An online ‘food lovers’ group, virtual yoga sessions and a video message from Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley are just some of the ways technology is helping boost morale among live-in care staff at Ashridge Home Care.
The Buckinghamshire-based care provider said motivation has been key to making sure carers feel valued for the job they are doing during lockdown and has increased its virtual communications with carers to include twice-weekly meetings via zoom.
These include an update on the latest government advice and motivational themes for the week, such as videos from local external experts who have given up their time and expertise.
For example, Ashridge teamed up with home economist Jane Brinkworth, who has launched the ‘Ashrilicious Food Lovers’ group online for live-in carers to learn new and easy recipes (pictured below) to cook nutritious meals. The group share photos of the food they have cooked and are encouraged to make mealtimes special.
On carer tried the Pizza Express dough recipe and made passata from scratch, while another recreated a favourite restaurant setting with their client.
Meanwhile, Zest Yoga, a Tring-based yoga business, shared a ten-minute yoga chair routine to enable carers to keep moving and help circulation.
And 80s singer Tony Hadley recorded and shared a morale boosting message with Ashridge Home Care to boost team spirit.
Ashridge carers are also supported through increased telephone calls and a closed Facebook group, where carers can post daily pictures to share ideas of activities to do with their clients.
Birthdays have been celebrated online, as well, and carers have been sharing challenges, ranging from making a walking frame bag using a tea towel to decorating a window with a rainbow.
Trudi Scrivener, managing director of Ashridge Home, said: “I am so proud of how the team have pulled together. It’s amazing how innovative everyone has been and the ideas just keep on coming. Our first priority has to be the care of our clients and that our carers are getting the right support to help them. But we are having lots of laughs and an enormous amount of kindness is being shown on a daily basis.”