Good news stories and innovation from the homecare sector – Early January 2021

Here are some of the good news stories and examples of innovation our members have been sharing about homecare on social media in the past few weeks. If you’d like to be featured in a future blog send in your good news stories and examples of innovation to [email protected]

OBE for CEO of All Seasons Community Support

Congratulations to Claudia Sykes, CEO of All Seasons Community Support, on her OBE for her services to adult social care.

MBE for First City Nursing & Care MD

Bluebird Canterbury and Thanet careworker’s live-in care experience with inspirational client

Here is an extract from Bluebird Care Canterbury live-in careworker Connie:

Firstly, I do not class myself as a “Covid Hero”. I am a carer who accepted that Covid-19 posed a significant threat to “My Lady”, my family and myself.In January it became apparent that this epidemic was sweeping through the world on an unprecedented scale.

In February, I had already decided, maybe as a “fight or flight” response to the pandemic, that if we were to go into a Lockdown scenario, as many other countries were doing, that the best way to keep those I care for and love safe, would be to Lockdown with the lady that I look after. This would lessen the likelihood of me contracting the virus and spreading it and prevent other carers from having to run that risk in the “normal” process of covering shifts in the live in care placement.

In March, I had already been asked to cover a little earlier than normal, due to staff absence. I was therefore already on shift when the UK went into it’s first Lockdown.I think that because I had already anticipated the response to the epidemic and “got my head around” staying on shift for the Lockdown period, it wasn’t as daunting as it might have been if, for example, I had just been told I had no choice but to stay on shift. My family, Ann and her family were all absolutely fine with the arrangement too.

Obviously, the most difficult aspect of the Lockdown was not being able to visit those we love. This was no different for me or Ann. We were in the same boat. She missed seeing her friend’s at coffee morning and friend’s dropping in for lunch or a chat. She certainly missed her weekly trips to the hairdresser’s. Although I could wash and blow dry her hair, I couldn’t cut it. We both had to laugh at the length our hair got during that first Lockdown.

Luckily, I was able to link up to Ann’s loved ones via WhatsApp, so she was able to see them and have a chat.

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Foot spa treat for Radfield Home Care Wakefield and Dewsbury client

Radfield Home Care Wakefield and Dewsbury has been helping Edna make a splash with a present gifted to her by her family.

Edna has been supported with daily care visits and her careworkers arranged a home spa day.

Radfield care professional Stacey, describes how both she and Edna had fun during the visit: 

“I really did enjoy setting up and carrying out the pamper session with Edna. She really enjoyed the company and being able to spend extra time just being able to sit, relax and have a chat whilst being pampered. We have already started planning the next session!” 

Christmas hampers for clients from Right at Home Ilkley, Keighley & Skipton

Right at Home Ilkley, Keighley and Skipton careworkers teamed up with Age UK Bradford and District to deliver Christmas hampers to their clients.

Helping Hands Chipping Sodbury clients reunited by video call

Two clients at Helping Hands Chipping Sodbury have been reunited by video calls thanks to their careworkers. They had originally met at a Helping Hands event pre-Covid.

Sing-along for Home Instead Hants careworker and client

Caremark Cheltenham trial voice activated robots with clients

Song dedicated to Care by Us careworkers

Consultus Care Agency careworker wins writing competition from the Care Workers’ Charity