Hello and welcome to our May Newsletter.
Health & Wellbeing
HCL are committed to promoting Heath at Work to support our workforce to make the right health style choices. One way of remaining healthy is to complete regular exercise of 45 minutes at least three times a week or walk 10,000 steps per day. We support our staff to keep active by enrolling them onto a 6 week Health & Wellbeing programme with the Health First Team where they can take part in light exercise, yoga and mindfulness with experienced trainers. This month we have nominated 3 members of staff to attend and will update you with the outcome once the programme has finished. We are also involved with….
Health and Wellbeing – “One Liverpool Plan“
We value our workforce and are committed to promoting health and wellbeing and healthy lifestyles to focus on the prevention agenda. Our view is if we can support our staff to make the right health style choice we can reduce the number of visits to the GP or the A&E department.
The Liverpool CCG and Liverpool City Council have recently released the new vision for “One Liverpool” and integrated Health and social care system with a focus on supporting people to live at home for as long as they choose reduce hospital admissions and reduce length of stay in hospital
This approach to care will open more doors for the social care workforce as we will be working more closely with our health colleagues and Home First Team to support people to come home from hospital sooner there is talk of developing the REACT project/ Home first Team – A re-ablement service working alongside health professionals to deliver a safe and caring service whilst also offering you greater career choice and career progression.
Make May Purple /Action On Stroke Month 2018
Make May Purple /Action On Stroke Month 2018 runs throughout May and is an annual awareness event arranged by the Stroke Association. The month is to raise awareness of strokes and their impact on sufferers and their friends and families as well as educating the general public on the signs and symptoms of strokes, what causes them, what happens during a stroke and what to do in the event of someone suffering from one.
The main theme of the Month is wearing purple to raise sponsorship for the Stroke Association’s work. Some people even dye their hair purple for the month in order to raise extra sponsorship, while purple parties, purple to work days, purple games and bake sales and other purple events are held. Participants sign up with the Stroke Association to receive a purple event fundraising pack.
A stroke is an attack on the brain; it happens when blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, causing death of that part of the brain, the effects of the stroke vary depending on which part of the brain is affected and how severe the stroke is. Strokes can also cause bleeding on the brain. The effects of stroke can be permanent and although some people make a very good recovery, a sufferer can be vulnerable to further strokes. Often care and treatment is needed, and in serious cases, hospitalisation is needed and a stroke can cause immediate death or death through subsequent secondary strokes.
Click here if you’d like to get involved and sign up!
Exciting News Award of Knowsley Contract
HCL are delighted to have been awarded two areas in a new Knowsley contract commencing 1st August 2018. The Managing Director attended the Local Government Agency conference in Birmingham recently and we are delighted to say that Liverpool are leading the way in digital technology in social care.
The above is an example of HCL leading the way in championing the introduction of new technology that will enable us and to attain new contracts
Update on PASS
We are leading the way with PASS being the first social care provider to implement this on scale. We now have the majority of providers in Liverpool using PASS and other local authorities are taking it up. The latest news on it is that the city council now have access to PASS as do families and Community nurses.
Prevention of Falls
Older people are more at risk of falls and this can lead to a fractured hip and long stays in hospital. To help both home and professional carers be aware of how to prevent trips and falls, we recommend asking yourselves the following questions:
- Is there good lighting, especially on the stairs?
- Are stairs and steps clutter free?
- Are the floors free of clutter?
- Are there handrails on both sides of the stairs?
- Is the furniture e.g. coffee tables, chairs etc. are positioned in high traffic areas?
- Is there a nightlight in the bedroom or a torch by the bed in case of having to get up in the night?
- Are the floors clear of trailing wires, wrinkled or fraying carpets or anything else that might cause a trip or slip?
- Are there handrails in the bath and a non-slip bath mat?
- Are sensible non-slip shoes worn? (high heels, floppy slippers and walking in stockings can cause slips and falls, wearing sturdy shoes can actually reduce joint pain also)
- Are clothing, dishes, food and other necessities within easy reach?
- Are spillages wiped up immediately?
- Are the floors dry especially in the bathroom?
- Has there been a change in medication?
All of these questions can be very helpful in the prevention of trips and fall for older and vulnerable people.
So that’s it for the moment, but as ever, watch this space for future news and updates.