With the high temperatures being experienced currently in the UK it is quite easy to forget what country we are in. But more importantly staying hydrated. We are urging both our staff and clients to stay safe, cool and well this Summer.
Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, said: “While many of us are enjoying the heatwave, the risks of overheating and not getting enough to drink are much greater for older people and people in vulnerable circumstances.
“That is why it is so important that those living in care homes and other health and care settings, particularly people living with long-term illnesses and complex conditions, are appropriately monitored and supported to maintain their usual health and wellbeing.
“Most of this is common sense – thinking about the environment and having person-centred care plans will help you to identify people at greatest risk and make sure they have the support they need.
“There’s also lots of good advice available from Public Health England and NHS England in the Heatwave Plan for England including specific advice for care homes as well as hospital services. Information published by the Care and Support Alliance has a useful section on extreme weather conditions too.
“So, let’s enjoy the summer sunshine but let’s prepare and be #TempAware too.”
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We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the following people on being nominated for this years KICA care awards:
amazing mark of recognition.
Good luck to Vince and Jo at the awards ceremony later on this year!
Keep up the amazing work everyone and fingers crossed it will be you next year!
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.
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.