With the Spring here and the weather set to warm up over the coming weeks, its the time to get out and about and see nature blossoming. The daffodil’s are just coming into there best displays, and the blossom trees are erupting into flower.
I take my clients out to the local parks like Graves, Hillsborough, and Millhouses and also the Botannical Gardens where there is a never ending change of scenery. If you want help to get out and appreciate the local area why not give me a try!
Many care homes had to go into a months lockdown following the festive period. This thankfully comes to an end for most this month and visiting can resume. I know it is hard for both the residents and the relatives when they cannot see each other face to face. The telephone is not the same as talking to someone in person.
Activity programmes should recommence soon too, which will give some focus and enjoyment to residents that have had to do without the stimulation.
Christmas is a time of families and friends getting together and enjoying festive food, and having fun with each other.
We also have to remember that for many it is a lonely and emotional time when family members, and friends are no longer with us – especially as we get older. People often face a Christmas alone.
If you know someone locally that needs a boost invite them in for a festive drink – giving even an hour to someone living alone will make a world of difference to them.
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and hope the New Year brings new beginnings that you can enjoy.
It is daunting when the time comes to put a relative into care, but eventually when caring for someone at home becomes just too much, it’s a necessary step to take.
Social services needs to be the first stop to initiate a care needs assessment and means test to see what funding can be given towards paying costs.
The AGE UK website holds a lot of information too, and you can contact a local office to discuss your needs and concerns with someone.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) website lists all care homes and care at home services, and grades them through inspection. At least this can be a start point when looking for homes in your area.
At the end of the day visiting a care home, asking questions and getting a feel for the environment and how the residents seem has to be the way forwards.
Many people will be looking to see if the lunch clubs in Sheffield will start to operate again from September. It would be a huge relief for people that used to attend these, and also brings hope to new members who may be looking for a group to join to help them socialise again with people their own age. I know of a couple that are opening again in Sheffield. For information contact your local church to ask if they can confirm a start date or keep an eye on the Sheffield Council website.
Social care is under scrutiny again by the Government, particularly for the elderly, who often have to end up selling their homes to cover the cost of care in a home. Local councils also struggle to cover the cost of nursing home care for those who cannot afford to pay the cost themselves. With our senior citizens living longer, it will become an issue for many of us in the future, and definitely something to follow.