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Rheumatoid Arthritis Week

Author Amber Gibson Date 18th Jun 18

Rheumatoid Arthritis Week

Monday 18th – Sunday 24th June 2018

This week is Rheumatoid Arthritis week and although this disease can affect men and women of all ages, its effects are mostly commonly experienced by the elderly. At Southcare, we’d like to do our bit to raise awareness about this painful disease, as we see first-hand the effects it has on some of our residents and do all we can to ease those affects. This article is to hopefully help others better understand joint disease and find ways of living with it.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

There are many different types of arthritis - hundreds in fact. Rheumatoid Arthritis causes the body’s immune system to attack joints rather than bacteria and other diseases. It is unclear what exactly causes this and, sadly, there is no cure, but it can be managed if diagnosed early on.

It is most often found in our extremities, that is, hands, wrists, feet and ankles, and, if left unchecked, can lead to pain and stiffness in the joints and decreased mobility in the affected area. The pain levels vary and can even flare up at times. Heat and ice packs are recommended as ways to relieve pain in this case.

Who’s affected?

It seems women have drawn the short straw in this case, with females being three times as more likely to get this disease over males. It is not considered hereditary but your chances of getting it are increased if a family member has this. Smokers also have an increased chance of getting rheumatoid arthritis.

How to treat it

There are various ways to treat rheumatoid arthritis. One way is physiotherapy, which helps increase mobility. Your local GP can also offer medication that can help manage pain levels and reduce joint damage. At Southcare Homes, we have a robust monitoring system which involves regular checks from the GP as well as our carers to ensure any aches or pains experienced by our residents are treated quickly and get the best of care.

Sources

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/CG79

https://www.arthritis.org

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis

AUTUMN By Jane Flower Lime Tree House Resident

Author Amber Gibson Date 5th Mar 18

AUTUMN

 

The day are getting shorter

No two days the same

Days of borrowed  sunshine

Days of wind and rain.

 

We wander to the garden

A place of peace and trees

We bask in Autumn sunshine

Meet our friends

And take our ease.

 

A rattling sound disturbs us

There’s much expectancy

It is the welcome trolly

With our coffee and our tea.

 

Old age isn’t easy, we must enjoy our life

We know that we are lucky

Many folks are not.

Some of us have great pain

Some cannot walk, some cannot see

Those who can remember

Live on happy memories.

 

What joy our children brought us

Pantomines and Christmas, Summer by the sea

Long walks in lovely country, In town so much to see.

We’re proud of their achievements

And what a joy to see, how we’re old and need help

They care for you and me.

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January News

Author Amber Gibson Date 5th Feb 18

News from Southcare Homes Group 

Southcare Homes Group has partnered with Oomph! to provided the new Out & About service, which aims to support people in maintaining access to the places and passions that matter most to them. This exciting service will enhance our activities programme, so that our residents have the opportunity to try new things, as well as become reconnected to old hobbies and interests.

There will be a diverse range of day trips offered, some taking place in premium locations such as museums, music and sport events, botanic gardens and art galleries, as well as outings to markets, pubs and farms.


Not only will this service provide meaningful outings for those in our care, but it will also enable us to make stronger bonds with the local community – from the venues that we partner with and beyond.

We’re really excited to start offering these trips for our residents, and hope that you are too! If you’d like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or telephone or speak to the one of the activities team in the home to find out about upcoming trips –  would love you to welcome you aboard for one of our excursions!