HOW WE CAN HELP
In addition to the usual standards of residential care, at Elsenham House we aim to provide the following added value activities:
Trained nursing staff provide ad-hoc counselling at Elsenham House
Education and Lifetime Learning
An underlying assumption is that for many of our clients the traditional education system may have failed to meet their needs, hence individual assessment and the opportunity to make plans are seen as a useful adjunct to their well-being.
At Elsenham House, all clients are able to discuss their educational or training needs either with a staff member, or through the local educational support services. These needs may be primarily remedial i.e. numeric and literacy or developmental, like educational or vocational training. Once identified, these needs will be met, either through internal or external training providers. Many of our residents are currently attending local colleges.
Life and Social Skills Workshops
At Elsenham House we are able to provide practical workshops across a broad range of life and social skills. Listed below are examples of which workshops are commonly available, however, it is important to note that this is a dynamic provision that will frequently change in response to specific needs:
These workshops are run in small groups (3 - 6) and in a highly interactive manner, where the emphasis is on useful and practical knowledge and skills, all delivered in a relaxed environment.
At Elsenham House we seek to encourage individuals to consider the role of work as part of their long term mental health recovery. Initially, this may be in the form of voluntary work which may then progress towards the client moving into paid employment. For residents receiving state benefits, paid employment is possible as long as it falls within the scope of the permitted hour's scheme.
Once employed, our staff will continue to monitor progress, and where necessary, continue to liaise between the employer and our client.
Range of Hobbies and Interests
All residents are encouraged to participate in our extensive range of hobbies and interests.
Each week this includes visits to the cinema, horse riding, swimming and bowling, as well as outings to museums and other places of local interest. All external outings are fully supervised by our care staff.
Some residents may even be supported individually to allow them to pursue a specific hobby or interest.
Transitional Help - Moving On
Ultimately, our aim is to move each resident on to more permanent and independent living. Naturally the time that this happens in, will vary considerably from person to person, however, when a client is assessed as being ready, we will do all we can to assist them in the period of preparation. This may include help in identifying the appropriate accommodation and making sure that the client has all the necessary life skills to cope in their new environment.
This transitional period can vary from between 3 - 6 months and is made easier by the client having previously progressed through the different types of accommodation available in Elsenham House.
SO WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY AT ELSENHAM HOUSE LIKE?
From 7am onwards, most residents are encouraged to rise and have breakfast. Where a client has difficulties in getting up, (often due to poor motivation) staff are available to help them to wash and dress.
Each resident is responsible for their room and will be encouraged to keep it clean and tidy. Fresh linen is issued weekly, and clients will be asked to help in the process of washing and ironing their personal laundry.
Those residents who are working or in education will generally leave the home sometime after 8am; others will be scheduled to participate in hobbies or outdoor activities. Some others may be engaged in individual psychotherapy or may meet up with their social workers or other professionals. In addition, some may participate in in-house training programmes such as cooking, budgeting or building self confidence.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are served mid-morning, and where clients have not left the home by then, staff may well be engaged in talking and relaxing with residents, maybe playing snooker or some other game. A smoking room (with a TV) is available for those who smoke.
Lunch time about 12.00pm; typically, this meal might be something like roast lamb, roast potatoes, peas, cabbage and parsnips, gravy and mint sauce and followed by treacle sponge and custard. Tea or Coffee is available at all meal times and the timetable in the afternoon is similar to the morning one. Often in the afternoon staff will accompany individuals on one to one outings or shopping trips. Mid afternoon tea, coffee and biscuits are available.
By late afternoon most residents have returned to Elsenham House and tea served at 5pm. Outside the regular meal times, cold drinks are always available. Any clients with particular dietary needs are catered for, this includes diabetics, and those with food allergies as well as clients who need to loose or gain weight. Nutrition is considered of high importance in meal planning, menus with choices are published weekly, and usually we are also able to accommodate particular likes and dislikes.
After the evening meal most clients tend to socialise and engage in playing snooker, talking to staff or watching TV; some go out. Those clients taking specific medications will be given these at the appropriate time (Elsenham House maintains 24hr RMN cover).
An evening drink is served at about 7.30pm and most residents will start to retire to their rooms from about 9pm onwards, however there is no set bed time.