Promoting the Healthy Aging Toolkit with Your Clients

Cold weather can be tough for everybody, but it’s especially hard for people aged 65 and over. This winter, Norfolk County Council has worked with the National Health Service, district councils, and our Third Sector colleagues to produce a healthy ageing toolkit. The toolkit sets out some practical ways that we can all work together to enable older people to stay safe and well at home this winter. The toolkit is free for anybody to use and can be accessed via this link: http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/healthyageingtoolkit

You can really help by:

1. Thinking about how you can use the toolkit to enable your clients to stay safe and well at home this winter.

2. Sharing the toolkit within your organising to carers connecting with older people in the community.

Healthy ageing is everybody’s responsibility.

The connections we make together, can change lives.

Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. They provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia. 

If you have a person you support that would benefit from one-to-one dementia support in Norfolk, please call 01603 763556 or email norfolk@alzheimers.org.uk. The Advice line is staffed by experienced Dementia Support Workers Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. This number is there for any one affected by dementia and can be used by professionals to make referrals on someone’s behalf.

Dementia Support Workers offer information and practical guidance to help people understand the condition, cope with day-to-day challenges and prepare for the future. Advice, support and information can be provided by phone, in writing or at a home visit. 

The Alzheimer’s Society National Helpline is on 0300 222 1122 and available 9am – 8pm Monday to Wednesday, 9am – 5pm Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Talking Point is an online forum for everyone who is affected by dementia, open 24 hours a day. alzheimers.org.uk/talkingpoint

Breckland Older People’s Forum Christmas Networking Event

Following on from the success of the networking event last Christmas, Breckland Older People’s Forum would like to invite you once again, to come along with all your information leaflets and have a stand at their Pre-Christmas meeting.  They want the event to offer you the opportunity to share information about your organisation with other stand holders, the Forum and public. There will of course be mince pies and other Christmas goodies to nibble.

The event will be held on Friday, 14th December 2018 at 1.30 to 3.30pm at Breckland Council Offices, Dereham, NR19 1EE.

If you would like to come and have a stand please email  brecklandopf@gmail.com or telephone: 07546 152695 to book a place.

 

You can find out more by clicking on the link:

For Homecare Providers supporting people in the West of the County

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk own and maintain the Lily online Directory.

The Directory lists organisations, services and activities that help people to live healthy, active and independent lives. It is expanding to include more and more information relevant to adults of all ages.

The website will guide you to local events that Lily advisors are attending.  You can find this information on the Section: Lily in your community and by clicking on this link:   http://asklily.org.uk/kb5/westnorfolk/cd/community.page?communitychannel=12

You will also be able to find information about other local services and events on the Directory as well.

 

Dementia UK: new leaflet on eating and drinking

Although this leaflet is aimed at family carer, it might be a useful resource to your teams too or to flag to family and friends caring  for those you are providing services to.

Dementia UK have recently published a new leaflet suggesting ways for family carers to help the person they look after eat and drink well.

You can read the leaflet here. Or visit the website here to find out about ordering hard copies.

Different types of dementia act upon different areas of the brain, affecting people’s behaviour around food and drink in various ways. For instance, people with a diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia are more likely to develop a sweet tooth and only want to eat to sugary food; whereas people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease are more likely to experience difficulty recognising the sensations of hunger and thirst in themselves, or simply to forget to eat and drink.

Dr Hilda Hayo, our CEO and Chief Admiral Nurse said: “People with dementia need a healthy and balanced diet to help to prevent dehydration, weight loss, urinary tract infections and constipation. These problems can lead to discomfort, delirium and can even make dementia symptoms worse.”

Admiral Nurses suggest:

  • Set the scene by creating a familiar and comfortable eating environment

Specially adapted cutlery is available for people with dementia. Using plain plates can help them see the food more easily.

  • Avoid overwhelming the person with dementia with too much choice

Two simple options means the person can be involved in decision making (if appropriate). Showing the person the food you are talking about can be helpful.

  • Help the person with dementia recognise thirst

Keep a drink beside them at all times, and place it where it can be easily seen. Cups with nozzles or straws can be easier to manage for some people.

  • Eat with the person with dementia for encouragement

Eating alongside the person might encourage them to take an interest in their food, as well as providing some comfort and sense of social connection.

Skills for Care: new interactive learning and Development guide

Skills for Care have launched a new guide which aims to provide managers with a starting point to consider the best ways to develop their workforce and sustain learning.

You can access the new guide here.

The new interactive guide highlights the importance and benefits of learning and development opportunities and how to identify the needs of your services. It introduces you to apprenticeships and qualifications, other learning opportunities and how to find out what is best suited to your business needs and those of your workforce.

Developed with managers in mind, it aims to answers some of the questions you might have and provides a starting point in how to develop an effective and efficient learning and development strategy for your organisation.

It’s full of hints and tips on how to choose the right approach and full of practical guidance in the delivery and assessment of learning and development opportunities. It provides information on the cost of training and measuring its success along with providing information and ideas on how to keep your workforce up to date.

This new guide replaces both the previous guides: Ongoing Learning & Development in Adult Social Care and Choosing Workforce Learning.

Central Norfolk Admiral Nurses Service: Drop-in Session for Family Carers

This event might be useful for the people you support and their families and friends:

 

When things get challenging or difficult, the Admiral Nurse Service works alongside families affected by dementia to provide one-to-one support and guidance.

There will be free drop-in sessions with an Admiral Nurse or Dementia Support Worker available for family carers.

Everyone is welcome and no need to book.

 

Venue: The Music Room at The Assemble House, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RQ

Date/Time: Tuesday 12th June 2018 1pm to 4pm.

 

For further details please call 01603 679693.

You can see the flyer here.