Since 1987, the Martha Trust charity has delivered residential, respite and day care for people with profound physical and multiple learning disabilities. Many of these individuals have conditions that are a result of congenital and post-natal disorders that include having an underdeveloped brain, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, curvature of the spine, displaced hips, breathing difficulties, and brittle bones. Most of the residents are unable to walk unaided, and all are dependent on nurses and caregivers for every necessity.
The organisation has three homes in Deal, Kent and Hastings, East Sussex, delivering the highest standards of around-the-clock nursing care with start of the art facilities. The 33 young people and adults living on site are in turn provided with bright, modern and purpose-built environments, ensuring safe and stimulating settings for them to thrive in.
Through a variety of available therapies and activities, Martha Trust encourages their residents to explore the world around them and take an active role in their communities. Individuals are also inspired to face new challenges, which helps them to reach their full potential, as well as positively contributing to their physical and emotional health.
Key therapies on offer at the homes include reflexology, massage and physical therapy, as well as hydrotherapy pools with high tech sound and light systems that deliver a complete sensory experience. Alongside these, a broad programme of activities are available, such as sensory cooking, arts and crafts and music. Prior to the pandemic, days out were also a regular occurrence, consisting of excursions like horse riding, bowling and trips to the cinema.
Earlier this month, our Group Chief Executive, Paul Jackson, had a Zoom meeting with Martha Trust’s Alice Moir, Marketing Manager, and George White, Chief Executive. On the day, a grant application for the charity’s annual subscription for a mobile care personal monitoring software system was reviewed.
Back in 2018, The Hospital Saturday Fund actually gave the charity a grant towards the purchase of this software. Alice explained the difference that this has made to the care of the residents, where carers and nurses can now give more time to them. This has been made possible because there is no longer a need to spend hours writing up notes or having long meetings about patients, as their details are kept on the programme. All medication given is also recorded here too, and any patient difficulties, such as residents experiencing fits, is available for the carers to review.
To find out more about Martha Trust, visit: marthatrust.org.uk/