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SEAFORD COMMUNITY HUB OPEN DAY

posted 27 Jun 2017, 08:48 by Sussex Elderly Care   [ updated 27 Jun 2017, 08:49 ]

SEAFORD COMMUNITY HUB OPEN DAY

HEALTH WEALTH AND WELLBEING SHOW

Sussex Elderly Care are hosting the next show at the Clinton Centre from 10.30 to 1.30 on Friday 30th June, 2017, so get your diary out and make a note of it.  This show is unique to Seaford and it is aimed primarily at the Seaford community. There will be a number of stands which will be of interest to the local people as well as to others who require general information. From questionnaires and observation during our visits, we have been made aware that a lot of elderly people have no idea of the services available in the area which would make like easier for them.

If you are looking for relaxation, chiropody, craft making, or if you would like to discuss how to make a Will or appoint Power of Attorney, or access services by East Sussex County Council, or you may have financial matters you would like expert advice on, you will find the answers from professionals present at the show. If you feel peckish you can sample the superb meals on wheels.

 If you would like to discuss your financial options or legal matters privately, a consultation room will be available. So pop into the Clinton Centre and find out about the services available to you or your loved ones. You may be lucky and win one of our great prizes in the raffle. Proceeds from the day will be to the benefit of the community for example some funds raised will go to a housebound client to give them that extra voluntary care and support to enhance their quality of life. Looking forward to seeing you there. You are assured of a knowledgeable  and fun day and will have the opportunity of meeting with your new councillors and the Deputy Mayor of the town.

Health Wealth and Wellbeing Event

posted 27 Jun 2017, 08:18 by Sussex Elderly Care   [ updated 27 Jun 2017, 08:24 ]

Seaford Community Hub
A Health, Wealth and Wellbeing Event

Pop into the Clinton Centre on  Friday 30th June from 10.30am until 1.30pm to find out what services are available in Seaford.
Do you know how to apply for a Blue Car Badge, or receive incontinence supplies?
Are you at loss how to get transport for a hospital appointment?
Would you like to know more about appointing Power of Attorney or make a will?
Do you need information about health care services or support at home?
Pop in and find out how local services can help you or a loved one.
Teas, coffees and cake available. Raffle with fabulous prizes.
Proceeds will be used to benefit the community to enable people remain in their own homes and enhance their quality of life.
Call Mary on 01323 301338 for more information

How to Overcome Loneliness

posted 11 Dec 2016, 12:29 by Sussex Elderly Care   [ updated 11 Dec 2016, 12:35 ]

How to Overcome Loneliness

When I was a young man I distinctly remember being asked by my soon-to-be-wife “What worries you the most about getting old?” I laughed it off at the time, but now I feel like I shouldn’t have. Recently a survey was done which asked that very question, and the results sobered me. Because it seems that within that question lingers many other questions. Will I be cared for properly? Will my grandchildren grow up in a safe and stable world? Will I lose important memories? These are frightening ideas to have to face alone. However, unfortunately, a great deal of us do face them alone. Loneliness – the crushing feeling of simply having no-one to talk to or laugh with - is a big problem for the elderly. It has even been called an “epidemic”.

Sadly I too have experienced this “epidemic”. After my wife died, as you can imagine, I didn’t much feel like socialising. Plus my children and grandchildren lived far away, I was not religious so I didn’t have a church community, and I was retired from my job. All of a sudden there was no-one there whom I could talk to. It was a distressing downward spiral.

However, I managed to pull myself out of it. It wasn’t always easy, but I was terrified of my loneliness turning into a depression that would be even harder to pull myself out of. Here’s what helped me.

Modern technology

You might not think it whilst watching your grandchildren stare at their phones like addicts, but use of cellphones and laptops actually increases mental wellbeing amongst the elderly. I was lucky to be able to take advantage of this, as I owned a laptop. Once I had it connected to the Internet (which it had not been in some time) I was able to use it to seek out others in my situation. This was my first real step back into socialising again.

Gradually I made a few “pen pals” who I would communicate with via email and also via letter every now and again. We even sent each other photos of our gardens, houses, and grandchildren! Though I have yet to meet any of my pen pals face to face, I have seen enough pictures and learned enough about them to make them feel like people I have known all my life.

Adopting a pet

Pets are highly recommended as a great way to combat loneliness. I have to admit I didn’t think I had the energy to adopt a dog, so I decided to adopt a cat instead. They don’t require walking and come and go as they please! I adopted one from a local animal shelter and though she had been through a lot in her young life she has proved to be a loyal and adorable companion.

Joining a group

To my delight, when I looked around I found a lot of social groups in my home town of Leicester which could cater to me. Although I had long thought my football days were behind me, I found a leisure centre which provided Walking Football, something I ended up taking a lot of pleasure in. I also found that many local businesses and centres threw open their doors for Christmas Day to ensure no-one was alone on the holidays, an act of kindness which I would encourage everyone who needs it to take advantage of.

Finding a hobby

Doing something that you enjoy, alongside other people who also enjoy it, can help keep your mind stimulated and active. In my hometown so far I have discovered both a film group and a gardening group filled with lovely people. I’ve seen a lot of good films and grown a lot of new flowers! Me and my new friends have also gone on excursions to the Richard III Discovery Centre in Leicester town central and the nearby National Space Centre, deepening our interests in history and science!

If you are worried about getting old remember that though it is natural, it is a process best faced in a group rather than alone. And if you think you may be suffering from depression, please go visit your local doctor. They, and many others, will be able to help you!

Kelsey Tedeschi

Ina Sutton talks to Jason Hall on Seahaven.FM about our Community Hub event this Thursday

posted 15 Nov 2016, 00:23 by Sussex Elderly Care   [ updated 15 Nov 2016, 00:25 ]

Listen again to Ina speaking to Jason Hall at Seahaven FM about our origins and about our event this Thursday.

Seahaven FM - Ina Sutton


Save time, money, enforcement action and closure

posted 5 Nov 2016, 05:03 by Sussex Elderly Care   [ updated 12 Nov 2016, 04:23 ]

Recently our operations department did a survey relating to the number of homes that were offered our services last year and refused our support. We also did a survey relating to those who received support from our team. We were absolutely amazed that the homes that availed of our support and advice mostly got good in all areas, particularly group homes. The smaller homes were also seen as a good rating in all areas. In all honesty all the homes who took our advice and worked with us as a team, who originally were inadequate, are now good in all areas. There is a very good atmosphere in these homes where the management acknowledge the superb care given by staff and include them in decision making particularly when it comes to good practice. We work as a professional team to ensure success for the residents, the staff and the providers and we are kept busy by receiving contracts by word of mouth and our good reputation in turning the services around.

We are only too aware what will happen when nothing is done about improving the service and not agreeing to receive professional and genuine support. In our recent survey of over 100 homes at least 10 per cent of the homes had closed or were in receivership. The homes that were inadequate back in October, 2015 were either still struggling with one owner advising us they were selling the business as a distressed business or as another owner said “we will close.

It is our greatest pleasure to help homes get a good inspection, we therefore can provide a service to put in a solid foundation for new and existing homes, providing them with user friendly paperwork to complete audits, do risk assessments, promote good practice with person centered care plans, provide adequate training and professional support for staff, and ensure Quality Assurance is up to date. We have turned around homes that were embedded in a culture of old fashioned methods and not current with legislation. We have turned around homes that only needed operational guidance and a fresh pair of eyes to put appropriate action plans into place. We have helped homes to help themselves in recognising where there were inadequacies and we have worked with the Managers and the proprietors to achieve compliance. With our professional support and your participation we can assure you that your homes will be safe, effective, caring, well led and responsive to the needs of the residents.

There is a right way and a wrong way of doing things and when working in care we have to comply with CQC and the stringent measures which are sometimes seen by some providers as over the top is understandable. However, we all have to take on the learning curve and strive to do the best we can in whatever we do. The most important part of regulations is that we must strive to do what is good for the residents and what is good for the residents is good for the service.

Mary Carew

Seaford Community Hub Event’ a Health, Wealth & Wellbeing Show

posted 15 Oct 2016, 11:50 by Sussex Elderly Care   [ updated 15 Oct 2016, 11:52 ]

 

Sussex Elderly Care, A Social Community Enterprise is hosting the first ‘Seaford Community Hub Event’ a Health, Wealth & Wellbeing Show, exclusive to Seaford at The Clinton Centre, Clinton Place, Seaford

on

Thursday 17th November 2016

from 1.30 until 5pm

Come and find out what help is available in Seaford town

Sussex Elderly Care assures you will have an enjoyable afternoon at this care and share day for Seaford Community. Meet the Mayor and other councillors. Call Mary on 01323 301338 for further information and transport requirement.

Proceeds from tea/coffee cakes and raffle will be donated to Seaford Seniors Forum.

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A homely atmosphere

posted 15 Mar 2016, 12:52 by Sussex Elderly Care   [ updated 15 Mar 2016, 12:54 ]

In the course of our work as consultants, at Sussex Elderly Care, we come across some very homely environments and one such home is in North Corner, Lewes. The homely atmosphere hits you as you arrive at the door. You are greeted by the very friendly manager Mrs. Schoonraard who makes you feel at home. The home retains most of the original features and it reminds me of exactly how my mother kept the house where I was born. The bedrooms have an old style makeover, they are very clean and are immersed in the growing up years of the resident. All residents are surrounded by their memorabilia and the furniture though historical has grown with them over the years. Whether it is knitting or board games, paintings or quaint items of furniture, you are sure to find what befits the memories of residents as old as 102 or as young as 82. This home creates within its structure a unique relic of certain eras and the required memorabilia and furniture that befits a homely atmosphere for this lovely generation. All the residents love the home and all the staff love the home and the residents. It is well managed and there is a great sense of pride in respecting the residents, they are treated as part of a family with dignity and courtesy. Their history is a relic of an older decency and their presence in the home marries well to the environment.

Mary Carew

Side table and lampDining area.
Lounge area.


More money for the Better Care Fund

posted 15 Dec 2015, 15:30 by Sussex Elderly Care   [ updated 15 Dec 2015, 15:31 ]

Last month George Osbourne announced that councils would be allowed to increase Council Tax by 2% and increase the amount of money available for the Better Care Fund. 

Ray James, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said he feels that "Councils have tried to prioritise funding for Social Care ahead of the services, but its ability to do that seems to have come to an end, so I think we will struggle to put much more into Social Care".  He feels homes would close and vulnerable people would not get care services. He also feels seemingly that the 2% is not enough. 

However, a spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said Councils had enough for care services with £3.5 billion a year in the system by the end of the parliament. 

Sussex Elderly Care feel that we all must realize that money has to come from somewhere and increasing the amount of Council Tax by 2% should only the beginning. Perhaps there are other ways of raising funds locally for this very important service for elderly vulnerable adults?

Do you have any ideas on how this money could be raised? Please contact us or send us a tweet with your idea.

Care Roadshow - Epsom Downs Racecourse - 17 November 2015

posted 20 Nov 2015, 00:32 by Sussex Elderly Care   [ updated 20 Nov 2015, 00:41 ]

We recently attended the Care Roadshow which was a lively event and packed with up to date topics. In the lobby there was an array of stands with professionals marketing their services and products.

This is an ideal annual event for Care Professionals to get up to date with CQC requirements, listen to talks on better standards of care either in falls prevention, better communication, animal assisted therapy or listening to a talk on Making the Care Act a Reality.

Faik Aktulga the Director of Wild Fangs explained how Animal Assisted Therapy in the care home industry has particular benefits for residents with dementia. The presence of animals can trigger pleasant memories and can help to remember childhood pets and jog memories of this period of past life for these vulnerable people. Animals are considered safe and in most instances there is a pleasant feeling when stroking animals which create happy memories and pleasant smiles.

According to Sequn Oladokun, Head of Inspection London South people are at the heart of the changes in CQC regulations and the new inspection regime is aimed at bringing about improvements in the health and social care sectors.  The regulations make a stronger voice for the people who receive care.  There were a number of providers and managers of care  at the sessions and they were in favour of the new inspection model which is more person centred.

Falls prevention and how care homes can implement best practice was covered by Julie Windsor, Patient Safety Lead, Older People and Falls, NHS England.

Sarah Reed from Many Happy Returns gave a clear picture of really good communication and stated that really good care needs real communication. The Seminar provided an outline of the key issues that need to be addressed in care homes. She spoke about her mother and had first hand knowledge of communicating with a loved one with dementia. She stressed the importance of Story Books and Reminiscence and said "we can’t care for people unless we care about them and we can’t care about them if we don’t know who they are"

We at Sussex Elderly Care feel that people should include what they like and what their wishes are and include some favourite memories which can be referred to by would be carers in later life when they are making a Will.  Solicitors now take Welfare into account when processing wills for people. This information could prove valuable in the future in putting a Life Story Book together and give one a better quality of life especially if they have no next of kin.

A number of changes from CQC took place this year on the 1st of April and Sheila Scott OBE, Chief Executive, National Care Association referred particularly to the fundamental standards and CQC Inspection Programme; the Duty of Candour; Fit and Proper Persons i.e. Directors; and the Care Certificates.  Of particular interest was the fact that the Director of the Company needs to have been interviewed and be fit and proper person to run the home(s). Of equal importance is the Duty of Candour which can refer to incidents in the provision of service where CQC should be notified. When these incidents occur Sheila said the Management have to apologise for any of these things that have happened. Sheila pointed out key areas like Mental Capacity Act Training and the importance of having DOLS in place for residents. The importance of good management in the administration of medication, proper training for Management and the need for good systems in place for Nutrition were also addressed.

This seminar is an ideal place to network, meet key professionals in the care industry, and get up to date on new electronic and paper tools to ensure best practice is applied in care i.e.. the Care Plan Handbook on person-centred care. 

Person-centred care

posted 6 Nov 2015, 00:33 by Sussex Elderly Care   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:34 ]

Carers please take note..

I am including my personal wishes on what I consider to be the way I would like to be cared for if I need care in the years ahead. Solicitors should try to incorporate the personal wishes of clients when they are making their wills and encourage clients to set out a personal plan for their care if they need it in the future. 

For example I like to get up early in the morning and have a bath every day, I like to cream my feet and body with body lotion. I like to stay in the bath for at least 15 minutes and soak up in its warmth. I like to wash my hair every day. 

I like a quiet morning with time to relax in the early hours. I would like activities that exercise my mind, like using a computer to write my poems or write my views. I like puzzles and to keep up with what is happening in the news. 

I would like carers to understand that I once was a young girl like them and that I was brought up to respect the elderly and listen to their wisdom. I would like to take an interest in the carer’s welfare and I would like to share my life stories with those who care for me. I would like to see happiness and love in the carers eyes and not resentment because I may wet myself or I may be incontinent of faeces. I would like to laugh and enjoy myself and be appreciated. I would like to be referred to as Mary and not as she.

I would like the carers to respect me and to remember that I am paying for my stay at the home and that once I too looked after elderly people and cared and loved them. I would like carers to love me with my slow walking and my active mind. I would like carers to remember that one day Mary could be themselves and what you sow you reap.

Happy person-centred care to all who care for the elderly.

Mary Carew

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