20 May 2022
by The Homecare Association

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.

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Act of kindness at Helping Hands Homecare Wigston


Golf for client and careworker at Walfinch Oxford

Walfinch Oxford takes client to the driving range

Kam, Managing Director of the Walfinch care service franchise in Oxford, and her care supervisor Danielle Young, recently organised a golf session for their client Brian Marlow, 92.

“He’s often talked about how he and his wife used to pay golf together, sometimes competing. She has dementia now so can’t play, and he missed their games,” says Kam.

Danielle says: “I’d never played golf in my life, but I often think about how I can do a bit more to enhance the lives of my care clients. As well as making life more interesting for Brian, it would give me the chance to learn a new skill out in the fresh air.”

Danielle took Brian to the local golf driving range in Blewbury, Oxford. Brian says: “I hadn’t played for six years so I was a bit rusty at first, but it was great to be back swinging a club again. It was marvellous to feel that Kam and Danielle wanted to support me in this, and that Danielle was willing to learn from me.”

SATs celebrations with clients at Fosse Healthcare


Garden visit for client at Home Instead Northwich


Handwritten feedback from client's daughter at Cavell Healthcare

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"It is a little over a month now since Mummy died, and it’s time to write and thank everyone who was involved in her care.

One hears many horror stories about the standard of care that many elderly people have to endure, but this was absolutely NOT the case with the carers from Cavell."

Read the post in full here


Pub visit for clients at Bluebird Andover thanks to live-in careworker

Afternoon walk for client and careworker at Right at Home Preston

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Caremark NI launch Dementia Cafe

Caremark NI's Dementia Cafe

The Covid pandemic had a negative effect on many people’s lives, especially those living with dementia.  In response to this Caremark NI wanted to do something to help and support our service users with dementia and also their family members.

So in June 2021 we set up the first Caremark Dementia Cafe.  The idea behind this was to promote social inclusion, we wanted to create a safe, comfortable and enjoyable social environment that our service users with dementia could attend with their family members. 

Music is one of the key activities at the dementia cafe, research shows how music can have many benefits for those living with dementia. It can help the individual maintain speech and language as well as reduce anxiety and depression.

Art and craft is another key activity we love to do at the dementia cafe.  Studies show how the impact of art and craft can be a powerful way for people with dementia to express themselves.

We are about to celebrate our first anniversary in June, we have had a great time this year, doing Easter crafts, painting pots, planting flowers and decorating bird houses.

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