Just when we thought the heatwave was over, last week saw the return of sweltering temperatures once again. Though not as severe as the record-breaking highs of 40C in July, the extremes of the recent hot weather in August posed a possible health risk for older people in care homes.
At Agincare, the safeguarding of the people we care for is and always will be our main priority. In order to make residents feel cool and comfortable our brilliant care home teams installed fans wherever they could, ensured shady areas were always available, and most importantly, provided a selection of cold drinks throughout the day.
Agincare Homes Chief Operating Officer, Tim Buckley, spoke highly of the efforts from the care teams:
I’m very proud of the efforts made by our hard-working care teams during the recent spate of hot weather. It’s particularly heart-warming to see the creative efforts they put in place to keep residents cool and hydrated but still able to participate with activities, have fun and welcome visitors.
Activities at Agincare
Particular praise must go to the team at Fulford, a residential care and nursing home in the picturesque seaside town of Littlehampton, West Sussex, for their inspired impromptu water fight held outside on the patio!
Activities are very much at the heart of Fulford – each and every week brings a different experience, from exercise classes, arts and crafts, bingo, hairdressing and cooking (and eating!).
The fun continued at Queensferry Court, our care and nursing home in Allerton, Derby, where residents found a novel way of keeping cool by way of a visit from the local ice cream van. Old favourites like 99s, cornets and tubs were enjoyed by all. Similarly, fellow Queensferry resident Maisie was joined by her family for an afternoon of ice lollies in the garden.
Further down south at Hayling Island, Hampshire, residents at Gorseway Park care and nursing home toasted glasses of ice-cold rosé to their good health in the cool comfort of the dining room.