Archive for December, 2019

An overall ‘Good’ for Fosse Grantham’s CQC rating

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

An overall ‘Good’ for Fosse Grantham’s CQC rating

We are pleased to announce that Fosse Healthcare Grantham has been awarded a CQC rating of ‘Good’!

Fosse Healthcare Grantham was officially registered with the CQC back in October 2018. Since then, Registered Manager Lisa Goodacre has built a caring and hardworking team, with over sixty Care Workers providing care to local clients and another 20+ working with Grantham Extra Care Scheme, Brick Kiln Place.

With such a successful first year of growth, Lisa Goodacre was pleased to have this hard work recognised and rewarded with an overall ‘Good’ rating result.

“Team Grantham work incredibly hard to ensure the best person-centered care is delivered to our service users, caring for them as we would our own family. To have achieved five strong ‘Good’s for our services is amazing and more than we could have dreamed of.”

The rating was decided following a visit to our offices in September 2019, where Fosse Grantham was officially assessed on how well they met each of the CQC’s five criteria; whether the branch is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

During the visit, the CQC also spoke to a number of our Service Users and their family members; one of whom was quoted as saying: “I think [Name] actually looks forward to them coming. The carers make her laugh and chat about all the local gossip. They are all very friendly people who take a lot of care with my partner. The care is fantastic in my opinion. Ten out of ten.”

Another Service User said: “Even though it is not in my care plan the carers will help me with my laundry and we chat about what meals I should buy in… I have more independence now and the right amount of help I need to have a shower, get dressed and organise my meals.”

Grantham’s overall score of ‘Good’ indicates that the service is performing well and meeting all expectations. You can read the full report here.

Lisa concluded, “The heartwarming comments we receive from our service users inspire our team to push on and aim higher the next time round. I can’t put into words how extremely proud I am of everyone here and how all our hard work has paid off, so a big thank you to care staff and the office team on making this possible.”

A huge thank you to everyone at Grantham for this wonderful result – the perfect end to a successful year, especially when paired with Darlison Court’s equally fantastic ‘Good’ rating last month.

We look forward to seeing how the branch progresses over the next twelve months!

Rural community champions

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Our rural Care Workers are community champions

According to the Defra Statistical Digest of Rural England, November 2017 Edition, almost 46.6%

of England’s rural population were aged 50 and over, with this number only growing over the last two years.

The Digest also says that as much as 30 per cent of people aged 60+ in the UK use a local bus service at least once a week, but as we all know buses can be infrequent and unexpectedly cut, leaving older adults isolated and alone.

That’s a lot of people stuck at home, right?

We don’t think anyone should feel alone, especially those most vulnerable members of society who perhaps don’t have the means, or mental or physical ability to get out and exercise or socialise.

It is for this reason that we like to think of our rural community Care Workers as Community Champions; the local support system providing care, support and friendship for elderly people within their community.

Why are rural carers so important?

During times of harsh weather conditions, such as flooding or heavy snow, it can be difficult to get carers safely out to the most rural parts of the country and this can mean we can’t always provide the levels of care we strive for – and sometimes in the absolute worst cases, not at all.

Local Care Workers offer your neighbours the support they need whatever the weather. A Champion might be expected to provide basic personal care, companionship or even extra care services including cleaning, dog walking and chaperoning when needed.

Most importantly, our Community Champions are a friendly face and a sympathetic ear for any concerns, giving our clients peace of mind.

Would you like to make a difference within your local community?

As a rural Community Care Worker you would have the opportunity to work closely with a select number of local residents, building trusting friendships and offering a helping hand. You would be providing a service directly to those within your community and the villages surrounding you, which will greatly benefit those most local to you.

We are looking for Champions in the rural villages of:

Grantham

Gonerby Hill Foot, Great Gonerby, Manthorpe, Londonthorpe, Melton, Welby, Barrowby, Sedgebrook, Allington, Barkston, Ancaster, Wilsford, Ropsley, Caythorpe, Claypole, Long Bennington, Dry Doddington, Westborough, Hough on the Hill, Frieston, Marston, Carlton Scoop, Denton, Bitchfield, Harlaxton, Great Ponton, Little Ponton, Colsterworth, Corby Glen, Swayfield, South Witham, Stoke Rochford.

Newark

Balderton, Fernwood, Coddington, Fardon, Collingham, Sutton on Trent, Caunton, Southwell, Halam, Lowdham, Upton, Bleasby, Bilsthorpe, Rainworth, Blidworth, Farnsfield, Clipstone, Edwinstowe, Ollerton, Walesby, Eakring

We are specifically looking for rural Care Workers who have access to and can drive their own vehicles. You will have the flexibility of working anything from a 0-hours contract to a fixed 40-hours contract dependent on availability and location and will get all training provided for free.

Interested? Send us a message with your location, availability and any previous experience and we’ll get you booked in for an interview.

Winter travel tips for care staff

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Our top winter travel tips

As much as we wish it would, it looks like the cold, wet weather isn’t going anywhere just yet, and chances are it’s only going to get worse over the next couple of months.

With that in mind we wanted to give our care staff a few suggestions for how they can make their journey to and from clients that much more enjoyable and safer, regardless of whether they ride, walk or drive to work.

Click one of the three links below to see the advice most relevant to you.

I’m looking for winter advice for walkers.

I’m looking for winter advice for cyclists.

I’m looking for winter advice for drivers.