News

27 2018 Jul

 

Surprise Nomination for Phil Eckersley, Managing Director of Bridgewater Home Care

 

Our very own Phil Eckersley, Managing Director of Bridgewater Home Care, received a surprise nomination at this year’s E3 Business Awards in July and we couldn’t be happier for him and the team.

 

Phil Eckersley, Owner and Managing Director of Bridgewater Home Car

Phil Eckersley, Owner and Managing Director of Bridgewater Home Care

 

Bridgewater Home Care were finalists in two categories, Employer of the Year and High Growth Business of the Year and unbeknownst to Phil, he was also listed amongst four candidates selected by the judging panel for the 2018 Special Achievement Award.

 

The Special Achievement Award is intended “to recognise an individual who has shown great strength of spirit and commitment in achieving business success.” Candidates are not nominated for this; they are specially selected by the judging panel after interviewing all nominees for the awards, Mr. Eckersley was shortlisted on the strength of his performance in the judges’ interviews and his caring and professional attitude to his business.

 

Phil set up Bridgewater Home Care in 2010, driven by his passion to provide the very highest quality of care to vulnerable adults in the community. We asked Phil how he felt about the surprise nomination and he said, “I am absolutely delighted to receive this 2018 Special Achievement award, but would like to dedicate this to my amazing team who always go above and beyond in everything that they do. A successful business is down to team work, staff satisfaction and a continuing drive to be the best in your chosen field”.

 

Speaking on behalf of 1 Events Media, the host and organiser of the awards, Managing Director Mubarak Chati said: “The E3 Awards have always been about more than just commercial success; they celebrate the impact that enterprise has on lives and communities across the North West. Mr. Eckersley is a fine example of that enterprising spirit and it’s right that his commitment should be recognised.

 

“Every year, the E3 Business Awards give us a new insight into the many talented and hard-working businesses that are thriving in the North West. Despite uncertain economic conditions, companies, social enterprises and individuals remain undaunted; they continue to grow, to create jobs and to improve people’s lives. Phil is a fine example of that enterprising spirit and the E3 Awards are all about providing the recognition that such people deserve.”

 

The whole team are delighted for Phil, and proud to be part of such a committed, forward thinking and caring business.

27 2018 Jun

Last week was Carers Week, a brilliant week that involved thousands of individuals and organisations who are coming together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.

 

As a business, we recognise how hard every member of our incredible team work to deliver top quality home care across The North West. Our senior management team took it upon themselves to go out and about surprising a few of our carers with some beautiful cupcakes, a lovely drink and a great big thank you for the excellent care they provide every day!

 

Carer of the month

 

We got to pop in on many of our carers whilst they were visiting their clients, and were lucky enough to see some lovely surprised faces. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to see first-hand the incredible difference that our carers make to their clients lives on a day to day basis. With their compassion and professionalism, our team members really do reflect our business ethos of going ‘above and beyond,’ for all our clients.

 

 

We value and take care of our staff here at Bridgewater Home Care. It’s no surprise that fairly paid, supported and well trained carers are happier performing their caring duties, and this is reflected in the care that they provide. We are proud to have a 98% employee satisfaction rating in an independent survey conducted by Smith + Henderson. We have also won awards for ‘Best Employer in Care,’ and ‘Employer of the Year’!

 Carers week treats

 

To enquire about becoming a part of our team call Tina on 01942 215888, Monday to Friday 9.00am – 3.30pm, for an informal chat to express your interest. You can also send an email to tina.heaton@bridgewaterhomecare.co.uk.

1 2018 May

Bridgewater Home Care shortlisted as finalists in this year’s E3 Awards – in two categories!

 

We are thrilled to announce that we have been shortlisted as finalists in not one, but two categories in the 2018 E3 Business Awards!

 

The E3 Business awards Employer of the Year category had a huge number of entries this year and is highly competitive. We believe our on-going training, support and flexible working patterns for our staff has ensured that we secured a place as finalists in this category. This level of support, plus competitive rates of pay means our team work hard, enjoy building relationships with their clients and have a high level of job satisfaction!

 

Did you know we were recently voted as having a 98% employee satisfaction rate in an independent survey by Smith + Henderson?

 

We are also finalists in the category of High Growth Business of the Year, which we are equally delighted about. For us to offer a first-class service to our clients we constantly focus on maintaining high standards and look for areas where we could improve. We’ve worked hard over the years to deliver excellent value for money, high quality care and a reputation based on trust for both private and funded clients.

 

Speaking on behalf of the company, Phil Eckersley MD, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be finalists in two categories at this year’s E3 Awards. Providing on-going training, support and flexible working patterns to our carers has been key to providing great home care. It has also been fundamental to the level of success that we’ve had.”

 

The E3 Business Awards 2018 is one of the most prestigious gatherings of North West companies in the business calendar, and will take place at Bolton’s Macron Stadium on Thursday 12th July 2018.
More information about the E3 Business Awards, including a full list of finalists, can be found at www.e3businessawards.co.uk.

 

Don’t forget to follow us on social media to find out how we get on!

 

Employer of the Year

High Growth Business of the Year

 

15 2018 Mar

Diabetes and Malnutrition

 

Why are so many seniors undernourished?

 

It is a sad fact that so many elderly people in Britain today are chronically underweight and undernourished. As we age we naturally become more frail and susceptible to illness we may also struggle to prepare a nutritious meal or take regular medication. As our life expectancy increases so does our vulnerability to illness, with type 2 diabetes becoming more and more prevalent.

 

Diabetes Awareness - Bridgewater Home Care

 

If a person is diagnosed with diabetes then it often requires a lifestyle change and a new routine, but if you are elderly this may be overwhelming difficult to achieve. Impaired physical functioning may make it almost impossible to make appropriate meals and snacks, test blood sugars and keep up to date with any medication. Sadly, this is leading to undernourishment and malnutrition amongst our elderly population.

 

What can we do to help?

 

If you have a loved one, or an elderly neighbour that seems to be struggling there are a few things you can to that will make a positive impact on their life.

 

• Encourage them to keep quick-acting carbohydrates nearby, as well as glucose tablets should their blood sugar level drop.
• Try setting them up with a medication dispenser.
• Set alarms to remind them to eat.
• Help get some easy to prepare nutritious meals that they can cook themselves.
• Take the time to visit and chat, elderly people living with diabetes have more instances of depression and can experience more isolation.
• Make sure they are wearing an identification bracelet that states they are diabetic.

 

Diabetes Awareness and fasting - Bridgewater Home Care

 

To raise awareness of malnutrition amongst the elderly, the team at Bridgewater Home Care have completed a five day fast to gain a deeper understanding of how it feels to be truly hungry, and to raise awareness and funds for Diabetes UK.

 

Director, Phil Eckersley, who has completed the full five day fast said, “the past five days have been a real challenge. The first two days were the most testing with strong hunger pangs but the body seemed to adjust. Over the five days I have lost over 5kg in weight, that’s 1kg each day. This really shows how important it is to ensure vulnerable people are well nourished and hydrated as the impact of this can be truly severe. I wanted to experience myself what it is like to be in a less fortunate position and I am glad to have completed the five day water only fast. I hope we can help raise awareness of the challenges faced by older people living with diabetes and older people generally who need greater care and attention to ensure they are well looked after. Bridgewater Home Care prides itself in ensuring that our Clients are well nourished, hydrated and cared for in a personalised, safe and supportive way.”

 

If you have a loved one who is struggling to cope with diabetes, isolation, malnutrition or would simply benefit from a little support, please get in touch with our home care team today on 01942 215 888.

 

28 2018 Jan

Dignity Action Day 2018

 

The 1st of February marks Dignity Action Day 2018, an opportunity for Health & Social Care workers, and members of the public to uphold people’s rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people who use care services. Dignity Action Day aims to ensure that people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given a choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.

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Our very own Gary Wells, Business Development Officer here at Bridgewater Home Care, has recently become the first Dignity Champion for the organisation. As a Dignity Champion, Gary recognises the importance of ‘The 10 Dignity Do’s’ and will ensure that these high standards of kindness and care continue to run across the board, in both Bridgewater Home Care, and within our Bridgewater Day Care Centre.

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‘The 10 Dignity Do’s’ describe the values and actions that high-quality services whom respect people’s dignity should be carrying out at all times, and they are listed here as follows.

 

1. Have a zero tolerance of all forms of abuse
2. Support people with the same respect you would want yourself or a member of your family
3. Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service
4. Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control
5. Listen and support people to express their needs and wants
6. Respect people’s right to privacy
7. Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution
8. Engage with family members and carers as care partners
9. Assist people to maintain confidence and positive self-esteem
10. Act to alleviate people’s loneliness and isolation

 

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Treating all our clients and their families with the dignity that they deserve is of the utmost importance to everyone at Bridgewater Care and we are delighted to be able to talk about this subject on Dignity Day to raise awareness of what is surely one of the most important subjects within the care industry today.

 

We hope that you have found this information useful. If you have any questions or are keen to know more about how we could help your loved ones to remain safely at home for as long as possible please do get in touch today on 01942 215 888 or email us at info@bridgewaterhomecare.co.uk

15 2017 Sep

The Importance of Good Lighting to those Living with a form of Dementia.

 

Many people are unaware of the importance of good lighting to a person living with a form of dementia. If we think carefully about this, it makes a lot of sense. Consider the significance of natural light…it doesn’t just help us to see clearly, it helps us to understand our environment, at the most basic level it helps us to tell the difference between night and day.

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Poor lighting can lead to a higher rate of trips and falls in old age, as our eyesight tends to decrease. Inappropriate lighting makes it hard to complete tasks in the home, harder to read the facial expressions of friends and loved ones, and hard to complete any activities such as puzzles or crafts. Uneven lighting can cause shadows to fall across the floor which can cause bewilderment and disorientation. Fortunately, this can be avoided by adding a few changes to the home, and being more aware of what may need to be adjusted in your loved one’s immediate environment.

 

How can we solve these problems to help your loved ones stay at home for as long possible?

 

  • Using brighter bulbs in light fittings, where safe, can help with navigation around the home. It is also a relatively quick and economical change to put in place.
  • Make use of as much daylight as you can, pulling curtains back and removing plants from window sills. Natural daylight helps to keep our circadian rhythms in check, playing a key role in influencing our sleep/wake cycles, temperature and plenty more.
  • Reducing glare from lights on television sets, tablets and other gadgets can be done by the addition of dimmer switches. Glare can be distracting and unsettling to a person living with a form of dementia.
  • Making sure that the bedroom is dark in the evening to ensure a good night’s sleep.
  • If possible, try to get your loved one outside in the mornings. Studies show that even a few minutes of cloudy daylight between spring and autumn can increase your vitamin D levels significantly, helping to strengthen bones and muscle performance.
  • The introduction of strip lights or L.E.D.’s around door frames and walkways can be more useful to older adults than a couple of dim plug in lights.

 

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We hope that you have found this information useful. If you have any questions or are keen to know more about how we could help your loved ones to remain safely at home for as long as possible please do get in touch today on 01942 215 888 or email us at info@bridgewaterhomecare.co.uk