Goldcrest is “Good” for Business

The Goole based autism specialist care home celebrates a ‘Good’ rating from the Quality Care Commission (CQC) after an unannounced inspection.

IMG_0764During a very long and exhausting day, the inspector spoke to service users, staff and management and scrutinised all necessary documentation and systems required for a specialist care home, after which the CQC awarded Goldcrest House an overall ‘Good’’ rating with praise for the safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led service provided.

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “We’re so happy with this award. We really do deserve it. The whole staff team worked very hard with one primary focus, to support service users to lead fulfilled lives and are enabled to stretch their potential.

“We were all elated to learn afterwards that service users had discussed with the CQC how staff respected their privacy, dignity, and independence. Some explained how they felt safe living at Goldcrest House and they found staff to be helpful, supportive, and protective, with others stating they felt their disability was understood by staff and supported well. The comments are fitting recognition for a team that give their all. ”

Based on Boothferry Road Goldcrest House is a centre of excellence dedicated to addressing the individual needs of adults over 18 affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder and learning difficulties. It provides residential care, supported living, long and short term respite care, day services and outreach to meet the varied needs of those who access the service 52 weeks a year; its aim is to be the UK’s quality service of choice.

Pictured left to right Goldcrest House service users, Kevin, Jonathan, and Mark celebrating the CQC success


Growth Experience For Autism

Goldcrest House service users embrace a growth experience for autism during their work on an allotment project.

Promoting an understanding of growing and eating healthy local food the Goole based Waterways Museum Sobriety Project uses allotments as a resource for involving the community in growing fresh produce and learning about food production.

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Furthering their education Mark, Thomas, and Chris, from Goldcrest House, have been provided with the opportunity to start their own allotment and put what they have learnt into practice, starting with planting seeds to grow.

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “Enabling our service users to explore their scope of skills as well as getting involved in a social environment, is of huge benefit to developing their independence and confidence – it’s a massive achievement for them.”

The project helps communities manage allotment plots sustainably for local food production and improves accessibility to fresh local food. The project also provides a social focus to food enjoyment by providing nutritious affordable meals in the museum café.


INDEPENDENT LIVING IS LIFELONG DREAM 

Andrew Hughes

Number one on Andrew’s bucket list has now been achieved. Andrew’s lifelong dream of living independently with autism has become a reality with the help and support of autism care specialists Goldcrest House.

The former Goldcrest House resident now lives independently in his own apartment. Goldcrest provide three hours a day support from care staff who visit every morning and evening to assist and support Andrew with the basics of independent living such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, as well as prompting Andrew to tidy up.

When ask what independent living meant to him, Andrew replied: “It has given me the opportunity to live in my own apartment, and the freedom to live my own life with the security of knowing that staff are there for support should I need it.

“Independent living has proved to me my family and friends that I can be trusted. I have learnt new skills; I pay the rent and electric, cook my meals – my best and favourite meal is curry, it’s my speciality.”

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “We are really proud of Andrew, he had a lot of self-doubt about leaving Goldcrest House but this soon disappeared once he found his routine.

He has a good social life in the locality, has learnt how tend to domestic duties, such as hovering, dusting, washing and ironing, and he’s really made the flat his own with pictures of family – he even has a ‘house rules’ sign! Andrew says he’s moving down his bucket list now with travel and holidays next”

Based on Boothferry Road Goldcrest House is a centre of excellence dedicated to addressing the individual needs of adults over 18 affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder and learning difficulties. It provides residential care, supported living, long and short term respite care, day services and outreach to meet the varied needs of those who access the service 52 weeks a year; its aim is to be the UK’s quality service of choice.


Autism gets creative with willow

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Goldcrest House service users take part in a therapeutic willow workshop to get creative with a natural material whilst supporting a local charity.

Run by charity the Sobriety Project, at the Yorkshire Waterways Museum in Goole, service users were provided with the opportunity to create something unique and environmentally friendly whilst learning a new skill.

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “Our service uses took part in this rewarding workshop and created something completely personal to them that they could take away and feel really proud of – a great confidence boost for all involved.”

Based on Boothferry Road Goldcrest House is a centre of excellence dedicated to addressing the individual needs of adults over 18 affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder and learning difficulties. It provides residential care, supported living, long and short term respite care, day services and outreach to meet the varied needs of those who access the service 52 weeks a year; its aim is to be the UK’s quality service of choice.