Welcome to Hillcroft Nursing Home’s June 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!