Archive for November, 2019

A letter to all Leicester Care Homes

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

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.

This can 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 unprepared.

But we 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.

We have 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.

We don’t 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!

Thank you for taking the time to read this. We wish you, your team and your residents a happy and healthy Christmas.


The Fosse Healthcare Care Homes team

Eight reasons you should be working that extra shift this Christmas

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

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.

So, when the Christmas months hit and not everyone wants to be (or can be) a Fosse Hero, you could!

And here’s eight reasons why we think you should.

Tackling loneliness one shift at a time

With the 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.

That extra 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

You could 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

Christmas 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.

Just one 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

As the 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.

Take 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

Christmas is a notoriously stressful time for many reasons. It could be that you are making plans, buying gifts, preparing food or entertaining relatives.

Give 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

Once you’ve 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.

By putting 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

Fosse Healthcare is a company which encourages all staff to strive for greatness, whether that’s care staff, Managers or Board Members.

By working 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.

There’s no 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 Christmas.

Want to let us know your availability? Contact the branch and let them know which days you’ll be free to work this Christmas

Happy holidays!

Fosse challenge all six branches to an Ugly Jumper Christmas competition

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Fosse challenge all six branches to an Ugly Jumper Christmas competition

Throughout the 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.

Fosse Managing 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 December.

“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.

More information will be announced on Facebook as the competition gets underway.

Another ‘Good’ CQC rating for Darlison Court, Ashfield

Monday, November 18th, 2019

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.”

It’s 1940 at Brick Kiln Place!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

It’s 1940 at Brick Kiln Place!

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.

The day 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.