Don’t miss Everycare Director, Joti Ghali, on BBC Radio Solent on Monday between 2-2:30pm. He’s been invited in to promote our forthcoming speed dating event for the over 65s. The event is on Wednesday 18th March from 1-3pm at the Winchester Discovery Centre, we hope to see you there!
Winter is here and snow has recently affected many areas of England. Hospitals have been under immense pressure in all departments, with Accident and Emergency experiencing high levels of elderly admissions.
The smallest fall for an elderly person can have serious consequences, so it is important at this time of year, when the risk of falling is higher, to be proactive in ensuring that the elderly are safe when out in the garden and community.
As the old saying goes, ‘prevention is better than cure’. With falls the biggest cause of hip fractures and accidental death amongst the elderly, we share some simple steps below to help prevent you or your loved one falling this winter.
• Minimise the amount of time outside and keep a close eye on pavements which may become slippery.
• If your elderly relative lives alone, arrange for someone to carefully shovel their steps and walkways.
• If taking a trip outside is vital, make sure you or your family member wear boots with non-skid soles and if they use a cane, replace the rubber tip before it is worn smooth.
• With snow and heavy rain likely during the winter months, water can easily enter the home from shoes, umbrellas and leaks. Therefore, make sure you use slip mats on any surfaces that might become slippery and clean up any spills straight way.
Making sure those really comfortable old slippers are still safe to wear and any carpet or rug edges are not going to cause injury will also help to remain safe at home.
If a fall does occur, it is essential to remain calm. As long as you or your loved one are not hurt, you can get up slowly by getting on to your hands and knees and using steady furniture or a chair to assist you. It is a good idea to rest for a short time afterwards before continuing with the day.
If you’re in a situation where you cannot get up or you are hurt, call for help, bang on the wall or the floor if you’re inside. If you have a life line, you can use this or reach for a phone nearby to call for assistance.
And finally, if you or a loved one needs extra care and support during the winter months, do not hesitate to contact the team here at Evercare on 01962 842548.
Are you looking for laughs and friendship this spring?
If the answer is yes, then head to our speed dating event for over 65s on Wednesday 18th March 2015 at the Winchester Discovery Centre. Meet new people in your community, whilst enjoying some tea, coffee and cake. The event will run from 1-3pm and is completely free.
To book your place head or for more information, contact us on 01962 842548 or email email@example.com.
You can also click here to head to Eventbrite’s website to book your free place.
We look forward to seeing you there.
For many people companionship can come from a pet and here we look at the benefits pet ownership can bring while remembering the responsibility of owning a pet
How a pet can be the perfect companion
Due to people living longer, health care costs are rising through the treatment of long-term conditions which can affect the older generation. To help tackle this issue, a number of reports, including the ‘Companion Animals and Health of Older Persons’ have looked at the way a cat or dog can help improve physical, mental and social well-being amongst the elderly.
Why a pet is your best companion?
A pet is a companion who is with their owner constantly, being loyal, providing comfort, affection and protection from feelings of loneliness and despair. A cat or dog is the ideal companion as they can help to maintain routine, which is important for people as they get older. Their personality and sense of fun can enhance a person’s routine, bringing laughter and happiness.
Here are just some of the reasons why companionship from a pet can be beneficial to our health:
Caring for a pet can motivate older people to increase mobility. You can enjoy walks with your dog, play in the garden or simply spend time grooming a cat or dog in your home.
Reduce blood pressure
The physical contact between pets and their owners can have a positive impact on reducing high blood pressure and regulating the heart rate during stressful situations.
Therapy and recovery time
Research has shown that recovery after a hospital visit or illness is often shorter for pet owners. In addition to this, dogs can be trained to detect seizures, as well as help with occupational therapy, speech therapy, or physical rehabilitation.
Pets such as a dog or cat can give owners company and much affection, making them feel needed and loved, which helps boost their sense of well being.
With all the benefits that having a pet at home can bring, it is important to remember that they need your commitment in providing a home where they will be cared for correctly. Consideration must be made if you are going to be away from home to ensure that your pet is cared for in your absence. And finally, pets can be costly, especially if you have an unexpected visit to the vet. However, with the right planning, care and attention, a pet can make the perfect companion.
One of the most difficult things a person can experience is taking care of an elderly parent or relative. Juggling 24-hour care and the needs of your family can place a huge strain on your life. Therefore, to help your elderly relative receive the support they need and provide you with a much-needed break, we have put together a few New Year’s resolutions for you to follow in 2015.
Look after yourself
It is important to remember to look after yourself when you are caring for a relative. They say that prevention is better than cure, so if you feel you are prone to becoming poorly, make appointments for vaccinations, take time to exercise, relax and eat well.
These simple steps will ensure you are not only caring for your well-being but the well-being of your relative.
Attend a Support Group
Caring for a parent can be stressful and cause frustration and worry.
Support groups for carers are held locally and provide you with the opportunity to socialise and share experiences with others who are in similar situations.
Help at home.
There is nothing wrong with admitting you need support or some respite when caring for a relative. Support with care at home can include assistance with personal care, household tasks or company for your loved one whilst you have a break.
Time is valuable
Being responsible for the care of elderly parents takes time. Be aware of how much time you are spending looking after them. Prioritise tasks so that you don’t find yourself running around in circles, instead of achieving your desired tasks and goals.
And finally, have fun with your parents and share moments such as looking at old photographs, sharing old stories and maybe listening to or singing their favorite songs.
Winchester is an attractive city for Christmas shopping, with a selection of specialist retailers. You may find something special for a loved one or treat yourself to a coffee and cake at one of the many cafes and coffee shops.
If you’re planning a shopping visit over the holidays with a friend or family member that requires assistance with mobility, Winchester offers the support you need.
Park and Ride is the best way to get around the city. Car parks are located at St Catherine’s and Barfield, providing a convenient place to leave your car and take one of the buses that run frequently to various stops in the city centre.
The Brooks Shopping Centre offers a variety of popular stores and shop mobility, which is located on the upper level car park. Here you can access scooters and wheelchairs, which will ease the worry of getting around your favourite stores this Christmas.
Winchester is a historic city offering many attractions – Winchester Cathedral, King Alfred’s Round Table and Jane Austin’s house to name but a few. The visitor trail gives you the opportunity to see a number of highlights of Winchester as it is specifically designed for easy access.
The Christmas Market has been recognised as being one of the best in Europe. Pretty wooden chalets, wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and warm festive food to ease the winter chill. The market is wheelchair accessible and stewards are available if any assistance is required. The Christmas Market closes this Sunday at 7.30pm.
For more information about attractions and events in Winchester this Christmas, click here.
There is one thing you should do when asked to go to a Care Home……
Say No to Care Homes
Everycare (Central Hants) are now doing live-in Care this is a great alternative to going into a Care Home. When someone now mentions a Care Home you can clearly say No! I know a better alternative. How about me staying in my home, with my own things, with the neighbours I know and getting someone to look after me on my own terms.
Live-in Care is a service that give someone on-going care and support in their own home by having someone live with you that is professionally trained.
Live-in care bring s peace of mind because it offers one-to-one care that is personalised and takes place in familiar surroundings. There is no need to go through the upheaval of moving into residential care.
For the service to work properly the Care Worker sleeps in your home so they will need their own room. The service they supply is agreed with you and fully documented so that everyone is clear what service is being supplied.
The Care Worker will give support in the following areas:
- Companionship - Having someone around, someone to talk to and someone to share meals with, all this can make quite a difference to your wellbeing.
- Personal Care - included here is help with bathing, showering, toileting, getting dressed and undressed, applying creams and lotions and help with ensuring the correct medications are being taken.
- Housekeeping – Help with laundry, shopping, cleaning and cooking.
Reasons to favour Live-in Care
- People value being independent and do not want to leave their own home.
- It is comforting to stay in familiar surroundings and not have be limited on what can be kept.
- You can stay with your normal routines and not have to fit in with the requirements of someone else.
- You may have a pet that you want to keep with you.
- You do not want anyone else telling you when your family can visit.
- You want to have a say in who cares for you.
- There is limited exposure to other people’s illnesses.
- Costs are comparable with Care Homes.
- The support given is flexible.
Questions to ask when choosing a Provider
- Is the the agency Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered, this can be checked by looking on the CQC website www.cqc.org.uk where the latest inspection report can, also, be found. The Agency can supply a copy on request.
- Are the Care Workers directly employed by the Agency? This avoids worry about tax, NI and pensions.
- What training is given to the Care Workers? Will I see any proof of this training?
- What happens when a Care Worker is not able to work due to poor health?
- What happens if the support and care I am being given needs changing?
- How is the personal care and support plan drawn up at the start?
- How are the staff that work for me checked prior to starting work for me?
There are currently 800,000 people suffering from Dementia, and it most commonly affect those who are over the age of 65. The main symptoms of Dementia include: confusion, memory loss, and difficulties with thinking, problem solving and language. Dementia can affect anyone at any point in their lives, and there is a high likelihood that you or someone you know is affected by Dementia.
The Dementia Advice Service has recently opened an office in Winchester. They offer a wide range of services to help support those experiencing Dementia, and these include: dealing with questions that you may have regarding the subject, identifying what information you need and how to find it, provide tailored information for you, informing you of local services, and supporting you to make plans for the future.
The Alzheimer’s Society also offers a wide range of services in the Winchester area. The services on offer include: activity clubs, support groups, Dementia information drop-ins, musical activities, outings, support and outreach lunch clubs and an outreach services. These services are on offer to help to provide support to those who are affected by Dementia within the local community.
Andover Mind has also reached an agreement with Solent Mind to run a well-being centre in Winchester. This centre is based on Parchment Street, and provides a wide range of support and advice to those who are affected by Dementia. This includes activities: creative writing, career building, , healthy eating, art and self-help groups. Solent Mind also offers Dementia reablement, to assist those who have experience deterioration in health. This is because they may need to relearn the skills essential to keep them safe and independent at home.
The Dementia reablement provided by Solent Mind concentrates primarily on restoring the individual’s ability to function independently as opposed to treating the health-related problems directly. This project also aims to raise awareness about Dementia, through the use of services within the local community aiming to create more Dementia-friendly communities. This is done through supporting relatives, carers and hospital staff to make sure that individuals are being treated well enough during any hospital stays, and by making sure that any individuals referred to Solent Mind are visited daily by a member of staff who will spend plenty of time with them during their stay. They will be able to listen and provided any additional support that is needed to make sure that your voice is heard, promote an understanding of the individual’s needs, and upon hospital discharge they can also make sure that you are referred to Dementia and home support services that are appropriate for you.
There is a wide variety of support options available for those who are affected by Dementia in any way. These services can be beneficial to both the person suffering from Dementia, and anyone who is providing support to them.
Bethel House in Barton on Sea organised a tea party for The Eve Appeal which was held on 20th March as part of the charity’s Make Time for Tea campaign. This was organised to celebrate Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and help to raise funds and awareness of the disease.
The Eve Appeal was set up in 2005 , with the main aim of raising money to fund research into Gynaecological Cancers in hopes of finding a cure. Since the charity was founded there have been major breakthroughs in improving survival rates for those suffering from Gynaecological Cancers. The other aim of The Eve Appeal is to promote awareness of Gynaecological Cancers.
The Make Time for Tea campaign has been set up for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which took place in March to help raise extra funds for the charity. The Make Time for Tea campaign encourages you to raise money for The Eve Appeal and have fun whilst doing it. By organising a tea party with friends, work colleagues or in your local community you can raise awareness and make money for funding the research of Gynaecological Cancers
Gynaecological Cancers include: Ovarian Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Vaginal Cancer, Vulval Cancer, and Uterine or Endometrial Cancer. In the UK Ovarian Cancer is the 5th most common form of cancer among women and is most common in woman over the age of 40.
Research into Gynaecological Cancers is vital, at present women who present with stage 1 or 2 Ovarian Cancer have a 90% chance of survival. However 70% of women are currently presenting at stage 3 or 4 of Ovarian Cancer, and the survival rate at this point dramatically drops to 30%. This is because Ovarian Cancer can be a very aggressive disease, and despite intensive efforts to improve treatment mortality rates are still quite high because symptoms are difficult to identify
The Wessex Cancer Trust has a cancer support service based in the Winchester area. The Winchester Cancer Support Centre is based on St Georges Street and is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 – 16:00 the centre offers a wide range of services including: reflexology, aromatherapy and massage. The Wessex Cancer Trust can help with all aspects of daily life for someone who is suffering from Cancer. They also offer counselling and complementary therapies including services such as: befriending, counselling, and Reiki.
There is a wide variety of support available for those who are suffering from Cancer. For example Hampshire Hospitals provide a variety of services including: outpatient clinics, supportive treatments and counselling sessions. They also have a mobile chemotherapy unit which services: Andover, Alton, Eastleigh and Tadley. This allows people to have easy access to treatment, whilst reducing travel costs and stress to an ill and vulnerable people.
In Winchester its has been agreed that Avalon House on Chesil Street will be repurposed and used by the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. This organisation provides health services to the community, and this includes health visitors and district nurses. However the main purpose of the Avalon House building is yet to be decided.
Although the repurposing of this building has had the full backing of the councillors, some members of the general public have raised some concerns. For example some of the local residents feel that they may experience some disruptions may be experienced as a result of taxi’s pulling up and waiting for people. A councillor has also raised the point that the building is in a conservative area, and the NHS may put up a variety of signs which could lead to potential problems.
The Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust provide a wide variety of services including: Mental Health services, community health services, learning disability services, and Social care services. They can provide care and support within the community that will help you to maintain good health and well-being. This can be done by providing you with community nurses or support. There are a wide range of services that are run within in the community, and these include: health and well-being services, mental health services, community dentistry, and minor injury units.
The Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust’s main aim is to ensure that the general populations health and wellbeing are as good as they can possibly be. This is why they run a number of services targeted specifically for maintaining good health and well-being. These services include: stopping smoking services, advice on alcohol and drug abuse, older people’s health services (including falls advice), and Dental Health services.
These services can be particularly beneficial to older people because they may not be able to get out and about as easily as others within the local community. This is because it can help them to get the help and support that they need to maintain good health and wellbeing, and to potentially maintain some level of independence for longer.
Age UK also offer information and advice services to assist those who are over the age of 55 with a variety of different areas of daily living, including: pensions, family and personal matters, aids and adaptations, and housing and property. These services allow you to gain valuable advice on how to manage and understand a variety of factors and decisions from daily life.
The Royal Voluntary Service also offer a wide range of services to help keep older people active within the community for longer. Their services range from befriending services to visiting people in hospital.