Floral Tributes brighten lives of residents

Staff and residents would like to thank the families of the late Mrs Yeatman and Mr Sewell for the beautiful flowers which were kindly donated to the care home.

Both Mrs Yeatman and Mr Sewell will be much missed and remembered by all who knew them at Steepleton Manor.  Their families wanted their floral tributes to remain at the care home to add some colour and cheer for residents, staff and visitors to the care home.

Puppy Love at Sherborne House

Residents at Sherborne House fell in love with a cute and friendly puppy who belongs to one of the staff members when he visited recently.

One of a litter of seven, the little Jack Russell Terrier cross pup was an ideal lap companion for both residents and staff.  It was smiles all round thanks to the tiny bundle of fur!

Why Care at Home Deserves Appreciation and Nurturing

Home care services seem to be continuously in the news. Mostly the coverage focuses on the struggle the sector is having to secure a sustainable future. But away from the headlines it’s clear that there is a continuing and growing need for home care services.

Some care homes are closing, social care budgets are tightening, and some service users are choosing to spend personal care budgets to help them continue living in their own homes. All of these factors, alongside the target to speed up the transfer of care from hospitals to care services, drive an increasing need for care at home.

It isn’t just the ageing population and the projected growth of conditions like Alzheimer’s that affect people’s ability to live completely independently. Many other people find that they need help to live independently in their own homes either in the form of care visits or live in care.

Care at home delivers vital support to people with mental health issues, physical disabilities and learning difficulties. The range of support offered is far wider than many people imagine, spanning everything from temporary re-ablement care for people recovering from serious medical conditions, to long term high dependency care.

The scope of the service is extremely broad and could include practical support to live independently as part of a community, help with personal care, dementia care and end of life care.

Care at home plays a vital role, not just in the context of social care but within the social fabric of the country. And it could do much more given the right support and funding. It’s time that role was more widely recognised and appreciated.

In some circumstances, home care can be more cost effective and better for the emotional wellbeing of service users than residential care, particularly when they are part of a supportive community of carers and neighbours. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where care at home doesn’t play an increasingly significant role in supporting people with additional needs at any stage of life.

It isn’t the best option for everyone but we believe strongly that it should be the needs and circumstances of each individual that determines the care they receive, rather than what is available or less expensive.

If you are currently considering the care options for your loved one and would like to discuss what would best suit their needs, contact Altogether Care. Our diverse range of care options can be tailor made to suit your individual needs, from care at home and live-in care to high end residential homes and specialist dementia care homes. Our experienced and caring team are here to help you, call 01305 300 161 or visit our website for more information.

Employees of the Month – August

We are delighted to share August’s Employees of the Month for our care homes. Each month, care home managers at Sherborne House, Steepleton Manor and Weymouth Care Home will hand pick team members who demonstrate a passion for their role and go above and beyond to provide excellent standard of care and support to residents.

Our Employees of the Month for August are:

Steepleton Manor

Adriana Banceanu – Senior Register Nurse

Adriana has been nominated as Steepleton Manor’s Employee of the Month for her determination, hard work, and effectiveness. She never hesitates to take on any challenge or difficult task, and always maintains a very positive and friendly attitude towards all.

Sherborne House

Adam Plunkett – 2nd Chef

Adam has worked for Altogether Care for the past 3 years, and was originally employed as a kitchen Assistant. Recently promoted to 2nd Chef, Adam is this month’s Employee of the Month for Sherborne House. Adam produces a high standard of cooking for all the residents, taking into account their likes and dislikes.

When Sherborne House’s head chef was away on annual leave, Adam coped exceptionally well. He was present on the day environmental health conducted their yearly unannounced inspection and helped ensure that Sherborne House maintains their 5 star hygiene rating.

Weymouth Care Home

Poppy Macnair – Kitchen Assistant

Poppy is the Employee of the Month for Weymouth Care Home. Poppy always has a radiant smile and always goes above and beyond to help all of her colleagues. Residents enjoy her lovely manner when she spends any spare time chatting with them or making drinks. She is a genuine asset to the team at Weymouth Care Home.

Some recent day to day activities