About this service
Arundel House’s communal spaces include a large lounge with a dining area, a separate dining room, a small lounge, well-equipped kitchen and a ground floor wet room. With three ground floor bedrooms and the seven on the first floor all have either an en suite shower room or a bathroom.
The home is one road back from the beach at Frinton-on-Sea and a five-minute walk to the local shops. The town has a library, good restaurants and coffee shops, a number of places of worship and access to local colleges and is celebrated for its tennis and golf clubs.
Colchester is approximately 20 minutes drive away and is easily accessible by train or bus. There is a bus stop and train station within walking distance of Arundel House and Essex County Council operates a bus pass scheme for people who have disabilities which enables them to travel free throughout the county between 9am and 10pm. Travel training is offered by the staff team and the house also has two vehicles of its own.
What we offer
Each service user has an individual activity plan tailored around their likes and dislikes to ensure that they participate in meaningful activities. Everyone living at Arundel House is encouraged to be involved in the running of the home through weekly menu planning meetings, monthly residents’ meetings and involvement in regular health and safety committee meetings.
Each service user is encouraged to choose a keyworker, who will spend time with them to help them achieve their goals and aspirations. Together, they plan a package of care designed to meet their assessed and identified needs and wishes. As well as in-house activities, with facilities including a log cabin (which is also used as a sensory room) and the fully enclosed garden with swing, service users enjoy activities including sailing, golf and cycling.
Meet the team
Pat is a qualified, registered Social Worker and has a Diploma, level 5 in Management. Pat has had many years’ managerial experience in the social care field in the public, voluntary and private sectors. She has experience working with children and adolescents, and adults with profound and complex needs including profound physical, and learning disabilities, sensory disabilities, communication difficulties, mental health issues and behaviour which can challenge. Whilst working in social care she has supported many service users in the transition from residential living to an independent lifestyle in the community.
The staff team are a well-established group of 11 who have worked together for some years and have more than 60 years’ experience between them. Two thirds of the staff team have NVQs in Health and social care. In addition to mandatory training all staff have received specialist training in Epilepsy, Administration of Buccal Midazolam, Person Centred Planning and SCIP training in Behaviours that challenge. Many staff have also received training in the use of Intensive communication and the use of Objects of Reference. One member of staff has received Training for Trainers in Moving and Handling and is responsible for undertaking all in house Moving and Handling training and competency assessments.
Emma moves from Arundel House to her dream flat.
Emma says: “In April 2015 I will achieve my dream of moving into my own flat.”
Promise of fragrant summer days at Arundel House
People with learning difficulties and complex health needs living in our Arundel House residential service in Frinton-on-Sea are looking forward to enjoying a fragrant new sensory garden in the grounds of their home this summer, thanks to a gift from the family of a former house-mate.