Take extra care of elderly when clocks change at end of month

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We are urging people to take extra care of their elderly relatives and neighbours when the clocks go back an hour at the end of this month (October, 2018).

From October 28 the evenings will get darker much earlier, which could impact on the well-being of older people.

Through visiting our service users, we know that many elderly people are affected by the darker evenings and cooler weather, so we thought it was extremely important to pass on our insider knowledge to ensure that people check on any older neighbours, friends or relatives more often in the winter months.

The darkness and bad weather can limit the time elderly people can get out and about to run errands or socialise, if they can get out at all, so it’s a good idea to pop in on them a few times during a week to see if there’s anything they need.

It’s also a good idea to make sure they are warm and have plenty of additional blankets to hand and are wearing layers of clothing, should they need it. Sometimes a friendly face is all that someone needs, so simply just popping in to say ‘hello’ and to enjoy a cuppa and a natter is perfect.

We are continuously working to eradicate social isolation. We believe providing emotional care is just as important as the physical and we are doing our upmost to make sure our service users don’t feel lonely or isolated, especially in the winter months.

We hope people will take our tips on board for caring for the elderly and take some time out of their day or week to ensure anyone they know who is older and less able is well looked after in these darker months before Christmas.

We are currently recruiting new carers as winter is our busiest time of the year.

We are looking for people who would be committed to a role in care on a long-term basis so they can build great relationships with the service users we support. They’ll be able to carve out a career in the industry for themselves too thanks to advancement opportunities as we often promote within the company to help maintain our position of trust and allow continuity of care.

We offer free, full training, which includes a company induction, first aid, information on dementia, health and safety, food safety, infection control, handling medication and moving and handling service users, with the opportunity to achieve Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) after the initial six months probationary period.

New recruits are given free uniforms, access to national staff discount scheme for all major brands as well as 28 days paid holiday, paid travel between calls and paid mileage. Anyone interested should get in touch.