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Diabetes Awareness Week – Client Stories

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It’s Diabetes Awareness Week, and as a leading community care provider, many of the people we support are living with diabetes.

As well as support those living with the condition, we aim to raise awareness of it too.

But first, what is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that causes blood sugar levels to become too high, and there are two main types of diabetes; type 1 and type 2.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common variety, with more than 90% of adults living with diabetes, having type 2.

What is type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition where the body’s immune system simply destroys the cells that produce insulin.

What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a condition whereby the body does not produce enough insulin, or where the body’s cells do not react to insulin properly.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

There are a variety of symptoms that people may experience across both types of diabetes. Symptoms can include:

  • Increased thirst and hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow healing wounds
  • Recurring infections
  • A numb and tingling sensation in hands and feet
  • Areas of darkened skin, usually under the arms or on the neck

It’s important to seek the help, support and advice of a professional such as GP if you or a loved one are experiencing any of the symptoms.

How to reduce the risk of diabetes?

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of diabetes, or believe you are at risk of living with the condition, then you can request a HbA1c blood test.

You may be in the ‘prediabetes’ stage, or may simply be at risk due to other factors, however there are a number of things you can do to reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes.

The following will help reduce the risk of diabetes:

  • Get active – aim for 10,000 steps per day and at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise
  • Reduce your intake of foods high in fat sugar
  • Eat more fruit, vegetables and protein, as well as nuts and seeds
  • Avoid and reduce sugary drinks and alcohol

 

At Radis, we support many people living with diabetes in many ways, including Stan and Stephen.

Stan’s story:

Stan has been supported by Radis for three years and is insulin dependent due to living with type 1 diabetes.

In the early days of Stan’s diabetes diagnosis, it was difficult to keep under control and his ketone levels were up and down, and was having regular episodes of hypoglycemia – more commonly referred to as a ‘hypo’.

Through focus and determination from Stan, combined with the care provided by a Radis live-in carer and the complex care team, we managed to get his diabetes under control, allowing Stan to continue living in the comfort of his own home.

Cared for by our live-in services team, along with additional support from our complex team, we manage Stan’s ketone levels on a daily basis, working alongside the district nurses to ensure he receives the very best care to suit his needs.

As well as providing medical support and care, we manage Stan’s food and fluid intake to ensure that he has a balanced and nutritious diet.

 

Stephen’s story:

Stephen lives with type 2 diabetes and has been cared for by Radis for many years now, and is currently supported by our live-in care services.

The live-in carer has successfully worked with Stephen to manage his diabetes through diet and medication.

Enabling Stephen to access the community safely alongside preparing quality, balanced home cooked meals, his live-in carer ensures that Stephen can live a fulfilled and independent lifestyle.

Our care and support workers help those living with diabetes every day, providing services including live-in care, visiting care, supported living and complex care.

Aiding people with daily tasks, our care workers can help with the following:

  • Medication
  • Providing nutritious meals
  • Household tasks
  • Socialisation and company

 

If you or a loved one are living with diabetes and require support or care, contact our team today by emailing enquiries@radis.co.uk, or visit: https://www.radis.co.uk/our-services/.

How to support a loved one with diabetes

By | BLOG

There are approximately 4.4 million people living with diabetes in the UK, with an additional estimated 1.2 million people living with undiagnosed diabetes.

This Diabetes Awareness Week, leading community care provider Radis Community Care is sharing exactly how to support a loved one living with the condition.

Providing visiting, live-in and complex care services to people living with diabetes across England and Wales, Radis is keen to raise awareness of the condition, aiming to help reduce the number of people living with diabetes undiagnosed.

  1. Be in the know

First things first. To get the correct and appropriate support, you must know and understand diabetes – which means understanding the symptoms and getting that all important diagnosis.

Symptoms of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can include:

  • Increased thirst and hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow healing wounds
  • Recurring infections
  • A numb and tingling sensation in hands and feet
  • Areas of darkened skin, usually under the arms or on the neck

If you or a loved are experiencing any of these symptoms, or are at greater risk of developing diabetes, then visit your GP to have the diagnosis confirmed.

  1. Management

It’s important that diabetes is managed correctly, and the way in which this is managed will differ depending on whether a person has type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

From oral medication and insulin that is administered via injections to regular, gentle exercise and having a balanced and nutritious diet, these are the main ways diabetes is managed.

For most people, they are able to live an independent life with little to no changes to their day-to-day once the condition is under control. However, for many people, diabetes could be one of multiple health problems, meaning that it may get forgotten about or they may not be able to manage the condition themselves.

If a person requires long-term care, then the care workers will work closely with each person to ensure that they are managing each and every health condition they live with. From providing round-the-clock care to fly-in visits to check and administer medication, a care team will ensure you are well looked after with a service tailored entirely to each individual.

  1. Ask for support

In some cases, diabetes can be complex, particularly when it is paired with other health issues and it can be quite overwhelming for friends and family to manage.

There are many care providers, support lines and charities that are available to offer support, advice or even offer short-term care so that friends, family and loved ones are able to take time away to care for themselves, too.

You can also ask health care professionals for help if you would like support administering insulin injections.

  1. Food

Food is the key to keeping diabetes under control, but some people may not be in a position to cook healthy, balanced meals themselves. So, if your friend or loved one lives with diabetes, then consider plating up an extra portion of food for them to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need.

Another way to support somebody, is to offer to help with their shopping and ensure they are buying foods that aren’t overly processed and items that are lower in sugar, salt, fat and saturated fat.

  1. Look out

There are a few other symptoms to look out for, that are signs that the condition is worsening or a person is about to go into a ‘hypo’ (hypoglycemia).

People with diabetes should check their feet on a regular basis – ask their healthcare provider how to do a thorough foot check and what you should be looking out for.

It’s also vital to be aware of how to spot and then treat a hypo (a bout of low blood sugar). The GP or the community care team can help provide you with all of the information you need in the event a friend or loved one suffers a hypo.

Diabetes is a long-term health condition, therefore it is important it is treated properly and that people understand the signs, symptoms and risks.

For more information or if you’d like to discuss the services available at Radis, please visit: www.radis.co.uk or email enquiries@radis.co.uk.

How to keep your beloved pet when you need care

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For many people, there’s much more to consider when it comes to arranging care and deciding which type of care is best.

Whilst personal, medical and physical needs are top priority, many people may find themselves worrying over what will happen to their beloved family pets should they need support or care at home.

Unfortunately, some care settings such as nursing homes and residential care homes don’t allow residents to keep their pets. However, leading community care provider Radis Community Care offers various services so individuals who receive care don’t need to give up their pets.

As well as the difficult decision of sourcing care for themselves, people shouldn’t have the added stress of arranging care for their pets too, or having to rehome them altogether – this is the reality for many, but it doesn’t have to be.

Radis Community Care offers visiting care services, live-in care services, extra care services and supported living services, and the majority of the services across England and Wales will enable clients and their pets to stay together.

Ellen Phillips, Service Manager at Radis Community Care says, “We understand the importance of clients being able to keep their pets. For some, they may not have any friends or family nearby and pets can help to combat loneliness, provide comfort and be somewhat of a lifeline.

“We do what we can to keep pets and their owners together as long as the proper process and procedures are followed.

“Our clients are delighted that they don’t have to find alternative care for their pets and to have support feeding, walking and caring for their pets when needed.”

One client in particular, is a recipient of Radis’ live-in care services due to age-related mobility issues, and remains at her home with her beloved dog, Kes.

Janet Parker said, “My dear friend Kes is my shadow and my fifth leg. I can’t see myself anywhere else but at home with him, supported by my live-in carer to keep our independence and our normal life. I’m so pleased that I have a live in carer enabling me to stay at home with Kes.”

Whether a client receives live in care, visiting care or lives in an extra care service, the Radis team are on hand to offer extra services, such as dog walking and pet sitting.

As well as acting as a companion and a huge source of comfort, some pets follow a commissioned care plan to help with support the emotional and physical needs of a client.

For further information on Radis Community Care and the services it provides, or if you want to enquire about keeping your pet whilst receiving long-term care, please call 0330 100 8150 or email enquiries@radis.co.uk.

Why you should consider a career in care this National Careers Week

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Being a care worker is not only one of the most rewarding and fulfilling roles in the care sector, but the ability to progress makes it an excellent career choice.

In this piece, we speak to a number of health and social care professionals at leading community care provider Radis Community Care, about their passion for the industry and why they find their jobs so rewarding.

As a business, Radis is keen to inspire and encourage the next generation of carers and staff for the health and social care sector and often take on apprentices as well as students for work experience.

Oliver Baird, a health and social care student who is currently taking part in work experience at Radis Community Care’s Moreton Court Extra Care Housing Service said:

“I’ve always wanted to help people in any way I can, and I hope to join the army as a combat medic but would later like to focus on a career in adult care.

“It takes a lot of empathy and resilience to help people and work in a role such as a carer, however I believe it to be incredibly rewarding by being able to improve a person’s quality of life through the care provided.”

Radis also has a number of long-serving employees that have not only worked their way up within the business, but have been given the opportunity to explore other roles and areas, too.

Sam Fox, Referrals and Assessment Officer at Radis Community Care has been working in the care industry for 13 years.

After caring her Grandad who had a brain tumour alongside her family, Sam quickly realised she wanted a job where she was able to give something back to those who needed it and has spent many years progressing within the industry, where she began as a care worker.

She said, “I began working for Radis in 2011 as a care worker within an extra care service before being approached to become a team leader on a number of occasions. However, I enjoyed my role as a care worker and after taking a short break from the sector, I returned to Radis in 2017 as part of the recruitment team, and then business support.”

Sam is a great example of the health and social care sector being one for ambition and progression, working her way through both a business and an industry by taking on a number of roles.

Sam is now Referrals and Assessment Officer for Radis’ Supported Living Services.

Speaking of her growth throughout the business, Sam said, “I believe the skills I gained from each role, working with all employees and across various departments as well as furthering my knowledge on Radis, our services and the wider industry has enabled me to progress to where I am now.”

Below, David Evans, Head of Talent Acquisition for the leading community care provider, shares three key reasons people should explore a career in care this National Careers Week.

  1. Opportunity:

National Careers Week is the perfect time for people to explore career options, enabling them to discover the many opportunities available to them.

The health and social care sector is a great industry for people to join if they want a rewarding yet progressive career. At Radis, we encourage and support all of our employees and carers to grow and to continue developing in order to progress professionally through the business and the industry.

Whilst the number of carers in the industry remains above pre-pandemic level, there continues to be a demand for caring staff, and National Careers Week is a great way to increase recruitment to ensure there are enough carers across the country, supporting those who really need it.

  1. Raise awareness:

Careers within the social care sector often go unnoticed, but the sector can offer a variety of opportunities in many different areas.

National Careers Week is a great way for businesses within the industry to raise awareness and spread the message of just how much a carer can change a person’s life and their ability to live it to its fullest.

And days and events such as this will also put people’s minds at ease if they themselves or a loved one may be seeking the help and support of a carer.

  1. Connection

Whether you’re a carer, or a person that receives care, National Careers Week is an ideal way for communities to connect and encourage further conversations.

He said, “Whilst many people consider a care worker to be the only role within the sector, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

“From recruitment, business support, finance, activities coordinators and so much more, the opportunities available within the health and social care industry are endless and there is something for everyone.”

You Can Care Week 2024

By | BLOG

#YouCanCare is one of the biggest weeks in the health and social care calendar, and as a national awareness day, it is a key date to educate the nation on all things care.

At Radis Community Care, we do our best to support, encourage and educate carers across England and Wales all year round, but we like to highlight this annual event to raise even more awareness of the industry.

What is You Can Care Week?

The week-long campaign shines a spotlight on the crucial roles within the health and social care sector, and the truly positive impact that carers have on not just the individuals they care for, but friends, families and local communities, too.

This year, #YouCanCare takes place from 12th February to 18th February, and has proven to be a huge success since the campaign first launched in 2018.

Now, in its seventh year, #YouCanCare continues to promote recruitment, encourage career changes and remind people of the appreciation we should have for carers.

It also promotes the versatility of caring as a career – anybody can become a carer, there really are no limitations.

The values needed to work in care

At Radis, you don’t need to have years of experience to become a carer. In fact, you don’t need any experience at all.

Instead, becoming a carer requires a particular set of values and skills. These include:

  • Being kind and compassionate
  • Being empathetic
  • Being flexible and reliable
  • Being patient and respectful
  • Having great social skills
  • Promoting independence
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Being a strong communicator

The benefits of working in care

It’s safe to say that not many jobs are as rewarding as being a carer. The level of job satisfaction is like no other, and no two days are ever the same. Every client is different, which means every day is different, too.

A simple visit to somebody in receipt of care can make their entire day. As a carer, you may be the only person they speak to, and they will really cherish and appreciate any care, support, conversation and interaction they receive.

Knowing that you have made a real difference to a person’s day, week and life in general means that you will be going home with a huge smile at the end of each day.

Not only that, but being a carer means you’re in a job that has the potential to be flexible, meaning you’re able to have a healthy work-life balance.

Radis takes on #YouCanCare Week 2024

At Radis, we take immense pride in the way that we care for our clients and residents, and for this year’s #YouCanCare Week, we’ve caught up with a few members of the Radis team about their journey within the social care sector.

Many of our carers come from a wide range of backgrounds. From police officers and carpenters to supermarket and factory workers, our roster of carers haven’t always been in the health and social care sector.

Our support worker Luke, has more than a decade’s experience as a carpenter – but swapping tools for caring, Luke uses the skills he has learnt over the years to deliver an excellent level of service to people he cares for. Communication, teamwork and attention to detail are just a few of the transferable skills Luke has learned along the way.

Luke encourages everybody who is considering it, to give a career in care a go. He said, “What I love most is connecting with everyone here. When I first started, I didn’t know how I’d get on as I’d never worked in care before, but I’m a people person and I have great job satisfaction. I have a connection with the people we support, and I’m proud to see how happy it makes them doing new things and learning new life skills”.

Before joining Radis as a care worker, Julie worked in a supermarket and uses her people skills to deliver quality care to her clients. She said, “I love making people’s day and making them feel like they’re number one”.

Carl worked in a factory making car parts prior to being a carer at Radis, and the communication and teamwork skills that he learned on the factory floor, enables him to provide first-class care to his clients. He said, “I’ve enjoyed every moment. It can be demanding at times, but I like seeing the smiles on the faces of the people I care for”, describing becoming a carer as the “best decision he’s ever made”.

 You don’t have to be a care worker to work in care

But, there are many more careers available within the social care sector than a care worker.

Kris Oughton has worked at Radis for several years now as Activities Co-Ordinator for our Dorothy Terry House Extra Care Service in Redditch.

Kris’ work within the business is crucial in keeping our residents and the people we care for engaged, socialised and importantly, keeping their brains as active as possible.

As part of his role, Kris organised and held events and activities at Dorothy Terry House, celebrating various seasons and occasions whilst creating fun-filled weekly activities programmes for the residents and people we care for.

From breakfast club, baking club, art club, cinema club, knit and natter club as well as a whole host of music themed games and interactive activities, Kris has made a huge impact on everybody involved. So much so that he has recently been promoted to National Activities Lead.

Proving that working within the health and social care sector can be ambitious and full of progression, Kris’s new role will enable him to support all Radis services with their activities, implementing an incredible programme to be used across our services in England and Wales.

Kris said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Radis and my colleagues for their continued support and help with the events and activities that I have hosted at Dorothy Terry House over the past three years.

“Although I am very excited and really enjoying my new role, I am very sad to leave all the amazing Residents and Staff at Dorothy Terry House. We have had so much fun over the past three years and have built really, strong relationships.

“To be supporting all of Radis’ services is an amazing opportunity, and I am also working on two very exciting projects which will be announced soon.”

Radis continues to support its carers and employees throughout You Can Care Week and beyond.

Time to Talk Day – The importance of talking to combat mental health and loneliness

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The importance of talking to combat mental health and loneliness

Time to Talk Day is the UK’s largest mental health conversation, ran by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, in partnership with Co-op.

Sometimes, a conversation is all it takes. And, this Time to Talk Day, as a leading care provider, the entire team at Radis Community Care continue to encourage the people we support to start a conversation so that they don’t suffer in silence.

In many cases, conversations about mental health can be hard but it doesn’t always have to be that way. We are firm believers in making things interactive and engaging so that conversations happen naturally, authentically and are a little less daunting for all involved.

For some of our residents, they may not have any friends or family members close by, therefore rely on the time and company of our carers.

Kris Oughton, our newly appointed National Activities Lead, explains the importance of connecting with those who need support.

“Talking is so important and there are more ways to start a conversation, than by simply starting a conversation.

“I’ve been an Activities Co-ordinator for a few years at Radis, and have noticed such a big difference in the way people communicate when they’re involved in activities.”

Kris’s new role consists of creating fun and engaging activity programmes for services across England and Wales.

From hosting knit and natter clubs, music and movement classes, quizzes, bingo and a breakfast club, we host our activities all year round – to ensure the conversation continues far beyond just one day.

Sometimes, it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference. So, here’s a checklist on how to check in with your loved ones and start a conversation about mental health.

  1. Check in with them

Ask how they’re doing – how they’re really doing. And if you feel the need, ask twice. Use open-ended questions to get more than a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’, and subtly encourage those conversations.

  1. Put the kettle on

It might sound cliché, and we know that it doesn’t actually fix anything, but sometimes all people want or need is a cup of a tea, a slice of cake and a bit of company. In this case, it’s about much more than a cup of tea, but what goes with it – the conversation that follows, being put at ease and having that bit of comfort.

  1. Read between the lines

Some people aren’t big talkers, so look out for some other signs that they may be struggling. Are they quieter than usual, do they seem withdrawn or distant? Look out for physical symptoms, too. This can include lack of appetite, insomnia and restlessness.

  1. Offer reassurance

Not everybody will want to talk – but in these instances, it is perhaps even more important to offer reassurance. Let them know you’re there for them, leave a leaflet for them to read through, and reassure them that they aren’t alone.

  1. Listen

When somebody opens up to you, or begins to start those important conversations about mental health and loneliness, ensure that you really listen. And importantly, take the time to react appropriately.

 

At Radis, we believe it is crucial for the people we support to feel relaxed, comfortable and at home with our carers. And by getting involved in our various activities, this allows people to switch off and this is when the conversations can really start.

Many of our clients utilise our services to combat loneliness, and often, when you think of a carer, you think of them taking care of a person’s physical health. But quite often, carers are a lifeline to those battling with mental health issues and loneliness, too.

Introducing the Radis Community Care Blog

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Welcome!

Welcome to the Radis Community Care blog.

Here, you can expect to be kept up to date with the latest industry news and will find a whole host of advice on caring for a loved one, as well as our very own business updates.

Our blog will provide you with everything you need to know about Radis Community Care, as well as all of our services and which one is best suited to you and your family.

We’d love for you to get involved and share our articles to help people who may be searching for support and encourage them to keep their independence without compromising their health and wellbeing.

At Radis Community Care, we strive to make positive differences to people’s lives by providing outstanding, quality care within the community.

Founded by brothers Deepesh and Samir Patel, Radis was established in 2001 and over the years, has grown to become an industry leading community care provider across England and Wales, employing over 2,500 staff and supporting over 3,000 individuals.

Who do we support?

At Radis, we support thousands of vulnerable adults and children with varying needs and at various levels.

Whether you or a loved one are in need of care or support, we’re here to help.

Here at Radis Community Care, whether you have a learning disability, physical illness, neurological condition, or simply require a little more support as you get older – we can provide as much, or as little care as you need and would like.

What services do we offer?

We understand that everybody’s needs are entirely different, which is why the support we offer is never the same.

At Radis, we provide a unique, bespoke and tailored service to each of our clients – ensuring that the care they receive is exactly what they need from fully trained carers.

Whether you need some short-term support whilst you recover from an illness or your family carer is on holiday, would like long-term care and support in the comfort of your own home, are moving into an Extra Care or Supported Living Service or require complex care, we can do it all and everything in between.

Our services include:

What makes us different?

We’re more than just carers. Caring is a way of life to our entire team and we strive to encourage our clients to remain independent to enhance their lives.

In some cases, clients may just want to live a life without loneliness or isolation – which is also where we come in.

Our support isn’t just physical and medicinal, but often emotional, too. Whatever you need, we’ll be there.

So, if you or a loved one need a little (or a lot) of help and support, then get in touch.

We’ll work together to create a bespoke care packaged tailored to your exact needs.

For more information on the services on offer at Radis Community Care or to enquire about how we can help you as a care provider, contact us today.

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