To all the care homes struggling to fill those vacancies before Christmas,
This time of year staffing can be tough for Care Homes all over the country. During the festive season the cold weather and dark evenings tend to drive most people behind closed doors, opting for the comfort of their homes over the chill of a long walk or a day out.
often mean that Care Homes are busier than usual and residents can become
frustrated with the restrictions that come with a home which is understaffed or
wanted to say a quick hello, and let you know that it doesn’t have to continue!
We have a
fantastic Leicestershire Care Homes agency team here, dedicated to finding temporary
staff to cover all those hard-to-fill festive period vacancies.
over 200 Care Homes Support Workers providing temporary, part time or full-time
solutions for local institutions, with many trained in a number of additional
support qualifications, including; Dementia care, Autism awareness, Moving and
Handling and Epilepsy support.
want to impose, we just wanted to reach out and let you know that you don’t
have to struggle this Christmas time, and that we are here to help. Our staff
are fully trained and ready to jump on board and keep your staff and residents safe,
happy, healthy and active this wintertime.
If this is something you think you and your home would benefit from then you can reach us at 0116 244 2875, or leave us a message on the Fosse website and we’ll come back to you as soon as possible. We’re also on Facebook, if that’s easier!
for taking the time to read this. We wish you, your team and your residents a
happy and healthy Christmas.
Eight reasons you should be working that extra shift this Christmas
We say it
takes the stamina, patience, compassion and strength of a hero to be a care
worker, nurse or support worker; to get through every eventuality and to give
your clients the best possible care, regardless. Care work is a tough vocation
and despite the given stereotypes of the industry, not everyone can do it.
the Christmas months hit and not everyone wants to be (or can be) a Fosse Hero,
And here’s eight
reasons why we think you should.
Tackling loneliness one shift at a time
shorter days and colder weather, it becomes increasingly difficult for older
adults and vulnerable or disabled people to get about on their own, which can
result in the wintertime being very isolating.
hour of your time with them could be the difference between a good day and a
bad day for our clients.
Your Christmas, paid for
earn over £100 just for working an extra two hours each week in the run up to
Christmas – that’s enough to cover your Christmas shopping, and some!
Keeping our clients safe
is a difficult time for hospitals and with a continued staff shortage and the
cold, slippery weather resulting in more visits to A&E, the system becomes
blocked – but no one wants to spend their Christmas in hospital.
extra shift will alleviate some of that backlog for the NHS and your local
hospitals, and ensure our clients are happy, healthy and looked after.
A little extra in your pocket
If you work
one of the big three; Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day, you could
earn as much as double time, plus all travel and mileage.
For just three
hours of work you could earn enough to pay for that pricey Christmas dinner,
with all the trimmings.
Clear roads ahead
festive season kicks in, the children break up from school and families leave
for warmer climates. As a result the roads become clearer and easier to drive.
advantage of the empty lanes and get your shifts in when you’re less likely to become
trapped in rush-hour traffic or behind the dreaded school bus.
Take a break
is a notoriously stressful time for many reasons. It could be that you are
making plans, buying gifts, preparing food or entertaining relatives.
yourself a break from the mad rush; leave the preparations, the temptations,
the in-laws and the Christmas parties to someone else and escape for a few
hours by opting to do that extra shift.
Put some aside for the sales
bought all the presents and the cupboards are stocked till New Year, next on
your to-do list could be saving for the January sales.
a little aside each week you could get your hands on some fantastic bargains,
but by working an extra shift or two you could double your savings and get what
you really want!
Show your dedication
Healthcare is a company which encourages all staff to strive for greatness,
whether that’s care staff, Managers or Board Members.
those hard-to-fill spots over the Christmas period you’re sure to make an impression
with the branch and with the company, meaning you’ll be on the minds of those
who are allocating shifts or even looking to promote from within.
denying it, working over the Christmas holidays can be a chore. But now, having
made it this far through our article, you will be armed with eight fantastic
reasons why you might benefit from picking up that extra shift or two over
Want to let
us know your availability? Contact the branch and let them know which days you’ll
be free to work this Christmas
Fosse challenge all six branches to an Ugly Jumper Christmas competition
year we host events and raise money for several worthwhile causes and organisations.
This Christmas we wanted to try something a little different, which is why we
have created the Fosse Ugly Christmas Jumper Competition!
We have challenged our six branches to an ugly jumper competition to raise money for a local charity of their choice. Each branch has been tasked with putting together the wackiest collection of Christmas jumper wearing team members, with the winning branch being awarded an additional £100 donation to their chosen charity on behalf of Fosse Healthcare.
Director, Volt Sacco, said, “by hosting a localised competition we have the opportunity
to not only support six charities which are important to our staff, but also
six charities which are important to the local community, and who are perhaps a
little overlooked during some of the busier fundraising months, which include
“This is the first time we have organised a competition like this and we can’t say how it will go, but what we do know is that any money we raise will be going towards the local community and we are really excited to see where it takes us.”
We encourage everyone to get involved in our competition; staff, friends, family, followers, clients, visitors, strangers and everyone in between.
You can do so by submitting your own Christmas jumper selfies to be included in your team’s collection via our Facebook pages, by donating either online or in branch, or by taking part in one of the branch’s fundraising events.
information will be announced on Facebook as the competition gets underway.
We are pleased to
announce that our Extra Care Scheme residence, Darlison Court, has been awarded
a CQC rating of ‘Good’.
Darlison Court is a complex of 39 apartments, tailored to the retiring community, including ten apartments managed by Fosse Healthcare on behalf of Ashfield District Council’s Extra Care Scheme. This overall ‘Good’ rating is the second consecutive achievement for Darlison Court and is a glowing acknowledgement of the fantastic work Scheme Manager Tony Eccles, and Team Leader Sue Hoggard, have been doing since we took ownership of the Scheme in October of last year.
Scheme Manager, Tony
Eccles, said: “The team at Darlison Court work so hard to ensure that all
our clients receive the best possible care based on their individual
preferences; we ensure their lives are lived to the fullest and are constantly
looking at ways to engage with them in meaningful activities which allow them
to express their individuality while simultaneously preventing social isolation.”
All CQC ratings are
decided based on the effectiveness, awareness and preparedness for five main
criteria; is the Scheme: safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.
Being awarded a ‘Good’ rating indicates that the service at Darlison Court is
performing well and meeting all expectations.
Tony continued, “I am
really pleased and proud to have achieved five strong “Good” results for
our second consecutive inspection. We look forward to continuing to grow and
adapt our services, and who knows, perhaps next year we could bump our rating
to ‘outstanding’ for our clients.”
On Friday November 8th, in early commemoration of Remembrance Sunday and Veterans Day, the residents of the LACE Housing Extra Care Scheme, Brick Kiln Place, in Grantham, dressed in their finest for an afternoon of nostalgia and respect, at a 1940s Day.
With the help of support staff from Lace Housing, Fosse Healthcare, and resident volunteers Elsie and Shirley, the dining and lounge areas of Brick Kiln Place were lovingly decorated in a display of British pride, with Union Jack flags, fine china and a number of 1940s keepsakes and souvenirs loaned by residents and their families.
kicked off with a classic afternoon tea prepared by the on-site catering staff,
where attendants and Veteran guests swapped stories and memories over cakes and
sandwiches. Despite the wet weather meaning a few of the Veteran guests couldn’t
make it, the afternoon tea was a huge success.
It was then a short wait until the evening when almost 50 guests were treated to a buffet, drinks and entertainment, including a 1940s inspired singer who had toes tapping to the likes of ‘We’ll meet again’ and ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’.
Brick Kiln Place is home to several residents who have served or had relatives who have served during times of conflict, and the day was appreciated and enjoyed by all. Tributes were also paid to friend, husband and former resident George, who sadly passed a week before the event.
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