Building connections with the Co-operative Group

This year, Eldertree Lodge has combined forces with their local Co-op group in conjunction with their charity of the year; which is “MIND”.   The team at Eldertree hope that this opportunity will not only strengthen links with local businesses but will also help to break down stereotypes of…

Banking time at Eldertree Lodge

Eldertree Lodge has a patient forum called Noise, voice, choice.   Patients used this forum to request that a wider range of activities be available on-site.  Members of staff were quick to volunteer their talents and time and now, each month members of staff volunteer an hour of their…

Transforming Care in Practice: Eldertree Lodge

Magnifying these challenges, and the need for radically revised care strategies in the sector, were the significant reductions of in-patient capacity mandated by Building the right support, the NHS commissioning plan published in October 2015[1]. This document outlined a national service model to ensure that Transforming Care delivered…

Eldertree Lodge – a case study on Positive Behaviour Support

Meet J J’s a 55 year old woman with mild intellectual disability and emotionally unstable personality disorder who’s detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA 1983). Before she moved to Eldertree, she’d been a resident in a mental health hospital.  This was after a breakdown of numerous community…

Understanding the difference between mental health issues and learning disabilities

Yet understanding exactly what the issue is marks the first step towards personalised treatment strategies that recognise the enormous complexity of mental illness and the uniqueness of every patient. The same goes for learning disabilities, an area that shares certain characteristics, such as, channels for diagnosis and management,…

Eldertree Lodge celebrates International Nurses’ Day

Learning Disabilities Work Week

By Lucy Berrisford – Occupational Therapist, Eldertree Lodge Learning Disabilities Work Week is from 6th to 12th November 2017, when Mencap is celebrating what great employees people with a learning disability can make www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/learning-disability-work-week #LDWorkWeek. Mencap works to improve the lives of people with a learning disability, and…

Halloween

The day consisted of pumpkin decorating, fancy dress, spooky bingo, music and a body parts story where participants put their hands into the box to try to feel what is in there.  Patients requested to help decorate the sports hall with items they had made throughout the week…

Summer Fete

Families and carers are invited to join in with a day of fun, food, games and stalls to support building relationships and having an open approachable atmosphere for the service we offer. The summer festival was held on Saturday 20th August within the hospital grounds and involved a…

Making paid work a reality for more people with a learning disability

By Lucy Berrisford  – Occupational Therapist,  Eldertree Lodge It’s Learning Disabilities Week from 19th to 25th June, and Mencap are campaigning to increase awareness around the issue of employment. Mencap (www.mencap.org.uk) works to improve the lives of people with a learning disability, and with the theme of the…