Domcare Apartments

At Fieldbay we want the people we support to enjoy the highest possible quality of life. That’s why we have developed services that provide people with their own tenancy while continuing to receive the level of support that is available in our residential services. You may be familiar with supported living but our services are a little different to the norm.

People in our supported living accommodation have the same level of support as those who are living in our nursing and residential homes. Our tenancies are staffed 24 hours a day and have waking night staff. We provide one member of staff for every two people who use the service. Each person will have a basic one to one allocation of four hours a week and this can be added to until their needs are fully met.

All staff are given appropriate training and work to person-centred support plans that are developed by our multidisciplinary team. This team includes psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy in addition to highly experienced registered nurses who oversee the day to day running of the services.

While the level of support is equivalent to that provided in our residential services we have adjusted our pricing structure to make the next step towards independent living attractive to those who purchase our services.Domcare Apartments

There are 14 living spaces at Heathfield Apartments. Each has its own meal preparation area with a hob, microwave, refrigerator, sink and storage space.

The building has Wifi and television outlets in each apartment. Aid Call is fitted and constantly monitored by staff. Each apartment has a telephone and staff can be spoken to at any time of day. This allows us to support people who would not ordinarily be considered ready to live in a tenancy. Furthermore, it provides the opportunity for such people to have a higher quality of life and greater freedom then they would enjoy were they to live in other settings.

For those people who prefer to live away from others, there is also a self-contained bungalow and two maisonette style flats in an end of terrace house that adjoins the Heathfield Appartments with similar levels of staff support.

Sharing the Heathfield Apartments site is an activity centre, named the "Hobby Hut", and a wood workshop where people are welcome to pursue hobbies, learn new skills or join a group run by a dedicated team of activity co-ordinators and occupational therapists.
Domcare ApartmentsAn activity planner in place to ensure that there are events throughout the year and in addition to activities such as arts and crafts, cognitive groups and sensory sessions, outside agencies such as Zoolab and a Nostalgia Show make frequent appearances.

A communication group is held weekly in the hobby hut and those service users referred by SALT engage in a variety of communication-based activities, This has proved to be a success and is being replicated within the other homes run by Fieldbay to maximise its effectiveness and increase the inclusion criteria.

Breakfast club is one of the many in-house groups facilitated by the therapy assistants that have developed this year. Service users are encouraged and supported to make their own breakfast using the kitchenettes on the unit. The meal is chosen by the service user and pancakes seem to be a popular choice followed by scrambled eggs and toast.

A Typical Apartment
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Exercise groups have been formulated by the physiotherapists and the therapy assistants and activities members carry this out twice weekly. Sessions can include dance and chair movements enabling all service users with varying mobility abilities to participate. Those service users who have good mobility have been signed up to their local gym and are supported to attend various sessions weekly including swimming, reflexology and use of the spa facilities.

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A music therapist held several very successful sessions within the homes engaging service users through music and singing, with support from the therapy team. Fieldbay are in negotiations to have regular sessions.

A location in Bridgend has been utilised for hydrotherapy sessions every Friday. Service users are supported by a therapy assistant to complete passive movements and strengthening. Service users who attend the sessions regularly have benefitted from an increased range of movement; more settled nights sleep and increased strength.

Trips to the community have increased such as shopping trips, meals out and accessing local classes such as art class and reflexology. In addition to the regular day trips to the community, the therapy team have facilitated many successful longer day trips that are held monthly. Places include Folly farm, Techniquest, Bristol zoo, Cardiff Bay, Tenby, Porthcawl, Brecon Beacons train ride, Symonds Yat and many more.