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June Newsletter

23 Jun 2017

Hello again and welcome to our June Newsletter.

Dignity in Care

Following on from our May newsletter, we are continuing with our theme of Dignity in Care. Delivering care with dignity and respect is a key part of a Care Worker’s role and a high priority for all at HCL. Research has indicated that there are eight key Dignity Factors that promote dignity in care, all of which should be present in care work and each of these factors contributes to a person’s self-respect.

This month’s dignity factor is Personal Hygiene.

Enabling people to maintain their usual standards of personal hygiene

Care is a very intimate thing. The closer the person that’s helping you to someone that you like and respect, or have interests in common with, the better.

Personal hygiene in practice

  • Support people to maintain their personal hygiene and appearance, and their living environment, to the standards that they want.
  • When providing support with personal care, take the individual’s lifestyle choices into consideration – respect their choice of dress and hairstyle, for example.
  • Don’t make assumptions about appropriate standards of hygiene for individuals.
  • Take cultural factors into consideration during needs assessment.

Key points from research with Service Users

  • Having a clean and respectable appearance and pleasant environment is key to maintaining the self-esteem of older people.
  • Having a clean home is particularly important to older women in terms of maintaining their dignity and self-respect.

Some interesting and thought provoking information that we encourage all our care workers to consider and if you would like to know more about the dignity factors you can find information on the Social Care Institute for Excellence website.

Tips for Coping with Hot Weather

We seem to have reached a slow down of the latest heatwave but that doesn’t mean that it won’t return as we head into the later summer months. During excessive heat, it is vital for many older people who may be housebound, have a long term illness or be taking certain medication to do what they can to stay cool and thus avoid heat related illnesses.

Here are some great tips from the NHS to help all of us keep cool during the hot weather:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. Windows can be opened for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-colored curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.

HCL Worker Achievements

A big well done to both Beata Mroz and Sarah Jackson who have now achieved their Care Certificate qualification and also to Lesley Cook, Locality Manager who has completed a Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care.

And finally….

Our very own Kate Murphy will be competing in the “Race for Life Pretty Muddy” in Sefton Park on 1 July 2017 to raise money for breast cancer charities so we all wish her the best of luck! We’ll let you know how she got on in our next newsletter.

We hope you enjoyed our latest news and we’ll be back again in July!