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Archie's Story

Archie's WW2 story

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#YouCanCare

#YouCanCare week

#YouCanCare highlights the diversity of a CAREGiver role and the diversity of CAREGivers

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CAREGiver and Client

Compliments

‘To us it’s personal’ we love nothing more that getting compliments back from our clients and we are so proud of our team for all their hard work and dedication. Here are some wonderful reviews from clients:- ‘I am writing to thank you and the team for the wonderful care and attention in a very professional manner, which you gave my Husband, and myself during the time we needed help. I will always recommend your name when the opportunity arises and will be in touch again ‘ ‘We are exceptionally pleased with the way Emma has supported Mum. She is extremely conscientious and always goes above and beyond to include mum in everything she does and makes sure she is comfortable. We are very pleased with how well Emma communicates with mum’ Clients and Daughter words were ‘Emma is perfect for the role. ‘Thank you to Mel and Matt for providing person centred care at all times, you have a great routine set up that flows, you just know what needs doing and just get on it without any fuss’. ‘Cheryl has a wonderful and warm personality’. ‘Alice is so well suited to her role, she is kind and considerate and had a very sensible approach to problem solving, I look forward to her visits and enjoy going out the shopping centre with her’ Our clients come first, and we will always do all we can to support them living happy and fulfilling lives. For more information about the services we provide, or for a list of current vacancies, visit:- https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/warrington

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Lymm Hub

Lymm Sanctuary Hub

Home Instead Senior Care has teamed up with a number of other organisations and individuals locally in starting a new Memory Café in Lymm. It first opened its doors on Sept 26th bringing with it an opportunity to socialise & learn how to play Mexican train Dominoes! Aimed at those who may be starting to experience memory issues, brought on by dementia or other illnesses, the Memory Cafe offers a friendly safe place to come for a chat and a change of four walls. It also provides the opportunity for information to be shared, such as help with Carer's Allowance which people may be eligible for, or simply some social contact over a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. We have been fortunate to receive donations from Asda branches at Birchwood and Westbrook including board games and other resources for which we are very thankful; there is also an opportunity for trying your hand at some creative crafts and fun games at these sessions. In the future we plan to introduce other activities such as chair based exercises and musical reminiscences. The sessions are available to anyone and are held once a fortnight. For more info contact 07748 309334 or email: admin@lymmsanctuaryhub.co.uk or lymmsanctuaryhub@facebook.com. The sessions run from 1 - 3pm in the Lymm Sanctuary Hub Community Room (annexe adjacent to Lymm Library) every other Thursday from Oct 24th until Christmas. The United Reformed Church in Lymm are also planning to host a dementia friendly short service once a month on a Thursday at 11am, with the Sanctuary Cafe available as always for some lunch, ahead of the Memory Cafe commencing at 1pm. If you or a friend, or loved one would benefit from these kinds of social contact, or simply somewhere new to build friendships please feel free to come along and check out what's available.' We have been delighted to see some of our clients enjoying themselves at the sessions, making new friends and getting out and about, a real joy.

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Team

Awards

We're delighted to announce some fantastic news for Home Instead Senior Care. Last night we were supporting the Leaders in Care Awards in Birmingham, an event attended by many home care providers. We were finalists in 3 categories, and are proud to have won the award for Homecare Provider of the Year. Our very own CEO Martin Jones was also awarded the Homecare Executive of the Year. It is an honour to be recognised both for our strong leadership and our national commitment to providing exceptional care for our clients.

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Home Instead

Home Instead Senior Care has been recognised as a 5 Star Employer by WorkBuzz, as a result of positive feedback from their employees In June 2019, WorkBuzz invited all Home Instead Senior Care’s CAREGivers and Key Players to provide confidential feedback about their experience working for Home Instead Senior Care, including the training and development on offer; the relationship with their manager and day-to-day responsibilities. As independent employee engagement specialists, WorkBuzz then verified the results. Home Instead Senior Care was awarded the WorkBuzz 5 Star Employer award in September, based on positive feedback from their employees. This demonstrates Home Instead Senior Care’s high levels of employee engagement, compared to other businesses of a similar size. Steven Frost, CEO of WorkBuzz said “The biggest challenge facing many organisations is recruiting and retaining the best talent. We would like to congratulate Home Instead Senior Care for its high levels of employee engagement. Its positive culture means that most employees are proud to work there, would choose to stay even if they were offered a similar job elsewhere, and are highly motivated.” Here at Home Instead Warrington and Lymm our mission is to consistently exceed our clients expectations through the commitment of highly trained and valued staff who are passionate about providing uncompromised care.

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Bob

Book Club Opening

We were delighted to have Bob Kahn with us on Friday for the opening of our Library, Bob is a family member of Client that we support. Melissa and Bob have joined forces and bought books that are available for all of our CAREGivers and Key players. I am delighted to share Bobs Library opening speech. "My wife Sylvia, greeted a carer this week with the words, “Are you my friend?” Now, Sylvia is some nine years into Alzheimer’s. She wasn’t sure if she would be safe. Many people behave that way with books. They seldom read or ask the question of a book: “Are you my friend?” It’s an important question to ask: Might any of the books here be your friends? Pick up the book. Glance at the introduction and the conclusion. Check out the index, and then decide: Is this particular book my friend? Do I want to read it? Two books of particular interest are Wendy Mitchell’s Somebody I Used to Know (with a blog at https://whichmeamitoday.wordpress.com) and Dr.Jennifer Bute’s Dementia from the Inside: A Doctor’s Personal Journey of Hope (with a website at http://www.gloriousopportunity,org). My experience is that books can save you a lot of trouble, because you can learn from the experiences of others. It’s much easier to read about problems than to live through them. Once you’ve read about a particular problem, it’s easier to deal with it yourself. Books, along with exercise and diet keep you young. That’s easy to remember BED—books, exercise, diet, which makes BED; and sleep helps too. I’m 81 now; and one of my children sent me a birthday card for “18” and said I could turn it around if I wanted to. Of course, I chose to be 18 . Someone in my exercise class said, “Yes, that’s what happens to all of us. We become RCT—Re-cycled Teenagers.” Perhaps"

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Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea at Grappenhall Library

Grappenhall Library hosted their second afternoon tea session for people living with dementia and their carers on Wednesday 8th May. We were delighted that one of our clients was able to attend the tea, with a CAREGiver who regularly supports her. Our client was one of six people together with their carers who attended. They were treated to delicious cakes made by one of the library volunteers and this sparked off some very lively conversation. There then followed poetry readings by another of the volunteers. This activity was very much enjoyed as most of the poems chosen were familiar favourites from schooldays; everyone recalled them and in some cases were able to recite them by heart. The library volunteers asked for any suggestions for entertainment at future events and we will certainly be encouraging more of our clients who live in the local area to take this wonderful opportunity up. The next session is planned for Wednesday 19th June at 3 pm and it will then be each 3rd Wednesday of the month going forward.

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Dementia Support Group

Dementia Support Group

We are delighted to be working along side Wired (Warrington's Carers center) with the Dementia Advice and Support groups, The next session will be on Thursday 9th May 2019 and the second Thursday if month thereafter.

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Eddy the eagle

It's never too late to take up a new hobby! Meet ‘Eddy the Eagle’ (Eddy with a Y) one of our CAREGiver’s enjoying indoor skydiving! It was recently reported that an 85 year old’s love of indoor skydiving has helped to ease the pain of a long term health condition, proving age is just a number.

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#YouCanCare

Great article in the Warrington Guardian, for the #YouCanCare campaign. https://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/17382685.carers-sought-following-success-of-home-care-campaign/

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Gift tags

Be a Santa to a Senior

Be a Santa to Senior has been a huge success, we've had a fantastic response and received lots of wonderful gifts from the Warrington Community, We would particularly like to thank, Woolston Co-op, Bizzie Beans Coffee House, Warrington Business park and our own CAREGivers who, as usual were very generous. We held a 'create a gift tag' afternoon at Bizzie Beans Coffee shop and invited children from local schools to put their best artwork to the test; the tags were amazing and so personal. The gifts have now been collected and wrapped with the help of the team and volunteers Emma, Ryan and Ella. The gifts have now been delivered to Salvation Army, local district nurses, Warrington hospital and the Later Life and Memory team at Hollins Park who were really pleased to be able to take some of the gifts for patients on the Kingsley Ward and also for some of their patients in the community. Christmas can sometimes be a difficult time and receiving a gift and just knowing you are special can make a real difference. As the manager of the team said, “there are many very generous people out there and it is so good to be able to pass that on to people who really need it.

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