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With so much going on in our homes, it can be difficult to keep up! That’s why we regularly update this news page with our latest goings-on at Wellbeing Care in Oulton Broad, Beccles and Irchester so you can check back and find out what we’ve been up to.

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We Received Kindness Postcards! | Care Home in Lowestoft

It’s been a tough year for everyone - and our residents at our care home in Lowestoft have certainly felt the effects of the lockdown.



So, when students of East Coast College created and sent ‘kindness postcards’ in a bid to raise spirits and spread smiles, you can only imagine how delighted our residents were!



The kindness postcards included drawings, motivational quotes, and heartfelt messages designed to spread smiles during isolation. Amongst the 30 handmade postcards sent to our care home in Lowestoft were messages of reassurance, encouragement, and appreciation, as well as wishes of sunshine and happiness for all.



The local students, aged 16-18, had spent time with our residents prior to the pandemic as part of their work experience and had enjoyed bonding with them. Discussing the project, Carrie Doddington, a tutor at East Coast College, said: “The last 12 months have been difficult for everybody, but especially so for care home residents who have been unable to see their family for long periods. Our students wanted to do whatever they could to spread some smiles, so they came up with the postcard project, which we hope will help keep spirits high at The Dell.”



Pupil Chloe Peters (aged 16), who came up with the idea, said: “The residents at The Dell are very special to us. We’ve been lucky enough to spend time with them in the past and they were always so welcoming and friendly; smiling, singing, and offering to tell us stories about their lives. Although we can’t visit at the moment, we wanted them to know that they're in our thoughts and we hope that by receiving one of our postcards, they'll know how loved and appreciated they are”.



Daniella Penedo, our assistant manager at the day centre, said: “For the staff and pupils at East Coast College to think of us as recipients for their kindness postcards is wonderful. The residents have been blown away by the lovely gesture, and to know that someone has taken the time out of their day to send loving thoughts, has made them feel very special.



We’re very grateful to East Coast College, as well as other members of the public, who've helped ensure our residents feel connected to the local community at this time of isolation.”



Following the success of the postcards, the students are now working on their next project, which will see them create a ‘Happy Memories’ jigsaw puzzle for the residents to enjoy at our care home in Lowestoft. We can’t wait to receive them!



We were delighted to be included in such a wonderful project, and we’re incredibly grateful to the students for their efforts in spreading a little sunshine throughout our home. Hopefully, it won’t be long until we can welcome them back to visit in person!



If you’d like to find out more about us and our care, take a few minutes to browse our website. Alternatively, take a look at our previous article to read more about our vaccine journey.

19th March

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Healthcare Careers: Why Should You Consider a Career in Care?

Have you ever considered a career in care?

There is an abundance of avenues when it comes to healthcare careers, each one challenging and fulfilling in its own way.

Whether you’re looking to be a chef in a care home kitchen or train to be a registered nurse, there are plenty of options for you to consider when choosing a career in healthcare. You may be a school leaver wondering what route to take, or you may be in the world of work already and looking for a new challenge; either way, you’re in the right place.

In this week's blog, we look at how a healthcare career could be the way forward for you.



How the Healthcare Sector Offers Job Security

We’ll always have people in need of healthcare, and so we’ll always have a need for healthcare workers. It’s that simple. There’s job security in the healthcare sector because the need for care will never go away.

Care is needed round-the-clock, so your shifts can adjust accordingly if your personal circumstances change; this means that the flexibility of care can help with your job security and your long-term employment prospects.



Career Progression Within Healthcare

Healthcare careers are great for anyone starting out in the world of work because you don’t necessarily need prior qualifications. Training and courses can often be done on-the-job, so you can gain experience and qualifications at the same time. There’s always room for promotion and progression within healthcare careers, and employers welcome movement within the team.

Increasing opportunities for staff often goes hand-in-hand with a reduction in staff turnover, which is ideal for the employees, the company, and most importantly, the residents.



Healthcare Careers Offer Variety

If you’re already working and looking for a change of direction, healthcare careers can offer you something very different from the old ‘9-5’.

With shift patterns to suit your needs, you may find yourself having breakfast with a former pilot, or helping a former ballerina get ready for bed! There are so many different people for you to help each day - and coupled with the flexibility of hours and many roles to explore, you’re guaranteed that every day will offer you something new and different.

The people you meet, both residents and colleagues alike, will become your family; so each day will be like a new adventure with your own loved ones.



Should You Consider a Career in Care?

Although healthcare careers don’t always require higher education qualifications, there are some personal attributes that will stand you in good stead when applying for a career in healthcare. Carers need to be good with people. No matter your role within the healthcare industry, you will be working to improve the lives of others, and so a genuine interest and desire to help people is a priority when it comes to healthcare careers.

Your role will involve changing lives for the better; whether that’s by cooking nutritious meals tailored to individual needs, or planning physiotherapy sessions. Having such a direct influence on the lives of others, therefore, requires plenty of patience and compassion.

Healthcare careers are extremely rewarding, but they can also be challenging - so you’ll need to be determined and resilient. A positive, can-do attitude and being proactive will ensure you’re able to provide the best care for your residents.

Do you think a healthcare career sounds like it could be for you? Head over to our careers page for more information.

8th March

The Dementia Dictionary: An Insight Into Innovative Dementia Training

Here at Wellbeing Care, we’re dedicated to delivering exceptional dementia services across our residential homes.



With this in mind, we’re delighted to announce that we’re now an official partner of The Dementia Dictionary, a revolutionary resource designed to understand and interpret how people living with dementia communicate.



We’re delighted to have the opportunity to undergo training, which will set us on the road to becoming professional dementia interpreters. This means that we’ll be able to help others recognise and understand the behaviours of people living with dementia.



What Does the Course Entail?

The ‘Dementia Interpreter’ course, delivered by Training2Care, works by placing people in the same situation as those living with dementia.



By slowly taking away their ability to speak, see, hear, and even use body language, participants are forced to find new ways to communicate.



In the process, participants can experience first-hand the isolation, frustration and anxiety often felt by those living with dementia, and they start to mirror the way they communicate without realising.



By being able to spend some time in their world, delegates complete the course with an increased understanding of the impact of dementia and a heightened sense of empathy for those affected.



How We’re Getting Involved

Daniella, our assistant manager at The Day Centre, is the first of our staff members to qualify as a Dementia Interpreter. She’s also qualified to train others!



This means she’ll be able to deliver the dementia training course to the rest of the staff across our sites, enabling each of our care homes to deliver an equal level of outstanding dementia care.



Daniella recently spoke to the press of her excitement about the course: “Training as a Dementia Interpreter was an eye-opening experience. I’ve developed a much deeper understanding of how those living with dementia must feel, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge with the rest of the team so that our services can continue to improve the lives of those in our care.”



What is The Dementia Dictionary?

The Dementia Dictionary is an online platform that’s been developed to serve families dealing with dementia. At Wellbeing Care, we’re thrilled to be involved in such a revolutionary resource!



The Dementia Dictionary is a place where people can reference behaviours, actions, noises and body language that have been translated into our language.



Built and maintained by the whole Dementia Interpreter network, the dictionary will be continuously developed with new descriptions of behaviours, which will help its users accurately translate them into the new language.



The Dementia Interpreters will also maintain a networking platform, offering real-time advice and support to those that need it.



Our homes, The Dell in Lowestoft, St. George’s in Beccles and Meadow View in Irchester, offer the ideal setting for those living with dementia. We have created a real home-from-home environment that’s welcoming and comfortable, where we offer care of the highest standard, with tailored care plans to suit each individual.



If you’d like to find out more about how our dementia training could help you or your loved one, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.



Alternatively, to find out more about the Dementia Dictionary, simply visit the website.

26th February

Exciting News at Our Residential Care Homes in Suffolk and Northamptonshire: Rolling Out the COVID-19 Vaccine!

We’re thoroughly delighted to announce that our care staff and residents at our residential care homes in Suffolk and Northamptonshire have received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine!



After almost a year of restrictions and isolation, we can finally start to look forward to the future; one where we can welcome family and friends back through our doors.



The vaccine rollout, which was successfully administered to 88 of our residents and 93 of our staff members, means that they are now well on their way to being immune.



Our assistant manager at The Day Centre, Daniella, spoke to the press about the vaccine roll-out: “There was a fantastic atmosphere as the vaccinations took place, and a real sense of camaraderie as residents and staff supported each other through the process.



"One of our residents, Martha, was particularly nervous to receive her jab, as was our acting team leader June, who has a phobia of needles.



"Rather than letting it overwhelm them, the duo helped each other through and laughed about it together afterwards, which was wonderful to see.”



Martha also spoke about her experience: "To know that June felt the same, and for us to be able to hold each other's hands throughout, made it so much easier; I’m looking forward to the next!"



Our operations manager, Joy Henshaw, said: “We feel so grateful that we’ve been given the opportunity to become one of the first care homes to be vaccinated.



"Whilst our staff have been tremendous in keeping the home safe, knowing that the vaccination will help save lives, and give our residents the opportunity to receive the love and warmth that their families can provide, makes me incredibly proud”.



Thank you to everyone at The Dell, Meadow View and St George’s for their bravery and perseverance throughout this difficult time.



Whilst we’re excited for the future, we’re still taking every precaution to keep our residents and staff safe. Our residents and staff have been amazing over the last year, and have navigated their way through this unprecedented time better than we could ever have imagined.



Browse our website and our social media channels to see all the wonderful things our residential care homes in Suffolk have been getting up to.

17th February

Ways to Keep in Touch with Your Loved One When You are Unable to Visit Them in Person

In times of crisis, most of us have a way of coming back home. But what if that crisis is actually preventing you from coming back home or being with your loved ones? Not being able to be with your loved ones physically can be taxing, especially during trying times. It’s hard to feel close and connected without actually being close and connected. The challenge for everyone now is to adjust to this new normal and make a little more effort on keeping in touch without having to travel far and compromising many social distancing rules. These are some tips you can do!



Use video calls

If there's one positive we can draw from in the middle of a 2020 pandemic, it's that we can now make use of technology to help make things more convenient and allow us to do what we aren't able to do at the moment. That includes seeing people without having to travel all the way to where they're currently located when it's not safe yet. Literally showing your face on a video call (whether that’s over WhatsApp, Facetime, Facebook Messenger, Zoom, or Skype) can help to simulate that feeling of being together.



Send a care package

Let them know that you're making an effort for them. You can assemble a care package that includes these four categories: Activities and hobby items, comfort items, snacks and treats, and sentimental items. For the activities and hobby items, think of things that will stimulate their creativity and help cultivate a positive attitude. You can put in puzzles, board games, books, or knitting kits. The comfort items may include things that foster the feeling of being at home--maybe a pair of fuzzy slippers, comfy pajamas, blankets, plants, candles, and scents. As for the snacks and treats, think of their favorite food. It would even be better if it's homemade, taking into consideration their strict diet if they have any. Lastly, make this care package something truly personal by including sentimental items like photographs, letters, or drawings.



Set up a surprise virtual party

Is your loved one celebrating a birthday or a milestone soon? How about organising a surprise for that person? Gather your friends and family and have them record a special video message of greetings and encouragement for that person. After that, you can compile everything and edit it into a whole heartwarming video. This simple gesture might not be a lot but it will surely make your loved one feel extra special especially during an important day.



Update them through social media

Seeing regular photos and videos of what your loved ones are up to, or even special milestones, can really brighten anyone's day! This can help someone feel included and ensures that they don't miss out on memorable moments. Social media is a great way to conveniently update the people you care for about what you've been doing recently. Upload your latest photos and make sure to tag them so that they can easily see it. If you're a more private person and don't want to be broadcasting everything you do to the whole world, then you can simply change your posts' privacy options. Or better yet, go directly to private messages and send your pictures to your loved ones privately.



Update them through social media

Seeing regular photos and videos of what your loved ones are up to, or even special milestones, can really brighten anyone's day! This can help someone feel included and ensures that they don't miss out on memorable moments. Social media is a great way to conveniently update the people you care for about what you've been doing recently. Upload your latest photos and make sure to tag them so that they can easily see it. If you're a more private person and don't want to be broadcasting everything you do to the whole world, then you can simply change your posts' privacy options. Or better yet, go directly to private messages and send your pictures to your loved ones privately.





Organise virtual movie dates

A fun, entertaining movie, some good popcorn and the company of a loved one. Who doesn't like movie dates? Unfortunately, with social distancing rules in place, you can't do that as often as you can at the moment. But who's to say you can be stopped from doing movie dates with a loved one? Even if you can’t be together, you could agree to watch a movie or tv series at the same time – so you can share your reactions in real time! Ever heard of Teleparty? It's a browser extension for watching TV remotely with friends. It synchronises video playback and adds group chat to your favorite streaming sites! Too advanced for you? No worries, you can simply sync a schedule with your loved one and watch a movie at the same time and discuss your thoughts about the movie through a phone or video call. Movies provide an excellent opportunity for bonding and discussion between loved ones. In fact, it is often a great way to start talking about an issue that affects your own relationship without bringing it up directly.



How do you keep in touch with your loved ones these days? Share your experiences with us!

29th October

Important Tips for Choosing a Care Home.

Important Tips for Choosing a Care Home.

15th October

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We Received Kindness Postcards! | Care Home in Lowestoft

It’s been a tough year for everyone - and our residents at our care home in Lowestoft have certainly felt the effects of the lockdown.



So, when students of East Coast College created and sent ‘kindness postcards’ in a bid to raise spirits and spread smiles, you can only imagine how delighted our residents were!



The kindness postcards included drawings, motivational quotes, and heartfelt messages designed to spread smiles during isolation. Amongst the 30 handmade postcards sent to our care home in Lowestoft were messages of reassurance, encouragement, and appreciation, as well as wishes of sunshine and happiness for all.



The local students, aged 16-18, had spent time with our residents prior to the pandemic as part of their work experience and had enjoyed bonding with them. Discussing the project, Carrie Doddington, a tutor at East Coast College, said: “The last 12 months have been difficult for everybody, but especially so for care home residents who have been unable to see their family for long periods. Our students wanted to do whatever they could to spread some smiles, so they came up with the postcard project, which we hope will help keep spirits high at The Dell.”



Pupil Chloe Peters (aged 16), who came up with the idea, said: “The residents at The Dell are very special to us. We’ve been lucky enough to spend time with them in the past and they were always so welcoming and friendly; smiling, singing, and offering to tell us stories about their lives. Although we can’t visit at the moment, we wanted them to know that they're in our thoughts and we hope that by receiving one of our postcards, they'll know how loved and appreciated they are”.



Daniella Penedo, our assistant manager at the day centre, said: “For the staff and pupils at East Coast College to think of us as recipients for their kindness postcards is wonderful. The residents have been blown away by the lovely gesture, and to know that someone has taken the time out of their day to send loving thoughts, has made them feel very special.



We’re very grateful to East Coast College, as well as other members of the public, who've helped ensure our residents feel connected to the local community at this time of isolation.”



Following the success of the postcards, the students are now working on their next project, which will see them create a ‘Happy Memories’ jigsaw puzzle for the residents to enjoy at our care home in Lowestoft. We can’t wait to receive them!



We were delighted to be included in such a wonderful project, and we’re incredibly grateful to the students for their efforts in spreading a little sunshine throughout our home. Hopefully, it won’t be long until we can welcome them back to visit in person!



If you’d like to find out more about us and our care, take a few minutes to browse our website. Alternatively, take a look at our previous article to read more about our vaccine journey.

19th March

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Healthcare Careers: Why Should You Consider a Career in Care?

Have you ever considered a career in care?

There is an abundance of avenues when it comes to healthcare careers, each one challenging and fulfilling in its own way.

Whether you’re looking to be a chef in a care home kitchen or train to be a registered nurse, there are plenty of options for you to consider when choosing a career in healthcare. You may be a school leaver wondering what route to take, or you may be in the world of work already and looking for a new challenge; either way, you’re in the right place.

In this week's blog, we look at how a healthcare career could be the way forward for you.



How the Healthcare Sector Offers Job Security

We’ll always have people in need of healthcare, and so we’ll always have a need for healthcare workers. It’s that simple. There’s job security in the healthcare sector because the need for care will never go away.

Care is needed round-the-clock, so your shifts can adjust accordingly if your personal circumstances change; this means that the flexibility of care can help with your job security and your long-term employment prospects.



Career Progression Within Healthcare

Healthcare careers are great for anyone starting out in the world of work because you don’t necessarily need prior qualifications. Training and courses can often be done on-the-job, so you can gain experience and qualifications at the same time. There’s always room for promotion and progression within healthcare careers, and employers welcome movement within the team.

Increasing opportunities for staff often goes hand-in-hand with a reduction in staff turnover, which is ideal for the employees, the company, and most importantly, the residents.



Healthcare Careers Offer Variety

If you’re already working and looking for a change of direction, healthcare careers can offer you something very different from the old ‘9-5’.

With shift patterns to suit your needs, you may find yourself having breakfast with a former pilot, or helping a former ballerina get ready for bed! There are so many different people for you to help each day - and coupled with the flexibility of hours and many roles to explore, you’re guaranteed that every day will offer you something new and different.

The people you meet, both residents and colleagues alike, will become your family; so each day will be like a new adventure with your own loved ones.



Should You Consider a Career in Care?

Although healthcare careers don’t always require higher education qualifications, there are some personal attributes that will stand you in good stead when applying for a career in healthcare. Carers need to be good with people. No matter your role within the healthcare industry, you will be working to improve the lives of others, and so a genuine interest and desire to help people is a priority when it comes to healthcare careers.

Your role will involve changing lives for the better; whether that’s by cooking nutritious meals tailored to individual needs, or planning physiotherapy sessions. Having such a direct influence on the lives of others, therefore, requires plenty of patience and compassion.

Healthcare careers are extremely rewarding, but they can also be challenging - so you’ll need to be determined and resilient. A positive, can-do attitude and being proactive will ensure you’re able to provide the best care for your residents.

Do you think a healthcare career sounds like it could be for you? Head over to our careers page for more information.

8th March

The Dementia Dictionary: An Insight Into Innovative Dementia Training

Here at Wellbeing Care, we’re dedicated to delivering exceptional dementia services across our residential homes.



With this in mind, we’re delighted to announce that we’re now an official partner of The Dementia Dictionary, a revolutionary resource designed to understand and interpret how people living with dementia communicate.



We’re delighted to have the opportunity to undergo training, which will set us on the road to becoming professional dementia interpreters. This means that we’ll be able to help others recognise and understand the behaviours of people living with dementia.



What Does the Course Entail?

The ‘Dementia Interpreter’ course, delivered by Training2Care, works by placing people in the same situation as those living with dementia.



By slowly taking away their ability to speak, see, hear, and even use body language, participants are forced to find new ways to communicate.



In the process, participants can experience first-hand the isolation, frustration and anxiety often felt by those living with dementia, and they start to mirror the way they communicate without realising.



By being able to spend some time in their world, delegates complete the course with an increased understanding of the impact of dementia and a heightened sense of empathy for those affected.



How We’re Getting Involved

Daniella, our assistant manager at The Day Centre, is the first of our staff members to qualify as a Dementia Interpreter. She’s also qualified to train others!



This means she’ll be able to deliver the dementia training course to the rest of the staff across our sites, enabling each of our care homes to deliver an equal level of outstanding dementia care.



Daniella recently spoke to the press of her excitement about the course: “Training as a Dementia Interpreter was an eye-opening experience. I’ve developed a much deeper understanding of how those living with dementia must feel, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge with the rest of the team so that our services can continue to improve the lives of those in our care.”



What is The Dementia Dictionary?

The Dementia Dictionary is an online platform that’s been developed to serve families dealing with dementia. At Wellbeing Care, we’re thrilled to be involved in such a revolutionary resource!



The Dementia Dictionary is a place where people can reference behaviours, actions, noises and body language that have been translated into our language.



Built and maintained by the whole Dementia Interpreter network, the dictionary will be continuously developed with new descriptions of behaviours, which will help its users accurately translate them into the new language.



The Dementia Interpreters will also maintain a networking platform, offering real-time advice and support to those that need it.



Our homes, The Dell in Lowestoft, St. George’s in Beccles and Meadow View in Irchester, offer the ideal setting for those living with dementia. We have created a real home-from-home environment that’s welcoming and comfortable, where we offer care of the highest standard, with tailored care plans to suit each individual.



If you’d like to find out more about how our dementia training could help you or your loved one, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.



Alternatively, to find out more about the Dementia Dictionary, simply visit the website.

26th February

Exciting News at Our Residential Care Homes in Suffolk and Northamptonshire: Rolling Out the COVID-19 Vaccine!

We’re thoroughly delighted to announce that our care staff and residents at our residential care homes in Suffolk and Northamptonshire have received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine!



After almost a year of restrictions and isolation, we can finally start to look forward to the future; one where we can welcome family and friends back through our doors.



The vaccine rollout, which was successfully administered to 88 of our residents and 93 of our staff members, means that they are now well on their way to being immune.



Our assistant manager at The Day Centre, Daniella, spoke to the press about the vaccine roll-out: “There was a fantastic atmosphere as the vaccinations took place, and a real sense of camaraderie as residents and staff supported each other through the process.



"One of our residents, Martha, was particularly nervous to receive her jab, as was our acting team leader June, who has a phobia of needles.



"Rather than letting it overwhelm them, the duo helped each other through and laughed about it together afterwards, which was wonderful to see.”



Martha also spoke about her experience: "To know that June felt the same, and for us to be able to hold each other's hands throughout, made it so much easier; I’m looking forward to the next!"



Our operations manager, Joy Henshaw, said: “We feel so grateful that we’ve been given the opportunity to become one of the first care homes to be vaccinated.



"Whilst our staff have been tremendous in keeping the home safe, knowing that the vaccination will help save lives, and give our residents the opportunity to receive the love and warmth that their families can provide, makes me incredibly proud”.



Thank you to everyone at The Dell, Meadow View and St George’s for their bravery and perseverance throughout this difficult time.



Whilst we’re excited for the future, we’re still taking every precaution to keep our residents and staff safe. Our residents and staff have been amazing over the last year, and have navigated their way through this unprecedented time better than we could ever have imagined.



Browse our website and our social media channels to see all the wonderful things our residential care homes in Suffolk have been getting up to.

17th February

Ways to Keep in Touch with Your Loved One When You are Unable to Visit Them in Person

In times of crisis, most of us have a way of coming back home. But what if that crisis is actually preventing you from coming back home or being with your loved ones? Not being able to be with your loved ones physically can be taxing, especially during trying times. It’s hard to feel close and connected without actually being close and connected. The challenge for everyone now is to adjust to this new normal and make a little more effort on keeping in touch without having to travel far and compromising many social distancing rules. These are some tips you can do!



Use video calls

If there's one positive we can draw from in the middle of a 2020 pandemic, it's that we can now make use of technology to help make things more convenient and allow us to do what we aren't able to do at the moment. That includes seeing people without having to travel all the way to where they're currently located when it's not safe yet. Literally showing your face on a video call (whether that’s over WhatsApp, Facetime, Facebook Messenger, Zoom, or Skype) can help to simulate that feeling of being together.



Send a care package

Let them know that you're making an effort for them. You can assemble a care package that includes these four categories: Activities and hobby items, comfort items, snacks and treats, and sentimental items. For the activities and hobby items, think of things that will stimulate their creativity and help cultivate a positive attitude. You can put in puzzles, board games, books, or knitting kits. The comfort items may include things that foster the feeling of being at home--maybe a pair of fuzzy slippers, comfy pajamas, blankets, plants, candles, and scents. As for the snacks and treats, think of their favorite food. It would even be better if it's homemade, taking into consideration their strict diet if they have any. Lastly, make this care package something truly personal by including sentimental items like photographs, letters, or drawings.



Set up a surprise virtual party

Is your loved one celebrating a birthday or a milestone soon? How about organising a surprise for that person? Gather your friends and family and have them record a special video message of greetings and encouragement for that person. After that, you can compile everything and edit it into a whole heartwarming video. This simple gesture might not be a lot but it will surely make your loved one feel extra special especially during an important day.



Update them through social media

Seeing regular photos and videos of what your loved ones are up to, or even special milestones, can really brighten anyone's day! This can help someone feel included and ensures that they don't miss out on memorable moments. Social media is a great way to conveniently update the people you care for about what you've been doing recently. Upload your latest photos and make sure to tag them so that they can easily see it. If you're a more private person and don't want to be broadcasting everything you do to the whole world, then you can simply change your posts' privacy options. Or better yet, go directly to private messages and send your pictures to your loved ones privately.



Update them through social media

Seeing regular photos and videos of what your loved ones are up to, or even special milestones, can really brighten anyone's day! This can help someone feel included and ensures that they don't miss out on memorable moments. Social media is a great way to conveniently update the people you care for about what you've been doing recently. Upload your latest photos and make sure to tag them so that they can easily see it. If you're a more private person and don't want to be broadcasting everything you do to the whole world, then you can simply change your posts' privacy options. Or better yet, go directly to private messages and send your pictures to your loved ones privately.





Organise virtual movie dates

A fun, entertaining movie, some good popcorn and the company of a loved one. Who doesn't like movie dates? Unfortunately, with social distancing rules in place, you can't do that as often as you can at the moment. But who's to say you can be stopped from doing movie dates with a loved one? Even if you can’t be together, you could agree to watch a movie or tv series at the same time – so you can share your reactions in real time! Ever heard of Teleparty? It's a browser extension for watching TV remotely with friends. It synchronises video playback and adds group chat to your favorite streaming sites! Too advanced for you? No worries, you can simply sync a schedule with your loved one and watch a movie at the same time and discuss your thoughts about the movie through a phone or video call. Movies provide an excellent opportunity for bonding and discussion between loved ones. In fact, it is often a great way to start talking about an issue that affects your own relationship without bringing it up directly.



How do you keep in touch with your loved ones these days? Share your experiences with us!

29th October

Important Tips for Choosing a Care Home.

Important Tips for Choosing a Care Home.

15th October

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We Received Kindness Postcards! | Care Home in Lowestoft

It’s been a tough year for everyone - and our residents at our care home in Lowestoft have certainly felt the effects of the lockdown.



So, when students of East Coast College created and sent ‘kindness postcards’ in a bid to raise spirits and spread smiles, you can only imagine how delighted our residents were!



The kindness postcards included drawings, motivational quotes, and heartfelt messages designed to spread smiles during isolation. Amongst the 30 handmade postcards sent to our care home in Lowestoft were messages of reassurance, encouragement, and appreciation, as well as wishes of sunshine and happiness for all.



The local students, aged 16-18, had spent time with our residents prior to the pandemic as part of their work experience and had enjoyed bonding with them. Discussing the project, Carrie Doddington, a tutor at East Coast College, said: “The last 12 months have been difficult for everybody, but especially so for care home residents who have been unable to see their family for long periods. Our students wanted to do whatever they could to spread some smiles, so they came up with the postcard project, which we hope will help keep spirits high at The Dell.”



Pupil Chloe Peters (aged 16), who came up with the idea, said: “The residents at The Dell are very special to us. We’ve been lucky enough to spend time with them in the past and they were always so welcoming and friendly; smiling, singing, and offering to tell us stories about their lives. Although we can’t visit at the moment, we wanted them to know that they're in our thoughts and we hope that by receiving one of our postcards, they'll know how loved and appreciated they are”.



Daniella Penedo, our assistant manager at the day centre, said: “For the staff and pupils at East Coast College to think of us as recipients for their kindness postcards is wonderful. The residents have been blown away by the lovely gesture, and to know that someone has taken the time out of their day to send loving thoughts, has made them feel very special.



We’re very grateful to East Coast College, as well as other members of the public, who've helped ensure our residents feel connected to the local community at this time of isolation.”



Following the success of the postcards, the students are now working on their next project, which will see them create a ‘Happy Memories’ jigsaw puzzle for the residents to enjoy at our care home in Lowestoft. We can’t wait to receive them!



We were delighted to be included in such a wonderful project, and we’re incredibly grateful to the students for their efforts in spreading a little sunshine throughout our home. Hopefully, it won’t be long until we can welcome them back to visit in person!



If you’d like to find out more about us and our care, take a few minutes to browse our website. Alternatively, take a look at our previous article to read more about our vaccine journey.

19th March

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Healthcare Careers: Why Should You Consider a Career in Care?

Have you ever considered a career in care?

There is an abundance of avenues when it comes to healthcare careers, each one challenging and fulfilling in its own way.

Whether you’re looking to be a chef in a care home kitchen or train to be a registered nurse, there are plenty of options for you to consider when choosing a career in healthcare. You may be a school leaver wondering what route to take, or you may be in the world of work already and looking for a new challenge; either way, you’re in the right place.

In this week's blog, we look at how a healthcare career could be the way forward for you.



How the Healthcare Sector Offers Job Security

We’ll always have people in need of healthcare, and so we’ll always have a need for healthcare workers. It’s that simple. There’s job security in the healthcare sector because the need for care will never go away.

Care is needed round-the-clock, so your shifts can adjust accordingly if your personal circumstances change; this means that the flexibility of care can help with your job security and your long-term employment prospects.



Career Progression Within Healthcare

Healthcare careers are great for anyone starting out in the world of work because you don’t necessarily need prior qualifications. Training and courses can often be done on-the-job, so you can gain experience and qualifications at the same time. There’s always room for promotion and progression within healthcare careers, and employers welcome movement within the team.

Increasing opportunities for staff often goes hand-in-hand with a reduction in staff turnover, which is ideal for the employees, the company, and most importantly, the residents.



Healthcare Careers Offer Variety

If you’re already working and looking for a change of direction, healthcare careers can offer you something very different from the old ‘9-5’.

With shift patterns to suit your needs, you may find yourself having breakfast with a former pilot, or helping a former ballerina get ready for bed! There are so many different people for you to help each day - and coupled with the flexibility of hours and many roles to explore, you’re guaranteed that every day will offer you something new and different.

The people you meet, both residents and colleagues alike, will become your family; so each day will be like a new adventure with your own loved ones.



Should You Consider a Career in Care?

Although healthcare careers don’t always require higher education qualifications, there are some personal attributes that will stand you in good stead when applying for a career in healthcare. Carers need to be good with people. No matter your role within the healthcare industry, you will be working to improve the lives of others, and so a genuine interest and desire to help people is a priority when it comes to healthcare careers.

Your role will involve changing lives for the better; whether that’s by cooking nutritious meals tailored to individual needs, or planning physiotherapy sessions. Having such a direct influence on the lives of others, therefore, requires plenty of patience and compassion.

Healthcare careers are extremely rewarding, but they can also be challenging - so you’ll need to be determined and resilient. A positive, can-do attitude and being proactive will ensure you’re able to provide the best care for your residents.

Do you think a healthcare career sounds like it could be for you? Head over to our careers page for more information.

8th March

The Dementia Dictionary: An Insight Into Innovative Dementia Training

Here at Wellbeing Care, we’re dedicated to delivering exceptional dementia services across our residential homes.



With this in mind, we’re delighted to announce that we’re now an official partner of The Dementia Dictionary, a revolutionary resource designed to understand and interpret how people living with dementia communicate.



We’re delighted to have the opportunity to undergo training, which will set us on the road to becoming professional dementia interpreters. This means that we’ll be able to help others recognise and understand the behaviours of people living with dementia.



What Does the Course Entail?

The ‘Dementia Interpreter’ course, delivered by Training2Care, works by placing people in the same situation as those living with dementia.



By slowly taking away their ability to speak, see, hear, and even use body language, participants are forced to find new ways to communicate.



In the process, participants can experience first-hand the isolation, frustration and anxiety often felt by those living with dementia, and they start to mirror the way they communicate without realising.



By being able to spend some time in their world, delegates complete the course with an increased understanding of the impact of dementia and a heightened sense of empathy for those affected.



How We’re Getting Involved

Daniella, our assistant manager at The Day Centre, is the first of our staff members to qualify as a Dementia Interpreter. She’s also qualified to train others!



This means she’ll be able to deliver the dementia training course to the rest of the staff across our sites, enabling each of our care homes to deliver an equal level of outstanding dementia care.



Daniella recently spoke to the press of her excitement about the course: “Training as a Dementia Interpreter was an eye-opening experience. I’ve developed a much deeper understanding of how those living with dementia must feel, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge with the rest of the team so that our services can continue to improve the lives of those in our care.”



What is The Dementia Dictionary?

The Dementia Dictionary is an online platform that’s been developed to serve families dealing with dementia. At Wellbeing Care, we’re thrilled to be involved in such a revolutionary resource!



The Dementia Dictionary is a place where people can reference behaviours, actions, noises and body language that have been translated into our language.



Built and maintained by the whole Dementia Interpreter network, the dictionary will be continuously developed with new descriptions of behaviours, which will help its users accurately translate them into the new language.



The Dementia Interpreters will also maintain a networking platform, offering real-time advice and support to those that need it.



Our homes, The Dell in Lowestoft, St. George’s in Beccles and Meadow View in Irchester, offer the ideal setting for those living with dementia. We have created a real home-from-home environment that’s welcoming and comfortable, where we offer care of the highest standard, with tailored care plans to suit each individual.



If you’d like to find out more about how our dementia training could help you or your loved one, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.



Alternatively, to find out more about the Dementia Dictionary, simply visit the website.

26th February

Exciting News at Our Residential Care Homes in Suffolk and Northamptonshire: Rolling Out the COVID-19 Vaccine!

We’re thoroughly delighted to announce that our care staff and residents at our residential care homes in Suffolk and Northamptonshire have received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine!



After almost a year of restrictions and isolation, we can finally start to look forward to the future; one where we can welcome family and friends back through our doors.



The vaccine rollout, which was successfully administered to 88 of our residents and 93 of our staff members, means that they are now well on their way to being immune.



Our assistant manager at The Day Centre, Daniella, spoke to the press about the vaccine roll-out: “There was a fantastic atmosphere as the vaccinations took place, and a real sense of camaraderie as residents and staff supported each other through the process.



"One of our residents, Martha, was particularly nervous to receive her jab, as was our acting team leader June, who has a phobia of needles.



"Rather than letting it overwhelm them, the duo helped each other through and laughed about it together afterwards, which was wonderful to see.”



Martha also spoke about her experience: "To know that June felt the same, and for us to be able to hold each other's hands throughout, made it so much easier; I’m looking forward to the next!"



Our operations manager, Joy Henshaw, said: “We feel so grateful that we’ve been given the opportunity to become one of the first care homes to be vaccinated.



"Whilst our staff have been tremendous in keeping the home safe, knowing that the vaccination will help save lives, and give our residents the opportunity to receive the love and warmth that their families can provide, makes me incredibly proud”.



Thank you to everyone at The Dell, Meadow View and St George’s for their bravery and perseverance throughout this difficult time.



Whilst we’re excited for the future, we’re still taking every precaution to keep our residents and staff safe. Our residents and staff have been amazing over the last year, and have navigated their way through this unprecedented time better than we could ever have imagined.



Browse our website and our social media channels to see all the wonderful things our residential care homes in Suffolk have been getting up to.

17th February

Ways to Keep in Touch with Your Loved One When You are Unable to Visit Them in Person

In times of crisis, most of us have a way of coming back home. But what if that crisis is actually preventing you from coming back home or being with your loved ones? Not being able to be with your loved ones physically can be taxing, especially during trying times. It’s hard to feel close and connected without actually being close and connected. The challenge for everyone now is to adjust to this new normal and make a little more effort on keeping in touch without having to travel far and compromising many social distancing rules. These are some tips you can do!



Use video calls

If there's one positive we can draw from in the middle of a 2020 pandemic, it's that we can now make use of technology to help make things more convenient and allow us to do what we aren't able to do at the moment. That includes seeing people without having to travel all the way to where they're currently located when it's not safe yet. Literally showing your face on a video call (whether that’s over WhatsApp, Facetime, Facebook Messenger, Zoom, or Skype) can help to simulate that feeling of being together.



Send a care package

Let them know that you're making an effort for them. You can assemble a care package that includes these four categories: Activities and hobby items, comfort items, snacks and treats, and sentimental items. For the activities and hobby items, think of things that will stimulate their creativity and help cultivate a positive attitude. You can put in puzzles, board games, books, or knitting kits. The comfort items may include things that foster the feeling of being at home--maybe a pair of fuzzy slippers, comfy pajamas, blankets, plants, candles, and scents. As for the snacks and treats, think of their favorite food. It would even be better if it's homemade, taking into consideration their strict diet if they have any. Lastly, make this care package something truly personal by including sentimental items like photographs, letters, or drawings.



Set up a surprise virtual party

Is your loved one celebrating a birthday or a milestone soon? How about organising a surprise for that person? Gather your friends and family and have them record a special video message of greetings and encouragement for that person. After that, you can compile everything and edit it into a whole heartwarming video. This simple gesture might not be a lot but it will surely make your loved one feel extra special especially during an important day.



Update them through social media

Seeing regular photos and videos of what your loved ones are up to, or even special milestones, can really brighten anyone's day! This can help someone feel included and ensures that they don't miss out on memorable moments. Social media is a great way to conveniently update the people you care for about what you've been doing recently. Upload your latest photos and make sure to tag them so that they can easily see it. If you're a more private person and don't want to be broadcasting everything you do to the whole world, then you can simply change your posts' privacy options. Or better yet, go directly to private messages and send your pictures to your loved ones privately.



Update them through social media

Seeing regular photos and videos of what your loved ones are up to, or even special milestones, can really brighten anyone's day! This can help someone feel included and ensures that they don't miss out on memorable moments. Social media is a great way to conveniently update the people you care for about what you've been doing recently. Upload your latest photos and make sure to tag them so that they can easily see it. If you're a more private person and don't want to be broadcasting everything you do to the whole world, then you can simply change your posts' privacy options. Or better yet, go directly to private messages and send your pictures to your loved ones privately.





Organise virtual movie dates

A fun, entertaining movie, some good popcorn and the company of a loved one. Who doesn't like movie dates? Unfortunately, with social distancing rules in place, you can't do that as often as you can at the moment. But who's to say you can be stopped from doing movie dates with a loved one? Even if you can’t be together, you could agree to watch a movie or tv series at the same time – so you can share your reactions in real time! Ever heard of Teleparty? It's a browser extension for watching TV remotely with friends. It synchronises video playback and adds group chat to your favorite streaming sites! Too advanced for you? No worries, you can simply sync a schedule with your loved one and watch a movie at the same time and discuss your thoughts about the movie through a phone or video call. Movies provide an excellent opportunity for bonding and discussion between loved ones. In fact, it is often a great way to start talking about an issue that affects your own relationship without bringing it up directly.



How do you keep in touch with your loved ones these days? Share your experiences with us!

29th October

Important Tips for Choosing a Care Home.

Important Tips for Choosing a Care Home.

15th October