Our services are keeping active during COVID-19

With the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, all our services have taken the necessary precautions to stay at home in order to keep themselves and others safe.

Many of our services are finding creative ways to keep themselves active and engaged during this tough time, and NCG thought it would be great to share some of these amazing stories with you!

Highlea Care: Messages for loved ones

Individuals we support at Highlea Care wrote messages to their loved ones for them to be posted out.

During this period, it is important that we are communicating with our circle of support and it is great to see that staff at Highlea Care are supporting individuals to do this.

Westward Care: On-Site Shop!

The Willows have come up with a great idea to support individuals in their service who are used to accessing the community to visit local shops to buy tangible food items and other meaningful items.

The concept of making a ‘shop’ on site has been implemented for individuals we support to visit during the day to ‘purchase’ the items they would usually buy when in the community.

This ‘shop’ will be stocked using petty cash and include:

  • Soft drinks – bottled and cans
  • Variety of snack chocolate bars
  • Crisps
  • Variety of small bagged sweets (Haribo etc.)
  • Magazines and TV guides
  • Biscuits/cookies etc.
  • Clearance DVDs and CDs from supermarkets
  • Sausage rolls
  • Coffee takeaway cups (simulate buying from Café)

The individuals would still exchange money for those items as they would in the community; with even the opportunity of some individuals running the shop by ensuring there is enough of the items and ensuring all money calculations are carried out.

For those who don’t routinely visit the shop; a daily visit to the shop would be positive to break up the day and provide positive interactions between staff and other individuals whilst creating a simulated social environment that they may not usually access.

Shelton Care: Creating activity work books

Staff at the Day Services, Shelton Care Group, helped the individuals we support to create activity work books for the individuals that are not able to attend the unit.

The activity books were then posted out to the individuals home address so that they are not missing out on any of the fun activities taking place,

Merry Den: Zumba and karaoke time!

Individuals we support at Merry Den Care didn’t let self isolation stop them from keeping fit!

From Zumba classes to taking part in karaoke – everyone had a great time indoors.

Shelton Care: Yoga sessions

Staff and the individuals we support at the Day Services took part in some yoga to keep themselves fit and active during this period.

Donna Walklet, Registered Manager, said: “We are finding activities that can be done indoors that will help the people we support physically but also something that they will enjoy.”