyln has been dreaming about moving into a home of her own for many years,” said Jubilee House manager Louisa Terry. “But with housing opportunities so limited it has taken until now for it to become a reality.