As part of our social commitment to the local community we are looking at ways in which we can share our skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to improving the well-being of the elderly.
What does this look like?
There are a growing number of activities we will be involved with. Here are a few that we have initiated:-
Offering free staff training to local businesses to empower their workers in how to be supportive to the specific needs of the elderly e.g. dementia friendly shopping experiences.
Running support workshops for family members of those diagnosed with dementia. These may address specific issues e.g. how do I make the home as safe as possible?
Supporting the drive in Tenterden to achieve ‘Dementia Friendly’ Town status by offering advice and guidance from our training team.
Raising funds for identified local charities that support the elderly in as many creative ways as we can!
Well Being In The Weald
Together with Wellbeing in the Weald, The Care Company have started a ‘Supporting Dementia Drop-in’. It meets once a month at Cranbrook Library from 10am to 12.00 with helpful leaflets, tea, coffee and biscuits The ‘drop in’ is open to anyone who has an interest in dementia, whether they are a Carer, relative or person with a diagnosis. For more details contact Karen either on: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Care Company organises an Annual Memory walk. All money raised goes to the Alzheimer’s society to fund information and research. Over the last couple of years 2017 & 2018 our carers have raised over £1500.
Singing for Health – outreach support in the community
Singing for Health was started in 2014 by Ann Morgan. Using her decades of experience in music education Ann has devised a singing programme that lends itself well to be used with groups of ‘more mature’ participants (60 years+). The programme promotes physical and mental well- being using musical stimuli.
Visiting workshops are offered free of charge within the Weald of Kent by The Care Company as part of their commitment to promoting well-being for the more elderly members of the community. If you have a group you think would enjoy a session then please call the office and Ann will get back to you to book your session. Sessions are usually approximately an hour long but can be tailored to meet your needs. Ann is happy to run sessions for groups with care needs such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, but any group who feel they would like to enjoy the health benefits of singing together are welcome to request a session. All that we ask it that you provide a warm and welcoming, relaxed atmosphere for participants with a beverage at the start to aid warming of the vocal chords!
The Care Company Family Food Bank Christmas Donation
The Family Food Bank provides support to families that are experiencing financial hardship, meaning they are unable to buy food or are left with a difficult choice between paying for food or other basic necessities…and helps to combat child poverty.”
The Care Company are participating in a local project to encourage everyone to be a little more active. We are particularly interested in helping people who receive care in their own home where outings or conventional exercise is not an option. We have been helping at the design stage using our knowledge of domiciliary care and hope to incorporate these ideas into our care plans.