Moving on and moving in - just in time for the new year!

Woodside Close is a residential care home that supports up to 11 people. Our home is made up of three residential flats and the additional eight beds are respite rooms located in the seaside town of Minehead, Somerset.

Our home has a good reputation of supporting people that have gone into crisis, or people that require emergency support whether it is a placement breakdown or a breakdown at their family home.

Our most recent resident is a gentleman called Michael who recently moved into one of our residential flats. Michael came from another care home where he lived with other people and it was determined that it wasn’t a suitable place for him. This lead to increased behaviours Michael was displaying.

Michael is somebody that does not communicate verbally but can read and write and also uses a mixture of Makaton and BSL signing. Even though the staff team are used to supporting people in crisis, they have not supported someone with Michaels level of communication needs i.e. sign language, which is new to the staff team. The staff took it upon themselves and found a sign language course that was held weekly in the local town. They went in their own time to learn as much as possible prior to Michael moving in.

Michael was finding the thought of transition difficult, so our staff arranged for him to visit the home a couple of times prior to his move. He met more of the support team and the staff also gave Michael photos of themselves and their names to make the transition smoother and less scary.

The contracts were finalised late on Christmas Eve and Michael was able to move in just three days later!

Since Michael’s move, he has settled in well and has not needed any additional medication for his behaviours and our staff believe this is because he is in a more appropriate setting. Even though Michael now lives in his own flat, he is continuously empowered by the staff to interact with others within the home and on activities.

The staff knew that Michael never enjoyed a lot of activities but since his move to Woodside Close he enjoys his daily trip to the local shop to buy his can of coke and newspaper. This also enables Michael to engage with others within the local community and increase his social skills.

Michael also enjoys attending a weekly keep fit class, with the other residents at Woodside Close and other people outside of Voyage Care, where he loves to show off his moves.

Michael now attends the local disco held in Taunton. This has been running for the past three years and is organised by our staff at Woodside Close, Voyage (DCA) Somerset and Devon and Drakes Place.

He continues to enjoy watching football and rugby and has begun attending matches to watch some of the members of staff play with the local teams. Michael also enjoys showing off his football skills at Woodside Close and will often play football in the garden with staff.

The team are very good at finding activities for Michael to do. He is given a variety of choices and they support Michael to attend these.

Michael’s transition was a success thanks to the support of his staff team at Woodside Close. And we look forward to seeing how he progresses in the future!

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