Everycare Dorset – Update

Dorset update october 2018Dear all,

Welcome to our first regular update which we are hoping will act as an informative way of sharing with you what’s been happening during the month at Everycare.

Enormous congratulations to all the staff, clients, their families and pets that participated in the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk on Sunday 30th September setting off from Bowleaze Cove and walking to the Pavilion. Elaine Balistrari, Clinical Lead, commented “there was an amazing response from the public as we walked along the Promenade. People sharing their personal stories with us, whilst generously donating. All balloons, cupcakes and bracelets added to the generous donations raised by the local community. Well done!”

Special thanks go to Hayley Grant for organising this event, to the rather lovely black dog, and to Gillie Scott’s husband for the photography.

It was particularly great to see clients and staff spending time together and supporting such a good cause.

We are pleased to welcome 6 new staff who joined in September – a mixture of both HCAs and CCAs.  We know that you will join with us in making them feel part of the Everycare team.

Jane Goodwin from Dorset Police joined the supervisors’ meeting on the 14th September to speak about protecting vulnerable adults in the community.

She advised that the main issue at the moment was telephone scams and shared with us some examples of recent cases where people have been tricked out of handing over money. This prompted discussion within the team on how we could contribute to ensure the safety of our clients.  Jane gave us leaflets to be shared with you. She is very happy to attend a homecare staff meeting in the future and it was agreed that this partnership working would be beneficial.  Please let us know if you would like further information on this subject – Supervisors will have the information with them.

We are pleased to announce that Angie Atkin has joined our team based at head office in Dorchester. Angie will be working closely with Dawn Horton to book nursing shifts and assist with general company administration.

At our Homecare staff meeting on 27th September we had a very informative session with Sue Read, Respiratory Nurse Specialist from DAIRS about oxygen in the home and nebulisers. Sue is very keen to work with us to support those clients who may have these specific needs.

Also at the meeting we shared the analysis of the second quarter of our AIRS (accident/incident reporting system). Prompt action from staff for clients with deteriorating conditions resulted in seven 111 and five 999 calls leading to outcomes that did not escalate to a hospital admission.

It has been a busy month for external training.  We had two first aid/CPR sessions with Robin Hankin imparting this vital training to staff from local businesses via the DBID (Dorchester Business Improvement District).  Phil Gordon from the DBID estimates that there are now approximately 200 members of the public in our local community trained by Everycare who now have the ability to assist in a first aid emergency.

If you would like further information on any of the subjects above then do let us know. Also I would love some feedback on this new way of sharing information with you.  Please contact me on 01305-257777, by post or email lorrie@everycare-wessex.co.uk


Lorrie Truelove Director

Registered Manager

08th October 2018