Kith and Kids, the charity that has been helping families who have a person with learning or physical disabilities for over 40 years, recently invited Independence Homes medical director Dr Melanie MacLeod to present to a group of parents seeking advice on specialist care for their children, all of whom have epilepsy.
Independence Homes is pleased to announce it has achieved the much sought after Investors in People Award. This award shows the company’s commitment to investing in its employees so that they are able to offer the best possible care to all its service users. Independence Homes had to show that it is able to plan, carry out and then review all the key practices that go into the development of managers and their teams in order to secure the award.
Independence Homes director of care Dr Melanie MacLeod has taken part in an event sponsored by the Department of Health designed to raise awareness of issues raised by the Mental Capacity Act. The Act affects everyone aged 16 and over and provides a statutory framework to empower and protect people who may not be able to make decisions for themselves, for example, people with dementia, learning disabilities, mental health problems, stroke or brain injuries.
Representatives from the charity Matthew’s Friends, which was established to raise awareness of the ketogenic diet as a treatment for children with epilepsy, recently visited Independence Homes to find out more about the services we provide.
Best Practice in Social Care An update from Steve Whittingham, director of operations at Independence Homes.August 2009
The last few years have seen significant change within the world of social care, and 2009 looks like being no different. Firstly we have a new regulator in the shape of the Care Quality Commission. We have a successor to the Government’s Valuing People White Paper, called Valuing People Now. We have an extension to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in the form of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), and much talk of Individualised Budgets.