Tips for keeping our elderly community safe this winter

Tips for keeping our elderly community safe this winter

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Tips for keeping our elderly community safe this winter

 

Winter is here, and with it is the increased likelihood of freezing temperatures and wintery conditions. But there are simple things we can all do to be good neighbours and CareGivers to help keep loved ones warm, safe and comfortable. After talking to our CareGivers, we have compiled our top five tips to help us all be more prepared this winter season.

Getting older can leave us more vulnerable in the colder months as our bodies respond differently to different temperatures. When we start to feel cold, this usually triggers us to do something to warm up: from adding more layers or turning up the heating. If our body temperature drops below 37C, dangerous problems like increased heart rate and blood pressure, liver damage and heart attack, can arise. Hypothermia can set in if our temperature drops below 35C. Left untreated, hypothermia shuts down the body’s heart and respiratory systems – one of the leading causes of excess winter death.

As homecare specialists, we often see our Clients making decisions during the winter months which can have an adverse impact on their health and wellbeing. This includes turning the heating down, or off, to save money; not wearing the right clothing for the weather; or being unaware of the temperature drop outside.

We also have a number of Clients living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s, which presents its own challenges in the winter, such as forgetting how to operate the heating, or fire, or placing something too close to a fire so it becomes a risk, or they leave the house, not properly wrapped up against the cold.

At Right at Home, as professional CareGivers we are alert to the senior members of our community. But as friendly neighbours, we also care about those living around us. Based on our experiences, we would like to share five tips to help us all be aware of people in our community, who may need a little extra support this winter.

1. If you have senior members in your family or friendship circle, create a rota of people who can regularly call in to check your loved one is warm and safe. Check they have the appropriate clothing. Check the cupboards are stocked with the right kind of food. Check the temperature of the room.

2. Pop in on your neighbours and loved ones for a quick “hello”. As well as alleviating their loneliness, it allows you to check the temperature of a room, and to ensure there is no fire-hazard on or near the appliances. It is also worth investing in a carbon monoxide alarm, especially if you notice the heater may be quite old.

3. If you have a good relationship with seniors around you, and they are comfortable with you in their homes, why not offer to insulate any drafty windows. Adding strips of sealing tape or foam around the edges, or a sticky-backed film (even bubble wrap) onto the window can help to keep the warmth in, and the cold out.

4. When you’re out and about, try to observe the people around you, are the elderly people you pass adequately dressed for the weather? A friendly conversation can give you an idea if the person has forgotten to put a coat on, or if there is an underlying issue. When you shake their hand, do they have gloves? We’re not saying you have to buy everyone a pair of gloves, but you may encounter a situation needing a little extra care, and a trip to the charity shop.

5. When the paths are icy or covered in snow, offering a little support can bring confidence to someone who is struggling to safely navigate the pathways. If someone falls, keep them warm as you call for help; don’t try to help them up, in case they have broken a bone. When they are at home, an unchecked break can be limiting and lead to a more serious problem if not seen to, so ensure to get it checked out.

Being aware of our seniors doesn’t need to be a costly effort, but it does require a little time and vigilance. By working together, we can help to keep our community safe this winter.

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Right at Home National Franchise Award 2019

Right at Home National Franchise Award 2019

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Leading UK homecare company Right at Home has been named Best Franchise in the Management category at the 2018 Best Franchise Awards which took place on Tuesday 4th December.

Right at Home’s UK operation is owned by CEO Ken Deary and its National Office is based in Waterloo. The company provides high quality homecare to Clients in the comfort of their own homes and is the most highly rated national homecare agency on the UK’s leading independent review site homecare.co.uk with a 9.8/10 rating.

Right at Home began franchising in the UK in 2011, when Ken (himself an award-winning franchisee when he franchised with McDonalds) discovered the brand in the USA and adapted it for the UK market. It has quickly established itself as one of the best management franchises and in June 2018, it opened its 50th office.

The Best Franchise Awards are based on the results of nationwide research conducted by franchise consultancy, WorkBuzz and the views of independent judges on the present and future prospects of the business. WorkBuzz compiles anonymous feedback from thousands of franchisees who rate qualities such as initial training, ongoing support, relationship with their franchisor and whether they would recommend their franchise to a prospective business owner. Top performing businesses are awarded 5-star franchisee satisfaction status and qualify for the award finals.

Right at Home faced tough competition from numerous household names but was once again named Best Franchise for a third year running and also retained its 5-star franchisee satisfaction status for a sixth consecutive year.

Commenting on their success, Ken Deary, Right at Home CEO said; “We are absolutely delighted that the support provided to our franchisees has been recognised with this award. To have retained the Best Franchise Award for a third year, and 5-star satisfaction for a sixth year, is especially important to us in our pursuit of excellence.”

 

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Right at Home Derby 2019 Skills for Care Accolades

Right at Home Derby 2019 Skills for Care Accolades

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Homecare provider Right at Home Derby is thrilled to announce it has been shortlisted for three awards at the 2019 Skills for Care Accolades.

The awards recognise and reward adult social care employers committed to delivering high quality care. Out of hundreds of applications from across the UK, the business is shortlisted to the final 3 companies for: Best employer of between 51 and 249 staff; Best employer support for your registered manager(s); and Best recruitment initiative for its campaign to attract and retain CareGivers.

Right at Home provides domiciliary care and support to people living in their own homes across Derby. It currently supports more than 55 Clients and employs a team of 68 CareGivers. Services range from companionship, home help and personal care to specialist dementia care and live-in care services.

John Houghton, Managing Director of Right at Home Derby, commented: “These shortlistings reflect our commitment to being an employer of choice for CareGivers in Derby. We offer the highest quality care to our Clients and this is provided by the best team of CareGivers. We are delighted with this recognition and look forward to celebrating the achievements of the team in January.”

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 31 January 2019 at the ILEC Conference Centre in London and will be hosted by TV dance legend Anton Du Beke.

 

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Triple Awards Success for Right at Home South Cheshire

Triple Awards Success for Right at Home South Cheshire

Awards

Home care provider Right at Home South Cheshire is celebrating after scooping three prestigious awards.

 

On Friday 23rd November 2018, Right at Home South Cheshire Managing Director Ben Selby and a team of colleagues attended the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards at Crewe Hall Hotel. The annual awards ceremony saw Right at Home South Cheshire announced as the winners of Start Up Business of the Year and the Excellence in Customer Service Award.

The following evening, the team continued its winning streak, picking up the Home Care Team Award for the North West at the Regional Great British Care Awards which promotes best practice across the home care and care home sectors. More than 450 people attended the glittering awards ceremony which took place at The Mercure Hotel, Manchester.

The awards top off a fantastic year for Right at Home South Cheshire who also achieved an Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England, in its first full inspection back in February.

Commenting on the awards, Ben Selby, Right at Home South Cheshire Managing Director said: “We are absolutely thrilled with these award wins. We are incredibly passionate about providing the highest quality care to our Clients and it’s great this passion has been recognised in the local business community as well as the care sector.

“We have an outstanding team of CareGivers who genuinely look to improve the quality of our Clients’ lives and these awards are a real testament to their hard work and commitment in trying to achieve this for each and every one of our Clients and their families.”

Right at Home South Cheshire provides personal care and support to people in their own homes. The company currently supports 60 Clients across Nantwich, Crewe, Sandbach, Alsager and surrounding areas and employs more than 40 CareGivers. Services range from companionship, home help and personal care to specialist dementia care and live-in care services.

 

 

 

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Right at Home Solent achieves highest overall CQC rating

Right at Home Solent achieves highest overall CQC rating

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Fareham based business owned by Kev and Amy Popat achieves an overall ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission.

 

Right at Home Solent has received a glowing inspection report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

During its inspection on 15th September 2018, the senior home care provider, which covers Southampton, Fareham and Gosport, was rated overall ‘Outstanding’.

Right at Home provides domiciliary care and support to people living in their own homes. The service also won the Daily Echo Customer Service Excellence Award in 2017, as well as being recognised as a top ten 10 homecare provider in the South East of England in 2016 and 2017.

According to the CQC report, one of the key strengths of the service was that “People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.”

It said: “This service is rated as outstanding because of the extensive evidence of exceptional care and staff going the extra mile to put people at the forefront of all the service hoped to achieve. The feedback from people and relatives was consistently positive and exceptional and it was clear there was a person-centred culture.”

And continued: “People told us the service was extremely friendly, very responsive and well-managed. People knew the managers and staff and spoke positively about them.”

During the inspection, CQC representatives spoke with 18 people including Right at Home CareGivers, Clients and family members as well as the Registered Manager and Business Owners, Kev & Amy Popat.

After speaking with Clients and CareGivers, the CQC inspector also praised the continuity of care provided. The report said: “They definitely have enough staff. Staff visit records confirmed planned staffing levels were consistently maintained. Where two staff were required to support people, we saw they were consistently deployed. People told us staff were punctual and they experienced no missed visits.”

The CareGivers themselves were very complementary about the support provided to them. The report quotes one as saying: “The training here is brilliant, very hands on. I was actually hoisted so I know what it feels like. It gave me confidence to do my job” and “I can’t fault the training”. Another said: “I am supported, I get spot checks, supervisions and we have focus groups where we can discuss any issues.”

Kev and Amy Popat owners of Right at Home Solent commented: “We are absolutely thrilled with our first CQC report. We are passionate about developing care and support that meets the individual needs of our Clients and we’re delighted that this has been highlighted within this inspection. Our CareGivers are our most important asset and we are grateful for all of their efforts in making a difference to the lives of our Clients.”

Deborah Ivanova, Deputy Chief Inspector, Adult Social Care, said: “It is always positive to find staff that are highly motivated, kind and who show real dedication to improving the lives of others. The service was passionate about putting people at the heart of its service and ensuring that people were cared for in a way that improved and enriched their lives. I would like to congratulate the service on attaining an overall rating of Outstanding.”

A full copy of the CQC report can be found at: https://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-2138763571/reports

The Right at Home network has 57 locally-owned and managed businesses with an overall 9.8/10 rating from 870 reviews on the independent review website homecare.co.uk.

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