Wright Care At Home – November Newsletter
This month we are all starting to prepare for the upcoming festivities, lots of busy planning behind the scenes to ensure we all have a great Christmas, and as always lots of training and care events to ensure we are all working together to deliver a high standard of care.
Wear it Pink for Breast Cancer…
On Friday 18th October we held a bake sale and invited the Care Team to ‘Wear it Pink’ to raise money for a charity called Breast Cancer Now. Our lovely Susan and Val looked lovely in pink and Margie made some ‘Great British Bake Off’ standard Jammy Dodgers.
New Members of the team….
This month we welcomed 4 new team members. Rosemary will be working Full Time and Val and Sadie will be working Part Time. Danielle will be joining us as a bank care worker. They all come with a wealth of care knowledge and passion to deliver excellent standards of care. They all have already fitted into the Wright Care at Home family.
Heather Completes Care Certificate…
Huge congratulations to our Bank worker Heather who was awarded her Care certificate. So much hard work goes in to completing the care certificate.
Children in Need Book sale…
On Friday 15th November we held a Book/DVD and CD sale at the Grey House and raised £29. Thank you to everyone that donated.
Tips to help with the cold weather from Age UK…
Keep some extra food in the cupboard or freezer just in case you can’t get out to the shops.
To avoid a slip or a fall, keep a mixture of salt and sand handy to put on steps or paths when it’s icy out.
Even if it’s a mild winter, it’s important to get your flu jab. You’re more likely to catch the flu from October to March, no matter the weather.
If walking is difficult, you can do chair-based exercises while sitting or holding on to the back of a chair. Even moving your arms and legs and wiggling your toes can help you keep warm and well. If you’re sitting down, wrap up with a shawl or blanket. You could even pop your feet up on something as the air’s cooler at ground level.
Hot meals and drinks help to keep you warm, so try to eat at least one hot meal a day and find any excuse for a cuppa. Having a hot drink before going to bed and even keeping one in a flask by your bedside can also help you warm up if you’re chilly.
Keep your spirits up It’s not unusual to feel down and out of sorts in winter – particularly when the days are short, and the nights feel long. But there are things you can do to feel better, try to keep to your usual routine as best you can and if you find it more difficult to do things like visit friends or family, make sure you chat to them regularly on the phone.
Keeping warm when you’re out and about, make sure you keep your hands and face warm. If your hands and face get cold this can cause a rise in blood pressure, which puts you at risk of a heart attack. As well as wearing gloves and a hat, always wrap a scarf around your face when you go out in cold weather, even for short intervals. This helps to warm up the air you breathe in. Keep your feet warm. As with your hands and face, cold feet can trigger a potentially dangerous rise in blood pressure. Choose shoes (possibly boots) with non-slip soles and a warm lining or wear thermal socks. Several thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thick layer, as the layers trap warm air between them. Start with thermal underwear, warm tights or wool socks.
Keep your home at a stable, comfortable temperature. Keep your bedroom window closed at night when the weather is coldest. Close the curtains at dusk to keep the heat in. You may even want to fit thermal linings to them if you can.
Check if you are eligible for Winter Fuel payment, Warm Home Discount or a Cold Weather payment to help with the cost of heating your home.
From The Care Co-Ordinator
I can’t believe Christmas is fast approaching, there have been lots of plans going on this month. Ensuring we are ready for the festive period and the Winter months. This is always a very busy time of year in delivering our services with shorter days, dark days and weather conditions we have seen an increase in the demand for our support. The team have all worked so incredibly hard to ensure everyone is prepared for Winter and have all gone above and beyond to support our customers with extra visits and voluntary visits. We look forward to this time of year as we can really go the extra mile and help our customers in the community. It’s been an exciting time also as we introduce new Care team members to our company. Look out for our Wright Care at Home Elves soon to be delivering Festive Fancies out in the community raising money for Alzheimer’s Society
Tina Harvey Care Co Ordinator