I have not written here for some time, but our hard work and dedication to our Clients and Staff continues. I am so proud to be able to say that we have held onto our Outstanding Rating from the CQC for a second time. A huge thank you to all our wonderful Staff and to all our Clients. It was certainly a teamwork effort and we are so proud of what we have all achieved.
We have also been added to a new service that is being offered from Devon Digital Carers, in conjunction with Devon County Council. We have had our own video library built by them, which can be found on our under Useful Links and Information. The direct link is ‘hestia.healthandcarevideos.com’. The library contains lots of useful short videos on all sorts of topics and information, from asthma to hernia to physiotherapy to vertigo. It is worth having a look.
In Staff updates, we have had a number of changes since my last blog, but most recently, Katy start her maternity leave. She went a little sooner than she had thought she would, but she is home and resting and getting ready for the birth. We are all very excited and it has been lovely for our Clients to be able to follow her progress and share their pearls of wisdom. We got her the gift of a massage so she could give herself a treat either before or after baby comes!
We are hoping to recruit some new Staff Members over the summer and have been interviewing applicants. We are also taking time to review our current situation. Since Karen (who may have been seen out and about working for the District Nurses) left in the summer last year Julia and I have been covering every role, so we are hoping to find someone to become Care Manager too. We also want to take some time to review what we are offering that is above and beyond our Care and Support work. Excitingly, we are looking at creating a new position that we are calling a Community Wellbeing Co-ordinator. This would involve helping people connect and engage with the things that they enjoy doing. This is going to be a work in progress, so any ideas of what you may like to see/do/get involved with etc. would be welcomed. What matters to you? Is the question that we will be asking. The role would be finding our about what is on out and about in the area and in the local communities and to help link interests and people. We will let you know how we get on with this.
Julia went to the Alzheimer’s conference at the beginning of this month, in the Big Smoke that is London. She found out a huge amount of useful and interesting information and we have been added to the Dementia Connect Referral Scheme. If anyone has a concern, a specific question, or need support, we can raise a referral on their behalf and link in with this resource. She also found out about a scheme called Dementia Carers Count. This organisation is set up to support family, friends or partners who provide care to someone with dementia. They offer a three-day residential course, delivered by qualified professionals, to help give a greater understanding of the condition and improve the care for that person. If you would like to know anything more about these two schemes, or anything else relating to Dementia then please do get in touch.
And turing further afield, the sun is shining and summer appears to have finally arrived. With this is mind, especially if we get the same levels of heat as last year the NHS recommends these Top Tips for keeping cool:
It is best for your health to avoid getting too hot in the first place.
If you find your home to be uncomfortably hot and you have concerns about it affecting yours, or someone else’s, health, seek medical advice about the person and from the environmental health department within your local authority about the home.
Keep out of the heat
Seek advice if you have any concerns
That’s everything for now. Stay cool and enjoy your summer.
Claire Burton has worked with older people for many years. Her background is in Occupational Therapy. She has now set up a Holistic Home Care Community Interest Company, to deliver care to older people in and around Totnes in Devon.