Sometimes being a carer can be a greatly underestimated career choice. The turn over of staff can be astonishingly high, and I sometimes genuinely believe that this is the reason why. A lot of people apply for the position as there is so much work available. But few realise how physically and mentally challenging this career is.
At Beech Tree Total Care we are taking extra special measures to educate our staff, making them aware of the true nature of the job and all it entails. But we also encourage our team to push themselves further and achieve more than they imagined. It is not uncommon for employees in the care industry to have come into the position due to the lack of academic qualifications. Which is so sad as those without put themselves down and doubt their ability. But in fact they are the most successful and loving carers in the profession.
Beech Tree has updated their website in order to support it's staff in these areas, providing them with the opportunities they perhaps did not realise were available to them. With a unique staff area which is now live, Beech Tree staff will be able to access relevant information and support which will help refresh their knowledge on tasks they come across perhaps on an infrequent basis, the ability to express interest in NCFE courses and NVQs. The website also has an area within which carers will be praised for their hard work, showing others what is achievable.
A little appreciation and support goes a long way. After all the life of a carer is not about ticking jobs off of a list. Its about making people feel human, giving a bit of hope in a world which at times can be quite bleak, supporting people both mentally and physically with things that perhaps we take for granted.
You will need a login to access area, this will be set up by the office and you will receive an email confirmation and link. All this informtion is for your use only and is not to be shared elsewhere!
In this month's Care Management Matters magazine there is an interesting article which is worth a read by all care staff.
It is an advertisement for The Care Workers Charity which is an organization giving access to information, advice and also hardship grants of up to £500 to current, former and retired care workers. There are also some useful tool kits in the Get Help area of their website www.thecareworkerscharity.org.uk which cover such topics as managing money and debt and health and wellbeing (including a whole section on bereavement and pointers for where people can access local bereavement services).
The article can be accessed through the link above alternatively click on the image.
A cold weather alert has been issued for parts of the UK. Click here to find out more.
In later life cold weather can be a bit of a worry. Our bodies react in different ways and can leaving us more susceptible to serious health problems. What can you do to keep yourself healthy, happy and safe this winter?
How can I stay healthy in winter?
Cold temperatures can raise blood pressure and increase the risk of flu and other lung-related problems. Our blood pressure takes longer to return to normal, and this can put you at greater risk of a heart attack or stroke. That’s why it’s so important to look after yourself in the winter.
The national finals are now only around the corner, with judging taking place this week. And our In-House Trainer, Emma Rutterford-Dawkins has been nominated for the Care Trainer Award.
The awards ceremony will be held on 31st March 2017 at The International Convention Centre, Birmingham. Let's keep our fingers crossed!
Beechtree have been awarded the contract for care provision within Spires Extra Care Scheme located in Tenterden, Kent. A housing scheme with 41 apartments, lift, lounge, restaurant, laundry, garden, hobby room, we will be working in partnership with West Kent housing association and Kent County Council to deliver care services in the scheme.
We have recently been awarded a contract working with Quarry House providing extra care at the new development. The £4.7million scheme, in Aldington, is due to open in on August 1st and features 33 self-contained, modern one and two-bedroom apartments, with support and care services on site. Homes are available for affordable rent or shared ownership and the scheme features a restaurant and salon which are open to the public.
For information on the services Beechtree will be providing on site please contract our friendly office staff in Ashford on 01233 627857 or if you are interested in applying for a rented flat you will need to be on Ashford’s Housing Register. For more information about the housing register please contact:
Ashford Borough Council on 01233 330688 or email HousingServices@ashford.gov.uk
If you are interested in buying a shared ownership home please contact Housing 21 on
0345 608 4021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org