This month saw Optalis reach its first birthday!
In June 2011, Optalis took control of all Wokingham Borough Council’s adult social care provided services. Since then, its highly-experienced and professional staff have worked hard to move the company forward, and they continue to provide high quality, specialist services to its customers.
Optalis’ physical disability day service based at Westmead - in partnership with Westmead Support Group - held a Diamond Jubilee picnic at the centre on Wednesday May 30. The celebration was open to all Westmead customers and their family members and friends. As well as a number of activities on the day, including quizzes, a raffle, and games, there was also a tasty finger buffet picnic!
Optalis has launched an exciting, brand new ‘Out and About’ service this month. Operated by Optalis’ well-established Day Services, Out and About will operate during evenings and weekends and is aimed primarily at individuals with a learning disability and individuals with physical disabilities.
The START team have recently undergone refresher training sessions which were delivered by Reablement UK over a two-day period.
The team needed a refresher to re-enforce the purpose of promoting independence to the customers who have access to our team. The main focus of the training was reablement.
LTS Manager Michelle Parry, along with Pinehaven's Activities Coordinator Angela Brench and the Long Term Support Seniors (both Community and Cockayne Court), recently attended some Bee Inspired Dementia Care Training. The purpose of the the training was to give them a more in-depth understanding of leadership in dementia care; and the skills and confidence to develop the team.
There were celebrations at Cockayne Court last week (February 28) when resident Louisa Inman turned 100 years old. Her husband Peter was by her side on her special day, along with many members of her family - some of whom flew from Germany and Canada. Peter and Louisa have been married for 39 years and first met in 1967.
From April 1, 2012, Optalis will take over the management of four care homes in Berkshire after being awarded a contract by Wokingham Borough Council. The homes are currently managed by Atlas Project Team Ltd.
Linda Robson, Operational Team Manager at Optalis, recently organised a very successful Christmas raffle, which raised £210 for Wheels of Experience, a charity based in nearby Aldershot, Hampshire. The charity raises money to buy wheelchair-accessible motorhomes for disabled children.
Alexandra Place in Wokingham provides 46 one-bedroom apartments and 18 two-bedroom apartments, including ten apartments for people with dementia. The comfortable homes and facilities enable older people to live independently for as long as possible where they can surround themselves with their own belongings.
Optalis, which is wholly council-owned, has today taken control of all the borough council’s adult social care provided services. This includes day centres, employment services, home care, residential care and supported housing services, as well as brokerage and support and sensory needs services.
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