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Published on Aug 2021

THE BEATING HEART OF CARE REPORT

In November 2019, The Care Worker’s Charity launched their new publication ‘The Beating Heart of Care: Supporting Care Workers Better’.  This report takes a detailed look at the main issues affecting care workers, which they say are the sector’s biggest asset.  It explores the deep-rooted challenges which care workers encounter daily.  It also identifies the positive and achievable steps that we can take to overcome many of these challenges.  The Care Workers Charity state that ‘this report is the beginning of a long journey.  Its findings will inform a new chapter of service delivery’.

 

THE 5 WAYS TO WELLBEING FRAMEWORK

Evidence suggests that there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing.  Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life:

  1. Connect with other people
  • Try and take time each day to be with family
  • Try switching off the TV to play a game or talk
  • Have a video lunch with a colleague
  • Make the most of technology communication
  • Volunteer
  1. Be physically active
  • Physical activity will raise the self esteem
  • Setting goals or challenges and achieving them
  • Physical activity will cause chemical changes in the brain which can help to positively lift your mood
  1. Learn new skills
  • This will boost your confidence
  • Help to build a sense of purpose
  • Help you connect with others
  1. Give to others
  • This creates positive feelings and a sense of reward
  • Giving you feelings of purpose and self worth
  • Helping you connect with other people
  1. Mindfulness - paying attention to the present
  • Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing.  This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you

 

THE CARE ACT (2014)

The Act’s concept of wellbeing is comprehensive and relates to the following areas in particular:

  • Personal dignity (including treating people with respect)
  • Physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Protection from abuse and neglect
  • Control by the individual over day-to-day life (including over care and support provided and the way in which it is provided)
  • Participation in work, education, training or recreation
  • Social and economic wellbeing
  • Domestic, family and personal
  • Suitability of living accommodation
  • The individual’s contribution to society

The main principles of the Care Act 2014 are:

  • Empowerment
  • Protection
  • Prevention
  • Proportionality
  • Partnership
  • Accountability

These principles safeguard the individual, allowing their wellbeing to be a priority in all aspects of planning, safeguarding, implementing care packages and ongoing evaluation.