Here are some of the good news stories and examples of innovation our members have been sharing about homecare on social media in the past few weeks. If you’d like to be featured in a future blog send in your good news stories and examples of innovation. If you would like to submit a story for consideration please get in contact.
Snowboarding treat for client at Right at Home Bishop’s Stortford and Braintree
A snow-sports lover was granted the wish of a lifetime after his homecare provider, Right at Home UK, teamed up with Olympic commentator and ex-professional snowboarder, Ed Leigh, to arrange a surprise visit from the ‘Ski-Sunday’ presenter at a specially adapted skiing session.
David Richardson, 49 from Stansted Mountfitchet is an avid snow-sports fan but hadn’t skied in over fourteen years, instead remaining a dedicated viewer of Ski-Sunday where he watched his hero Ed Leigh commentate on snow-sports around the world.
David was told by his CareGivers at Right at Home Bishop’s Stortford and Braintree, that they had arranged for him to attend a bi-skiing session at his local indoor snow centre in Hemel Hempstead, where he would be guided down the slopes using adapted skis designed for people with limited or no use of their legs.
But after a few trips down the slopes, David was amazed to be met by Ed Leigh himself, who took a break from commentating on the Winter Paralympics and flew in from Switzerland to join David for the once-in-a-lifetime session – with Ed even trying bi-skis for the very first time.
The day was arranged as part of Right at Home UK’s tin-full of wishes campaign, which encourages CareGivers to nominate homecare Clients who deserve to have a once-in-a-lifetime wish granted.
Easter egg donation from Lioness England International to clients at Alcedo Care St Helens
Visits to the office for clients at Ashridge
Pineshield feature in WeCareWales campaign
Piano treat for client at Fosse Healthcare
🎹 Mary-Ellen falls back in love with the #Piano— Fosse Healthcare (@FosseHealth) April 4, 2022
After reminiscing with Mary-Ellen, we found out about her old hobby and re-introduced it back into her life. She absolutely loves it and says she can't wait to keep on playing! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/dWf6JE1Kfz
Caremark (Southend) Sends 2,000 Bags of support ro Ukrainian refugees
More than two thousand bags of donated items to help displaced and desperate Ukrainian families were received by the team at Caremark (Southend).
This incredible campaign of support for Ukrainian families started by one of (Southend)’s Polish care workers, Karolina Karaszewska, was to get supplies out to the Polish collection point in Southend. A text message to her colleagues asking them to donate whatever they could got the ball rolling. Supporting her in her efforts, Carley Jeffrey, the Care Manager also put a notice on the Caring About Rochford Facebook page asking people to chip in and donate.
Successful career changes for Extra Hands careworkers
A former waitress and a former school dinners assistant have both developed a taste for success after being named as rising stars in the caring profession by their new Norfolk employer.
Ashleigh Daniels, 19, from Heacham, decided to become a carer after being furloughed from her waitressing job during the pandemic, and joined award-winning local care service provider Extra Hands, having seen the difference the company’s staff made to the life of her own great-grandmother, a former user of their services.
“I wanted a bit of a change and my family had always been into care,” she said.
Kerry Williams, 49, from North Walsham, also took the career change plunge during the pandemic and since joining Extra Hands’ Broadland office, has not looked back.
“A lot of catering staff were furloughed, but I was still working the whole way through, running a hub from my kitchen, feeding key workers’ children, but after 11 or 12 years in the job, I fancied a change,” she said.
“It was quite scary after being in a job for that long, but I am so glad I made the move. It’s so rewarding, I just love it.”
15 Years Service award at Abicare
Pet therapy session at Bluebird Care New Forest
Memory cushion gift from careworker to client at Helping Hands Godalming
100th birthday at Home Instead Ipswich