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Senior Living in Suffolk | An Aquatic Delivery

Recently, at our home for senior living in Suffolk, we arranged a special surprise for our residents.



We received a very generous donation, and after putting a lot of thought into how we could put it to good use, we decided to install an aquarium at St George’s!



The donation was made by the wonderful family of John Bird, a much-loved resident who sadly passed away in January.



We felt there was no better way to honour his memory; John loved tropical fish and kept them himself for 15 years, so it felt fitting to house tropical fish in the aquarium.



Installing Our Aquarium



John is very much missed in our care home, so we’re extremely grateful to his family for enabling us to install this amazing sensory experience for our residents, which will also serve as a wonderful reminder of him.



We are also grateful to our local aquatics shop, International Tropics who, when they heard of our plans to install an aquarium, kindly stepped in to donate an array of colourful artificial plants and tropical fish.



The Benefits of Animal Therapy



We hope that the aquarium will provide residents with a pleasant and calming sensory experience, as well as a suitably tranquil way of remembering John who, although only a resident for a short period, had become a much-loved member of our family.



John’s wife, Cynthia, said: “I’m so pleased that St George’s chose to use the donation to buy an aquarium for the home. John would have been over the moon, too, as he used to keep tropical fish himself for about 15 years. He enjoyed watching them swim around and found it incredibly relaxing.”



Studies show that observing fish can have a positive impact on physical and mental health and that ‘aquarium therapy’ can improve the mood, alertness, appetite, and temperament of people living with dementia. At our home for senior living in Suffolk, we’ve already started seeing the positive effects the fish are having on our residents, who are all delighted with the new addition to our communal lounge.



Joy Henshaw, our registered manager here at St George’s, said: “Our residents have taken to the new aquarium well - some have even got involved with naming the fish! As someone who was fond of fish himself, the aquarium is the perfect way of honouring John and we’re very grateful to his family for their donation, which enabled us to buy the tank.



“We’d also like to say a huge thank you to International Tropics, who were so generous with supplying plants and fish for the aquarium. It’s a lovely addition to the home and will bring joy to our residents for many years to come.”



We’re looking forward to seeing our residents enjoy the company of their fellow aquatic friends at our facility for senior living in Suffolk. Take a look at our previous blog for further insight into our dementia care methods.



Contact us for more information about our option for senior living in Suffolk.

20th April

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Nutrition For Older Adults: 5 Essential Food Groups For Optimal Health

Does your loved one enjoy a healthy, balanced diet? As we age, our needs regarding food change according to our body processes. In celebration of National Nutrition Month, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the most nutritious food groups for older adults:

Eat the Rainbow

Sticking to the age-old mantra of ‘eat the rainbow’ is a great way to check your plate is working to provide you with the best sources of nutrition. Include a variety of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables to ensure your body is getting a wide range of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Remember to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day, and choose a variety of each for maximum health benefits. Beetroot alone, for example, can offer you fibre, vitamins A and C, folic acid, iron and calcium. Spinach is another brilliant example, as it contains magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamin A and a whole host of other nutrients. You could try making a brightly coloured fruit/vegetable salad, which you can easily prepare and store in airtight containers for a ready-made healthy snack each day!

Switch to Whole Grains

Swap white carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, and rice for whole grains for a healthier alternative. Fibre-rich diets are essential to keep your digestive system working optimally as you get older. High-fibre foods can help you feel fuller for longer since they are a good source of slow-release energy. They also expand when mixed with liquid - so drinking water at the same time can further help you feel satiated. Fibre is also great for regulating blood sugar levels and reducing high cholesterol. From swapping white rice to brown to adding more beans to your diet, there are a variety of ways you can incorporate more fibre into your diet to ensure your body functions optimally.

Include Dairy Products in Your Diet

Dairy provides a generous helping of calcium and vitamin D, both of which help keep bones strong and healthy. As you get older, this is essential for bone health, reducing the risk of fractures and breaks. Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt all help to increase bone density and keep you fit and healthy.

Opt For Protein-Rich Foods

Red meats and processed meats are high in saturated fat, which is linked to the onset of a number of health conditions - from high cholesterol to bowel cancer. Limit your intake of processed meats, and swap them for leaner cuts of meat and fish to ensure you get the full benefits with fewer risks. Chicken, turkey, salmon and tuna are all excellent sources of protein. Protein is essential as it can improve muscle tone and strength, aid weight loss by reducing cravings, and boost your metabolism. Plant-based protein options are great for meat-free days, as well as a healthy accompaniment to meat and fish dishes. Lentils, chickpeas, nuts, beans and legumes are all delicious examples - and can be incorporated into the diet in so many ways. You could try adding edamame beans to salads and stir-fries, roasting spice-infused chickpeas for a snack, or substitute meat for tofu as a delicious way to increase your protein consumption.

Spice up Your Dish

Herbs and spices can be easily incorporated into a variety of dishes, and have some incredible health benefits. To name just a few: turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, sage can improve brain function and memory, and cinnamon can help lower your blood sugar levels. Cooking with herbs and spices, or even putting some cinnamon on your morning porridge, can do wonders for your body, and are an essential part of nutrition for older adults. At Wellbeing Care, offering nutritional meals is something we’re passionate about. Browse our website for more information about the care we offer.

19th April

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Residential Care vs Assisted Living: Which is Best For Your Loved One?

When it comes to care, everyone’s needs are different - so how do you know which care service to choose?



In this article, we’re looking at the benefits of residential care vs assisted living to help you make the right decision for your loved one.



Having a good understanding of their needs and speaking to their healthcare provider may also prove useful so that when it comes to choosing a care service, you can be assured you’re choosing the right level of care.



Keep reading to find out which type of care would better suit your loved one...



What is Residential Care?



Residential care combines seamless care with a comforting home-from-home. Care recipients usually have their own rooms with shared spaces in which to socialise with friends and engage in fun activities.



Most often, an on-site coordinator will design an activities calendar to help stimulate residents and build their fine and gross motor skills. Gardening, crafts, and baking are a few popular choices that help to encourage physical and mental activity.



Care professionals are on-site 24-hours-a-day in residential care facilities and work with the resident and their family members to create a person-centred tailored care plan, designed to meet their individual needs. Readily equipped for an array of requirements, such as ramps, handrails, non-slip flooring, and fitted alarm systems throughout, your loved one will be able to retain their independence as much as possible in a safe and secure environment.



Meal plans are curated to meet elderly nutritional needs and can be tailored for individual dietary requirements. Your loved one can choose to eat in the shared dining room with friends, in the garden on a warm day, or even in the comfort of their own room.



What is Assisted Living?



In assisted living environments, a carer typically visits care recipients in the comfort of their own home to support them with day-to-day living. The care can be tailored to support a variety of needs - from minimal assistance with everyday tasks, such as washing and dressing to a full-time care plan.



Being in their familiar surroundings can be beneficial to your loved one’s memory and wellbeing, and with special home adaptations to make their everyday living easier and safer - such as stairlifts and handrails - your loved one will be able to retain their independence for as long as possible.



Residential Care vs Assisted Living: Which is Best For Your Loved One?

Having looked at the benefits of both residential care and assisted living, you now need to decide, based on your loved ones’ individual needs, which you feel would be best. Residential care would be more suited to your loved one if they perhaps live alone and are in need of a higher, or more regular, level of care. Assisted living may be more suited if they are keen to retain maximum independence and feel they would be more comfortable in their familiar surroundings, or they require professional care less frequently. For further insight, take a look at our care choices page. Alternatively, read our previous blog on dementia care for further information on specialist care options.

14th April

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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

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Senior Living in Suffolk | An Aquatic Delivery

Recently, at our home for senior living in Suffolk, we arranged a special surprise for our residents.



We received a very generous donation, and after putting a lot of thought into how we could put it to good use, we decided to install an aquarium at St George’s!



The donation was made by the wonderful family of John Bird, a much-loved resident who sadly passed away in January.



We felt there was no better way to honour his memory; John loved tropical fish and kept them himself for 15 years, so it felt fitting to house tropical fish in the aquarium.



Installing Our Aquarium



John is very much missed in our care home, so we’re extremely grateful to his family for enabling us to install this amazing sensory experience for our residents, which will also serve as a wonderful reminder of him.



We are also grateful to our local aquatics shop, International Tropics who, when they heard of our plans to install an aquarium, kindly stepped in to donate an array of colourful artificial plants and tropical fish.



The Benefits of Animal Therapy



We hope that the aquarium will provide residents with a pleasant and calming sensory experience, as well as a suitably tranquil way of remembering John who, although only a resident for a short period, had become a much-loved member of our family.



John’s wife, Cynthia, said: “I’m so pleased that St George’s chose to use the donation to buy an aquarium for the home. John would have been over the moon, too, as he used to keep tropical fish himself for about 15 years. He enjoyed watching them swim around and found it incredibly relaxing.”



Studies show that observing fish can have a positive impact on physical and mental health and that ‘aquarium therapy’ can improve the mood, alertness, appetite, and temperament of people living with dementia. At our home for senior living in Suffolk, we’ve already started seeing the positive effects the fish are having on our residents, who are all delighted with the new addition to our communal lounge.



Joy Henshaw, our registered manager here at St George’s, said: “Our residents have taken to the new aquarium well - some have even got involved with naming the fish! As someone who was fond of fish himself, the aquarium is the perfect way of honouring John and we’re very grateful to his family for their donation, which enabled us to buy the tank.



“We’d also like to say a huge thank you to International Tropics, who were so generous with supplying plants and fish for the aquarium. It’s a lovely addition to the home and will bring joy to our residents for many years to come.”



We’re looking forward to seeing our residents enjoy the company of their fellow aquatic friends at our facility for senior living in Suffolk. Take a look at our previous blog for further insight into our dementia care methods.



Contact us for more information about our option for senior living in Suffolk.

20th April

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Nutrition For Older Adults: 5 Essential Food Groups For Optimal Health

Does your loved one enjoy a healthy, balanced diet? As we age, our needs regarding food change according to our body processes. In celebration of National Nutrition Month, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the most nutritious food groups for older adults:

Eat the Rainbow

Sticking to the age-old mantra of ‘eat the rainbow’ is a great way to check your plate is working to provide you with the best sources of nutrition. Include a variety of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables to ensure your body is getting a wide range of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Remember to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day, and choose a variety of each for maximum health benefits. Beetroot alone, for example, can offer you fibre, vitamins A and C, folic acid, iron and calcium. Spinach is another brilliant example, as it contains magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamin A and a whole host of other nutrients. You could try making a brightly coloured fruit/vegetable salad, which you can easily prepare and store in airtight containers for a ready-made healthy snack each day!

Switch to Whole Grains

Swap white carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, and rice for whole grains for a healthier alternative. Fibre-rich diets are essential to keep your digestive system working optimally as you get older. High-fibre foods can help you feel fuller for longer since they are a good source of slow-release energy. They also expand when mixed with liquid - so drinking water at the same time can further help you feel satiated. Fibre is also great for regulating blood sugar levels and reducing high cholesterol. From swapping white rice to brown to adding more beans to your diet, there are a variety of ways you can incorporate more fibre into your diet to ensure your body functions optimally.

Include Dairy Products in Your Diet

Dairy provides a generous helping of calcium and vitamin D, both of which help keep bones strong and healthy. As you get older, this is essential for bone health, reducing the risk of fractures and breaks. Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt all help to increase bone density and keep you fit and healthy.

Opt For Protein-Rich Foods

Red meats and processed meats are high in saturated fat, which is linked to the onset of a number of health conditions - from high cholesterol to bowel cancer. Limit your intake of processed meats, and swap them for leaner cuts of meat and fish to ensure you get the full benefits with fewer risks. Chicken, turkey, salmon and tuna are all excellent sources of protein. Protein is essential as it can improve muscle tone and strength, aid weight loss by reducing cravings, and boost your metabolism. Plant-based protein options are great for meat-free days, as well as a healthy accompaniment to meat and fish dishes. Lentils, chickpeas, nuts, beans and legumes are all delicious examples - and can be incorporated into the diet in so many ways. You could try adding edamame beans to salads and stir-fries, roasting spice-infused chickpeas for a snack, or substitute meat for tofu as a delicious way to increase your protein consumption.

Spice up Your Dish

Herbs and spices can be easily incorporated into a variety of dishes, and have some incredible health benefits. To name just a few: turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, sage can improve brain function and memory, and cinnamon can help lower your blood sugar levels. Cooking with herbs and spices, or even putting some cinnamon on your morning porridge, can do wonders for your body, and are an essential part of nutrition for older adults. At Wellbeing Care, offering nutritional meals is something we’re passionate about. Browse our website for more information about the care we offer.

19th April

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Residential Care vs Assisted Living: Which is Best For Your Loved One?

When it comes to care, everyone’s needs are different - so how do you know which care service to choose?



In this article, we’re looking at the benefits of residential care vs assisted living to help you make the right decision for your loved one.



Having a good understanding of their needs and speaking to their healthcare provider may also prove useful so that when it comes to choosing a care service, you can be assured you’re choosing the right level of care.



Keep reading to find out which type of care would better suit your loved one...



What is Residential Care?



Residential care combines seamless care with a comforting home-from-home. Care recipients usually have their own rooms with shared spaces in which to socialise with friends and engage in fun activities.



Most often, an on-site coordinator will design an activities calendar to help stimulate residents and build their fine and gross motor skills. Gardening, crafts, and baking are a few popular choices that help to encourage physical and mental activity.



Care professionals are on-site 24-hours-a-day in residential care facilities and work with the resident and their family members to create a person-centred tailored care plan, designed to meet their individual needs. Readily equipped for an array of requirements, such as ramps, handrails, non-slip flooring, and fitted alarm systems throughout, your loved one will be able to retain their independence as much as possible in a safe and secure environment.



Meal plans are curated to meet elderly nutritional needs and can be tailored for individual dietary requirements. Your loved one can choose to eat in the shared dining room with friends, in the garden on a warm day, or even in the comfort of their own room.



What is Assisted Living?



In assisted living environments, a carer typically visits care recipients in the comfort of their own home to support them with day-to-day living. The care can be tailored to support a variety of needs - from minimal assistance with everyday tasks, such as washing and dressing to a full-time care plan.



Being in their familiar surroundings can be beneficial to your loved one’s memory and wellbeing, and with special home adaptations to make their everyday living easier and safer - such as stairlifts and handrails - your loved one will be able to retain their independence for as long as possible.



Residential Care vs Assisted Living: Which is Best For Your Loved One?

Having looked at the benefits of both residential care and assisted living, you now need to decide, based on your loved ones’ individual needs, which you feel would be best. Residential care would be more suited to your loved one if they perhaps live alone and are in need of a higher, or more regular, level of care. Assisted living may be more suited if they are keen to retain maximum independence and feel they would be more comfortable in their familiar surroundings, or they require professional care less frequently. For further insight, take a look at our care choices page. Alternatively, read our previous blog on dementia care for further information on specialist care options.

14th April

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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

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Senior Living in Suffolk | An Aquatic Delivery

Recently, at our home for senior living in Suffolk, we arranged a special surprise for our residents.



We received a very generous donation, and after putting a lot of thought into how we could put it to good use, we decided to install an aquarium at St George’s!



The donation was made by the wonderful family of John Bird, a much-loved resident who sadly passed away in January.



We felt there was no better way to honour his memory; John loved tropical fish and kept them himself for 15 years, so it felt fitting to house tropical fish in the aquarium.



Installing Our Aquarium



John is very much missed in our care home, so we’re extremely grateful to his family for enabling us to install this amazing sensory experience for our residents, which will also serve as a wonderful reminder of him.



We are also grateful to our local aquatics shop, International Tropics who, when they heard of our plans to install an aquarium, kindly stepped in to donate an array of colourful artificial plants and tropical fish.



The Benefits of Animal Therapy



We hope that the aquarium will provide residents with a pleasant and calming sensory experience, as well as a suitably tranquil way of remembering John who, although only a resident for a short period, had become a much-loved member of our family.



John’s wife, Cynthia, said: “I’m so pleased that St George’s chose to use the donation to buy an aquarium for the home. John would have been over the moon, too, as he used to keep tropical fish himself for about 15 years. He enjoyed watching them swim around and found it incredibly relaxing.”



Studies show that observing fish can have a positive impact on physical and mental health and that ‘aquarium therapy’ can improve the mood, alertness, appetite, and temperament of people living with dementia. At our home for senior living in Suffolk, we’ve already started seeing the positive effects the fish are having on our residents, who are all delighted with the new addition to our communal lounge.



Joy Henshaw, our registered manager here at St George’s, said: “Our residents have taken to the new aquarium well - some have even got involved with naming the fish! As someone who was fond of fish himself, the aquarium is the perfect way of honouring John and we’re very grateful to his family for their donation, which enabled us to buy the tank.



“We’d also like to say a huge thank you to International Tropics, who were so generous with supplying plants and fish for the aquarium. It’s a lovely addition to the home and will bring joy to our residents for many years to come.”



We’re looking forward to seeing our residents enjoy the company of their fellow aquatic friends at our facility for senior living in Suffolk. Take a look at our previous blog for further insight into our dementia care methods.



Contact us for more information about our option for senior living in Suffolk.

20th April

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Nutrition For Older Adults: 5 Essential Food Groups For Optimal Health

Does your loved one enjoy a healthy, balanced diet? As we age, our needs regarding food change according to our body processes. In celebration of National Nutrition Month, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the most nutritious food groups for older adults:

Eat the Rainbow

Sticking to the age-old mantra of ‘eat the rainbow’ is a great way to check your plate is working to provide you with the best sources of nutrition. Include a variety of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables to ensure your body is getting a wide range of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Remember to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day, and choose a variety of each for maximum health benefits. Beetroot alone, for example, can offer you fibre, vitamins A and C, folic acid, iron and calcium. Spinach is another brilliant example, as it contains magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamin A and a whole host of other nutrients. You could try making a brightly coloured fruit/vegetable salad, which you can easily prepare and store in airtight containers for a ready-made healthy snack each day!

Switch to Whole Grains

Swap white carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, and rice for whole grains for a healthier alternative. Fibre-rich diets are essential to keep your digestive system working optimally as you get older. High-fibre foods can help you feel fuller for longer since they are a good source of slow-release energy. They also expand when mixed with liquid - so drinking water at the same time can further help you feel satiated. Fibre is also great for regulating blood sugar levels and reducing high cholesterol. From swapping white rice to brown to adding more beans to your diet, there are a variety of ways you can incorporate more fibre into your diet to ensure your body functions optimally.

Include Dairy Products in Your Diet

Dairy provides a generous helping of calcium and vitamin D, both of which help keep bones strong and healthy. As you get older, this is essential for bone health, reducing the risk of fractures and breaks. Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt all help to increase bone density and keep you fit and healthy.

Opt For Protein-Rich Foods

Red meats and processed meats are high in saturated fat, which is linked to the onset of a number of health conditions - from high cholesterol to bowel cancer. Limit your intake of processed meats, and swap them for leaner cuts of meat and fish to ensure you get the full benefits with fewer risks. Chicken, turkey, salmon and tuna are all excellent sources of protein. Protein is essential as it can improve muscle tone and strength, aid weight loss by reducing cravings, and boost your metabolism. Plant-based protein options are great for meat-free days, as well as a healthy accompaniment to meat and fish dishes. Lentils, chickpeas, nuts, beans and legumes are all delicious examples - and can be incorporated into the diet in so many ways. You could try adding edamame beans to salads and stir-fries, roasting spice-infused chickpeas for a snack, or substitute meat for tofu as a delicious way to increase your protein consumption.

Spice up Your Dish

Herbs and spices can be easily incorporated into a variety of dishes, and have some incredible health benefits. To name just a few: turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, sage can improve brain function and memory, and cinnamon can help lower your blood sugar levels. Cooking with herbs and spices, or even putting some cinnamon on your morning porridge, can do wonders for your body, and are an essential part of nutrition for older adults. At Wellbeing Care, offering nutritional meals is something we’re passionate about. Browse our website for more information about the care we offer.

19th April

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Residential Care vs Assisted Living: Which is Best For Your Loved One?

When it comes to care, everyone’s needs are different - so how do you know which care service to choose?



In this article, we’re looking at the benefits of residential care vs assisted living to help you make the right decision for your loved one.



Having a good understanding of their needs and speaking to their healthcare provider may also prove useful so that when it comes to choosing a care service, you can be assured you’re choosing the right level of care.



Keep reading to find out which type of care would better suit your loved one...



What is Residential Care?



Residential care combines seamless care with a comforting home-from-home. Care recipients usually have their own rooms with shared spaces in which to socialise with friends and engage in fun activities.



Most often, an on-site coordinator will design an activities calendar to help stimulate residents and build their fine and gross motor skills. Gardening, crafts, and baking are a few popular choices that help to encourage physical and mental activity.



Care professionals are on-site 24-hours-a-day in residential care facilities and work with the resident and their family members to create a person-centred tailored care plan, designed to meet their individual needs. Readily equipped for an array of requirements, such as ramps, handrails, non-slip flooring, and fitted alarm systems throughout, your loved one will be able to retain their independence as much as possible in a safe and secure environment.



Meal plans are curated to meet elderly nutritional needs and can be tailored for individual dietary requirements. Your loved one can choose to eat in the shared dining room with friends, in the garden on a warm day, or even in the comfort of their own room.



What is Assisted Living?



In assisted living environments, a carer typically visits care recipients in the comfort of their own home to support them with day-to-day living. The care can be tailored to support a variety of needs - from minimal assistance with everyday tasks, such as washing and dressing to a full-time care plan.



Being in their familiar surroundings can be beneficial to your loved one’s memory and wellbeing, and with special home adaptations to make their everyday living easier and safer - such as stairlifts and handrails - your loved one will be able to retain their independence for as long as possible.



Residential Care vs Assisted Living: Which is Best For Your Loved One?

Having looked at the benefits of both residential care and assisted living, you now need to decide, based on your loved ones’ individual needs, which you feel would be best. Residential care would be more suited to your loved one if they perhaps live alone and are in need of a higher, or more regular, level of care. Assisted living may be more suited if they are keen to retain maximum independence and feel they would be more comfortable in their familiar surroundings, or they require professional care less frequently. For further insight, take a look at our care choices page. Alternatively, read our previous blog on dementia care for further information on specialist care options.

14th April

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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