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New Head of Supported Living Services for Radis

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Jayne Watkins has joined Radis Community Care as the new Head of Supported Living Services.

Radis has a number of Supported Living Services across England and Wales, which support people with a range of needs including physical and learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions to maximise their independence and lead the lives they choose.

“As Head of Supported Living Services, I will have the privileged opportunity to work in co-production with some amazing staff and people who we support, and their family and friends, to create bespoke services designed to provide a lifestyle of choice,” says Jayne. “Supported Living gives individuals the opportunity to have choice and control about where they live, who they live with and how their support will look regardless of the level of support they may need. I am really excited to work together with my Radis colleagues to grow and develop some innovative, bespoke supported living and transform the lives of people with disabilities.”

Read more about Jayne and her role on our Management Team page.

New lead for Transforming Care at Radis

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Radis Community Care has welcomed a new Operations Manager to its Supported Living Services.

Cheryl Kumar, will lead on Radis’ response to the Transforming Care programme – an NHS initiative which is all about improving health and care services so that more people can move out of hospital settings and live within the community with the right support.

Cheryl who has personal experience of family members with challenging needs and behaviours, as well as several years’ experience of managing and developing both supported living and domiciliary care services, will lead a specialist team within Radis, offering people with complex learning difficulties, autism, behaviors of concerns and mental health conditions, the enhanced intensive support that they need,  taking into consideration the new challenges they may face reintegrating into the community.

“It is so important to me to see and treat people as individuals and not allow their needs to define them or put unnecessary limits on their independence,” said Cheryl. “By taking the time to understand people, their aspirations and their boundaries, we can offer the professional, specialist support they need to play an active part in the community and achieve their goals.”

Read more about Cheryl and her role on our Management Team page.

Radis welcomes new manager to Reading branch

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Radis Community Care has welcomed a new manager to its founding branch based in Reading.

Russell Paul will manage a team of 31 care workers who work in the local community to support people in their own homes.

The team assists people with a range of needs including frail older people and those with physical and learning disabilities, dementia, mental health problems and other support needs, to remain as independent and well as possible in their own homes by providing the support that they need with everyday tasks such as preparing meals, cleaning and laundry, personal care and getting dressed, taking medication at the right times and support getting out and about.

New Branch Manager, Russell Paul commented: “Reading was the location of Radis’ first branch, established in 2001 and still has five members of staff from the original team. I’m really excited to be joining a team so committed to making sure that local people get the support they need to live independently in the place they most want to be – at home and as part of their community.

“I have personal experience of having a close family member living with Parkinson’s, so I was really keen to find a role where I could draw on this experience to make a difference to the lives of others. Prior to joining Radis I worked in the leisure and education sectors for a number of years where I particularly enjoyed working with young people to help them to achieve their goals.

“As Branch Manager, my focus will be on giving the team the support they need to provide the best possible services to our existing clients, as well as broadening our services to support even more people to lead the lives they choose.”

Head of Care Services for Radis Community Care, Danielle Jones added: “We’re thrilled to welcome Russell to the team, who brings with him a fresh perspective and lots of ideas for developing our services so that we can make a positive difference to the lives of more local people.”

Since establishing its first Visiting Care branch in Reading, Radis Community Care has grown to become a leading provider of community based social care and support, for vulnerable adults and children, in England and Wales.

Radis observes National Day of Reflection

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Radis Community Care colleagues across England and Wales observed the National Day of Reflection today.

Organised by charity Marie Curie, the day marked the anniversary of the first national lockdown imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic. As part of the day, people across the country paused for a minute’s silence at midday to remember all those who have died or lost loved ones as a result of the virus.

Deepesh Patel, CEO and Founder of Radis Community Care said: “Today is a day of mixed emotions. Whilst we remember all those who have sadly lost their lives during the pandemic and their family and friends who will be mourning lost loved ones, we also reflect on the past year with a great deal of pride for our colleagues.

“Not only have they risen to the challenge of keeping vulnerable clients well cared-for during extraordinarily difficult circumstances, but so many have gone above and beyond to do everything that they can to put a smile on the faces of clients and colleagues alike.We have an amazing team of resilient colleagues who are ready to take on whatever the next year brings, and we are so very thankful for their hard work and commitment.”

Pictured are colleagues at Redwood House extra care scheme in Hungerford taking part in the minute’s silence, and the memory boards of photos and positive messages which were put together by staff at Mill House and Willowmere extra care schemes in Cheshire.

Radis announces new extra care services in Portsmouth

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Radis Community Care has been announced as the new care provider at four extra care schemes in Portsmouth.

In partnership with Portsmouth City Council and housing provider Housing21, Radis will commence providing care to residents at Caroline Square, Brunel Court, Maritime House and Milton Village from 4 May 2021.

The schemes offer more than 200 flats for older people, with extra facilities on site such as dining rooms, communal gardens, hairdressing salons and social activities. Meanwhile the Radis care teams which will be on site 24/7, can support residents with tasks such as preparing meals, washing and dressing, shopping or getting out and about in the community.

Working closely with the Council and housing provider, Radis will ensure that residents receive the right support to meet their individual needs whilst retaining as much of their independence as possible.

Group Operations Director for Radis Community Care, Paula Hoggarth commented: “We’re delighted to get this opportunity to forge a new partnership with Portsmouth City Council. We’re very much looking forward to working with them and Housing 21 to support the residents of these schemes to live independent and fulfilling lives.”

Read more about the services that Radis Community Care provides at extra care schemes, here.

Radis Community Care recruits 1000 Dementia Friends

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Radis Community Care has successfully recruited 1000 Dementia Friends.

Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative to improve awareness and understanding of the condition. Radis first registered with the scheme in support of last year’s World Alzheimer’s Day and has been encouraging staff to become Dementia Friends ever since.

By registering with the Dementia Friends scheme, Radis has access to best practice guidance, videos and other resources specially created by the Alzheimer’s Society and has made these resources accessible to staff via its online training system.

Whilst Radis colleagues support lots of people with dementia everyday, Dementia Friends isn’t just for people working in adult social care – it is open to anyone who wants to help people with dementia in their community.

To find out more or to register as a Dementia Friend visit: dementiafriends.org.uk/dforganisations and use code: GP02489

For more information email: communications@radis.co.uk

Radis welcomes new Head of Nursing

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Radis Community Care has welcomed a new Head of Nursing to its Management Team.

Nicola Dale who brings with her a wealth of experience in complex care and nursing practice, will be responsible for overseeing and developing Complex Care Services which offer clients with complex health needs, clinical care within their own homes and under the supervision of qualified nurses.

Nicola said: “I am really pleased to be back in a role where I can use my nursing qualifications and experience to make a positive difference to the lives of children and adults with a wide range of complex health conditions.”

Read more about Nicola’s experience and role at Radis on our Management Team page.

For more information about complex care, visit our Complex Care Services page.

Care staff reunite mother and daughter

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A mother and daughter have been reunited for the first time in nearly 24 years, thanks to the efforts of care workers from Radis Community Care.

When care staff at Ty Heulog extra care scheme in Pontyclun, South Wales received the sad news that resident Diane had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, they decided to do all that they could to reconnect her with her daughter.

Diane and her daughter Carlene both have learning disabilities, and at the age of 7 Carlene was put into the care of foster parents. With a bit of detective work and help from the local authority, Radis care staff were able to track down Carlene’s care manager and arrange a meeting.

The pair have since made an emotional reunion, where they enjoyed a ‘packed lunch’ specially prepared by Radis care staff and Carlene took away a hamper of toiletries that staff had helped Diane to put together as a gift.

Diane said: “I am so happy that I got to meet my daughter and have her back in my life.”

Service Manager for Radis Community Care, Melanie Walters added:  “I am so proud of how the team persevered in reuniting Diane with her daughter and that they will now get to spend some precious time together.  It’s because of these lovely acts that I know we have the most caring, dedicated people in the team, who go so far over and above to support our clients to achieve their wishes.”

Radis Community Care announces new services in Cardiff

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Radis Community Care is delighted to have been selected as the new provider of care services at two extra care schemes in Cardiff.

From April this year, Radis Community Care will start supporting more than 100 residents at Llys Enfys and Plas Bryn extra care schemes to live independent lives.

Aimed at older people and also a small number of younger adults with disabilities, the schemes offer residents their own private flats with facilities on-site such as cafés, hairdressers and communal gardens.

For those residents who need it, Radis Community Care can support with tasks such as preparing meals, washing and dressing, shopping or getting out and about in the community. The care team is on-site 24/7 to respond to anyone who needs unexpected or emergency support.

Working closely with Cardiff Council and landlord Linc Cymru, Radis Community Care will ensure that residents receive the right support to meet their individual needs whilst retaining as much of their independence as possible.

Paula Hoggarth, Group Operations Director said: “These are fantastic schemes with some great facilities and we’re really looking forward to welcoming some new colleagues to our Radis team, as well as supporting a new group of residents to live safe, independent lives.”

Both schemes also offer respite for home carers and a reablement service for people who need some support following, or to avoid, a hospital stay.

Read more about the services that Radis Community Care provides at extra care schemes here.

Recognition for Radis care worker Angie

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Huge congratulations to care worker Angie Kingston, who received a letter this week from the Huntingdonshire Community Group Covid-19 Response Team, to say that she had been nominated for a “Caring for Carers” gift in recognition of “the hard work, sacrifices and selflessness, of local care heroes.”

The letter went on to express the group’s appreciation for all Angie has done throughout the pandemic to care for others in the community. Angie works for Radis Community Care’s Visiting Care Services in Huntingdon which provides personal care and practical support to people in their own homes.

Well done to Angie and to all of our other care workers, who are doing an amazing job of supporting people in extremely challenging circumstances.

You can find out more about how our Visiting Care services support people in their own homes and as part of their local communities, on our Visiting Care page.