It’s the most wonderful time, of the year!

Hello everyone! And Hello, December!

Our November has been jammed packed, from new carers coming through the process, to events throughout the month. So, it’s easy to see where the month has gone! And one of these events was Affinity Homecare featuring in Real Life Options’ annual Conference, Leeds, and Scotland, for the first time!

The theme and inspiration for this year’s conference was Lasting Connections – and how that is shown day to day within Real Life Options and Independence at Home. Our Recruitment and Social Media Officer, Abbie – was able to attend Scotland’s conference and wanted to share this with all of you.

The conference started with an introduction from Ian Hardcastle, Real Life Options’ Chief Operating Officer – going through a run through of the day’s events. The day was then followed with presentations from the colleagues in Recruitment, HR, The Volunteering Team, and Business Development, Inclusion Team, Finance, and many more. Some of Real-Life Options’ Service Users also joined the crowd. Within those presentations, there was one from the Independence at Home Team. This included our very own Registered Manager, Melissa, along with our sister company’s Service Managers; Julie, Jane, and Dianne from 1stHomecare who all created a presentation about Love2Move and “The day in the life of a registered/service manager”

Melissa and Julie introduced everyone to the Love2Move programme and explained what it is and the benefits of using this within services and clients’ homes. This can benefit clients physical and mental wellbeing, just by doing a few simple exercises to a chosen song. In this instance, Julie and Melissa performed theirs to The Lambeth Walk. They showed us the moves, and with this, they involved the whole of the conference, creating a little competition to be the best table. Once this was performed and the best tables awarded, Jane and Dianne then took the stage to explain about “The day in the life of a registered/service manager”. They used hats to represent what they deal with day in, day out. Jane had received several phone calls by different people including a staff member, a disgruntled client, another staff member about payroll, Noel from Payroll and even Desiree, Head of Operations. The hats began piling and piling up, and before you knew it there were a lot of hats / issues that Jane had had to deal with, within a short amount of time.   Desiree presented the support and advise she gives to all managers daily – and reassured Jane that a problem shared is a problem halved, and support is always available to those who need it. This really gave people an insight on the things that happen within Independence at Home. Melissa and Julie showed to positive steps that can be taken within care with The Love2Move Programme, and all five ladies represented the backup Managers receive to ensure the best quality of Person-Centred Care. The day on a whole was a brilliant and informative experience, and it was good to get a peek in on everything that people do throughout Real-Life Options! – Looking forward to the next one!

As stated beforehand, we have had some new staff members join the team! This month we welcomed Jade, who is doing well – and received some brilliant feedback so far!

We also welcomed back Paul, who went onto new pastures for a while, but wanted to come back to Affinity (because he missed us!) Welcome back, Paul!

And as always, we announced our Novembers, CARERS OF THE MONTH!

Well done to all those who were voted! But well done to our three winners, Shannon, Julien, and Charlotte!

The next time we speak to you, it will be our December Blog! It is amazing to think how quickly the year has gone.

We hope you had a brilliant November, have a cracking December! And please remember the new Coronavirus Recommended Advice for a fun and safe Christmas!