My Sons Experience
My son “A” has been going to Freetime for two years when he wasn't at college and during college holidays. However 8 months ago, “A” had a stroke which meant he was unable to walk. Freetime were great, and put me in touch with a sling company. Between Freetime, me and the sling company we designed a sling from scratch to enable “A” to go to the toilet and continue to enjoy his days there. Freetime are also working with other services like the physio department, so “A” can go to hydrotherapy with their carers. They are also working with his Occupational Therapist, making sure “A” needs are met.
A Parents Story
Our personal story is lengthy, complex and extremely challenging, but with the support of Freetime Care Services during the past 9 months, it has evolved into one we hope can also provide genuine inspiration to any parent looking for an outstanding care provision. Our daughter "L" has Autism with associated complex and challenging behaviour. "L" requires two carers 24hrs per day because of her complex care needs. Prior to the involvement of Freetime Care Services, "L" had two failed care placements with separate providers; one in a supported living placement, and the other in a 24hr residential care provision. In both types of provision, "L's" challenging behaviour escalated dramatically, and resulted in the irreconcilable collapse of each placement. This led to the only identified next step being a move into a more robust setting such as a secure hospital. After a very emotional and difficult period of thought process, we as parents decided to bring "L" home and back into our care. On many fronts, It was a risky decision to make, but with the subsequent additional support of Freetime Care Services (5hrs per day, 7 days per week), not only is "L" thriving, her challenging behaviours have significantly reduced, and her medications have more than halved. We know that there are other factors that have influenced this, but the significant contribution from FreeTime Care Services has played a major part in this turnaround. "L" loves her team of carers, feels empowered to make decisions, and is treated with respect and dignity. Freetime Care Services have demonstrated extensive expertise and breadth of knowledge and understanding in all relevant aspects of "L's" needs and care plan. They are equipped with well recruited and appropriately selected and trained staff, all with the ability to function under a common approach which provides consistent high quality care. The success of these attributes hinges on excellent communication practices, both internally, and externally with all parties concerned with the client's welfare. "L" is now happier than she has been for a very long time, and we as parents have found real hope for the future. We trust that with ongoing support from Freetime Care Services, this will continue to improve. If you wish to talk to us about our experiences of Freetime Care Services, please ask them for our contact details. We would be glad to be of any assistance.
We respect your agency, you are helpful and accommodating.
No doubts about the service, you can’t do better!
I had fantastic feedback about Freetime from a friend who used to work there.
Consistency is important as is the skills of the staff. We have staff matched to us and this works superbly.
The staff know my son and they are friendly. My son is accepting of staff and they don't let us down.
Staff know my daughter well, we have a core team working in our home and they are fully aware of how to keep my daughter safe.
There's an excellent structure so that my daughter has staff who have the right training, competencies and personality to provide the support needs.
It's a proactive service. I have never worked anywhere before where they have such a commitment to meeting people's needs and actually do what they say they will do.
The staff have been amazing, transformed our lives.
Staff from all levels are reliable, professional and committed to the people they support.
This has been the most responsive service we have used. My daughter has been failed by the traditional services over the years. Now my daughter has a lifestyle that suits her and is the most settled she has been.
The managers are engaged with the people who use the service.
It's (Freetime) unique, exceptional really, without them (Freetime) this person could not remain at home.