Peninsula Care Homes Celebrates National Careers Week

Peninsula Care Homes Celebrates National Careers Week

Recruitment in the care sector is at an all-time low, this is a particular challenge for Peninsula Care Homes due to the remote location of some of our Devon based Homes.

We want to allay the rumours that the general public have about careers in care and promote the roles, ‘working in care is immensely fun, sometimes challenging, but always rewarding and enjoyable!’

At Peninsula we believe that every one of our staff plays a key role in providing outstanding care. We want our staff to perform to their best.  Staff are genuinely kind and compassionate and often go the extra mile to provide residents with excellent, high quality care.  We support residents based on their individual needs and strive to maintain the best possible quality of life in a home from home environment.

We find out as much as possible about each of our residents; who would have known that John has visited twelve Countries, Margaret has met the Queen three times and that Cyril was a mountaineer… residents relish the opportunity to share stories and staff love listening to them.

If you are a tactile person, many of our residents still enjoy human touch, cuddles, kisses and hand holding are free of charge and can change the way someone is feeling in an instance.

In return we provide a wide range of training delivered in-house or using outside providers, senior staff are encouraged to mentor junior staff and all our managers have an open door policy.  Staff attend seminars and conferences based around the ever changing culture in care.  Staff recently experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour, which provided an excellent insight into what living with dementia may be like.

It is possible to have a career in care, we have had staff commence as Carers, progress to Senior Carers, Team Leaders and eventually become Registered Managers.  Other roles include our Activity Co-ordinators who provide entertainment for physical and mental stimulation as well as general well-being.  Residents often rekindle hobbies and interests that they may not have done for 50 years…  Our Cooks prepare good quality home cooked food and are encouraged to interact with residents to find out the likes and dislikes.  Domestic and laundry teams have a huge part to play, chatting to residents as they go about their daily routines. Admin staff, maintenance staff, kitchen assistants to name a few.

Working hours are flexible too, you can do a 6 hour or 12 hour shift, therefore you could work three 12 hour shifts and have a four day weekend!

In summing up, our residents are never lonely and neither are our staff.  If you have ever thought about a career in care, what’s stopping you?

For further information please contact:

Dianne Gregory, Business Manager, Peninsula Care Homes Ltd

Email: di@peninsulacarehomes.co.uk

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National Hot Tea Month

National Hot Tea Month

January is National Hot Tea Month a fantastic excuse to have an extra cup of tea and indulge in a biscuit or piece of cake.

Tea has been drunk for thousands of years, originating from China. From there it grew in prominence until it was one of the most important beverages in the world. Some say it rivals coffee as the drink of choice for mornings.

Tea is mostly drunk hot but iced tea or cold tea because you simply forget to drink it while it was hot is often experienced.

What’s your favourite tea? We have arranged some tea tasting within the homes from fruit teas, herbal teas to different leaves of tea. Our tea tasting adds to our collection of activities to encourage hydration. We will see what the favourite is and then have the discussion on how to make the perfect cup of tea. Does the milk go in first or not at all, lemon, honey, weak tea or “builder’s brew”, cup and saucer or mug and so many choices.

Cornerways have already had one tasting session trying peppermint tea, peach & raspberries, and strawberry & raspberry tea. The favourite by a large margin was strawberry & raspberry with no one liking peppermint tea.

So put the kettle on and enjoy your favourite tea whatever that may be. If you’re in Moretonhampstead on January 20th please do join our coffee/tea morning.

Cornerways couple celebrate 71st Wedding Anniversary in style

Cornerways couple celebrate 71st Wedding Anniversary in style

Our first guest blog of the year comes from Peninsula Care Homes Business Manager, Dianne Gregory, who met with Cornerways resident couple celebrating their 71st Wedding Anniversary. Dianne shares her blog with us:

We were privileged at Cornerways recently to share in the celebrations of residents John and Cicely Balson who boast 71 years of marriage! After a bit of research I was unable to find the recognised symbol of 71 years, with 60 years being an expensive Diamond and 70 years being more expensive Platinum, I decided that 71 years must just be put down to ‘true love’

I met with both John and Cicely to find out a bit more…

John, originally from Bristol commenced in the army as a mechanical engineer but after a serious accident and with severe burns to his legs he was hospitalised for a year and asked to leave the army. Sheer determination from his mother pleading with the army to take him back enabled John to continue his career.

Cicely formerly from Scartho, Grimsby also joined the army as a shorthand typist.

They first met at Buntingford Barracks, Hertfordshire. John was 20 years old and Cicely 19 years, they were married in December 1945 in Cicelys local church in Scartho, a reception followed at the parish hall. As the war had only recently ended, food remained rationed but Cicelys mother produced a beautiful spread for all 100 guests.

With both John and Cicely in the army they were fortunate to travel to many Countries including Korea, Hong Kong, Malta and Germany to name a few.

They have a son, Mervyn and daughter, Patricia, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

They moved to Paignton following retirement and to be nearer to their son.

They are quite rightly proud of all the service medals they have received and remember fondly meeting members of the Royal Family.

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I asked the secret of a long and happy marriage, and Cicely said “we’ve always helped each other and never rowed” John smiled in agreement… She went on to say, that they always worked hard, and she would often do additional shorthand work in the evenings, she said they both had a very good work ethic.

Happy New Year Message

Happy New Year Message

We hope that you have enjoyed your Christmas celebrations, meeting up with family and friends, finished the turkey, unwrapped all the presents and for many seeking out bargains in the sales.

The next event is New Year.  Most people like to see in the New Year, either at a party with friends or watching the fireworks on television as each time zone from Sydney to London welcomes in the New Year.  It is also a time when we reflect on the past and perhaps make resolutions for the year ahead.  It’s best not to make too many but it’s good to try to keep them, especially if they relate to your health.

So, from all at Peninsula Care homes we wish you a very Happy New Year 2017.

Merry Christmas Message

Merry Christmas Message

We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.  Christmas for many is a magical time.  Christmas carols, gift exchanges and family feasts are just some of the enduring traditions that make the season one of the world’s favourite holidays.  It’s a time to reflect on happy memories of family gatherings, and festive cheer.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each of our staff for their continued dedication to providing excellent care and ensuring our homes run well.  All of them will be juggling their own celebrations with their work and we thank them for this.

Whilst Christmas for most is a magical time it is also a time to reflect on life as it was, perhaps remembering those that are no longer with us or families that we cannot visit due to distance or other circumstances.  It is a time to think about those less fortunate than ourselves.

All of us at Peninsula Care Homes would like to wish our residents, their families and our staff a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Christmas Time at Parkland House

Christmas Time at Parkland House

When asked to write a blog, the staff at Parkland House surprised us with a touching poem, providing an insight into a day in the life of a Peninsula Care Homes Care Assistant.

Thank you to the caring staff who spent the time putting this together for us to share at Christmas time.

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Our top 10 Christmas present ideas

Our top 10 Christmas present ideas

We have asked each home to tell us the top ten presents they would suggest for residents this Christmas. They were actually nearly all the same so here they are in no particular order:

1. Nightwear including bed jacket

2. Slippers and/or shoes

3. Sweets and/or chocolate

4. Jumper or cardigan

5. Toiletries

6. Favourite tipple

7. Photoframe

8. Calendar (don’t forget Plymbridge are selling them for £10)

9. Plant – amaryllis are popular

10. Hairdresser voucher

Our last request is please do buy clothes that are suitable for tumble dryers and of course don’t forget to label them please. Happy Christmas shopping!

Guest Blog: Why have we started painting our doors?

Guest Blog: Why have we started painting our doors?

Peninsula Care Homes Care Manager, Margaret Haxton, reveals why we have decided to start painting our doors.

DOOR: a movable barrier used to open and close the entrance to a building, room, cupboard, or vehicle, usually a solid panel, hinged to or sliding in a frame.
SYNONYMS: portal, opening, hatch, entrance, entry, exit, egress.

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10 Downing Street: The door to democratic leadership

You may notice that we have started to paint internal doors in some of our homes. We were initially inspired to paint shared bathroom doors a different colour as research suggests this will assist residents in identifying the bathroom.

More recently we have commenced a programme of painting front doors. Peninsula Care Homes see our resident’s doors as the entrance to their individual lifestyles. Where possible residents are able to choose the shade of their front door from a range of colours. Benefits include helping residents find their own room and allows each resident to individualise the entrance to their room.

A relative who spoke on behalf of her mother was delighted that her mother was able to choose the colour of her new “Front Door” and as a team we had succeeded in providing personalised care.

Peninsula take pride in meeting all our resident’s needs in all aspects of their social and healthcare requirements, by adding small changes like ‘doors’ we also support residents in environment choices too. We are really pleased with the colourful results and hope you are too…

When we care for others we must open the door to our hearts, and never let the Key get rusty, if it does, lubricate it liberally with the Six C’s of Care:

Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage, Commitment

The power of music and a possible Christmas gift suggestion

The power of music and a possible Christmas gift suggestion

Music has been shown in studies to have a dramatic effect in helping those living with dementia. Whether it’s classical, opera, songs from shows or ‘60s music can sooth, stimulate and bring to mind long-forgotten memories.

The power of music, in particular singing seems to reach parts of the brain in ways other forms of communication cannot.  Studies by Professor Paul Robertson says as the ‘auditory system of the brain is first to fully function at 16 weeks, which means you are musically receptive long before anything else.  The study argues that it’s a case of first in, last out when it comes to dementia-type breakdown of memory.’

Go into any of our homes and you will often hear music being played, residents singing, musical instruments being played and a huge variety of musical entertainers visiting.  We like entertainers that engage – you may find residents & staff dancing to music being played, or singing, whistling, clapping or just tapping their feet.  We are constantly changing our entertainers although some homes continue to have firm favourites. We do ask that our entertainers provide a broad repertoire so there is something for everyone.

A very moving clip is Gladys Wilson with Naomi Fells which we believe clearly demonstrates the power of music.  It really is worth watching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrZXz10FcVM

Looking for a Christmas present idea then what about using an ipod and creating a bespoke playlist.  Think about the songs that you heard playing when growing up, perhaps include the song your relative had as their first dance at their wedding, music from a show they love, a hymn, lullaby the possibilities are endless.  If you want suggestions on what to include then we suggest reading the Playlist for Life “How to make a playlist for life.”  Alternatively you could fill an ipod with a range of music including wartime memories, Nat King Cole, Glenn Miller, 50’s rock & roll, Elvis, Beatles, Elton John, classical music as possibilities.

Ian Donaghy, author of ‘Dear Dementia’ says “the power of music – it creates togetherness, a sense of belonging.  Some songs make you laugh others make you cry but they can all remind us who we are.”

We hope to hear some favourite playlists soon

Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline

Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline

This week our homes will be joining in efforts to raise money for Children in Need.  We thought we would take this opportunity to tell you about another charity we support helping children.  For the last two years Peninsula Care Homes has paid for hotel accommodation for the children at Heathrow on their last night in the U.K., which has been greatly appreciated by the children, their group leader and the charity.

The Chernobyl disaster occurred on 26th April 1986 when the fourth reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant near Belaurus exploded. It is thought it will take 400 years to rid the area of contamination.

Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline was established in 1992.  Because of the charity some 60,000 children from Belarus have visited Britain. Whilst here they receive some basic medical attention including dental care and eye examination. The month break is thought to boost their damaged immune system and improve their quality of life.

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Our local Totnes & South Hams link hosted 8 children last year. They arrived in Devon with no English, very little clothes for their month stay.  In addition to medical treatment they got to enjoy Devon.  Each year a range of fun activities are enjoyed which can include a ride on a Rib, tea party at the Winking Prawn in Salcombe, horse riding, surf lesson, first trip to the seaside and making sandcastles, visits to local attractions.  They return home after their medical treatment, fun in Devon and a huge bag full of clothes for themselves and to share with their siblings.

If you think you could host two children or donate please visit www.ccll.org.uk