Carer Story: Yvette’s Journey and Growth with The Good Care Group

When joining The Good Care Group we invest in your growth and development through training, supervision and coaching giving you the chance to meet your full potential in your career.  Yvette, one of our rapid response carers, opens up about her journey at The Good Care Group Yvette, shares a realistic insight into her work as a professional live-in carer, her experience of training in London and the different opportunities during her placement. “I joined The Good Care Group in 2019 after the interview process. I was nervous about it but was made to feel comfortable and I just chatted about my experience of being a carer in different settings. “The training was excellent and prepared me for a new ...

Carer story – Christmas baking with my client

“For me care isn’t just a job. I have worked in hospitals and in the community, but there was never any time that I could really get to know my clients. I decided to become a live-in Professional Carer after I found myself wanting more 1-1 time with the person I was supporting. Caring for someone is knowing the little things, like how they like their cup of tea, or knowing what they like to get up to on a rainy day. It’s about getting to build that relationship with them and making them feel like family.” Our Professional Carer Lauren has worked in care for over 9 years. She’s developed a strong bond with her client A and is ...

Lina’s progression in care: “This job changed my life”

Working as a live-in carer can not only be rewarding, but it provides some exciting career development opportunities too. At The Good Care Group, we want to help our Carers pursue their career goals, whether that is developing their care knowledge with our specialist training courses, or supporting Carers to move into other roles within the business.   Our Care Manager Lina started her career at TGCG in 2018 as a Professional live-in Carer. “It is very rewarding to improve people’s quality of life and see them smiling. I have made strong and lasting relationships with my clients, their families and my colleagues.” Originally from Thessaloniki, Greece, Lina has had a long and varied professional career. She trained as a nurse, ...

Arranging care after a hospital stay

Arranging a loved ones hospital discharge can be a daunting task and requires you to work with a number of health and care professionals, to ensure they receive the ongoing support they require for recovery. Also, now more than ever with the current COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals are under great strain to discharge patients who can continue their recovery at home and make beds available for those needing care.   However, after the sobering effect COVID-19 has had within the care home industry, many doctors are cautious about discharging their patients into this setting. Also, with the current lockdown restrictions and new virus strain, some care homes are making the decision to close their doors to new hospital discharge clients. So ...

The benefits of returning home from a care home

  Live-in care is the safer option The recent pandemic has highlighted the potential risk that care home settings pose to elderly residents.  At The Good Care Group we are always looking for opportunities to improve our clients quality of life and even more so during these unprecedented times. A recent survey by the Live-In Care Hub found that 29.3% of care home residents deaths were related to COVID-19  compared to live-in care where only 0.17% of deaths were attributed to COVID-19 or a related illness. Here at The Good Care Group we are proud to say we have had a 0% rate of infection, transmission or death within our client and carer community as a result of the strict ...

Our live-in carers are equipped to spot infection early

How we are enabling effective prevention and detection of infections within our live-in care service. Image 1 illustrates the different trajectory for a client with a UTI pre and post implementation of urinalysis kits The first key learning from the project was that urine samples obtained from catheter bags cannot be reliably tested for indicators of a UTI using the dipstick method. For The Good Care Group this meant emphasising these clients as high risk in training material in order that carers observe more closely for signs and symptoms unique to clients with indwelling catheters. The second key learning was that carers needed to be encouraged to pass on the results of a urinalysis test, irrespective of the results. It ...

Living well with MS: An introduction

Find out how staying active, eating healthily and setting up an adaptable care package can help people with MS maximise their overall quality of life. With the right support in place, living well with multiple sclerosis is an entirely achievable goal. Find out how staying active, eating healthily and setting up an adaptable care package can help people with MS maximise their overall quality of life. Staying active Regular exercise is a crucial part of living well with MS. As the condition develops, you might experience tremors and difficulty moving. Your physiotherapist is likely to recommend an exercise programme to help you stay as active as possible. These are the benefits of regular exercise: Enhance overall health Maximise mobility Decrease ...

How to tell people about a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

By speaking to your family, friends and employer about your Alzheimer’s diagnosis, you can prepare for the future Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is a difficult time for anyone. This condition – the most common form of dementia – will change your life over time. But, by speaking to your family, friends and employer about your diagnosis, you can prepare for the future, find additional support and clearly explain your care preferences before the condition develops further. Thinking about the conversation First of all, it’s important to let go of any notion of blame or responsibility. Alzheimer’s isn’t your fault, and you’re about to start taking positive steps that will enhance your life. It’s natural to feel discomfort about ...

Preventing and Treating Urinary Tract Infections – avoiding admissions

Each month The Good Care Group reviews and analyses our client activity in order to understand the greatest risks facing our clients, and to develop strategies for management of these risks. Each month The Good Care Group reviews and analyses our client incident activity in order to understand the greatest risks facing our clients, and to develop strategies for management of these risks. We have recently focused on the proactive management of urine infections with the aim of speeding up the diagnosis process. We know that urinary tract infections (UTI) are one of the leading causes of hospital admission for our clients. Anything we can do to either avoid a UTI developing, or to identify and treat it sooner, will ...

Managing medication: a quick guide

Managing medication can become difficult as people get older. If left unchecked, this can lead to a decline in a person’s overall health and sense of wellbeing Managing medication can become difficult as people get older. If left unchecked, this can lead to a decline in a person’s overall health and sense of wellbeing. Whether your loved one forgets to take their medication, takes too much or too little, or takes their medication at irregular intervals, the result is often a significant decrease in the effectiveness of the treatment. With the right support in place, your loved one’s medical treatment can be optimised, and the secondary risks associated with poor medication management can be reduced significantly. Why do older people ...

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