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We are absolutely delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring Art Therapy Workshops for people in Rutland living with early-or young-onset Dementia.
Rutlanders living at home with a dementia diagnosis can now take part in a programme of varied, free of charge activities, delivered by specialists in an environment tailored to their specific needs. All thanks to the foresight of Rutland Community Ventures, and sponsorship from Home Straight and Rutland Sailing Club.
Why art therapy?
There is a lot of promising evidence proving that innovative workshops of this kind can help to slow down the progression of dementia. This is particularly true of younger people with the disease, who are usually physically stronger and more resilient than older people.
What activities are available?
Each workshop will focus on creating something useful for the home or to gift to friends and family. Some of the activities include; silk painting – using specialist paints designed to print on fabric, marbling – a beautiful painting technique, and tile making – using old methods to create designs in clay tiles.
This is something we are extremely proud to be supporting. For more information please call Home Straight on 01572 722590.
We had a fantastic time at the Rutland Show on Sunday, the 2nd of June. Plenty of staff and clients were able to enjoy the many attractions, and appreciate what Rutland has to offer. We loved seeing so many of you visiting us at our stall throughout the day!
The Dementia Star Challenge attracted a lot of interest, giving people a taste of the challenges that living with dementia can bring every day.
A big congratulations to Angela Moore who won our prize draw, and received a delicious meal for two at The Potting Shed Cafe in Ashwell!
Take a look at what we got up to during our time there!
Earlier in May, eight Home Straight carers gained their Healthcare Passport from the NHS Leicestershire and Rutland. The staff attended a three-day practical training course and undertook a series of assessments to achieve the certification.
What is the Healthcare Passport?
Produced in conjunction with the Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland (LLR) Health and Social Care protocol, the Healthcare Passport is a training programme which provides carers with the skills and competence to administer generic healthcare tasks to our clients, confidently and safely. This ensures that patients feel comfortable during each task alongside the carers they are familiar with, and reduces the number of callers visiting the home.
A warm congratulations to our team for all their hard work and commitment to the course!
Home Straight director Stevie Jackson is volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Society as a Dementia Champion, helping to increase understanding and awareness of dementia.
Recently Stevie teamed up with Moore’s Estate Agency to deliver a workshop to their staff. Owner, Jenny Moore said ‘It’s a reality that we deal with more and more people being affected with dementia and when it comes to selling or buying a house, we would like those affected and their families to trust that we will deal with their specific needs as a sensitively as possible’.
Dementia Friends is a national campaign by the Alzheimer’s Society aiming to build more dementia friendly communities. It is their biggest initiative and is designed to transform the way the nation thinks, acts, and talks about the condition. Dementia Friends encourages people to make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia within their own communities.
If you have an hour to spare and would like to attend a Dementia Friends workshop, please contact Stevie on 01572 722590.
We are delighted to tell you that after our first inspection by the CQC we have been rated GOOD overall.
Safe, effective, caring, responsive, well-led : all rated GOOD
This reflects the dedication and commitment shown by our team.
The Inspector spent a day with us in the office, visited clients at home and called members of the team and clients for their feedback.
Some quotes from the report:
“People told us they felt safe when supported by staff and trusted them”
“Staff promoted peoples choice and control of their lives were supported in the least restrictive way possible”
“People received care from staff that knew them well; positive relationships were developed”
“Staff recieved training and had been introduced to people before they started to provide their care”
“Staff felt they were supported by the registered managers”
“People and their family members were involved in planning all aspects of their care and support”
“People told us they had no complaints about the service and that they were very happy”
The full report can be found on the CQC website.