FOLEY HOUSE TRUST is a Registered Charity established in 1851 providing long or short-term care, respite and short break accommodation to profoundly deaf and deafblind men and women at its residential home 'Foley House'.

Foley House is situated at High Garrett, Essex, on the A131 .It is two miles north of Braintree, and four miles south of Halstead. Bus Stops are located immediately outside the house and a railway link is available from Braintree to the main Liverpool Street/Norwich line. Foley House has its own car and accessible Minibus.

Foley House has a very friendly, relaxed atmosphere in a 'communicating' environment where residents can choose to be part of a group or have their privacy and independence. There is a dedicated staff group, on call 24 hours a day, whose aims are to ensure that the residents' individual needs are respected and of paramount importance.
British Sign language (B.S.L) is used which facilitates the maximum communication and decreases the sense of isolation felt by so many deaf people in homes not catering exclusively for them.

There is an active social committee of residents and staff, who decide together the social events to be organised. We have friends, both deaf and hearing, who visit and join us for social activities both in the home and on outings in our own coach to places of interest and enjoyment, including to theatres, which employ an interpreter to 'sign' performances. Every month residents, who wish to, attend Lunch Clubs and Deaf Clubs at RAD (the Royal Association in Aid of Deaf People) Some residents who wish to can go to external day-centres where they can pursue a wide variety of interests. Indoor and outdoor leisure activities are actively encouraged and include greenhouse gardening, swimming and bingo, board games, film club, library, crafts etc. Shopping expeditions are encouraged, a mobile clothes shop visits 3/4 times a year and there is a small in-house shop operated by staff and residents.

It is the intention and aim of staff at Foley House, to maintain a happy, safe, loving, caring and warm environment for anyone wishing to make this their home. Twenty-four hour care is offered, and all Residents' individual needs are identified, addressed and met wherever possible so that Residents do not lose their self identity, and great care is taken to allow for the needs of privacy, personal freedom, dignity, independence, self esteem, self-choice and self-advocacy.

It is the policy of the management of Foley house to respect and actively promote residents' human rights; rights of personal freedom, choices in daily living, personal dignity and self-respect, independence, privacy and the exercise of free will. Residents may have access to any personal information on them maintained by the home. There is a residents' Committee to ensure that residents are involved in the decision-making processes of the home. As an organisation we are continually striving towards equal opportunities in all spheres.

Visitors are welcome at all reasonable times. A meal can be provided for which we ask for 24 hours notice if possible to facilitate catering arrangements. Tea & coffee are always available.

All staff receive induction training from day one to ensure they are familiar with the essential philosophy of care. Each member of staff is supervised regularly to identify the training requirements for their work such as care training, moving techniques, first aid, etc and their own perceived training needs and aspirations. Staff receive formal training in British Sign Language and Deafblind Communication to enable a high standard of communication skills to develop between residents and staff. Courses include: B.S.L. - C.A.C.D.P. - Sign language, Deafblind Communication - C.A.C.D.P. - Deaf Awareness - R.N.I.D.- R.A.D. , R.A.D. Courses, N.V.Q. - Direct Care Level II - 'In House Training' including NVQ training under the supervision of the Care Manager who is a qualified assessor.

Residential Home:-from£595.00 per week (From 1/4/2005) some 'premium' rooms available (The fees are usually paid by the benefit system with a local or health authority top up)
Please always feel free to discuss any financial issues or difficulties as we may be able to help or put you in touch with others who may also be able to help.

Planned Respite/Short Stays - These would be charged at the above rate with a daily charge from £85.00 according to needs, wishes and requirements.

Day Care - Day Care is charged at £45.00 per day plus transport and driver/escort costs
Transport costs are:----------mileage at 40p per mile
Driver/Escort costs are:----------charged at £7.50 per hour.

If you would like to know more about Foley House or would like to make an appointment to visit, please contact the Director

The telephone number is (01376) 326652 Voice
(01376) 553350 Minicom/Fax
07721 750116 Mobile & SMS (text)