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Exercise and Wellbeing for Older People in Lockdown

The lockdown, social distancing and shielding for older people has placed certain limits and restrictions on the movements and activities of older people everywhere, but especially here in the UK. The older community has been advised to stay at home as much as possible, rely on others to run their errands and limit contact with other people as much as possible. At the same time the research is clear: exercise is crucial for good physical health and wellbeing of older people and has a great many benefits.

The Benefits of Exercise for Older People

Getting regular exercise is good for us all but especially so for older people as it can help with many things including:

  • Balance
  • Mobility
  • Muscle health
  • Bone health
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Heart and physical health
  • The release of serotonin and happiness
  • Confidence

We know that a lot of older people enjoy visiting public places, swimming pools and gardens to get their exercise, but there is still plenty to be done safely at home or in a care home to ensure maximum health.

Indoor Exercise for Older People

Indoor exercise for older people might include dancing – especially to older music that brings a lot of memories, stretching to activate and warm up muscles, yoga or even some Pilates depending on the level of physical health. For seniors who are mostly chair-bound, there are now a great many resources online about chair-workouts, so that older people can stretch and move their bodies.

Outdoor Exercise for Older People

Now that the weather has improved and we’re seeing many more sunny days, it’s a great pick-me-up for older people to get outside if it is safe to do, such as if they have a garden. At TLC, we really appreciate the great outdoors and work hard to keep our gardens accessible to residents, both for exercise, activities and gardening. Outdoor exercise for older people might include walks, balance exercises or any activity that has the body moving such as golf and badminton.

For Balance

There are a few activities that older people can do from the safety of indoors, with just a chair and a wall for equipment, that help aid balance. Here are a few to try:

  • Wall push-ups (stand two feet away from a sturdy wall but leave your hands shoulder-width apart and flat to the wall. Bend elbows to lean in towards the wall and then straighten to push the body away and repeat).
  • Chair squats (stand in front of a chair with feet hip-width apart and bend your knees and lower the bottom until you’re sat down, then stand up and repeat).
  • Single foot stands (stand behind a steady chair and hold the back, lift your left foot and place on top of the right foot for a minute then put the left foot down and the right foot on top for a minute).
  • Tippy toe lifts (stand behind a chair and place your hand on it for support, then push up onto your toes as high as is comfortable, hold, then return to flat foot and repeat).

With careful consideration and some good encouragement, older people will still be able to maintain health, strength and mobility through exercising at home during lockdown. Let’s all do our bit to keep everyone happy and healthy!

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How to connect with loved ones during social distancing

How to Connect with Loved Ones During Social Distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent social distancing measures have been hard on a lot of people. As care homes like ours have had to protect their residents from contracting the virus, they have had to close their doors to guests except in cases of emergency. With weeks of this social distancing already under our belts and weeks still left to go, we recognise that it’s difficult for our residents to be disconnected from their family and loved ones and we’re doing all we can to help connect people, even from a distance.

Face to face

We all know that regular phone calls with our loved ones, discussing what each has been up to and checking in on each other’s mental health is important, but face to face connection is stronger. At TLC, we have been working hard to ensure our residents are up to date with the latest technology and have all they need to see their family. Sometimes, we even connect people’s families, inviting them to digital spa nights so everyone can feel connected and involved!

Weekly Updates

We know that when we’re in the moment we think about what we’d like to share with loved ones but sometimes we can forget what we’ve done. That’s why some of our care homes have introduced the weekly update initiative, to ensure our carers help note down what residents have been doing each week so we can share this with their loved ones.

Picture Perfect

Despite social distancing, life goes on, and we are all making memories wherever we are, whoever we are social distancing with. It’s so important, even if loved ones can’t be there to share the memories first-hand, that we do take pictures and videos and share our memories with our loved ones once all of this is over. That’s why we’re encouraging all families to take photos and share them with one another, so everyone is included, and we don’t miss any big moments, or even the small ones that made us smile.

Community

We have always welcomed the wider community into our care homes to connect with our residents and we still continue to do so, even whilst following social distancing guidelines. Local school children, as well as the children of our own team members have been sending cards, photos, drawings and letters to our residents to boost morale, lift spirits and ensure our residents still feel loved and valued in their local communities. Working with a school or nursery in this way can be especially rewarding for all involved, and our TLC family approach has played a real part in young people going over and above to bring a smile to the faces of our residents.

Keeping People in our Hearts

This time has highlighted to us all who is really important to us. Some of our care homes have been asking residents to share in an art project who they are holding in their hearts during this time. Being apart is hard but it’s a wonderful reminder to tell the people you love, ‘I’m thinking of you’ and how much they brighten your day. If we all work really hard, we know that we can all feel together even if we’re apart.

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A message for our TLC family

We know that our team members are continuing to make a difference every day to the lives of our residents during this crisis. At TLC, our one team approach makes us who we are – and we wanted to share our appreciation for all of you in the video below:

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TLC Care’s Coronavirus (Covid-19) Plan

TLC Care’s Coronavirus (Covid-19) Plan

At TLC Care, we are treating this matter with the utmost seriousness and have robust contingency plans in place, based on Government and Public Health England (PHE) guidance We are continually reviewing this ever-evolving situation to ensure that our plans are as up to date as possible.

TLC Care operates the highest standards of hygiene and infection control. We are therefore well-practiced in reducing the risk of spreading infections that can contaminate others, such MRSA, shingles, influenza and norovirus outbreak. These procedures already stand to reduce the risk posed by Covid-19 to our residents and staff, and the precautionary measures we are taking on top of these existing procedures stand to protect their health and safety even further.

Visiting a TLC Care home

Our mission, as ever, is to deliver the highest quality of care for our residents. As such, following Government advice and as we move into our next phase to keep our residents safe, we are asking that only essential visits are made to the home.

We have therefore decided to have no visitors other than health professionals. Where there will be exceptional circumstances, we may permit controlled visits, however, this must be prearranged with the home manager.

For all health professional we will be asking them to wash their hands, asking that they have no symptoms and will be undertaking a temperature check.

We are putting systems in place to ensure video calls can be made to your loved one, please speak with a representative within your local Care home for further details.

We understand this is a worrying and unsure time, but we do want to reassure you that we are doing all that we can to keep our residents and staff safe.

We will continue to update this page accordingly with the most up-to-date advice.

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Visiting the Home

Due to corona virus pandemic, we are following Government guidance by asking that all visits are restricted to essential visits only. TLC Care will ensure that all persons attending the home follow the Public Health England advice to reduce the risk of contracting the virus and reducing the risk of spreading it. The risk is assessed on a continual basis by our senior team who review the position daily based on government and care home specific guidance and will update as soon as there are any change. We have a robust approach to keeping or premises clean and disinfected. Our team members well and they are being screened daily before undertaking work.

  • Visits to the home will be agreed by appointment only so our team can ensure meeting your needs
  • On arrival you will be required to have your temperature checked, anyone with a temperature above 37.8°C will not be permitted to visit
  • Visitors are required to sign a disclaimer to confirm that they have not knowingly been in contact with the Coronavirus and that they are in good health
  • Any visitors who appear unwell will not be permitted entry
  • All visitors MUST wash their hands with soap and water upon entry
  • We also request that visitors have minimal physical contact with others to reduce the risk of transmission
  • Visits will be restricted to one at the time to reduce the risk of contamination of communal areas

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VIP celebration event 5 March 2020

Last week Candlewood House in Cricklewood welcomed not one but two Mayors to their opening event and celebration for staff, people involved in the build and members of the local community. Cllr Caroline Stock, Mayor of Barnet and Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi, Mayor of Brent, kindly helped officially open the home.

TLC Care are delighted with the finished project; a stunning community for people with nursing care needs, residents living with dementia and for people who simply choose a luxury lifestyle and beautiful place to live in their retirement years. Respite stays can also be supported. Candlewood House is TLC Care’s latest home in London. It boasts a unique combination of thoughtful design, innovative technologies and people who have a passion to serve and care for others.

Candlewood House General Manager Sybil Wright said: “It’s been an exciting year for Candlewood House. We look forward to many years of welcoming local people into our stunning home. Our values of Truth, Love and Compassion are at the heart of everything we do.

“Feelings matter to us, our therapeutic approach is designed for each resident and embraces their individuality, as well as the needs and feelings of their loved ones.”

Community Development Manager Julie Chanel said: “We can’t believe it’s finally happened. We are really proud of the wonderful community we have built here, and we so look forward to welcoming our first residents very soon.

“The developers and staff have worked hard to create a fun, enabling environment for our residents who will benefit from top quality care. This would not have been possible without everyone at Candlewood House pulling together.”

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How we Are Keeping Residents and Staff Safe in our TLC Care Homes During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The Coronavirus pandemic is a worrying time for many of us, but especially for those working the front line in the medical and care industry, and for the older and more vulnerable members of our society. That means that the Covid-19 outbreak puts both our residents and our staff at risk. We want to assure you that we are ahead of the curve, in line with the advice from the government and medical professionals and doing our all to protect both our residents and our staff during this time.

Guidance from Public Health England

Public Health England has shared clear guidelines on how to limit the spread of infection and, in particular, coronavirus. As the disease is thought to be spread through water droplets in coughs, sneezes and even talking, we are thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, practicing and encouraging good hand hygiene and closely monitoring visitation in order to promote social distancing.

Visitation

The TLC care homes are homely and welcoming places for all and we have always strived to provide an environment that nurtures quality time with friends and loved ones but our mission, as ever, is to deliver the highest quality of care to our residents, and as a result we have to make some changes. We are limiting visitation to only essential visits and are ensuring all visits align with the following regulations:

  • Visitors hands are washed on arrival and on leaving the home
  • Visitors temperatures will be checked upon arrival and anyone with a temperature above 37.8c will not be permitted
  • Visitors who have been in contact with people displaying Covid-19 symptoms of a cough or temperature will not be permitted to visit for 14 days
  • Visitors displaying any symptoms themselves will also not be permitted for 14 days
  • Visiting times are restricted to 2.30pm – 3.30pm and 6.30pm – 7.30pm Monday to Friday and 3.00pm – 4.00pm Saturday and Sunday
  • Visitors are restricted to residents own rooms and not communal areas
  • Only one visitor per resident is allowed and only one visit per day during the allotted times
  • Children aged 16 and under will not be permitted to visit
  • Animals are not permitted to visit

Adhering to and supporting these rules and regulations will help keep our staff and our residents safe. From all of us here at TLC, we thank you for your patience and support and wish you all well during this time.

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Random Acts of Kindness Day – Some Simple Ways We Show Kindness at TLC

It’s Random Acts of Kindness Day on the 17th of February and it’s a day we really appreciate. At TLC, kindness is a very important value. We pride ourselves on making a positive difference to the lives of our residents every day and our values of truth, love and compassion are at the heart of all we do. That’s why kindness is something we look for when we expand our team and it’s absolutely necessary to make our care homes the warm and inviting atmospheres they are. Because we have a person-centred approach to care at TLC, we are always thinking about how we can deliver kindness to our residents and would like to share with you some of the ways we have been doing just that!

Time Travel

A resident’s life is something to celebrate so whenever we learn of a resident’s favourite memories, we like to reminisce on them and recreate them where possible. For example, we have previously organised music sessions where we reminisce on a resident’s favourite songs to bring back good memories and have a little dance!

Loved Ones

The best thing in life is good company and we’re always prioritising the loved ones of our residents. For example, one of our care home teams recently set up a romantic date for Valentine’s Day for one resident, and we regularly create wonderful set ups and activities for our residents to get some quality time with loved ones – even if their loved ones are furry! We have had many much-loved pets visit our residents!

Encouraging Pastimes

We are always honoured when a resident shares with us their favourite hobbies or pastimes and show kindness by doing all we can to ensure we can maintain that enjoyment. This motivation has led us to create beautiful fruit and vegetable gardens, organising craft clubs, book clubs, knit and natter sessions, cinema evenings and dancing to live music.

At TLC, we pride ourselves on our values: truth, love and compassion and finding new ways to be kind is a great part of that.

Want to join the team and find the perfect job role for you? Browse all our vacancies here.

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How to Support Older Mental Health

At TLC care homes, we always aim to create a home that allows good mental health to flourish. Mental health has become a huge priority for everyone in recent years but health, both physical and mental, has always been our number one priority. That’s why we consistently seek advice, support and further training to remain leaders in the industry. Sharing what we learned from our most recent investigation, here’s how to support older mental health.

Healthy Ageing

Physical and mental health is closely linked, which is why sometimes taking care of the inside begins on the outside. Carers of older people can help maintain good mental health through maintaining good physical health and healthy ageing through regular exercise and purpose-led activities.

Maintaining Memories

For older people, losing their mobility and flexibility can feel like a limit on their freedoms. It’s important to remember that older people led incredible lives and they might feel far from them if not given the opportunity and encouragement to regularly reminisce upon their efforts, contributions and happiest memories. Reminiscing on past careers and experiences is also great socialisation and we encourage our residents to share with others frequently.

Socialisation

It might seem easy on the surface to socialise within care homes as there are common areas to socialise in, but there are still limits such as poor physical health or concentration troubles that sometimes prevent good quality socialisation. At TLC, we always ensure our social areas are well-maintained and inspire socialisation, conversation and creativity. Our residents regularly make long-lasting friendships and partake in activities together which is very conducive to good health.

Creativity and Expression

Over the years, we have learned that creativity is key to good mental health in our older residents. Not only do we assist and help residents with a long-loved hobby such as crafts or gardening, but we also encourage them to try new things, from food to art to music. It’s never too late to learn a new trick!

Wider Community

For some residents, care homes can feel isolating, which is why it is important to always invest time and energy into days out, travelling to new places and to contribute to the wider community. At TLC, we regularly have local school children visit to play with our residents, college students to talk with our residents, local singers and performers to entertain and organisations to incorporate residents into wider community. In fact, many of our residents’ art has featured in local competitions or fundraisers.

We will always work hard towards constant improvement and betterment of the services we provide here at TLC and enjoy sharing our expertise with you so you, too, can help the older people in your life. If you’d like to join our wonderful team, you can browse all available roles here. If you’re curious about residency, you can browse all our homes here.

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Candlewood House Latest News – 7th February

Our building is nearly finished, and we are delighted to be adding finishing touches to our home areas. Our team is receiving training from contractors, so we utilise it well and bring loads of enjoyment to all our dear gusts and residents. Watch out for our VIP open day invitations! Big day is on 5th March 2020. Details will be in the next post 🙂

We are now proud partners with Neurosciences Dementech team from Harley street. We understand that every minute spend not living well is wasted. We are looking forward to working with Professor K. Ray Chaudhuri and Professor Dag Aarsland who are leading the way in helping people with Parkinson’s disease and memory loss. It is all about timely assessment and intervention. No waiting times. Together we can make a difference. Every moment in the lives of our residents matters!