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React to Red Workshops

Earlier this year it was suggested that we hold regular workshops to give staff the opportunity to update their knowledge and develop new skills.

The hot topic for May and June was pressures sores and workshops ran at our Training Academy covering the React to Red approach.

Pressure ulcers (also known as pressure sores) are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue, caused by prolonged pressure on the skin. They can happen to anyone but tend to affect people with health conditions that make it difficult to move, especially those who are confined to a bed or sit in a chair or wheelchair for a long period of time. They often develop gradually, but can sometimes form in a few hours.

David Thompson, Trainer, said: “I would like to thank everyone who attended the React to Red awareness workshops this week. I hope you found it informative.

“We have more dates on in July for staff who were not able to attend”.

It is estimated that just under half a million people in the UK will develop at least one pressure ulcer in any given year. This is more likely to happen to people with an underlying health condition – for example, around 1 in 20 people who are admitted to hospital with a sudden illness will develop a pressure ulcer.

Symptoms

  • Part of the skin becoming discoloured
  • Discoloured patches not turning white when pressed
  • A patch of the skin that feels warm, spongy or hard
  • Pain or itchiness in the affected area
  • An open wound or blister
  • A deep wound that reaches the deeper layers of the skin
  • A very deep wound that may reach the muscle and bone

 

Our homes decorated their reception areas with React to Red posters and balloons and will be doing so again in July when we hold more workshops!

Carnforth

Caton 

 

 

 

 

 

Morecambe

 

 

 

 

 

Lancaster

Slyne

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Nursing homes go head-to-head to beat dementia

 

Thirteen teams from across all six Hillcroft Nursing homes went head-to-head at the Alzheimer’s Mighty Quiz to beat dementia.

On Thursday 11th April, all teams met up at the Royal Station Hotel, Carnforth, to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research.

Hillcroft were proud to hand over a cheque of £750 to Alzheimer’s Research.

Simon McDermott, North West Regional Fundraising Officer, said: “We are so grateful to Hillcroft Nursing Homes for supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“Dementia affects a huge proportion of the population – one in three people over 65 in the UK will die with some form of the condition. Fantastic fundraising efforts like this will help us to defeat dementia sooner”.

Alzheimer’s Research powers world class studies focusing on prevention, diagnosis and treatments for dementia. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is expected to rise to over 1 million by 2025.

The quiz champions of the evening were the Ridiculous 6 from the Lancaster Home.

Louise Mattinson, one of the directors at Hillcroft Nursing Homes, said: “Dementia affects so many people and with Hillcroft taking care of residents suffering with dementia, it was decided that there couldn’t be a more fitting event to get behind.

“It was a great opportunity to get staff together from each home and unite against dementia.

“We raised an incredible amount of money for Alzheimer’s Research and are pleased to be supporting such an amazing charity. Our wonderful quiz master, Wendy from O&W Entertainment, also donated her fee to the cause. A huge thank you to everyone who took part and to local businesses who kindly donated raffle prizes”.

 

 

 

 

Diamond Wedding Anniversary at Morecambe

 

Our Morecambe home recently celebrated a diamond wedding anniversary.

Mr and Mrs McQuaker celebrated their 60 years of marriage with their family and friends, who all had a fantastic time.

Kausar, Matron at Morecambe, said: “It was so lovely to be able to celebrate with Mr and Mrs McQuaker on their special day. Everyone had a wonderful time and staff worked really hard to make it a great day”.

 

Introducing First Aid Workshops

Every two months, Hillcroft focus on a hot topic for staff to discuss in meetings.

It was suggested that workshops are held to run alongside these to give staff the opportunity to develop new skills.

The hot topic for March and April was First Aid and workshops were held at our Slyne Academy on 27th, 28th and 29th March.

Subjects covered in the one and a half hour session, included; CPR, strokes, epilepsy, defibrillation devices, bleeds and blood pressure. Not only would this be helpful at work, but at home as well.

David Thompson, Trainer at Slyne, said: “The first aid awareness training was fun and enjoyable to deliver with a lot of participation from all.

“The groups’ feedback showed that staff found it useful and their free CPR mouth guard gift was a just reward for attendance.”

All six homes joined in and decorated their reception areas to help promote the workshops and we think they look lovely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrations at our Carnforth home

Terry Braithwaite is a resident at our Carnforth home and he recently celebrated his birthday on New Years Day.

His family took the time to kindly write a letter to Tracey Cooke, Matron at Carnforth, thanking her and the team for all of their hard work.

“We visited Terry on the afternoon of the 1st January – it was his birthday. We would like to thank you and all of the staff on Ash Unit for making it a lovely day. There were birthday banners up and the tables were beautifully laid for New Years Day.

Terry received two parcels and a card from Hillcroft and a lovely iced cake with candles on that we all enjoyed!

Christmas Day was also a lovely day when we visited Terry. Our thanks go to all the staff who were on duty and looked after Terry and all the residents so well. They worked so hard to make sure they all enjoyed Christmas Day. We really appreciate the effort you all make for your residents to have such memorable days.

Our thanks to you all, you are all very special people and we appreciate everything you do for Terry.

Love from Pat & Diane (and our family).”

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