Hello Everyone – Caring for more than one person
The weekend just gone was an eventful one and I will tell you why. As I have been blogging, I now care for both my Mum and Dad jointly with my sister, I have to credit my sister as she is amazing and I really could not manage on my own. So Mum is doing well at the nursing home and wonderfully she had applied a little make up ready for Dad, after 59 years they still love each other, they miss each other so much and I do think they are a little lost without each other. However, after doing so well in hospital and the first ten days since he has been discharged, he seems to be declining again.
I had a great chat with him and was very surprised to hear that the Hear failure Team did not visit him once in the two weeks in hospital, even though are in the same hospital. Some bright spark has reduced his medication without consulting them hence, the increase in fluid on his legs. It seems like a merry go round, I completely understand that getting doses right can be trial and error but I do not understand why someone in a different team made that call. this means we are back on the case dealing with the hospital for their uncommunicated approach.
Of course this got me thinking about the times I have advocated for carers on this very subject because and I fully understand that carers of loved ones really know the person/s they care for best. I really think the NHS and statutory services need to listen to carers more, involve them more and just talk to carers – whose with me? After all communication is the key to most things positive.
Also communication is a brilliant way to enhance better emotional and physical wellbeing for example if you do not communicate at the Doctors, how can they treat you. if you do not communicate with friends how can they not understand, love and support you, oh and having a laugh is a wonderful way to communicate with people. So the Carers Wellbeing Academy has many opportunities for you to communicate with others, do you require counselling, do you want to meet up with peers in a group setting, do you want to tell the massage therapist what is wrong? These are some of the ways we help carers with communication and their wellbeing.
Check out our calendar, email firstname.lastname@example.org for a place and lets communicate our feelings
Sarah Cluff shared her hobby of collecting Brooches
After our article on Star Wars day, I asked carers if they wanted to share their collectables..
Sarah started collecting brooches as she puts it when she reached double digits in blood donations many years ago now…I hold 2 blood donation brooches to date that makes me feel proud to know I’ve helped people. I do love a bright vibrant brooch and I think it fits with my personality I don’t think I’ll stop collecting brooches and I have broke a few over the years as well!
So keep collecting Sarah as if it makes you happy then it is good for your wellbeing and we are all about better wellbeing for carers and yes of course you did help people with your blood donations.
Congratulations to all those elected to serve the people of Tower Hamlets in the local elections last week.
For a full breakdown of all the election results, visit our website.
Next weeks Wellbeing Academy Activities & Highlights
Monday 9th May –
Therapy Day – 10am to 3pm
Shared Reading for Carers is cancelled today due to the Reader being unwell – we hope to see her next Monday
Wednesday 11th May
Peer support group for carers of someone with Autism, Learning Disability, Physical Disability and/or behaviours that challenge 11am to 12.45pm.
We are having a workshop on benefits for carers at the group.
Friday 13th May
Friday Social Club – 2pm to 3pm via Zoom
The Tuesday Social Club is moving to Fridays as of next week, and this is allowing carers to have an end of week catch up and a look forward to the weekend vibe. I am aware it is Friday the 13th and thought shall we discuss our best and worst Friday 13th stories – what do you think?
Check out the https://ccth.org.uk/new/calendar/ The May 2022 timetable is now there as this will let you know our weekly activities’ and then email email@example.com for a place.
Information and Resources
- Tools and ideas for better wellbeing like relationships, nature, and creativity (Thrive LDN) and faith (Good Thinking)
- Resources about topics like trauma, anxiety, sleep, and low mood (Good Thinking)
- Starting a conversation about mental health and understanding how to help someone
- Free online resources from the NHS about drinking less
- Support for children and young people: information about services available in Tower Hamlets
- Support for adults: information about wellbeing and mental health in Tower Hamlets
The Carers Wellbeing Academy is looking to recruit a Support Worker
Do you want to be part of a team where you can support unpaid carers to better mental and physical wellbeing?
Do you have skills that can help a diverse community of carers to think about themselves, encourage them to get involved with a range of wellbeing activities such as exercise, Therapeutic treatments, counselling as well as creative activities?
Are you able to communicate with a broad range of people either written, verbally and face to face, and sometimes in a community language, are you able to keep excellent records, encourage participants to feedback their experiences and keep up to date records via our database?
Can you bring an ability to manage a variety of groups, make sure they have good attendance, encourage participants to attend on a regular basis and promote the activities to a variety of partner organisations?
We want you to uphold our policies and procedures, be part of our team and attend team meetings and contribute your thoughts, as well as be able to work flexibly both at the centre and in outreach settings.
You will be supported, line managed and supervised by the Carers Wellbeing Academy Manager and you can contribute to the direction and aims of the academy.
Please inform us if you need any reasonable adjustment when undertaking this recruitment process.
If this sounds like you then please click the link to apply and a Job Description and application form is available via the link
The job has gone live with a closing date of the 10th May 2022.
Check out a new free course that has just been launched that focuses on carer wellbeing. It is called ‘Physical activity for health and wellbeing in the caring role’ and has been kindly endorsed by the Carers Trust. The course is 6 hours in length and learners can achieve a ‘badge’ on completion of the end quiz, and this can be added on a CV to evidence their learning/continuous professional development. We hope that it will be helpful to those working with carers, including carer centre staff, those supporting carers less formally and importantly carers themselves!
A carers guide to home fire safety
A new video resource has been launched on the London Fire Brigade website to help carers learn how to keep people that receive care safe from fire.
Sadly, around one third of those here who die or are severely injured by fire are in receipt of some form of care or support. If you are a formal (domiciliary care worker, support worker or clinician) or informal carer (family member, friend or neighbour) and are caring for someone in their own home, this new resource will help you identify fire risks and show you what you can do to reduce them. There is also more information available on the website around fire safety and prevention.
ELOP’s LGBT+ Groups
Join our fun, friendly and non-judgemental safe space to meet new people and discuss LGBT+ topics!
LGBT+ Over 50 Social Group
Every Monday 1.00 – 2.30pm, online
LGBT+ Social Support Group
Every Tuesday 7.00 – 8.30pm, online
Stonewall – https://www.stonewall.org.uk/
LONDON Friend – https://londonfriend.org.uk/
WALKING ALONE? REMEMBER THESE 10 TIPS
1) Plan Your Route
Make sure you plan your route ahead of time. If you are walking in an area you are not familiar with, this can help keep you from getting lost. You will be able to walk with confidence. If you do get lost, don’t wander aimlessly, find a gas station, supermarket, or fast-food restaurant where you can ask for directions.
2) Make Sure Someone Else Knows Your Plans
Don’t go out when it is dark without telling someone, even if you are just taking the dogs out for a walk around your neighbourhood or walking home from a friend’s house nearby. It may seem paranoid, but in fact, knowing someone knows where you are can be reassuring and help you feel safe. If you fall and hurt yourself or run into trouble, and someone knows where you are, they can send help if you don’t arrive at your destination on time.
3) Always Carry Your Phone with You
Always carry your phone, but not for music or to make social calls as your walk. Your phone can be a lifeline if you see something suspicious or worse if something happens to you. Download a safety app on your phone, so you’ll be able to discreetly alert the authorities if you feel threatened or see something suspicious.
4) Avoid Suspicious People and Areas
Areas that are dark, deserted, or out-of-the-way, such as an alley or a parking lot, can be riskier than a well-lit area full of people. Stick to busy, lighted paths, to minimize the risks. Also, walk mainly in familiar places where you are known. That way, if you feel like a suspicious person is following you, you can always duck into a store you know or knock on a neighbour’s door. Avoid empty streets and pathways with thick shrubbery.
5) Keep Your Hands Free
Except for a flashlight and one of the items discussed below, keep your hands free. If you are carrying anything, put it all in one bag or backpack. This will make it easier for you to react if you notice someone following you. In a dangerous situation, carrying too many bags can keep you from moving as quickly as you can if your hands are free or if you only have one bag.
6) Carry a Non-Violent Deterrent
In addition to a flashlight, carry a non-violent deterrent such as a whistle, mace, or pepper spray. A whistle will help you alert others and call them to aid you if something is wrong. The loud noise may put off attackers, and they’ll move on to find someone else. Mace or pepper spray can give you enough time to evade a potential attacker, and in a pinch, a flashlight can be used as a weapon. Make sure you know how to use the mace or pepper spray to get its full effect.
7) Wear Reflective Clothing to Prevent Accidents
When it comes to personal safety, it’s not just about suspicious people. Areas with low visibility can be prone to accidents. Reflective clothing allows bikers and cars to see you as you walk along. A flashlight or headlight can also help drivers see you if there are dark stretches of road on your route.
8) Take a Self-Defence Class
When fighting off something as an assault, the element of surprise can work in your favour. If you regularly walk alone, take a self-defence class. You don’t have to become a black belt. In fact, it’s probably better to learn something like Krav Maga, which has been popular for self-defence. The idea is to disable your attacker enough for you to get to safety, and a class focused on self-defence will help give you those survival skills.
9) Remove Any Distractions
Keep your phone in your hand in case you need to hit the panic button on your safety app, but don’t let it distract you. When walking alone at night for exercise, music can be motivating and energizing but also distracting. You may not hear someone driving or walking up behind you. Avoid wearing headphones or talking on your phone as you walk.
10) Trust Your Gut
When walking alone at night, trust your gut. If you feel like an area or situation may be dangerous, don’t wait around to find out. Stop and scan your surroundings if you think someone is following you. If you are being followed, walk as quickly as you can to a well-lit public place. You can wait until you feel safe, or call a friend, a taxi, or an Uber to help you get safely get home at night.
Following these personal safety tips will help keep you stay safe when walking alone. Always be aware of where you are and alert to suspicious activity.
Domestic Violence Duty Line: 020 7364 4986 between 9am – 5pm.Victim Support: 020 7364 2448/7957
Just wishing everyone a peaceful, safe and week and remember if you need information and advice from the Carers Centre just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Carers Wellbeing Academy Manager
Monday - Friday – 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday – Closed