Archive for October, 2019

We have moved!

Friday, October 18th, 2019

It’s official – Fosse Derby has moved!

Fosse Healthcare Derby has recently moved location from their site on Green Lane to a new office at the Southgate Innovation Centre, on Southgate Retail Park.

Though located only ten minutes from the old office, the decision to pack up and relocate was made as part of a commitment to be more accessible and present for our clients.  

Branch Manager, Amanda Glaister, explains, “We chose to move into Normanton so we could be more central for users of our services. It’s not enough for us that clients can pick up the phone and speak to us; we want both care staff and clients to feel as though they can come along to the branch for a chat and that they are welcome.

“The office is now between many of our care routes and we hope to see more of our staff and clients because of it.”

The new first floor office consists of a large open-plan main area and a second room suitable for training and meetings. Despite the big move, Derby will still operate the same hours and 24/7 on-call service as before, from their new address of Unit 1.1, Southgate Innovation Centre, Normanton Road, Derby, DE23 6UQ.

The team are now settled in the new office and looking forward to a visit, so if you are in the area please don’t hesitate to drop in for a chat and a cup of tea.

The new office is accessible via stairs or an elevator. Free parking is available.

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Fosse Halloween

There are some people who find Halloween disruptive, intimidating and over-stimulating. For older people who have lived alone for a long time, the sudden intrusion of having people knocking on their front door can a little too much.

However, there are also many people who very much enjoy the sociable aspect of Halloween but, perhaps due to mobility issues, speech impediments or health reasons, can’t get as involved as they would like.

We have put together a helpful collection of services, downloadable aids and information which we hope will make Halloween as inclusive, safe and enjoyable as possible, regardless of which side of the front door you want to be on.

Find out more

Halloween inspired services

See how Fosse can help to make your Halloween as memorable as possible.

Opt-in / Opt-out posters

Let your neighbours know whether you would like to join in this year.

A Spooktacular competition

Would you like the chance to win an Amazon Echo Dot?

Why are they not taking part?

Six entirely valid reasons your neighbours might be skipping Halloween.

A successful Coffee Morning for Fosse

Friday, October 4th, 2019

On September 27th Fosse Healthcare took part in the World’s Biggest Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the UK’s largest charities, which provides specialist care and support to people affected by cancer. The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is their biggest fundraising event, with all donations put towards their services.

As part of the event four of our branches, in Leicester, Derby, Newark and Mansfield, hosted their own Coffee Morning with cakes, savory treats and hot drinks available for a small donation. Our Grantham branch joined a Morning hosted by the Autumn Park Business Centre, where their office is located.

All five events were well attended and overall, we helped to raise over £290 for Macmillan Cancer Support, with donations still coming in.

What’s more, a Coffee Morning was also hosted at Poppy Fields residential home, managed by Fosse, where we raised an additional £117 in association with the Residents’ Social Group.

Thank you to everyone who came along for a coffee, cake and a chat and those who donated their baked goods for the event. A big thank you also to our recruitment teams, who organised and hosted each event on behalf of their respective branches – a wonderful job done by all.

We look forward to another successful event next year!

Fosse Leicester to host a Drop-in Open Day for HCAs and Nurses

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Fosse Healthcare Leicester will be hosting a ‘Drop-in Open Day’ on October 8th, specifically for HCAs looking to work in Leicestershire Care Homes, and for NHS nurses.

Anyone interested in a career as a Fosse Healthcare HCA or Nurse can visit at any time between 8am and 5pm, for a coffee, chat and if interested, for a short registration. The Open Day will be held upstairs in Unit 2 at our offices on Barshaw Business Park, Leycroft Road, Beaumont Leys, LE4 1ET.

HCA Care Home job requirements and benefits

Positions available in Leicestershire only
MUST have at least six months experience in care homes
£50 new starter bonus for Healthcare Assistants
Free moving & handling and BLS training
Weekly pay

NHS nurses job requirements and benefits

Positions available throughout the East Midlands
MUST have at least six months experience in a hospital
Book shifts to fit around your availability
Free NMC PIN renewal each year
£100 new starter bonus for Nurses
Free moving & handling and BLS training
Weekly pay

More information on the benefits of
working within our Healthcare team

Anybody attending and registering with us on October 8th will be eligible for a free DBS check, courtesy of Fosse Healthcare.

If you have any questions or requirements for the Open Day, please contact us via the website, or contact our Healthcare recruitment team on 0116 279 1626.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Our winter preparation checklist

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Winter can be a dangerous or worrisome time for lots of older adults due to low temperatures, slippery surfaces and unscheduled outages, but with a little forward thinking it doesn’t have to be.

No matter your age or abilities a little winter preparation can go a long way, which is why we have created this handy winter checklist offering a few suggestions of how to keep you and your family safe and warm this wintertime.

Healthy holidays

Book in for a flu jab. A couple of weeks with the flu can be a mild annoyance for most people, but for those who are elderly, ill, disabled or may already have a weakened immune system, the flu can be deadly. What’s more, if you are over 65 years old, are pregnant, have certain medical conditions or are living in a long-stay residential care home the flu jab is entirely free, so why risk it?

Get a health check-up. Pop along and see your doctor if you have any medical concerns – at all. Whether it’s a little dizziness in the morning or an ache behind the knees, we advise you don’t wait for this to get worse over winter, when the ground may be icy or the cold weather may aggravate it.

Stock up the cupboards. People often spend more time indoors during the winter months with little movement, which results in smaller appetites and a less nutritional diet (you’re not the only one!). Start stocking up on a varied supply of food groups and be sure to eat lots of foods rich in Vitamin D to make up for the lack of natural sunlight.

Home is where the ‘heat’ is

Make your home a safe space. Get any broken or drafty windows fixed now, before they become a problem. The money you spend on a new pane of glass will no doubt be a cheaper option than the higher heating bills a drafty window will incur over Christmas.

Install aides. If you have trouble getting yourself up the stairs, consider installing a handrail – inside and outside if needed. Winter weather can be unpredictable and could mean paramedics or family members struggling to get to you in the case of a slip or fall. Handrails will give you the added support and keep you sure footed.

You could also consider upgrading your bathroom with a few handy additions, such as slip-proof mats, grab bars and bath and shower stools. The bathroom is one of the most common places where older adults take a tumble, but with a little prep this can be avoided and help you to live more independently.

Replace your old lightbulbs. Get someone up to check all your lightbulbs, and ideally change them. The last thing you need on a dark wintery night is for the hallway light to go; consider changing your outside bulbs, too.

Check your alarms. Fireplaces, gas heaters and lanterns can all cause carbon monoxide poisoning or a fire, so it’s best to keep a working detector on each floor to keep you safe. As an added insurance, get any fireplaces and chimneys checked to prevent a blocked flue.

Schedule for routine maintenance. If you haven’t already this year, schedule for routine maintenance on your boiler and heating system to ensure it is working properly. If your property has a timed temperature control system, set this to keep your home heated at an ideal temperature.

The recommended temperature is above 21C in living rooms and 18C in bedrooms, but never below 15C. If you’re worried about the cost of heating your home this winter, looking into whether you may be entitled for the government funded Winter Fuel Payment, which provides financial support to help.

Plan ahead for an outage

You will need to consider what would happen in the event of an outage and create an ‘outage pack’. We recommend stocking up on warm blankets, torches with batteries, safe to use candles (and a fully fueled lighter), a warm hat, gloves, a battery powered radio, a portable battery charger (to charge your electrical items) and warm clothing.

Have these to hand, not in the back of a cupboard so you don’t have to fumble in the dark. Perhaps a rucksack on the coatrack would work.

If the power goes out, you might lose any frozen food you have stockpiled for Winter. In preparation you should keep your cupboards stocked with non-perishable foods, such as canned meats, soups, canned fruits and vegetables. Freezing suitable perishable items, such as bread or milk, will also leave you with a few more options.

Before you go…

Get your front garden in order. If you do venture out into the cold the last thing you want is to have to navigate any frosty leaves or hazards. Keep your pathway clear and store a small bag of grit and shovel within easy reach to limit falls and slips. However, lots of shoveling can cause unnecessary strain on your heart, so avoid it at all costs if the job seems too big or ask for help.

Upgrade your wardrobe. Invest in some good, grippy, warm and waterproof shoes to get you through winter. Replace any worn cane or walking stick tips and source a warm, waterproof coat, gloves, scarf and hat.

While we encourage you to stay active, with short walks or by doing some gardening, you should keep any exposed skin covered and never stay outside longer than you need to; if your body temperature drops by just two degrees (from 37C to 35C) you could be at risk of hypothermia.

Dig out your stick. Some people choose to leave their walking stick in the back of the cupboard over the summer, as they find they rely less on it to get about. Don’t be too proud to accept the added support your stick offers over wintertime, especially if you are planning to get out and about.

Prep the car, too. If you still drive and will be using your car over winter, it is important to ensure the car is in the best condition, with a recent maintenance check. If you do break down you should always stay in the car until help arrives; It is likely someone will spot the car before they spot you, so the safest (and warmest) place is inside.

Always check the weather before heading out and store a secondary ‘outage pack’ in your vehicle to keep you warm and safe until help arrives, should you require it.  

We appreciate that this is a lengthy list with a lot to consider, but you’re not alone. Many of our branches now offer a range of Home Care services designed to take some of the stress out of your day and make it easier to live independently and happily.

Contact your nearest branch to see if we can help you tick some of these off your winter checklist and ensure you, your home and your car are winter ready.