Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Wellbeing at Hatherleigh Nursing Home

Promoting wellbeing and happiness in our home has always been at the heart of Hatherleigh. This Mental Health Awareness Week we are highlighting the importance of focusing on the wellbeing of not only those who live in the home, but also of our teams who devote themselves to our family members.

Often at Hatherleigh Nursing Home, our team put their feelings aside if it means they can best support our family members on their later life and dementia journeys to feel safe, happy, and loved. Whilst we are proud of the care that all of our “one team” provides for those in their care, it is equally as important that they themselves are being taken care of. Whether that is talking to a fellow team member or mentor within the home or our Wellbeing Team, everyone at the home has someone or somewhere they can turn to when in need.

The Wellbeing Team

As well as the support and mentorship offered within the home, Hatherleigh Nursing home also offer support by our remotely based Wellbeing Team. For them, there is never a burden too heavy to share, and they are always at the end of the line, whatever the day or time, to listen and to care. They offer both support on best practice and emotional wellbeing for all team members. You are only ever a call or a message away.

Going Live

Although we are still unable to meet for face to face connections at our monthly group training sessions, the leadership team have been hosting online sessions to avoid anyone feeling disconnected or unsupported. Every Friday at 9pm, they have been going Facebook Live with all our teams joining for interactive sessions. There has been reassuring, educating, supporting, laughing, and connecting with one another. Any questions or uncertainties have been addressed with openness and honesty, leaving no-one in any doubt. Allowing us as individuals to feel whole and together as a team once more.

The Wellbeing Guide

Hatherleigh Nursing Home pride ourselves on being an employer that is concerned about your life away from the entrance to our home. Being a member of the Hatherleigh family means we offer you support to you in any area of your life you wish to share with us. Teams are strongly encouraged to dedicate time to supporting themselves and focus on prevention of ill being. A guide to wellbeing has been provided to team members prescribing advice, tips, support, and challenges that promote wellbeing and enable good mental health.

Self-Kindness

It is important to remember that we are all going through this journey together and that we need to spend some time tending and caring for ourselves. Giving ourselves the love, we deserve! The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness, so be kind to yourself and reward your life with feelings of hope, positivity, fulfilment, and joy. It really is your worth.

These are just a few ways in which we support our team’s wellbeing and mental health, if you’d like to find out more about what we can offer at Hatherleigh Nursing Home, email: joinus@hatherleighnursinghome.com or fill out our online form here and we’ll be in touch with you shortly!

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: An Anxious Perspective

I’m not good enough. Why did I do that? I’m wasting your time. What I’ve done is rubbish. I’ve done it wrong. They don’t believe me. Why did I say that? They don’t want me here. What is wrong with me?

Many of us live with a mental health problem.

I live with anxiety. Often my thoughts get stuck on loop and I struggle to break a continuous feeling that I am inadequate in both who I am and what I do. Even as I write this, I do so wondering whether this will be worth the time I’m spending on it.

I’m fortunate in that I work for an employer who recognises the importance of acknowledging that I can suffer from poor mental health and encourages me to be open about it. I am told that the strength of a group relies on the strength of the individuals within. By understanding each other we can work together more effectively to support those who live at our homes.

That encompasses all professional relationships within the home – carer to carer, carer to manager, manager to catering staff. After all, how can we expect to take of others if we cannot look after ourselves. By coming together, we can achieve and sustain the outstanding standards we set ourselves in providing care.

When I started with the Evolve Care Group, I was encouraged to be open and embrace my identity. I must admit that this made me feel somewhat uncomfortable. I didn’t want to present my baggage or air my dirty laundry in full view for all to see. But, by embracing the openness and honesty bred throughout the company I now enjoy a two-way relationship that benefits both I and my employer. This ‘culture of comfortability’ created in my place of work allows for others to recognise when I am struggling and give me either the space or reassurance I need for me to operate to the best of my abilities.

Written by Josh, a team member at Evolve Care Group

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