Over last weekend our lovely residents Lea and Sarah competed head to head in a challenge to see who could create the best Ice Cream Sundae. A really yummy challenge to be involved in. Lea, helped by staff member Bethan, opted for a mount chocolate overload. His Sundae included mint choc chip ice cream, salted caramel ice cream, Nutella, sprinkles, sweets and chocolate! No calories there then! Sarah, assisted by staff member Shannon, opted for a Pink Ladies style Sundae. It included rainbow sprinkles, ice cream and salted caramel topped with sprinkles, strawberry sauce, marshmallows and a flake! They both really enjoyed making them – question is which one would you pick?
Our lovely residents Lea and Sarah enjoyed a relaxing sensory massage class this week. They enjoyed the full works with Sarah having a facial, along with a hand and foot massage, whilst Lea enjoyed a hand massage and Indian head massage. They loved the relaxing Spa music that we played and also the sensory light display. A lovely time for relaxing and just chilling!
Hillside enjoyed a ‘Bollywood Ball’ last week. Staff cooked residents a delicious curry with rice and Indian snacks. Lea and Sarah got in the mood by dressing up Bollywood style – as you can see Sarah looked very glamorous. We all took part on designing our very own traditional Henna tattoos and staff attempted a Bollywood style dance to impress Lea and Sarah – not sure if they succeeded, but their efforts were great fun to watch!
Our three Ilkeston homes have all been supporting Hydration Week. It is a very important part of the care that we deliver on a daily basis for us to make sure our residents are properly hydrated at all times – particularly in the hot weather. We try many ways to do this – sometimes thinking outside the box. Last week we got a great donation from Morrisons of drinks varieties – so a big thank you to them for supporting our efforts.
At United Health we care for people across the East Midlands. We do this around the clock, across a number of different care categories, through teams of professional and dedicated staff members. As a professional company we understand how difficult delivering great care can be. For some 6.5 million carers across the UK this task is done without pay, often supporting a family member or friend who has a disability or illness.
We want to draw attention to all those carers across the East Midlands in particular, who give of themselves selflessly day in and day out. Which is why we want to draw your attention to Carers Week. The week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is. Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but sometimes carers find it challenging to take care of their own well-being whilst caring. The impact of caring on someone’s health and well-being should not be underestimated this Carers week.
We want to publicly recognise the fantastic work these carers do and to offer our support for Carers Week across the East Midlands and the rest of the country.
We cannot remember a time when people’s Mental Health was at the forefront of national discussion as it is now. The pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for good mental health for everyone, and how fragile our mental health can be be given unforeseen changes and pressures in our lives.
Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago. Each year the Foundation continues to set the theme, organise and host the Week.
The event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally.The Week is open to everyone. It is all about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it. This year the focus of the week is on nature and how it can improve our mental health.
Here at Hillside last week residents enjoyed a sensory pizza making session. Residents opted for a ham and mushroom pizza with some yummy extras! Lea really enjoyed tasting the ingredients whilst we were making the pizzas and as you can see Sarah looked extremely happy with our prepared pizza! Lea and Sarah listened to some traditional Italian music whilst preparing, smelling and tasting the ingredients. Overall a wonderful taste of Italy.
Everyone in our Ilkeston homes enjoyed Easter so much that we thought we would have a go at making our own Easter Eggs. As we had spare chocolate we thought we would make a cheese cake as well. Well, as you can see from these Coppice & Oakside pictures, the results looked pretty good….and tasted even better!
It was with great sadness that all of us at United Health learnt of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip this week. All of our residents have lived through the same times as he did, and have seen his extraordinary contribution to the nation and the support he showed to the Queen for over seven decades.
He will rightly be remembered for having promoted important causes, such as wildlife and climate issues, way ahead of his time. His steadfastness and calmness at times of crisis are well known and he will be missed by the whole country. Our deepest sympathies go to his family at this time and we are sure that all our homes will be reflecting on their own memories of his service and achievements over the coming days.
This is a phrase often used, but is really important to each of our residents. We have communication books in the home with each resident having their own person centred book. This ensures we are meeting each individuals needs and gives them independence as they can choose what they would like to do. In the weeks coming we are adding more books and different personalised communication methods so we can be absolutely sure we are meeting everyone’s individual needs.