Here at the Meath, we work hard to maintain a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where you are able to be yourself and feel totally at home.
There is always plenty going on and you can always find someone to talk to who will listen, and equally important, somewhere where you can be by yourself to unwind and chill out. Our staff will fully respect you as an individual. We have the experience gained from many years of caring for and empowering people living with epilepsy, so you can rest assured that your wishes and requirements will be placed at the centre of any service developed to support you. We place a great deal of importance on the welfare and development of our staff since we know they are what makes living at the Meath so special. If you can place your trust in every one of our staff teams, then it is going to make you feel happier and will give you immediate confidence.The Meath is a very close and caring community. Our staff, many of whom live locally, actually say that it is a pleasure to come to work and to be amongst friends! Some of them have been working at the Meath for many years, which is really good news for our residents since it means they are able get to know people over a period of time and their knowledge and understanding of your particular needs will be second to none.
We function very much as part of the local community, and we consider it very important that you are helped to take advantage of the many facilities that Godalming and the local area has to offer. We are only a few minutes’ walk from the high street, so there are always plenty of opportunities for a stroll with friends, or you can have a member of staff accompany you out and about – whatever suits you best.The Meath is well placed for people visiting, too. Godalming Railway Station is two minutes’ walk through the grounds and with a good service into London or down to the south coast, provides a really good method of getting a bit farther afield. Your family and friends are always welcome. Many use our Café Meath as an ideal meeting point. With good coffee and a great array of tempting food, it’s always a fun place to be.Take a closer look at some of the support we are able to offer you, but if you would prefer to talk to someone or to ask further questions, then why not give us a call on 01483 415095. We are only too pleased to help.
At the Meath, our accommodation is divided into ‘units’, each of which is made up from a small number of residents’ own personalised rooms, together with the addition of a communal kitchen, dining area and lounge. Each unit has a Staff Team Leader and a regular support team that take responsibility overall for its smooth running day and night.
The support team will get to know each one of the residents, but you will have a key member of staff assigned with whom you can discuss any problems and, most importantly, all the things you would like to achieve going forwards.
Our staff are all highly professional and are trained in every aspect of their role. They are familiar and confident in dealing with epilepsy, receiving update guidance and ongoing support from our specialist Epilepsy Nurse to ensure that your health and welfare remain top priority.
Our nurse is also available should you ever wish to talk about your epilepsy. She and the local GP hold monthly clinics at the Meath to discuss any problems that arise, either with regard to your epilepsy or for other health concerns. In addition, the nurse (or someone deputising for her) will also accompany you to specialist appointments, such as to see your consultant neurologist, should you wish.
Your happiness, health and welfare are as important to us as it is to you. Our health team is here to help you in any way we can. Whether you have worries about your epilepsy or general health, need advice about your mobility and overall fitness, or practical advice on how to be as independent as possible, then you can talk to the appropriate member of the team.
Our Epilepsy Consultant Nurse and Health Team Lead, Sally-Ann Remnant, was appointed to offer clinical expertise in epilepsy care and education/training. She has a wealth of experience and qualifications and was the former Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Epilepsy for Guys and St Thomas Hospital in London. Annie Parker, our experienced Epilepsy Liaison Nurse will link with you and your family, carers, medical professionals and case managers to provide personal support and guidance. Monthly epilepsy clinics are held on site with our nurses and visiting GP from the local practice. The Liaison Nurse will also accompany you to neurology appointments and complex epilepsy reviews, should you wish, providing an up to date epilepsy report and feeding back to our team any issues or treatment plans for your epilepsy management whilst staying at the Meath.
We also have a Medical Health Nurse, Annie Mills, on site who works closely with the team. She runs two clinics each week with our local GP for general health matters. She is also responsible for the accurate maintenance of medical records and the overall management of medication and drug supplies. She will liaise with you and the team to ensure that your medical needs are met to our own high quality standards and those of the national Care Quality Commission (CQC).
We also have “Jo Jo” ( Alex) Newman, a Senior Physio therapist and Sybella Wilson, our part-time Occupational Therapist, who are both complimented by their Therapy Assistant, Natalie Reeves, and who all work towards promoting independence. Our Chiropodist, Claire Newby, runs her clinic once each week.
Should you want to know more about our medical team, then call 01483 415095 and ask to be put through to a health team member.
The Epilepsy Action® Support Group for Guildford and Godalming will now be co-hosted by the Meath for people with epilepsy, their families and carers. People come together in an informal way to listen and interact with educational speakers (epilepsy specialists) or just come for a chat. It is a good opportunity to meet others who maybe experiencing similar problems or want to get involved with social events.
Very much part of the Government’s ‘Valuing People’ strategy (2001; 2009 update), we use person-centred planning at the Meath to ensure that we keep your individual goals uppermost in everyone’s minds when developing and updating your support arrangements.
In a nutshell, it means that you are able to choose a network of people (including family, friends, advocates, members of staff and key professionals) whom you would like to help you in your decision making. They will listen to what you would like to achieve in your life and then help you to make a plan and to map out how you will go about attaining those objectives. It is a really good way of making sure that you take as much control over your own life as possible.
We adopt that personal approach throughout all of our support services, making sure that we listen to your point of view and tailoring the assistance that we provide to ensure that we meet your specific requirements and that you maintain and improve your independence.
If you would like to find our more about our personalised support, you can talk to Residential Services Manager Clarissa Baynes on 01483 415095 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a resident at the Meath, physiotherapy is available for you to help with any problems that you may be experiencing.
Our Physiotherapist, Jojo Newman, is on-site at the Meath for four days of each week. Most of the time, you can expect to be seen by her the same week you make contact, but if this isn’t possible for any reason, then she will at least give you a day and time when she is able to see you.
Jojo can be as involved with your health and welfare as you want her to be. She works closely with all of the local services that you might need and can ensure that you get access to the right facilities and any treatment that will help you. If you wish, she can also attend appointments with you, discussing with you and your family the different options available or just pointing you in the right direction. It is your choice what level of support you would like.
It can be helpful to have an assessment by our Physiotherapist should you have any of the following problems, either in the short or long term:
Your physiotherapy could be a one-off chat with advice, a short burst of treatment or long-term input. It may involve working in the Gym, the physiotherapy room (Vive Bene) or the Hydrotherapy pool (situated at the Holy Cross Hospital in Haslemere). After your assessment, you are able to discuss with the Physiotherapist the best plan of action and move forward from there.
Because people with epilepsy and neurological problems often need on-going physiotherapy, we place a lot of importance on helping you to understand your exactly what your problems are and what you can do day to day to help yourself. And because physiotherapy may be a part of your everyday life, then we do our utmost to make it enjoyable, too!
You, your support staff or a member of your family can ask for an appointment either by dropping into the Skills and Enterprise Centre and talking directly to the Physiotherapist (Jojo is based in the Vive Bene room), by telephoning 01483 415095, or by emailing: email@example.com.
We want you to be able to get the most from life and are very aware that you may need extra help with day-to-day personal care such as washing and dressing, as well as at mealtimes or when taking part in leisure or training activities. In fact, you may well need a little help in every aspect of your life.
Our very experienced Occupational Therapist, Sybella Wilson, will help you to identify your own personal therapeutic aims and objectives, working in tandem with other Meath staff and your circle of support. She is a friendly face who is very happy to work with you towards your goals, either or your own or in a group setting, and to make sure that you are happy with your progress and that you are fulfilling your own personal potential.
Helping you to overcome personal hurdles and to feel good about your achievements is very important to us. Sybella will discuss with the staff around you how best to plot your progress and to record your successes, enabling you and her to move on and work together towards future goals.
To find out more or to contact the Occupational Therapist, telephone 01483 415095 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to support services that help you feel safe and comfortable in surroundings you can call home, we also encourage our clients to take part in activities that enrich their lives and put a sparkle into each day.
You may want help getting a job, or it may be that your interests lie in creative arts, horticulture or keeping fit. Whatever you would like to try, then we are here to help you access your particular choice and to assist you to participate at whatever level suits you best.
All of our activities and training are organised from the Meath Skills and Enterprise Centre, based at Westbrook Road. Click on the link to look at the Centre web pages, but if there is something you would like to do that you don’t see mentioned, then please do give the Centre a call – we will do everything we can to help you achieve your goal!