Care Packages: Notaro donate to those in need

A concern for the wider community, as well as our service users, prompted our team at Notaro Homecare ltd to provide care packages for vulnerable people housebound due to the coronavirus outbreak.

 

Since we posted about our care packages on FaceBook; we have been giving them out to our service users, colleagues and those in need in the community.

One grateful recipient was a 100-year-old woman in Weston who was housebound and desperate for food, with no relatives around to help her.

Courier driver, Andrew Houlihan, was making his usual deliveries for Yodel when he was startled by the woman banging on her window. In a distressed state, she asked Andrew if he had any food because she can not leave her home.

Andrew’s wife, Cassie, works in our Notaro Homecare office as an administrator, so he was aware of the care bags we are distributing.

Andrew, who wore gloves, a mask and kept the correct distance while delivering two bags to her, said:

“She cried; she was so grateful. It was heartbreaking to find this woman of 100 years old suffering in silence. I’m so glad I got the opportunity to help her.”

We are asking anyone in need to contact us on 01934 422800. We can, either arrange a no-contact pick up from our offices on The Boulevard or we can deliver to those that are housebound.

Covid-19 Outbreak company statement

Right now, we are experiencing what is an unprecedented and serious public health situation with Covid-19.

As North Somerset’s leading home care provider; it is our duty to update you on what we are doing to keep everyone as safe as possible during this Covid-19 pandemic.

Our number one concern at Notaro Homecare Ltd is the health and safety of our colleagues, service users, their families and the local community. Therefore, we want to take this opportunity to reassure you that we are doing our best to keep everyone safe; taking our duty very seriously in this challenging time with strict measures.

To do this, we are following the guidelines by the Public Health England, United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) and World Health Organisation at all times.
All our professional, experienced colleagues attend a comprehensive infection control course as part of their seven-day mandatory training. And we have also provided them with the latest industry guidance on hygiene; mainly focussed on hand washing and other hygiene measures.

Beyond providing the latest official information and training to protect our colleagues and our service users; we are monitoring the situation closely to help manage the risks of spreading the virus.

Family is at the heart of our business, so we understand the concerns and the worry everyone must be feeling in this uncertain time. However, we are committed to ensuring that our service users are safely supported at home throughout this challenging time.

 

Useful link to Government Advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-supported-living-provision

Link to an easy read guide from Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Link to guidance for household with possible coronavirus, those having to stay at home in self-isolation:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Link to guidance illustration for self-isolation: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874011/Stay_at_home_guidance_diagram.pdf

Coronavirus: Notaro Homecare reach out to community

AS the coronavirus sweeps across the UK; Notaro Homecare Ltd is reaching out to their community by giving out care packages for those in need.

Notaro Homecare Ltd is not only continuing to care for and support their service users, but they are thinking about their wider community too during the coronavirus outbreak.

Maria Meager, Care Supervisor, is the leader behind the thoughtful project. She is asking her caring colleagues to donate £10 or any spare items, to put together 25 + bags (so far) of essentials for vulnerable people self-isolating during the coronavirus crisis. The bags include everything from UHT milk, soap to all-important toilet rolls.

Not only have the team and other generous people managed to contribute to the bags, but Maria also contacted Farm Foods Locking Road, Weston Super Mare, who have been exceptionally helpful by putting certain groceries aside for them to collect.

Maria said:

“Our caring team had a discussion and decided to make care packages for the vulnerable. Our local Farm Foods very kindly donated some essentials for us. And we have managed to put together the bags; that include tinned foods, tea bags, sugar, eggs and the ‘gold dust’ toilet rolls!”

Homecare Manager, Yvette, said

‘We will be giving them out to our service users in need. And any of our carers that are struggling due to the shops being empty. But also to those in need in our local community.’

So if you or someone you know needs some supplies; please get in contact with the team at Notaro on 01934 422800.

They can arrange a no contact pick up at their offices on The Boulevard or can deliver for those that are housebound.

Notaro Homecare Ltd put together care packages during coronavirus outbreak Notaro Homecare Ltd team member filling bags with essential items Notaro Homecare Ltd put together care packages during coronavirus outbreak

‘Trick or treating’ on the elderly…

No trick or treating

Halloween is much fun for many children and families, but it can be a scary time of year for the elderly and vulnerable, especially with the potential of strangers knocking on their doors while ‘trick or treating.’

Not opening the door could result in a nasty ‘trick’ being played, which can be very distressing, which is why we’re urging youngsters and parents to think about elderly relatives or neighbours and instead of trick or treating on them, perhaps they can check they are warm and doing ok instead.

If anyone is having a Halloween party, it would be great if they could pre-warn any elderly neighbours, so they don’t feel scared by excessive noise and people in costumes.

Feelings of anxiety around Halloween is also known as Samhainophobia. People with the phobia can feel panic and high amounts of stress throughout the Halloween period.

The thought of what the people at the door might do if they don’t answer it can be particularly worrying, as people have been known to throw eggs, flour, throw fireworks and start fires.

We have created a poster that our service users can display in their window to help deter potential trick or treaters from knocking on their doors.

You can download the poster here.

Are you looking for a career in care?

Are you looking for a career in care? Then we would love to meet you!

We will be hosting a Recruitment Open Day; a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more about what we do and to meet some of our team members. They’ll be happy to talk you through joining us and to tell you what they find most rewarding about their role.

Vickie Middle, Manager, said:

“It has never been a better time to join us; with our new Senior Compliance Manager in post, new contemporary offices and other great, positive changes happening.

We are inviting individuals who might be interested in a new challenge and taking on a career in care. They can come and meet us in our new offices on the boulevard and find out how rewarding it can really be to work in this industry. We’ll also discuss the training and career progression opportunities we offer.”

Come along for tea, coffee and cake and meet our friendly staff, who’ll be happy to talk you through joining us…

Wednesday 24th January from 10am

Notaro Homecare Ltd
First floor office
25-31 boulevard
Weston Super Mare
BS23 1NX

We look forward to meeting you all and welcoming you to our team!

Can’t make the open day?
Click the link below to register your interest direct instead… https://www.notarohomecare.co.uk/openday

Chance to meet care staff at recruitment drive

 

Come and meet our care staff during recruitment drive…

NORTH Somerset residents looking for a job or a new challenge can find out more about working in the care industry during our recruitment drive this month (October, 2017).

We will be at the Job Centre on the High Street in Weston-super-Mare on Thursday, October 19 from 9am until 5pm to meet people interested in working in care.

Vickie Middle, Branch Manager, said:

“We are currently on a recruitment drive and want to meet as many people as possible who might be interested in a new challenge and taking on a career in care.

People can come and meet us at the Job Centre and find out what it’s like to work in the industry and how rewarding it can really be. We’ll also talk them through all of the training and career advancement opportunities we offer so they can see how they can really make this a vocation in life.”

New carers who join the team will take part in a regulated training programme including emergency first aid or first aid at work, safe handling of medicines, moving and handling of people, health and safety, fire safety, safeguarding adults, infection control and food hygiene.

Each new carer will be shadowed by a senior member of the team for a minimum of one week. Thereafter they are regularly supervised and observed delivering care in the homes of service users.

New members of the team are encouraged to complete their NVQ L2 (QCF) Health & Social Care, if they don’t already hold the qualification or NVQ L3 if they are looking to become a senior carer.

As well as full training, We also offer competitive pay rates, travel time for walkers and drivers, mileage payments, consistent hours, a refer a friend scheme and national discount scheme for major brands.

Vickie added:

“We have a variety of full-time and part-time positions on offer and we will be happy to answer any questions that people might have. We can’t wait to meet lots of potential new employees on the day.”

So come along and meet members of our team. We will be at the Job Centre on the High Street in Weston-super-Mare on Thursday, October 19 from 9am until 5pm.

For more information, please call 01934 422800. Alternatively, please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homecareagency or on our Twitter page.

Chance to meet care staff at jobs fair

 

Come and chat to our carers at the jobs fair…

NORTH Somerset folk looking for a new job or a change in career can meet our homecare staff and find out more about working in the industry at a recruitment fair this month (September, 2017).

We will be attending the Weston Jobs Fair at the Winter Gardens Pavilion in Weston-super-Mare on September 27 from 10.30am until 2pm to meet people interested in working in care.

Nicky Norville, Registered Manager, said:

“We were recently one of three providers to be awarded the final care contract for homecare provision across North Somerset for the next seven years and are looking for people who are interested in a long-term career with us. Anyone looking for a job or a change in career should come along to the Weston Jobs Fair and chat to our staff about potentially working in the care industry.

 

They’ll be able to find out what it is really like to work in care from our staff who have cared for our service users in their homes, how rewarding it can be and how they can make a career for themselves thanks to the full, free training we provide and how they can progress up the career ladder.

 

As well as training in dementia care, new carers will also take part in a regulated training programme including emergency first aid or first aid at work, safe handling of medicines, moving and handling of people, health and safety, fire safety, safeguarding adults, infection control and food hygiene.

 

Each new carer will be shadowed by a senior member of the team for a minimum of one week. Thereafter they are regularly supervised and observed delivering care in the homes of service users.

 

Each new carer will be shadowed by a senior member of the team for a minimum of one week. Thereafter they are regularly supervised and observed delivering care in the homes of service users.

New members of the team are encouraged to complete their NVQ L2 (QCF) Health & Social Care, if they don’t already hold the qualification or NVQ L3 if they are looking to become a senior carer.”

As well as full training, We also offer competitive rates, travel time for walkers and drivers, mileage payments, consistent hours, a refer a friend scheme and national discount scheme for major brands.

Nicky added:

“This is a great opportunity for anyone who might be struggling to currently find work and who might not have considered a career in care before. We are particularly interested in meeting candidates who want a long-term position as it helps our service users if they get to know familiar faces.

We will be happy to answer any questions people might have and we can’t wait to meet lots of potential new employees on the day.”

 

 

For more information about the event or working with us, please call 01934 422800. Alternatively, please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homecareagency or on Twitter @NotaroHomecare.

 

Elderly benefit from keeping pets at home

Thanks to our homecare services, more and more elderly people are able to stay in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by all their personal belongings and in familiar surroundings. For any who are pet owners, this is hugely beneficial as animals can become a real member of the family and play a big role in their owner’s health and quality of life.

Having to move into a care home and leave your beloved pet behind or give them up can be very distressing, which is why we believe homecare is the best option.

Pets can help reduce stress and lower blood pressure and are great for increasing social and physical activity. They’re also great for reducing depression and can help prevent loneliness.

Caring for an animal on a day-to-day basis can help stimulate an elderly person’s mind and keep them focused on something that isn’t their own physical/health worries. It’s even possible for pets to help with memory loss and access memories from years before.

Cats in particular are an ideal pet for an elderly person as they’re very low maintenance. It is well known that stroking a cat can have a calming effect and helps decrease stress and anxiety levels.

Any elderly people we care for are actively encouraged to look after their pets as they normally would do to the best of their abilities, this includes walking them on a regular basis, if they are able to do so as it’s a great way for them to get up and out of the house. They can even stop and chat with other dog walkers along the way.

However, if one of our service users struggles to walk a pet or needs any assistance with caring for their pet and if stipulated in their care plan, then our homecarers are happy to help with basic needs such as feeding and walking.

Turn care into a career at Notaro

NORTH Somerset folk looking for work can not only get a job in the care industry but they can make a career for themselves too

WE are looking for long-term staff across North Somerset to join our team.

Nicky Norville, Registered Manager at NHC, said:

“We’re looking for new recruits from across North Somerset that are interested in joining us on a long-term basis and carving out a real career for themselves within the care industry.

We’re able to offer a stable job for anyone interested, which includes the opportunity to receive full, free comprehensive training and achieve Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level 2 as well as the chance to progress up the career ladder.

People could start with us as a care worker and within a few short years they could be in a managerial role. It really is a job for life.

There is immense job satisfaction too as each day you’ll be making a difference to our service users’ lives by not only providing care for them but by being a friendly face and someone for them to talk to.

Anyone interested in becoming a carer should get in touch by calling 01934 422800.”

Due to our continued hard work and dedication to the sector, we support hundreds of people remaining in their own homes. We provide an extensive range of services, from daily calls to bespoke live-in care services.

Our large team of trained, specialist, care workers provide positive-based outcomes and person-centred care to people throughout North Somerset.

Nicky added:

“As well as training in dementia care, new carers will also take part in a regulated training programme including emergency first aid or first aid at work, safe handling of medicines, moving and handling of people, health and safety, fire safety, safeguarding adults, infection control and food hygiene.

Each new carer will be shadowed by a senior member of the team for a minimum of one week. Thereafter they are regularly supervised and observed delivering care in the homes of service users.

New members of the team are encouraged to complete their NVQ L2 (QCF) Health & Social Care, if they don’t already hold the qualification or NVQ L3 if they are looking to become a senior carer.”

As well as full training, we also offer competitive rates, travel time for walkers and drivers, mileage payments, consistent hours, a refer a friend scheme and national discount scheme for major brands.

Our core values, instilled into every staff member, include protecting people’s dignity, choice, independence, privacy and rights and ensuring people maintain involvement in their community and achieve fulfillment in their lives. We work in a person-centred way which puts the person at the centre of the process of planning and delivering care, ensuring their views and wishes are reflected in their care plan.

We use Weston-super-Mare based AAA Training Solutions, a specialist health and social care training company, to deliver full five day classroom based inductions, training and refresher training to experienced and non-experienced staff.

For more information, please call 01934 422800. Alternatively, please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homecareagency or on Twitter @NotaroHomecare.

Notaro staff show support for ‘hidden’ carers

Our staff are showing their support for society’s ‘hidden’ carers

STAFF from Notaro Homecare are showing their support for society’s ‘hidden’ carers and the important role they play as part of National Dementia Carer’s Day today (10th September, 2017).

National Dementia Carer’s Day, which is part of World Alzheimer’s Month, was introduced to recognise and celebrate informal dementia carers, while highlighting what it means to be a carer.

Nicky Norville, Registered Manager said:

“All our carers do fantastic work for our service users, working long hours to provide everything they need and we thank them for that, however there are ‘hidden’ carers in today’s society that might be looking after friends or loved-ones without receiving payments or recognition so we wanted to let them know that we support them.

We want to help spread awareness and show our support so we’re offering any carers any help or advice they might need.

All they need to do is give us a call on 01934 422800 and our expert staff will be more than happy to chat to them about care and share their experience as well as offer tips and any other support they can.

If any ‘hidden’ carers would like to know more about our respite care services or our dementia and live-in care services in order to take the pressure off themselves, they can give us a call.”

National Dementia Carer’s Day is part of World Alzheimer’s Month, which will highlight the importance of early detection and diagnosis of dementia.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to more than one million by 2025. One in six people over the age of 80 have dementia.

More than 225,000 people will develop dementia this year, which is one every three minutes.

Now in its third year and support organisations, charities and community groups are being urged to get behind the campaign by spreading awareness and helping to signpost sources of advice and support using #NDCD17.