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The morning cup of coffee is what a lot of people look forward to when they wake up especially as Health Care Assistants working 12-hour shifts. When you still feel groggy in the morning to give you that boost through the morning a good cup of coffee will sort you out to work in either your hospitals, community sector, nursing homes, or private hospitals.

You are not alone!

In America, 80% of Americans drink coffee every day.

But do you think drinking coffee is bad for you?

The majority of people say that when drinking coffee, their heart feels weird. They may feel things such as your heart racing, heart palpitations, or an increased heart rate. Does this mean Coffee is Bad for you?

Coffee is actually full of health benefits, according to the collection of cardiology, drinking two to three cups of coffee per day is associated with maintaining a healthy heart.

Having two to three cups of coffee a day has a neutral effect, this means that it didn’t cause any harm to the health of the heart thus performing to the best of your ability as a healthcare assistant/ Nurse

Cardiovascular improvements were associated with a low risk for:

  • Developing coronary heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Heart rhythm problems
  • Dying for any reason

If you are a one-cup-a-day coffee drinker, there’s good news for you too, the risk of getting a heart-related death and stroke is lower!

health effect coffee

“Coffee beans actually have over 100 biologically active compounds. These substances can help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, improve insulin sensitivity, boost metabolism, inhibit the guts absorption of fat, and block receptors known to be involved with abnormal heart rhythms”

Negative effects on the heart from coffee for health care assistants:

Caffeine’s effect on overall health is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to coffee. The caffeine that is in coffee is high, around 100mg per 8-ounce cup.

Caffeine increases the heart rate and blood pressure, and too much of it can cause things such as anxiety, insomnia, headaches, and stomach irritation. Also, caffeine is very addictive. Whilst being on shift as a Healthcare Assistant/ Nurse, drinking a coffee is the only thing that may keep you going as working through your hard shift or to keep you awake

Roughly, around 400mg is the maximum amount of caffeine that someone should consume in one day, which equals around 4 cups of coffee a day.

On the other hand, a lot of people do not normally consume their coffee black, this is where coffee can go from good to bad! Adding the milk or cream and sugar can significantly increase the calorie, sugar, and fat content. This can cause weight gain, diabetes, and increased blood sugar levels which again can lead to heart disease and other health problems.

When drinking coffee think about the benefits and the problems it can come with, and when adding your sweetener, try something besides sugars and creamers!

Secure Healthcare Solutions has many opportunities for Healthcare Assistants and nurses!

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Nursing can be a very rewarding career, but it comes with so many recruitment paths. Secure Healthcare Solutions understands that is can be hard to find the best route for you. Here at Secure Healthcare Solutions, one of the UK’s most established nursing and care providers, we offer many benefits so you know a Secure Healthcare Solutions career is right for you!

  • We look are you and VALUE you

We understand your PIN is your career. We have a safeguarding team and a quality and care team dedicated to making sure you are as protected as you can be with the support from the office staff. We also with able futures, providing mental health support and with Cavell Nurses Trust to help protect you and to take care of you if you ever come into any hardship.

  • Training

Personal development training is provided free of charge here at Secure Healthcare Solutions. We take care of any financial burdens of your training to make your life a little less stressful as it can be

  • Flexible hours

Want part-time work, full-time, days or nights? Secure Healthcare Solutions can provide all sorts of positions for you as a nurse! We have contracts with care providers across the UK that are continually after staff such as the NHS, nursing homes, and private hospitals, and we offer contracted hours on our Complex Community side. And even if you want to earn more as a Nurse you can pick up additional adhoc shifts.

  • Earn over £3000 a month

If you want to work, Secure Healthcare Solutions has the hours. As a result, our pay rates vary from £20-45 per hour varying from different shifts to different employment types. As we all know we love to see that payslip at the end of week.

Work as a Nurse

  • Referral Schemes

Secure Healthcare Solutions offers up to £500 on our referral scheme, for every successful referral you make!

Sounds good?

If you have a minimum of 6 months of experience in the UK and an NMC pin, get in touch with Secure Healthcare Solutions today and get your career moving!
Secure Healthcare Solutions has nurse positions and many availabilities for our following departments:

We cover a range of area such as, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Dudley, Tipton, Stoke-On-Trent, Warwick, Worcester, Shrewsbury, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Daventry, Corby, Solihull, Coventry, Cheshire, Shropshire, Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Hull, Derby, Chesterfield, Crewe, Malvern and many more

To get in contact give us a call today on

0121 285 9449

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The pressure has increased on our front-line healthcare workers, especially as a result of COVID-19. Many relaxation techniques have long been prescribed as an effective way to find and release feelings of being tense, having anxiety, and fear.

Below are some facts that are outlined which are a range of rapid relaxation techniques that can be put into practice in the workplace or when you are at home. This may vary for different individuals.

Whole Body Tension:

Tensing everything in your body and holding that tension is a good way to relieve a lot of pressure in your body. Holding your tension for as long as you can and then slowly release the tension gradually and feel it leave your body. Repeating this 3 times can help with the ease of the stress in your body and will make you feel much lighter and freer.

Imagining air as a cloud

Opening your imagination and focusing on your breathing. When your breathing becomes regular, you’ll automatically become calm, imagine that the air you are breathing is coming to you directly from a cloud and in the form as a cloud, this will fill you and then empty you as you release, in some cases, you can imagine the cloud to be a specific color to help ease the tension and keep you relaxed.

Picking a Spot:

When your head is level and your body is relaxed, pick a spot your eyes can focus on (something in your sight) when you are ready count five breaths backward, when taking each breath close your eyes gradually. Concentrate on each breath, when you get to one, your eyes should be fully closed focusing on the feelings of being relaced and tension free.

Counting 10 breaths backwords

Allow yourself to feel passive, allow yourself to feel indifferent, counting each breath in a slow manor from 10 all the way down to 1. With each count, allow yourself to feel heavier each time and relaxed. When you are exhaling, allow all the tension to release, leaving your body nice and relaxed and tension free.

Techniques for Healthcare Workers

Using the 5-4-3-2-1 technique

Using the 5-4-3-2-1 technique is a proven technique to relieve yourself from tension. You will purposefully take in the details from your surroundings utilizing each one of your senses. Striving to notice the smaller details that your mind would usually blank out for example the distant sounds around you or the texture of an ordinary object. This technique is best used when you have more time on your hands as it’s not the quickest of techniques.

5. What are the things you can see? (5 things)
4. What are the things you can feel? (4 things)
3. What are the things you can hear? (3 things)
2. What are the things you can smell? (2 things)
1. What is the thing you can taste? (1 thing)

At Secure Healthcare Solutions we believe that a happy and relaxed workforce who are tension-free is the most adequate way to be working. Will make your work-like balance a lot easier. We take pride in our carers and nurses who work with us.

To join the Secure Healthcare family, click the link below to find out what positions we have available:

Secure Healthcare Solutions understands and knows the importance of 24-hour care at home can be for people. We methodically and clinically match you with reliable, skilled, and experienced carers for your home to provide the highest Person-Centered Care possible for either you or your loved ones at home.

Secure Healthcare Solutions will source and recruit the right carer for you to provide all types of care and support to yourself or a loved one. This will include incontinence care, prompting and administration for medication, companionship, and clinical needs such as moving and assisting, peg feeds, and many more.

Here at Secure Healthcare Solutions, we are here to help, we offer 24-hour care in:

  • Birmingham
  • Wolverhampton
  • Stafford
  • Stoke
  • Coventry
  • Northampton
  • Cheshire
  • Shropshire
  • Worcester

And the surrounding areas of West Midlands and East Midlands

Once you have found out what you need, we set up personalized care plans and assessments which are tailored to your needs. 24-hour Care at home can be stressful and Secure Healthcare Solutions doesn’t want to cause any unnecessary distress, so that’s why we encourage and provide the care in your own home close to your loved ones and the people who know you most. Secure Healthcare Solutions will work with you to get to know your preferences and daily routines before tailoring a support package just for your or your loved ones with your chosen carer in your chosen location.

Arranging a carer:

  • Tell us what you need
  • Getting to know each other
  • Match your needs with a carer
  • Meet your carer
  • Arrange training on your daily routines

24-hour care at home

How Does it Work?

If you are looking for 24-hour care, whether is it Complex Care or Live-in care in either Birmingham, Wolverhampton, and other surrounding areas in the West Midlands, the exact schedules or 24-hour care will depend but mostly they work 7 days a week for a set shift pattern of 12 hours a day. This can also be depending on whether it is 2 carers to 1 service user or 1 carer to a service user. For example, if you have suffered from an injury and are temporarily unable to take care of yourself they can be brought in for a set amount of time, or if this is an ongoing issue or life-long condition then the service that Secure Healthcare Solutions provides will be outstanding to your needs to make your life as a service user or a loved one easier.

24- hour care can consist of but not vary to:

  • Being there for companionship during the day
  • Helping with confidence, comfort, and security
  • Assisting with household chores
  • Preparing and cooking meals
  • Providing you with transport to go to appointments
  • Communication to friends and family on your behalf

24-hour care will help to provide complete peace of mind both practically and mentally. If you have a loved one that needs care, it can be stressful worrying about them all the time. Our 24-hour Carers will have everything under control and ensure either you or your family are in safe hands and a safe environment at all hours of the day

Get in touch with Secure Healthcare Solutions to find your 24-hour care in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Stoke, Coventry, Northampton, Cheshire, Shropshire, Worcester and surrounding areas of West Midlands and East Midlands.

0121 285 9449

Working as a Complex HCA, the role is more person-centered care and can include working in a service users’ home. Complex conditions can vary from anything which requires clinical support, such as Parkinson’s, acquired brain injuries or a neurological condition. Complex Conditions can also be a condition that requires nursing care as a result in primary conditions such as peg feeds and tracheostomy.

For a Complex Carer role, ideally a minimum of 6 months’ experience in a similar role can benefit you In making a good complex carer, however there is certain personal characteristics that you must have for you to pursue this career option such as:

  • Being Patient and having the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Expressing a caring and friendly personality
  • Endurance
  • Communication skills
  • willing to do personal care

Complex Carer

Working as a Complex Carer has loads of responsibilities, these can vary from regular routines responsibilities but can also change depending on emergency needs such as tracheostomies or suctioning routines. With Complex Service users anything can happen at any time and a trained and experienced complex carer will be able to support the service user with ease.

As a Complex Care Assistant, the responsibilities may consist of:

  • Tracheostomy
  • Peg feeds
  • Spinal Injury
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Nebulisers
  • Suctioning
  • Moving and Handling
  • Personal Care
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Medication Administration
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Gastronomy Care
  • Catheter Care
  • Bowel Care
  • Stoma Care
  • And many more

How can Secure Healthcare Solutions help?

At Secure Healthcare Solutions, we require 6 months minimum experience and provide full training to upskill you and for you as a Complex Carer to keep up to date with your training and your own skills.

Secure Healthcare Solutions always offers shadow shifts before getting you out to work so you have a feel on how the service user works and what their routine is. Going forward form your shadow shift a member from our inhouse clinical team will come out to support you and go through competencies and sign you off, by our clinical team doing this it allows you to work on the package and eventually you will have the opportunity to progress into being team leaders of the package and being a senior.

Secure Healthcare Solutions always have plenty of positions as a Complex Healthcare Assistant. As a UK’s leading nursing and staffing agency we work closely with the Care Commissioners Group (CCG) we always have the opportunity to provide services of care to either you or your family.

A quote from one of Complex Care Assistant

“Throughout my job I have to assess the needs of our service users to ensure tailored quality personal care is provides, listening to people is important, it Is vital that I communicate with service users, family members of those that I am providing care for and also with healthcare professionals to ensure that quality care and support is provided. Ever since the Covid 19 pandemic, it is also important that I use appropriate PPE to protect myself and others from Covid 19. This is done by me wearing gloves, aprons and using face masks and disinfecting surfaces when necessary”

To find out what positions we have available in our Complex Care department click on the link below:

Sleep hygiene is a practice of better sleeping habits that can help you get a better night’s sleep. Practicing better sleep hygiene goes beyond buying comfortable mattresses and better sheets.

What you do during the day and into the night can affect your quality of sleep. Examples of good  sleep hygiene can insist on staying away from frequent naps during the day. Good sleep can improve your overall sleep health, this can result in a more peaceful and sound sleep. Resulting in providing a better service of care.

Does sleep hygiene work?

Sleep hygiene has the potential to improve your ability to fall and stay asleep and to give you more energy when working in the field with Secure Healthcare Solutions. Even minor adjustments to your daily routine in the evening and in the day can massively impact your quality of sleep. Practicing good sleep hygiene is not a cure for any sleeping disorders and this shouldn’t be a replacement for medical treatment if you experience symptoms of chronic sleep disorders such as chronic insomnia.

Benefits of Good Sleep Hygiene:

When carers sleep well, we wake up feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Good sleeping habits can make a positive impact not only on your overall health but also it can make a positive impact in your  lifestyle. Good Sleep Hygiene boosts the chances of restful sleep, which will then have the ability to improve productivity when working in care, mental, physical well-being, and overall quality of  life. Other benefits may include:

 Better Immune System
 Increased Muscle Repair
 Sharper Memory
 Enhanced energy levels

The quality of sleep which we get at night reflects on how we look and feel daily, which is why healthy sleep hygiene for carers is so important as their role is crucial in providing services of care.

3 Ways to Improve your Sleep Hygiene:

1. Soaking up the Sun in the morning
When you wake up in the morning you should expose yourself to natural light. We recommend spending time in the morning in the sun, doing this can rest your circadian rhythm and send signals to your brain and tell you that it’s time to start the day. A morning walk outside is also another great way to wake up naturally and get an energy boost. Even if you don’t have time for a morning stroll open up the windows and get the brightness into your home.

2. Regular Exercise
Having around 20 – 30 minutes of exercise or physical activity a day can help you fall asleep during the night. Also, it’ll allow you to fall asleep easier. Being active can also decrease the number of times you wake up in the middle of the night result will lead to deeper sleep. However, it is really important to stay away from the immense type of exercise either one or two hours before bed as this raises your heart rate therefore leaving it more difficult for you to fall asleep.

3. Limit naps during the day
Whilst an occasional nap can be beneficial, anything over the 20-minute mark and then having a regular pattern throughout the day can affect your sleep at night. Naps taken in the latter part of the car are proven to make it difficult for people to fall asleep during normal hours of the night. Naps longer than 20 minutes can cause grogginess or disorientation after waking up.

At Secure Healthcare Solutions, we encourage good sleep hygiene when you are working with us, we like to make sure you are at your best and not run down.

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A Mental Health care worker operates under many different job titles, these could be “Counsellor”. “Clinician”, “Therapist” and many more titles.

What may consist of a Mental Health worker’s responsibility?

  • Provide Patient Care
  • Assisted Living
  • Development Plans
  • Monitoring physical mental health for patients and service users
  • Going out on visits to patients
  • Leading therapy sessions
  • Keeping records

What is the role of a Mental Health Support Worker?

A Few Examples of a mental health support worker can include support people with mental health experiences such as Bipolar Disorder, BPD, Addiction, Schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders. Mental Health conditions are sometimes complex to diagnose as we know everyone is different and conditions can affect in many serious ways a person’s day to day life.

Key Responsibilities being a Mental Health Support Worker

Mental health support workers work alongside individuals with mental illnesses in order to help them cope more and more easily with their daily lives and activities in addition to providing them with vital support in order for them to help achieve their goals. Often it is important for a mental health support worker to take on a diversity of roles when working with an individual patient, there are times acting as a carer whilst other times offering emotional support and being there as a friend if it is required. Mental Health support workers usually are part of a diverse nursing team working under the supervision of a Registered nurse (RGN)

Typically, a Mental Health worker’s duty will include the provision of therapy or assisting in the basic care to patients that have developmental disabilities or any form of mental illnesses. For example, a mental health support worker can help the individual prepare cooked meals or support them with their essential daily activities like getting ready or if needed administration of any medication. Here at Secure Healthcare Solutions, we offer all training needed for you to progress in your care career if this is something that you want to get into.

Skills that a Mental health Support Worker Requires:

Being a Mental Health support worker isn’t the easiest job although it is particularly a rewarding job, if you are the type of individual that is keen to help make difference in people’s lives then it is for you if you take great pride in being a witness first hand to the impact of an individual with any mental health illness. Typically, a mental health support worker requires certain traits such as being able to remain patient with people when dealing with trying circumstances or emotional behavior. You must also be able to be accepting of other people’s lifestyles and understand how that individual’s mental health issues have a massive impact on their lives. The most important skill is that a mental health support worker is to remain calm in a stressful situation and be flexible enough to be dealing with a range of different behaviors that may present certain challenges.

Mental Health care worker

How Does Someone get an assigned Mental Health Support Worker?

If you or a loved one suffer and have been impacted by a mental illness causing a struggle to cope with your everyday life, then you need to do the following:
Contact your Local authority (LA) or someone who is in charge of providing public services. Your LA is responsible for ensuring that individuals with eligible needs get the care and support needed. These are often determined by an assessment being done which will come to a conclusion whether or not a person is entitled to the support in the form of a support worker or social care.

An assessment will take place, they take into consideration your living situation and whether or not your wellbeing is being affected by your mental illness.

Secure Healthcare has many positions for Mental Health Support workers, to enquire please click the link below:

Being a Healthcare Assistant means is a very meaningful and rewarding job. Most importantly you are a front-line worker ensuring quality care and support is provided to those who require it. Providing care and the support needed for service users either within their own homes or in a residential home. We appreciate every single Healthcare Assistant who dedicates their lives to helping others.

The 6 Cs of care:

  • Compassion
  • Commitment
  • Care
  • Competency
  • Courage
  • Communication

Amy is one of our Healthcare assistants:

“ I work as a healthcare assistant in residential care for the elderly and people who require mental support. A typical start to the day is 08:00 am just after a handover from the night staff. Normally they go room to room assisting the residents either getting out of bed or going to prep the food for them. Some sit in either chair or on the side of the bed while others stay in bed and then wait for their breakfast. After this is completed, we then proceed to help the patients get ready.”

Regular tasks that are performed by health care assistants are personal care, washing, and turning patients, (Secure Healthcare Solutions provide Basic life support and Manual Handling training for all staff which is needed). Toileting, Incontinence care, mobilizing, feeding. It can also include observation reports for any possible problems that may have occurred.

Being a Healthcare Assistant is a very rewarding job. Although the days follow a similar routine, it does vary. Healthcare Assistants play a hands-on role with the people they care for. Over time they tend to build relationships of trust and respect the individuals and their own families.

Working as a Healthcare Assistant can also be a bit stressful from time to time. Some tasks are not the most pleasant but it is necessary at the time. It can be both physically and emotionally demanding. Some of the clients you provide a service of care to require a high demand of assistance and you have to be able to deal with it inevitably, times it could be dealing with their deaths too. Healthcare assistants are involved in shift patterns and they also require 24-hour care.

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My time working nights as a Healthcare Assistant (HCA)

“A Nightshift is a bit different from a day shift when working in care. Personally, I would say I prefer night shifts compared to the day shifts; I normally prefer working nights. During the night shifts, I normally start around 8 pm so this means I would come in a bit earlier around 20-30 minutes earlier. During this time, I would receive a handover on what was done on the day, make myself something to drink, and prepare any documentation needed.”

“ I have been working in the Care sectors for 3 years now and I can never of asked for a better and more rewarding job”

Secure Healthcare Solutions offers many positions of being a Healthcare Assistant in and around the west midlands area.

For more opportunities Secure Healthcare Solutions has to offer please click on the link below:


Working in care is a rewarding job where you get the chance to succeed and help people with their progression back to their normal lives. Secure Healthcare Solutions has many options to help with your care career.

Jobs available:
 Home care
 Complex Care
 Community care
 Nursing Care Homes


Working in community care gives you the flexibility in your working hours, where you can work on certain runs in and around your home life. For example, Secure Healthcare Solutions has runs that can vary from 06:00-14:00 or 14:00-23:00. We have many carers who work with us who work around school runs for their children, this is a benefit for working with the community care team with Secure Healthcare Solutions.


Another benefit for working in care is the progression you can make. To start off in your care career majority of people start off in home care/community care to gain the right amount of experience. After working a certain period of time, this can vary from 6 months to maybe a year. Secure Healthcare Solutions offers in house training for our staff and clinical support to help you gain the sufficient amount of experience to either go into working in nursing or care home even can go into the complex care team where you will be dealing with service users who have 24-hour care with a more clinical background of care.

Sociable Job:

Working In care gives you the opportunity to be sociable by working with other carers and providing a service of care to different individuals. Working in Community care for Secure Healthcare Solutions allows you to meet new service users and carers nearly every hour, going from house-to-house building and maintaining a relationship with many different people. Also working in Care homes and nursing homes will allow you to be very sociable, working with many different service users and members of staff every day.
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No two days will be the same:
Working in care with Secure Healthcare Solutions is going to be an excellent choice for yourself, It’s a fun and enjoyable journey if you don’t like your days to be boring!

The great thing about working in care homes is that you are never sure on exactly what is going to happen from one hour to the next Yourself and your colleagues will be working together and creating an enjoyable environment for the patients that are in your care. What exactly this means is likely to depend on the particular interests of the residents and their family members. This means you’ll be invited to explore a wider range of varied activities.

There are a few things more fundamentally rewarding than caring for someone else. Whether this is helping to empower an older person to make the most out of their day and to enjoy it, supporting them with short- or long-term health needs, or even easing the way for someone as they are about to reach the end of their life. Caring for others is a huge privilege

At the end of each of your shifts, you’ll be able to head home with the knowledge and satisfaction that you have made a real difference to the quality-of-life residents. The care you provide to elderly people on a daily basis will be values, appreciated and vital to sustaining their quality of life.

If you want to be apart of our Secure Family click the link below to register:

1. Dyslexia
3. Dyscalculia
4. Dysgraphia
5. Dyspraxia

Dyslexia is a general term for a disorder that involves difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but this does not affect general intelligence. Study shows that most people think that Dyslexia causes people to reverse letters and numbers and see words backward. Reversals do happen but this is a normal part of the development and is seen in most kids until they reach a bit older. This makes it hard to understand short or familiar words or to sound out longer words.

ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactive disorder. It is a medical condition. A person with ADHD has differences within the brain development system and brain activity that affects attention, the ability to sit still, and self-control. ADHD can affect children and adults in school, at home, and in friendships. People diagnosed with ADHD have a harder time staying focused. ADHD can make it difficult to keep behavior under control. This means kids and teenagers may get into more trouble.

Dyscalculia is a specific and persistent difficulty in understanding numbers that can lead to a diverse range of difficulties with mathematics. It will be unexpected in relation to age, level of education, and experience and it occurs across a variety of all ages and abilities. Dyscalculia is only a learning disorder related to maths, people can still exceed in other subjects such as English or History.

Dysgraphia can appear as difficulties when spelling and or troubling writing down thoughts. Dysgraphia is a neurological disorder that generally appears when children learn to write. Experts are not sure what causes it, but early treatment can help prevent or reduce the problem. Symptoms of Dysgraphia can be children having unclear, irregular, or inconsistent handwriting. Often children with different slants, shapes and children who have problems with upper- and lower-case letters. They also tend to write or copy things in a slow manner.

Learning Disability
A mature caucasian woman and her teenage daughter who is using a wheelchair and has physical and mental disabilities. They are outdoors, on a tree-lined path, and surrounded by golden fallen leaves. They are face to face sharing a lovely moment.

Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) also known as dyspraxia, this is a condition affecting physical coordination. This causes a child to perform less well than expected in the daily activities for their age and appear to move “clumsy”

Some symptoms of Dyspraxia are:
 Poor Balance
 Poor Posture
 Lack of Integration of the two sides of the body
 Lack of Rhythm when dancing, doing aerobics
 Clumsy gait and movement
 Exaggerated ‘accessor movements’ such as flapping arms when running
 Tendency to fall or trip and bump into things

Secure Healthcare Solutions can accommodate the service user with each one of these disorders, we have a positive behavioral support practitioner who resources the correct candidates to fit the needs of the service user. Secure Healthcare solutions support and provide a service of care to Learning Disability service users. This can vary from 6hours to 24-hour support either in the community or in the comfort of their own home.

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