The ICCM Office Team have been keeping active by taking part in various fundraising activities;
A few of us at ICCM took part in the 2.6 challenge, where we raised £62.00 in aid of Save the Children by completing any challenge (active of course) as long as it has the number 26 in it!
Arron & his family took part in a 2.6 mile walk, Josie attempted a 6.2 mile (but went a little over) and Caroline took part in 26 different activities 26 times – Check the original post on our Facebook.
Those of us with dancing feet, took part in TikTok’s #TheWeekendChallenge – Check out the full video here.
Mental Health Awareness Week
At the end of May, it was Mental Health Awareness Week with the topic being ‘Kindness’. For many of us, kindness can be interpreted in various different ways. From a simple text to say hello to a friend, family member or colleague, the local community offering help to receiving a package full of goodies! There have been plenty of acts of kindness between the ICCM family over the course of the past few months; Local schools donated handmade PPE to ensure our Carers didn’t go without! See the full post on our Social Media here.
The Senior Management Team contacted various national and local companies, organising for all members of staff at ICCM to receive a box of goodies – Delivered by our Logistical Manager, Dexter!
Another of our PA’s collected, Julie, decorated and filled a whopping 25 shoeboxes for her local theatre’s Rainbow Shoebox Appeal. All donated by ICCM PAs and Rapids and ICCM clients and PA’s children providing artwork. They were distributed to vulnerable children who have been affected by COVID-19.
Chinese Year of the Rat
Did you know 2020 is the Chinese year of the Rat? 🐭 One of our amazing clients and her care team have shared us how she has celebrated the occasion!”Meet Lizzie. A smiley, sparkly eyed, splendidly ‘sensory being’. Lizzie is 24 and lives in her own beautifully adapted bungalow. Lizzie has PMLD-(profound multiple learning disability), Epilepsy, is non-verbal and with the support of her fabulous family and ICCM care team, lives a truly person-centred life which is ramjamfull of meaning. We have recently been introducing some themes to help us to focus on slowing down the pace at times and to celebrate and explore the sensory world (in which we all reside) with Lizzie. In the Chinese Lunar calendar, 2020 is the year of the rat and so too was the year in which our lovely Lizzie was born.
Earlier in the year, we marked the occasion in a variety of creative and meaningful ways; baking some delicious, traditional pineapple cookies, smelling the aromas of incense, feeling the sensation of vibrating toy rats, watching dragon and lion dances in person at a local art gallery, listening to Chinese music, enjoying indoor fireworks, sharing fortune cookies and lucky coins with our friends. We sampled some tasty Chinese food, decorated the home with
lanterns, watched a Peppa Pig episode about Chinese New Year and even met some (surprisingly amiable if not a little stinky!) rats at the pet shop. Here are a few photographs encapsulating the fun Lizzie – and we – had. On behalf of Lizzie, her family and her PAs, ‘Kung Hei Fat Choy!’ Xx”
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
We know that it can get very confusing deciphering the facts from fiction when there are so many things in circulation about COVID-19 – Just remember to follow government advice and if unsure, check out their website.
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus is a type of virus – COVID-19 is a new strain, which means that no-one has caught it before and our bodies are yet to become immune from it. COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.
Why is COVID-19 dangerous?
This strand of Coronavirus is particularly dangerous as the virus affects the cells in our lungs and can stop the cells from doing their jobs, which is helping us to breathe.
Who can catch it?
Everyone is at risk of getting COVID-19. Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more severe illness.
How is it spread?
You can become infected by coming into close contact (about 6 feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has COVID-19. COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person. You can become infected from respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. You may also be able to get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
How can you protect yourself?
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others. Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth in public settings. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 70% alcohol.
We’ve received lots of amazing drawings, paintings and artistic creations, a few even won prizes in our
internal competitions! Each and every drawing certainly brought a ray of sunshine to our days, thanks for
sending them in.
Clap For Carers
Each week we have all been clapping from our gardens, balconies and windows for each and every one of the members of the ICCM Family, all Keyworkers and the NHS – Here are just a few photos from the final Clap for Carers on 28th May. Just because the Thursday clap for carers has come to an end, we are still applauding you all every day-thank you ☺
A Few Words from the Senior Management Team
We would like to take this opportunity to, again, say a heartfelt grateful thank you to each and every one of you.
Over the past few months we have faced many challenges, some more difficult than others. We have been working in partnership with CQC, CCG`s, commissioners and case managers to ensure we meet current legislation and guidelines, but most importantly in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our clients and staff.
Every single one of us has played a vital part in maintaining a quality service delivery during these unprecedented times. We are very proud that we have maintained our high standard of quality care provision. All staff will have now received their “care box”, and we would like to thank Amazon, Waitrose and PZ Cussons for their assistance and donations. It has been lovely that other industries have recognised the hard work and dedication of our staff in the social care sector. In addition, our thanks go out to local schools and manufacturers that assisted in devising and constructing face shields and “ear savers”. During a time of uncertainty, we really have pulled together as a community, thank you, let’s hope this continues.
Stay safe and well.
Arron, Caroline and Sally.