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Make a Wish and Fairdene Makes it Happen!

By 14th August, 2019 Care Home, Events Comments Off

We are delighted to announce our very own “Make a Wish” programme. Residents are putting forward things that they have always wanted to do and we are making it happen!

We pride ourselves on our person-centred care and this is just one more way we are helping to cater for our residents’ needs and interests as individuals. Alongside this we are also adding an Alexa in each room with personal playlists of music and books, we arrange outings to appeal to individual hobbies and interests, and we try to involve residents in decisions about the home, like our cheese and wine night where residents voted on which cheeses they would like to be served in the home going forward.

We are continually looking for new ways to improve the home and are excited about the launch of our “Make a Wish” programme. This will give our residents the opportunity to think about things they would like to do and see and then for the home to help make them happen.

The first “wish” from one resident was to see Elvis, so we booked an Elvis impersonator to come to the care home and perform for all the residents. It was a roaring success, the residents enjoyed a dance and a sing-a-long and Peter was over the moon that we had made his wish come true saying, “it might not have been the real Elvis, but you never would have known, it was great to see Elvis from the comfort of my armchair!”

The second wish from another resident was to have a Doberman visit the home, this has always been his favourite breed of dog. We have pet pals visit the home each month, however they have never brought a Doberman, so we are now looking for one to make this resident’s wish come true.

We wanted to give the residents as much choice as possible over their activities and entertainment programme, and we love the idea of making some wishes come true. It has been well received by residents and carers alike and we are looking forward to making as many wishes as possible come true over the coming months.

In the pipeline we have wishes to go to Australia, to meet the Queen and to dance in the rain. Some of them more challenging than others, but if the residents can’t go to Australia, we will bring Australia to the home with Aussie BBQ, didgeridoo playing, and the carers putting on their best Aussie accents “G’day Mate”!

Outing to the Ladyboys!

By 19th July, 2019 Events Comments Off

Now there’s a blog title you don’t expect to see on a care home website! At Fairdene Lodge we like to get out and about with our residents – if they want to and it is dafe to do so. Normally this is just one or two residents at a time and something we feel will appeal to their interests. For example we have a retired builder so whenever we are heading to B&Q we always ask if he would like to join us as he loves a wander round all the different tools and materials.

So when we heard the Ladyboys were visiting just down the road we thought it would be a good opportunity for some of the residents to enjoy a night of entertainment. First we thought about who might enjoy this type of evening out, any residents who had a history of working in the theatre, or listed their hobbies and interests as visiting the theatre. Then we had to consider if those residents would feel safe going out and would they be happy in a busy noisy environment. Once we had our list we asked those residents if they would like to come. 

In the end, we were eight residents and eight carers heading down to Hove Lawns to see what it was all about. It was an evening of music and dancing with some of our favourites from the West End – lots of fun and a bit of a sing-a-long.

We didn’t all make it to the end, as some enjoyed it more than others, so a few of us headed home a little early, but all in all it was something different and quite entertaining!

Living with Dementia

By 17th July, 2019 Care Home, Help Comments Off

What is dementia?

Dementia describes different brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function. These conditions are all usually progressive and eventually severe. Symptoms include memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.

There are over 850,000 people in the UK with dementia and 70% of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems.

Dementia can affect all aspects of a person’s life as well as those around them. 

However, it is important to remember that:

  • they are still the same person even though they have problems with memory, concentration and planning
  • everyone experiences dementia differently
  • focusing on the things the person can still do and enjoy will help you both stay positive

Keeping socially active for as long as possible is good for confidence and wellbeing. There are many dementia-friendly activities available, have a look online to see what might be available near you.

In Brighton, for example they run dementia-friendly gardening sessions every Tuesday. Being outdoors in the fresh air amongst nature is amazing therapy for the soul. That’s why our care home gardens are so important. We try to get out in the garden as much as possible, whether it’s for a spot of gardening or for tea and cake.

The same company also organises a monthly dementia-friendly cooking class. The Alzheimer’s Society also runs different sessions to work on maintaining skills.

Here are a few tips to help manage dementia

  • Have a regular routine
  • Put a weekly timetable on the kitchen wall or fridge and schedule activities for when you are at your best
  • Keep your keys in an obvious place
  • Have a list of helpful numbers by the phone
  • Use direct debits for regular bills
  • Use a pill organiser box
  • Make sure your home is safe and dementia-friendly

The way your home is designed and laid out can have a big impact on someone with dementia. 

That’s why we spent time and money investing in our care home’s layout and decor creating colour coded ‘zones to aid orientation. It is also vitally important for us that our residents feel at home, which is why thought, care, and also input from residents themselves has gone into the decoration of each and every one of our 28 bedrooms. Each door is clearly numbered and with consent, photos are attached to aid orientation. 

Symptoms of memory loss, confusion and difficulty learning new things can mean someone with dementia may forget where they are, where things are and how things work. We think of ways to help residents live a full and independent life for as long as possible, welcoming visitors whenever they choose and hopefully providing as much of a home-from-home feel as we can.

Our Care Team Tells All…

By 9th May, 2019 Care Home Comments Off

Kennedy, one of our lovely Care Assistants took the time out from her busy day to tell us what life as a care assistant at Fairdene Lodge is really all about…

I’ve been working in care for over five years now, it’s something I always wanted to do. Having grown up with a cousin with learning disabilities I enjoyed helping her and playing with her growing up. So much so that I started volunteering at a day centre and that’s where my career in care began. I wanted to work in a role that I found rewarding, and being a care assistant I find really rewarding.

I’ve been at Fairdene since November 2018 and I can say hand on heart this is the best care home I’ve worked at. This is because of the real focus on person centred care and the staff are really friendly. As a team we work to give every resident the best possible quality of life and we offer a wide range of activities alongside our care to achieve this. 

We try and offer a mix of physical and mental activities and we are always welcoming people into the home to offer different activities from singers with instruments to get everyone involved to Pet Pals who visit once a month with different animals for the residents to meet and pet. A couple of months ago we had goats at Fairdene – the first time I have ever seen a goat in a care home! The residents loved feeding the goats and the little tickle of the goat eating out of their hands.

But it’s not all about dancing and singing we also use meaningful activities to create a real homely feel. So if residents want to get involved in the cleaning of the home they can – whether that’s sweeping up, helping clear after meals or helping us take in deliveries. All tasks appeal to a different personality, so our ex-builder resident likes to be involved in taking in the deliveries, while our resident who used to work in the boxing industry tells us stories about al the sights and celebrities he’s seen.

No two days are the same at Fairdene Lodge, and when you arrive at the beginning of your shift, you never know what kind of day it might be, but it’s good to know on the more stressful and taxing days that I have such great team support. We all help each other out and we get the chance to reward our fellow team mates with “employee of the month” voted for by us!

I love having a laugh with the residents and hearing everyone’s stories, but what I really love about working at Fairdene Lodge is going home feeling that I have done some good, that I’ve made a difference.

Did you know Tea had all these benefits?

By 7th March, 2019 Care Comments Off

Drinking tea is quintessentially British and a big part of daily life in our care home, but have you ever thought about the benefits your average cuppa has to offer? From medicinal benefits, to positive effects on mental health and even helping fight against illness and cancer. We love a good cuppa at Fairdene Lodge, and there’s nothing more soothing than sitting down with a nice fresh brew and a bit of company.

For us here, the main benefits are its calming effects, routine and sociable aspects of having a cup of tea. Here are some of the many other benefits that drinking tea may have – although many of them are still theories, we like to think a good old fashioned cup of tea is doing us the world of good.

  • Tea keeps us young. Antioxidants contained in tea can help slow down the ageing process and help your cells to regenerate and repair. Teas of all varieties contain high levels of antioxidant polyphenols that can help keep your body healthier and some studies suggest even ward off some cancers.
  • Tea lowers stress hormone levels. Black tea has been shown to reduce the effects of a stressful event. This might be why the British response to any drama is to offer a cup of tea!
  • Tea can cause a temporary increase in short term memory. Not feeling on your game today? Try drinking some tea. The caffeine it contains may give you the boost you need to improve your memory, at least for a few hours.
  • Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Tea helps to prevent the formation of dangerous blood clots which are very often the cause of heart attacks and strokes. Some studies have even found that black tea drinkers were at a 70 percent lower risk of having a fatal heart attack.
  • Tea is calorie-free. Tea itself has no calories unless you choose to add sweeteners or milk, making it a satisfying, low-cal way to wake up and maybe even shed a few pounds. Unless, like us you enjoy a cake or biscuit with your brew!
  • Tea can help prevent arthritis. Research suggests that older women who are tea drinkers are 60 percent less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than those who do not drink tea. The same effect has not been measured in older males, however, but additional studies may prove otherwise.
  • Tea may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s Disease. New studies are suggesting that regular tea consumption may help protect the body from developing this neurological disorder.
  • Tea can lower blood sugar. Tea contains catechin and polysaccharides which have been demonstrated to have a noticeable effect on lowering blood sugar.
  • Tea can prevent iron damage. Those suffering from iron disorders may be helped by drinking tea, which contains tannins that limit the amount of iron the body can absorb.
  • Tea can help with nasal decongestion. If you’ve got a bit of a cold, drinking black tea with lemon may help clear up some of the congestion.

Now there’s 10 good reasons to go and stick the kettle on!

Also this week is Dementia UKs 10th anniversary of “Time for a Cuppa” so why not raise some money for a great cause and enjoy the health benefits of a few cups of tea with some friends or colleagues?

Companionship – Some Inspiration of Things to Do

By 4th February, 2019 Care Comments Off

Sometimes growing older can feel lonely, particularly if you have lost your partner. Companionship is a great gift, but sometimes it can be hard to think of ideas of things to do. For some, just popping in for a cuppa on the way home from work can brighten their day, however if you want to go that bit further, or need some inspiration, here are a few ideas of activities you could do together:

Keeping the mind active


“If you don’t use it, you lose it” as the saying goes, keeping your mind active is important for everyone. How about doing a crossword together or sudoko? If you are creative perhaps a bit of drawing or painting – heading out into the countryside and finding a quiet spot to bring out your inner artist with a friend or relative can be so therapeutic.

You could dust off the board games and take the grandchildren over for a game of Monopoly (if you have a spare afternoon or more!) A perfect activity for all ages.

Keeping the body active

This one might not always be easy, however a little exercise and fresh air is good for the soul. Why not take your loved one out for a walk, or perhaps there’s somewhere near by that offers some dancing. Dancing is loved by most and takes people back to another time and era, it could bring back some happy memories which you could talk about together and reminisce.

Relaxing

Listening to music is very calming, choose some tunes from your loved one’s era and see if it brings a smile to their face or takes them back to a memory. 

Reading a book together can also be very relaxing or perhaps you could look through old photographs and tell the story behind them.

Activities for those with Alzheimer’s

These ideas might not be practical for someone who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. For them it might be better to find shorter less structured activities. Perhaps a bit of housework, sock pairing or gardening. It depends on the individual, however most of us like to feel useful and you get some help with the chores!

We very much like to think of activities around our homes that are useful. Residents love getting involved in daily life, with activities such as laying the table, collecting plates or pairing socks. Of course we have lots of other activities throughout the year, dancing, boxing, arts and crafts, and lots more.

Caring for the Vulnerable at Christmas

By 10th December, 2018 Care Home Comments Off

As the temperature drops and the nights get longer, it’s more important than ever to think about those more vulnerable than us, including the elderly. For some it can be a period of time where social contact reduces, so here are our thoughts on how you can help the vulnerable over the festive period.

 

1. Several short visits would be better than one long visit

Try and plan a few phone calls or cups of tea, Christmas can be a lonely time of year for some, try to think beyond your immediate family. Is there a neighbour who would love some company over the festive period? Why not pop round with a mince pie…

 

2. Hypothermia – spot the early signs

Fuel is becoming more expensive, and as we head into colder weather, elderly may try to cut back on the heating to save on the bills. A room that might seem warm enough for you may not be for the infirm or those who cannot exercise, an ideal temperature would be 20-21 Celsius. Early signs of hyperthermia can include:

  • cold feet and hands
  • shivering
  • slower than normal speech
  • slurring words
  • acting sleepy
  • pale skin
  • being confused or angry

 

3. Falls

As the ice sets in, many vulnerable people have falls and breaks can often be left untreated. If they have had a fall, check any bruises just in case. Similarly, many vulnerable people are afraid to go out in poor weather conditions, so why not offer to help with a weekly shop?

 

4. Dehydration

Having the heating up higher can cause dehydration. Even mild dehydration can affect your energy levels and leave you feeling tired or confused so try to ensure the elderly and vulnerable are drinking enough water.

 

5. Medication

Over Christmas daily routines go out the window and this could make it easier to forget to take important medications. Perhaps set alarms as reminders, or pop in at medicine times.

 

If you have any concerns about a friend or relative contact the medical services on 111 or in an emergency dial 999.