News

31 2018 Oct

 

The wonderful benefits of day care for seniors.

 

Taking care of loved one who may be living with a form of dementia, be vulnerable or isolated can come with its own unique challenges and often has a huge impact on the lives of whole families. At Bridgewater Day Care our aim is to support our clients, as well as their families, by providing a safe, supportive and stimulating environment. We wanted to look at the many benefits for the family unit when a vulnerable adult can attend a centre such as ours.

 

Enjoying Social Opportunities

 

If an elderly person is living alone, even with family nearby, there is a chance that they could become socially isolated. Loneliness is a huge problem today, and affects individuals both emotionally and physically. Our clients enjoy building friendships with their peers as well as having plenty of interaction with our fantastic care team. We play games, have visits from local singers and artists, we sit down to enjoy a two-course hot meal together, and we do whatever we can to help our clients build relationships with each other.

 

Support with Additional Needs

 

We take pride in maintaining the dignity of our clients and respecting their wishes. We understand that support with Personal Care is often hard to accept, that’s why we go to great lengths to ensure that our care workers fully understand the needs of each client that visits the centre. We can assist with bathing, using our own purpose built personal bathing area, we can assist with dressing, grooming, incontinence, eating and we can provide medication reminders. Our compassionate team have completed the Bridgewater Care induction programme, a week long intensive training course in social care, provided 3 references and have been subject to an Enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) check and Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults check prior to supporting any clients. This means you can be sure that your loved ones are in safe, caring hands at all times.

 

happy clients

 

 

 

Taking Part in Stimulating Activities

 

We provide a wide range of stimulating activities for our clients throughout the day, though there is no pressure for anyone to take part if they do not wish. Our support team go to great lengths to plan appropriate activities that will help everyone to reach their own individual goals. We enjoy gardening, art, bingo, shared reading, reminiscence activities and even pet therapy!

 

Respite for Carers

 

One of the advantages that a day care centre can provide is respite. Our services allow family carers to spend time away from their loved ones without worrying about their care. This may free up some time to catch up on jobs, go to the shops, or even catch up on some much-needed rest before their care duties resume.

 

There are so many amazing benefits for the whole family when a vulnerable gets to enjoy some time out in a safe, purpose built centre such as ours. Why not find out for yourself by booking a free taster visit? Our FREE taster sessions are available at a day that suits you either in the AM or the PM for a period of 2 hours. To take advantage of this free service please give us a call and we will be delighted to discuss your requirements and answer any queries you may have.
For more information please contact us on 01942 723 115 or email info@bridgewaterdaycare.co.uk.

12 2018 Oct

GB Care Awards logo

 

 

At Bridgewater Day Care, all our fantastic team work extremely hard to provide a lovely, fun and supportive environment for our clients. Last week we were fortunate enough to get some very exciting professional recognition, in the name of The Great British Care Awards!

 

The Great British Care Awards are a series of regional events throughout England and are a celebration of excellence across the care sector. The purpose of the awards is to pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.

 

This year, the judges have shortlisted – not one – but four members of our team as regional finalists in their categories! These are very special awards for us as finalists are chosen for their compassion, knowledge and achievement in each field.

 

Two members of of the team from our day care centre have been nominated and we want to share this wonderful news with you all!

 

Gill Sinar has been nominated for ‘The Dementia Carer Award’. This important award has been created to reflect the specific skills needed to manage and deliver services sensitive to the needs of older people with dementia. Gill has a huge wealth of experience of the needs of those living with a dementia and can support them with compassion, as well as being a huge support to their loved ones too.

 

 

Gillian Sinar

Gillian Sinar

 

Donna Edwards has received a nomination for ‘The Dignity in Care Award’.  Nominees for this award have been able to demonstrate the significance of maximising client independence and choice, whilst respecting and maintaining privacy and dignity at all times. We are extremely proud of Donna for having received a nomination in this category.

 

Donna Edwards

Donna Edwards

 

Our sister company, Bridgewater Home Care have also received two nominations. Maxine Shacklady, our training manager, based in the Wigan office, has been nominated for the ‘The Care Trainer Award’ and our very own Managing Director Phil Eckersley has received a nomination for ‘The Care Employer Award’!

 

We would also like to mention every single team member at Bridgewater Day Care who are all deserving of a nomination for their compassion and professionalism every day.

 

The awards date is 24th November 2018 and the ceremony will be held at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel. We can’t wait!

 

14 2018 Sep

When it comes to exercise in later life, make it inclusive, achievable and fun!

 

We are huge advocates of the importance of exercise at any age, but in later years it can really improve a person’s overall quality of life. Studies show that when we exercise we gain a whole host of benefits, both physical and mental. Did you know that even simple exercises can improve balance, increase bone density, build strength and stamina? Not only that, but exercise has been shown to improve mood, improve self-confidence and promote restful sleep.

 

day care football

 

 

We are not advocating that our clients take up fell running or joining their nearest spinning class, but we are suggesting that a little light exercise that is achievable and enjoyable would be a wonderful addition to an older person’s life. At Bridgewater Day Care we recognise that not everybody has the confidence to exercise at home with the support of a loved one, and that is why we always do our best to provide lots of opportunities within our beautiful purpose built centre.

 

There are a range of ways that we encourage our clients to be active during their time with us. In the morning, we often do an ‘arm chair aerobics’ class, which involves some light stretching of our arms and legs, gets everyone moving but can be done in the comfort of a chair. This works well for us because it is a seated activity and all clients can partake should they wish.

 

day care centre fun

 

We have plenty of other opportunities for exercise throughout the day at Bridgewater Day Care. Our clients have been known to enjoy yoga, any games involving the parachute and playing catch with an inflatable beach ball. One of our favourite ways to exercise is when we are lucky enough to have a visiting singer or musician, there is always plenty of dancing!!

 

I hope we have been able to demonstrate how we can include plenty of activity into our client’s lives, something which everyone can take part in and importantly is a great source of joy to all involved. If you would like to know more about our wonderful day care centre, or are interested in a place for a loved one, please call our centre manager, Lisa on 01942 723115.

 

 

 

 

 

27 2018 Jul

 

While most of us are busy enjoying a long, hot summer, it can be easy to forget the devastating effects that a heatwave could have on more vulnerable members of society.

 

 Sunflowers at dusk

 

 

Many of our client’s families have been asking us what they can do to help keep their loved ones, friends and neighbours cool during the heatwave. So, we thought we would put together this useful list of tips for anyone who needs it:

 

  •  Keep an eye on the weather forecast. It can be through social media, television or listening to the radio, but make sure you understand the meteorological office warning system and plan accordingly.

 

  • Stay hydrated. It’s not enough to wait until someone feels thirsty, keeping offering cool glasses of water and squash. Avoid tea, coffee and of course, alcohol!

 

 

  • Avoid being outside from 11am until 3pm when the heat will be at its peak.

 

  • Shut windows and blinds when the temperature is hotter outside than in. Open windows in the evening when it is cooler. Please only do this if you can ensure that it is safe for your loved one.

 

  • Wear a sun blocking hat and cool, loose clothing.

 

  • Locate the coolest room in the house and plan to spend time in that room if necessary.

 

  • Giving luke warm showers and baths can help, as can a cool flannel on the back of the neck. Please note that ice cold showers are not a good idea and can raise the human body temperature even higher.

 

  • Eat light, cool meals, such as salads and vegetables. Snack on ice lollies and foods that cool you down ‘from the inside out’.

 

  • Understand that certain individuals may take medication that can reduce their ability to be able to cope with the heat. Does this affect your loved one?

 

  • Take a trip to an air-conditioned facility, such as a community library or café.

 

Finally,

 

  • Make sure that a high factor sun cream is being used when out in the sun. This might sound obvious but you’d be amazed how many people underestimate the impact of the sun, particularly on older, frail skin.

 

Summer is wonderful time to get out there and enjoy the fresh air, so please don’t let these suggestions put you off taking your loved ones out and about. The guidelines are there to allow you to stay safe and comfortable.

 

If you have any great tips you could add to this, please let us know via our Facebook page (Click HERE).

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Queen Street
Golborne
Cheshire
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Tel: 01942 723 115

Email:
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