Living at Vale House
Morning time at Vale House is quiet and unhurried. The early shift begins at 7.30am, when ten care workers arrive to begin their day. They work in pairs, each pair looking after 8 residents. There is no official getting up or going to bed time at Vale House. If someone has had an interrupted night, they are left in bed to catch up on their sleep, so that they may wake fully rested. Residents are offered either a bath or shower every day, at a time that suits them best.
Breakfast is laid out in the dining room and the staggered getting up time allows carers to give their undivided attention to each resident, helping them to choose and stay focused, or assisting them with eating.
All meals are prepared on site, in the kitchen, where Barry, the head chef organises the weeks’ menu of two healthy cooked meals a day, of lunch and supper. He is assisted by 2 other chefs and there are at least 2 people working in the kitchen at any one time.
Fruit, chopped or liquidised, biscuits and cakes are available between meals, along with liquid meal replacement and thickened drinks for those with difficulty in swallowing.
All laundry is washed and dried on site.
Residents are joined by their family members whenever they visit, day or night, there are no restrictions on visiting times, here at Vale House.