Welcome to Hillcroft Nursing Home’s December Newsletter.
News & Events
Mental health and well-being have been hot topics in the national news, and at Hillcroft we value the health and well-being of staff.
Throughout September and October, workshops were held at our Slyne Training Academy, led by one of our Mental Health First Aiders, David Thompson.
David, along with Gill Reynolds and Debbie Hagel, recently qualified as Mental Health First Aiders with St John’s Ambulance.
David, said: ” It is very important that members of staff are given all the information they need and have someone they can go and talk to as well as having someone there who will listen to them without feeling judged.”
The first aiders understand the stigma that exists around mental health and have been trained to spot the early signs of mental health issues and can offer initial help and advice.
Don’t the reception areas look great?
A big congratulations to Trevor at Carnforth, Lynn at Galgate, Dina at Lancaster, Guy at Morecambe and Jackie at Slyne. You are our Home Heroes.
At Hillcroft, we see all staff as heroes for the hard work and care they put into looking after the Residents and Home Hero gives us the opportunity to celebrate those who go that extra mile.
If you’d like to be a hero and join the team, then follow the link
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.
- 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!
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”.
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”.
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.