Recognition for our teams from Oldham Council

We received some amazing feedback from Oldham Council this week, praising the response from our local teams during the coronavirus pandemic. Coming directly from the Director of Adult Social Services and Assistant Director of Joint Commissioning, it’s clear just how much they value our dedicated care and support staff:

“We know this has been the most challenging six months that many of us have ever experienced in our time in health and social care. We know there have been days when you will have questioned whether you are doing enough, or the right thing or have been worried about exposing yourself or your families to risk. We know that even on these days, you have done everything you can to support the people that rely on your support.

“Your commitment, dedication and resilience has been humbling to witness. We have received many letters from family members directly and via providers praising the work you have done in caring for their loved ones during the pandemic. You should be very proud of everything you have achieved and we are grateful for your dedication and care.

“So thank you. Thank you for being a part of Team Oldham. Thank you for giving of yourself every day and putting the people you support first. They deserve your very best, and you have shown them exactly what this means.”

Superstar Karla saves the day

Recently, the Dartford team from Home Instead Senior Care posted on their Facebook page about how they’d ‘met a superhero in disguise’.

“We were made aware of a traffic accident right in front of our office, involving someone that was known to us, and when we arrived at the scene, a lovely and kind woman had already stopped her car and jumped into the damaged car to help the person inside.

“She stayed with that person the entire time until the ambulance arrived, speaking calmly, reassuring them and just being awesome. Everyone around thought she was a paramedic off-duty. As it turns out she works for another care company and just wanted to help.

“Karla, if you see this: you are a superstar and your current employer can be very proud of having you in the team!”

Well, someone did see this – Karla’s branch manager, Melissa, who forwarded the message onto us. We’re all incredibly proud to have Karla as a member of our Kent SCP team, changing lives every day – even when you’re off-duty. Well done Karla, you are definitely a superstar!

National Fitness Day – Wednesday 23rd September

This year National Fitness Day will take place on Wednesday 23rd September.

The day is a chance to celebrate the role that physical activity plays across the UK, helping us raise awareness of its importance in helping us lead healthier and active lifestyles.

Why is this important?

  • The UK faces a physical inactivity crisis, with evidence from ukactive showing that the average adult spends more time on the toilet every week than exercising.
  • Physical inactivity leads to more than 20 long-term health conditions such as type-2 diabetes, some cancers and osteoporosis.
  • Physical inactivity is the fourth largest killer in our society.

National Fitness Day inspires the nation to move a bit more and better understand the benefits of an active lifestyle. It is not only proven to improve our physical health, it also has an incredible effect on our mental health, our confidence, our social connections and helps us build better communities.

This year’s theme is ‘Fitness Unites Us’.  With the aim to demonstrate that coming together to be active is a great way to overcome the myriad of challenges we face across society. It is a day when people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities come together to celebrate the fun of fitness, whether that be ‘plank offs’, yoga and Pilates classes, treadmill challenges, high-street HIIT classes, dance-offs or mass walks.

Join the movement!

Keeping physically active means something different to us all, but fitness is for everyone. We want to hear from you!

  • Have recently taken up a sport during lockdown?
  • Do you love an unusual sporting activity?
  • Are you a secret pro at your chosen sport?
  • What do you love about fitness?
  • What’s your greatest sporting achievement?
  • Are you doing anything to celebrate National Fitness Day?
  • Do you support your local community with sporting/fitness events?

Tell us about your fitness journeys here and inspire your colleagues to take up exercise! We will share your stories in our communications over the coming weeks.

You can also use #Fitness2Me on social media – Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. To show what Fitness means to you and how it’s helping you unite with others!

This is just the start

Of course, National Fitness Day isn’t just about one day, it’s about committing to change your routine for a lifetime of benefits. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be promoting ways to improve physical health – so watch this space.

Cycling for sepsis awareness

Vicki Kinder, Care Coordinator at the Careline Homecare branch in Ashton-Under-Lyne, contacted us this week about her close call with sepsis earlier in the year. Sepsis can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death – and is caused by the body overreacting to an infection.

Vicki told us, “I was diagnosed with Sepsis back in April and was told that if my daughter hadn’t called the ambulance when she did, I wouldn’t have made it. I am back at work now and a hundred times better than I was, although still not 100% obviously.”

“I’ve decided to try and do my bit so have signed up to do a 150 mile bike ride from 1st to 30th September. I’ll be riding with my kids to raise some valuable money for such a good cause and also raise some awareness to the illness.”

Please support Vicki’s bike ride on the Just Giving page here, where you can also read more about the traumatic events that nearly took Vicki’s life.

Vicki has set up a display in the branch’s reception raising awareness of sepsis, with posters and leaflets provided by The UK Sepsis Trust. You can find out more about their work and spotting the signs of sepsis on the Trust’s website.