May 2019 Newsletter

              


What a wonderful sunny April we have had, and we hope that you were able to take advantage of the sunshine to get out and about over the Easter break. We enjoyed taking this four day break to spend the time with our family, and we do hope that you also were able to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones, remember to feel gratitude for these times that are given to us, as in this busy world these times are not often enough.

 

We are marching through 2019, passing the first quarter of the year, and we are proud that the KTG Office staff continue to find time to promote awareness of others using social media and this newsletter, whilst not having any impact on the support and help that they offer to our external staff and clients. We look forward to reading the stories and articles that the KTG Staff publish on social media and in this newsletter and that you do also.

 

Reena and Godwin 

 

Homecare Team Tips

This month Lisa brings you some helpful tips on Effective Communication Techniques for Carer's supporting those with Alzheimer's.

                                                                 

Alzheimer’s disease causes brain cells to die, so the brain works less well over time. This leads to people with Alzheimer's experiencing difficulties in communication.

Many people think that communication is just speaking, however there are many elements that contribute towards communication.

Talking, body language, tone of voice, facial expressions and attitude all contribute towards it and us as caregivers need to understand the importance of communication and how we can help people. Here are a few tips that will help the person 

                    

Communication doesnt have to be verbal, phone calls, and body language are all good ways to show someone you care without requiring an immediate communication response.

Keep eye contact with the person, it’s a simple and easy way to show someone you care about them and are focused on what they are saying.

Approach the person from the front and introduce yourself, over time, people with dementia will forget faces and names. Being upfront with who you will help put them at ease.Their vision also changes and they lose their peripheral vision over time. It’s important that you always approach them from the front since they wouldn’t be able to see you from the side or behind them.

                                           

Have conversations in quiet places with minimal distrations, get the persons full attention before you start, and make sure your body language is open and relaxed.

Speak slowly,and clearly, using short, simple sentances. Try to talk in a conversational way, not overwhelming them with many questions.

                                          

Remain positive and remember to laugh. Being upbeat and using humour can lighten the mood and reduce stress levels.

 

Know that you play an important role in the person you care for, your time, presence and friendship are important to someone with Alzheimer’s.

Want to read more click on the Alzheimer's Society Logo below,and remember we at KTG are always here to help.

Share with us here at KTG by social media what communication strategies have helped you in caring for someone with dementia.

Lisa

Whats happening at KTG?

World Down Syndrome Day took place on Thursday 21st March 2019.

KTG staff took this opportunity to wear odd socks  to raise the awareness that “All people with Down syndrome must have opportunities to live fulfilling lives, included on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society“.

 

This year, the global theme is
 “Leave no one behind”

 

 

Read more about this click the image below

Down's Syndrome Association


Epilepsy Awareness Day also known as Purple Day took place on Tuesday 26 March 2019.

 

To help raise awareness Reena baked these beautiful cakes and we all wore the colour purple in the office.

To see more of Reena’s creations click on the cakes image.

 

 

Want to find out what Epilepsy Purple day is all about

 

Click on the image below..

   
In Rememberance for those in Sri Lanka  11am Wednesday 1st May 2019

Join Reena and Godwin, who have close ties to Sri Lanka, in remembering this heart breaking situation to honour more than 300 people who lost their lives and pray for Ski Lanka.

Reena and Godwin Anthony, along with all the KTG Social Care staff,  will hold a 2 minute silence (11am Wednesday 1st May 2019)  to pay tribute to the many people who were killed in the Sri Lanka explosions.

Meet the Team

This month we meet Joanne Financial Director

What’s your favourite part about your job? 

I enjoy working with figures and can often be found analysing trends in order to set targets and budgets.

 

Your favourite quote and why?

“Never judge a book by its’ cover”

we should all take the time to be open minded and not jump to conclusions as things are not always as they seem..

 

What do you enjoy to do when you’re not working and why?

 

I enjoy visiting my Dad who lives in Wales and going to music concerts and shows. I am also a keen genealogist and spend a lot of spare time researching the family tree.

 

Attached photos of me and my Dad.

 

Me and my youngest daughter at one of her dance shows.

 

Godwins fabulous 40th Party

 

and my distant relatives...

 

Your favourite book, movie, music, podcast etc…and why?

I enjoy reading Agatha Christie’s murder mystery books and the Tudor period Shardlake series of mysteries.

Any films with Will Ferrell, John Candy or Steve Martin are always a good laugh, can’t say I have a favourite but Step Brothers, Uncle Buck and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are in my top 10.

 

What are your greatest achievements in life?

My children are my greatest achievement. To think I didn’t want any children when I was a teenager I am surprised everyday by the 3 wonderful daughters I have.

 

Who inspires you?

My brother has always been an inspiration to me, being his younger sister I have literally always looked up to him. He can hold a conversation with anyone and has an infectious personality.  He is super clever, confident and an all-round good guy.

 


Healthy Eating - Sweet potato hash, eggs
& smashed avo 

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This month Ive found a wonderful receipe, 
This simple quick-fix supper is a great way
to use your spiralizer.


Sweet potato, avocado, a runny egg
and a drizzle of spicy sriracha Enjoy!

 

 

 Claire

Why I chose a healthier lifestyle! 

Nick is extremely passionate about healthy living through
a good diet and plenty of exercise. Read his inspiring story:  


When I turned 28 I realized my metabolism was slowing!!
Panic set in! My diet had not changed much, but as we get
older one of the facts of life is this can slow down. I have
two children and wanted to set a good example and make
sure I’m around as long as I can be.

When I started I had never been a “gym person” I had no idea where to start! Ok, gyms are a scary place and I had no idea what to do. I knew I wanted to get in shape and had some weight to lose. I walked into a local gym near me and spoke to a personal trainer. My goal was to learn, I did not want someone to stand and watch me run on a treadmill, I needed knowledge. I was investing in my future!!

I took the plunge and started working out. I wanted to change my life style, with that in mind I booked in for 5 days a week over 4 weeks with the trainer. I am now almost at my 37th birthday and am healthier and in better shape than I was when I was in my 20s. I still train 5 days a week and over the years I have continued learn ways to have fun whilst working out.

My advice to anyone making a change is don’t toe dip! Dive in!

The best investment you can make is you!

Nick

News from the Back Office

DBS Online Update Service

 

A DBS certificate may show your criminal record history, but as soon as it is printed it has the potential to be out of date. It is for this reason that some companies require a fresh DBS check to be carried out upon employment (regardless of whether you already have one) and then periodically throughout your employment.

 

As a way to get around this, you can apply to join the DBS online update service when you next apply for a DBS check. This adds your DBS information to an online system that employers can check to see if anything has changed on your certificate. At £13 for a year it can work out much cheaper than applying for a new DBS every time, with the added benefit of less paperwork.

For more information on the update service and how it works, please send an e-mail query through to  Helpdesk@ktgsocialcare.co.uk 

                                                                                  

Michael 

 Trivia Quiz Solution

1. Who played Neo in The MatrixKeanu Reeves.

2. Which garden is considered to be among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

3. In 2011, which country hosted a Formula 1 race for the first time? India

4. How many valves does a trumpet have? Three.

5. In "Thunderbirds", what was Lady Penelope's chauffeur called? Parker.

6. What is sushi traditionally wrapped in? Edible seaweed.

7. Who was the legendary Benedictine monk who invented champagne? Dom Perignon

8. What is the capital city of Spain? Madrid

9. Name the world's largest ocean. Pacific

Jacky
 

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