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Snap News:

October 2016

Welcome to SNAP's October newsletter. We hope you have all had a great month. We've been busy going to some great events, placing fantastic candidates and continuing to develop our new brand Snap Care.

This week is EB Awareness Week (25 - 32 October 2016), so we are thrilled to highlight Sohana Research Fund this month.

Snap have known Sohana since she was not much more than a baby. She is now a beautiful, courageous teenager who has helped to raise over £3.5 million for her charity.

EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa) is an incredibly difficult condition; both for the individual who has to endure the pain it brings, but also for their family who have to watch a loved one suffer every day.. 

Your Stories


Every month, we''ll be featuring a story or article written by a Snap Newsletter reader. Why is care important to you? Has a Snap candidate changed your or your child's life? Or do you simply have a great story to share? Email our newsletter editor: Lucy Webster

This month we have Lucy, a long-term Snap client and now employee, writing about why Snap has been re-organised to reflect the importance of age-appropriate care.

 

Welcome to Snap Care 

Those of you who have been with us for a while will notice a change of name, look and organisation; and we wanted to explain why these changes have been made.

              
Snap is now comprised of three different divisions: child, teen and adult; reflecting the different nature of care needs at these stages of life. As someone who has had carers placed through Snap at various ages, I can attest to this. Each time I had new carers (a nanny-carer at nine, a buddy at 13, a carer at 16 and a full care team when I went to university), what I needed was radically different. The same is true now as I head, hopefully, into the world of work.

Take my university years as an example. I no longer needed to be ‘looked after’ in the conventional sense. Instead what I needed was independence, reliable support during my time away from home, and a degree of flexibility so that I could lead the typical student lifestyle – last-minute going-out plans and all.

Discussions with Snap lead to the perfect solution: a live-in carer supplemented by three others on a thoughtfully designed rota system. Thanks to this plan and Snap’s ability to find the most wonderful people, university was all I hoped it would be and more. The new Snap set-up means that this level of expertise can be applied to each client with a sensitivity which comes from years of experience and understanding.     

I am immensely glad that Snap is expanding into adult care. As an adult, I find that having the right care becomes increasingly important. As anyone with carers will know, it is not just about whether someone can take you to the loo or cook a decent meal. Care affects everything, from how comfortable you feel in your own skin to how independent you can be. So much confidence can come from knowing that, when needed, someone really has got your back. All this combines into an effect on your general well-being and this, in turn, on your ability to work, study or socialise. As my friends will attest, good care leads to a happy Lucy; uncertainty or awkwardness, the opposite.

That’s why Snap’s way of working applies so well to adult care. Before anything else, they get to know you: your personality, needs, and what you want to do with your life. From here, they help build a plan for how care can work best for you and what kind of people you would like to work with. Without SNAP’s input, such decisions are difficult; their advice is always welcome! And of course the most important thing is that you or your family get to choose your own carers.

Snap understand that everyone is different and that everyone leads their own lives. What I need may be very different to the next person, yet Snap have the flexibility to suit everyone. Crucially, unlike some who focus on medical and personal care but nothing else, they concentrate on maximising independence and autonomy, and on living a fulfilled life. At the end of the day, that’s what being an adult is all about – and everyone deserves that chance.


Do you have a story you'd like to share? We'd love to hear what you'd like to say! 

Snap Book Review - "Creative, Successful, Dyslexia"

 
Author:  Margaret Rooke.  Forward By:  Molly King
Published By: Jessica Kingsley Publishers


I don’t have dyslexia myself, but I have friends and colleagues who do. I can imagine that every one of them would have really appreciated this book at some point in their lives.
 
The book is comprised of honest, thoughtful and inspirational stories from 23 mainly well-known, high achievers; how they have succeeded not despite their dyslexia, but really because of it. I was interested to see that the second story was written by Ed Baines who owns Randall & Aubin, which happens to be my favourite London restaurant!
 
While many, if not most of the writers recalled very difficult times, especially at school, these experiences helped them become more resilient, focused and determined. Their dyslexia provided different coping strategies and creative ways of thinking that enabled them to flourish in their field.
A common thread running through the book, was that the writers accepted their limitations and learned to be excellent delegators.

 

“For me, in my life, dyslexia has been
a little bit of a blessing. It has helped me
find strength and directed me towards
what I really wanted to do” Darcey Bussell


The stories are written in a very clear, straight forward style that is easy to read, entertaining and interesting. These personal stories are at times both funny and incredibly poignant. I could imagine a parent reading through these stories with their dyslexic child; giving the parent a fantastic insight into dyslexia, acknowledging the challenges the child may face and the practical and emotional support needed, while delivering a very strong, encouraging message to that child.

Thankfully schools, educators and care professionals today are much more enlightened and aware of dyslexia. Books like this will go a long way to creating a much deeper understanding of dyslexia, highlighting the many positive aspects - if the individual is given the right support and encouragement and they are acceptance as ‘different thinkers’.
 

"All my struggles had turned out to be an advantage.
I found out after I left school that whenever there
were difficulties, I could deal with them. I had a mind
that immediately knew how to look for solutions"  Theo Paphitis

 

A fabulous book I would highly recommend! Sally at Snap Care 


How Do You Feel About Having a Child With Special Needs? 

 

Joanna Griffin is undertaking research and would be grateful if you could share your views here

As a parent of a disabled child I know that there can be many additional associated challenges in practical, physical and emotional terms in caring for your child. Sometimes when life doesn't follow an expected, mainstream, non-disabled path it can make you feel isolated and like you're the only one going through certain emotions and experiences. 

Having worked for Hemihelp (which supports children with hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that affects one side of the body and may cause other additional and emotional difficulties) for several years I noticed many parents struggling with difficult emotions and anxieties about their child’s disability and their struggles in the wider world. 

In response to my own personal and professional experience I have developed a website that provides emotional support for parents and carers of children with special needs. It can be viewed at AfinityHub.

The website signposts to organisations and independent professionals, such as counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists, who have experience of providing emotional support to families with a disabled child.

The site also outlines common feelings and words of advice from other parents, so that you know you are not alone. If you would like to complete the survey and help others by sharing your experience please click here. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get regular news and updates.
 
I would love to hear from you!

Joanna Griffin
Chartered Counselling Psychologist

 



Annual Conference – Expanding Horizons


College of Occupational Therapists – Specialist Section, Independent Practice - COTTS-IP

As MD of Snap Care, I was very flattered to be asked to speak at this year’s COTTS-IP Medico-Legal Conference at the Belfry, Nottingham on 10th October.

The conference was for Occupational Therapists working as expert witnesses (An expert witness is a person who is qualified by their knowledge or experience to give an opinion on a particular issue to a court, for clients with a personal injury or compensation claim). My talk was titled ‘Considerations and costs for professional child care'.

Expert witnesses are often asked to cost for future child care and nannies and in particular special needs nannies may be a very appropriate choice. The world of nannies however can be quite complicated and enigmatic!  For that reason I wanted to discuss special needs nannies (and maternity nannies, mother’s helps, nanny / housekeepers), so expert witnesses could have a more in depth understanding of their role and if they could be the most appropriate child care solution for clients.

Please click here if you would like to view the slides from the talk. If any case managers or expert witnesses would like any further information, just let me know.

It was a really interesting conference and great to meet many new OTs, expert witnesses and case managers as well as catching up with many familiar faces!
 
 
 

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Have something to share?

If you have a favourite video clip, app, website or book, why not send us the details so we can share with everyone through Snap!News. We would also love to hear about new technology and equipment, activities and resources that you particularly like. 

Send your nuggets to jackie@snapcare.co.uk or call Jackie on 020 7729 2200 
 


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