Appreciation at Abacare
Leah Haslam Branch Manager at Abacare in Rhondda Cynon Taf has asked us to share her appreciation for some longstanding members of the team.
The branch has recently been recognising long service for some of their care team, including:
Andrea Williams – 11 years
Brett Severn – 5 years
Jackie Lloyd – 7 years.
Leah and the team have also congratulated Zoe Pain, one of their coordinators, for her 8 years of service.
Congratulations everyone. We’re looking forward to working alongside you all for many more years to come.
Dementia Action Week
This week is Dementia Action Week – the Alzheimer’s Society’s annual awareness raising campaign, with this year’s theme focusing on diagnosis.
Worried about memory problems?
If you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss, it could be a sign of dementia. Alzheimer’s Society research shows that the misconception around memory loss being a sign of normal ageing is the biggest barrier to people seeking a dementia diagnosis.
With diagnosis rates falling to a five-year low, the Alzheimer’s Society want to encourage those who might be living with undiagnosed dementia to come to them for guidance and support and feel empowered to take the next step.
Getting a diagnosis can be daunting, but the Society believe it’s better to know. And so do 91% of people affected by dementia.
If you are concerned you or a loved one may be experiencing signs of dementia, here are ways you can get support and guidance:
- Call The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456 or click here for online resources.
- Contact your GP – more information is also available from NHS Online here.
- LifeWorks online resources – The Caring for a Family Member with Dementia four-part article series covers first steps, handling behaviour at home, keeping those with dementia safe at home and finding a balance. You can access the service here – if you are unsure of your login detail or have any questions about LifeWorks please contact the team.
Emotive words for the Sophie and Michelle at Guardian Morecambe
Samantha Mozer, Registered Manager at Guardian Homecare in Morecambe has shared a lovely compliment from a service users family, who has now sadly passed away.
The family got in touch as they wanted to share their appreciation for the excellent care their father received from two members of the team, Sophie Shields and Michelle Harrison, writing:
“I am writing to express our thanks to the two carers from the Palliative Team for providing care to my dad at home at the end of his life. We were very fortunate to have Sophie and Michelle appointed to his care. They attended four visits per day for the 3-4 days they were needed over the long Bank Holiday weekend.
“Both were kind, caring and compassionate; not only to my father but to us as a family as well at a very difficult time. They provided efficient, gentle care ensuring dad’s needs were met and he was comfortable. We never felt their visits were rushed, as they always asked if there was anything else they could do before they left each visit and were understanding if a care visit or input was not appropriate at certain times.”
Thank you so much for sharing Samantha. It’s clear just how big a difference Sophie and Michelle’s support made at an incredibly difficult time for this family.
Let’s Talk About Health: World Meditation Day
Today is World Meditation Day!
Many of us spend a lot of our time rushing from one activity to the next. Meditation is a technique used to calm both the mind and the body by sitting quietly, taking deep breaths, and becoming aware of thoughts and bodily sensations.
Meditation has been practiced across the world for thousands of years. While it has a religious context, many people globally use it independently of any religious or spiritual practice. It’s available to everyone, everywhere – all you need is a little time.
What are the benefits of meditation?
Meditation can help people cope with emotional and physical concerns, such as:
- Stress and tension
- Mild anxiety
- Mild depression
- Sleep disorders
- Respiratory problems (such as asthma and emphysema)
Meditation is most beneficial when practiced regularly, so why not set yourself a reminder to meditate once a day, every day for the rest of the week, and see how you feel.
Try out Meditation Exercises on LifeWorks
Whether you’re new to meditation altogether or a seasoned pro, why not try the following meditation exercise videos available free on LifeWorks:
- Body Scan Meditation This meditation is designed to release tension in your body and mind.
- Tree Grounding Meditation This grounding exercise is designed to focus your mind on the present and help you feel more calm and relaxed.
- Five Senses Meditation This exercise is an active form of meditation that engages your five senses.
Fabulous feedback at Noble Live-In Care
And finally, Nadine Bowman one of our Locality Managers at Noble Live-In Care has shared some heart-warming feedback about a member of the live-in team, Gunpanvr.
Gunpanvr has worked for Noble Live-In Care for a few years now and has always wanted her own permanent package, in which she is now thriving. Following a recent review with her client Bunty, the family shared the following feedback:
“We think Gun is wonderfully suited for the placement. Bunty is very fond of her and likes her manner. Everyone is pleased with her. If there is anything else we could wish for is for Gun herself to know how much she is appreciated and trusted to make decisions without having to get the whole family’s approval!
“We rely on her to know what to do. She is better trained than all of us put together.
“We appreciate Bunty is quite reserved and not particularly social and guess this must be quite a lonely job. In spite of this we hope Gun will be available to take care of Bunty for as long as possible.”
Nathan Brewer-Magrin, Registered Branch Manager at Noble commented on the feedback, “It’s a real pleasure to see Noble Live-In Care team from our Carers, Care Co-ordinator and Locality Managers working together to find a good suitable match between our Live In Carers and Customers, to ensure positive outcomes. It gives a real sense of pride and fulfilment to know that our customer’s needs, and preferences are being met with such ease. It’s always lovely to receive such positive feedback. Well done team!”
Nadine finished by saying, “It is so lovely to hear positive feedback about our carers. This package has had a few hiccups along the way, but it’s so refreshing to know that a good match between a carer and client can improve the service and ensure that the client and their family are once again happy with the care we are providing. She is an asset to our team.”
Thank you so much for sharing Nadine, and we couldn’t agree more – Gunpanvr sounds like an absolute star.