Welcoming Rockliffe Court to SJOG

We’re delighted to welcome the people of Rockliffe Court to the SJOG family.  Rockliffe Court in Hurworth, near Darlington provides eighteen self-contained supported living accommodation and community facilities with 24-hour support for people with physical and sensory disabilities. 

The properties are owned by the Hospitaller Order of Saint John, our founding charity, but for over 20 years have been leased, and the service delivered by another provider.  We look forward to them being part of the growing number of services we provide for people with learning and physical disabilities.

Dementia Awareness Week 17 – 23 May 2021

One in three of us born in the UK today will go on to develop dementia in our lifetime, and there will be one million people living with dementia by 2025 making dementia care one of the greatest challenges facing our society. 

Dementia Action Week is a national event that sees the UK public taking action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. 

Below is a powerful poem written by Debbie Affleck of University Hospitals Plymouth to raise awareness.

Hold my hand; I’m scared feel alone,
My thoughts are jumping; I want to go home,
Oh Mother protect me, Father I see you so clear,
But Dementia has grasped me, instilling such fear.

Oh where on earth am I and hey, who are you?
Why can’t I do the things that I used to do?
The lights are so bright here and noises so loud.
A familiar face I need in the crowd.

I need the bathroom, but how do I say?
Nothings the same now, I don’t know the day.
I get so frustrated, the words jumbled when they come out.
Please don’t get angry if I scream and I shout.

Oh were on earth am I and hey, who are you?
Why can’t I do the things I used to do?
The lights are so bright here and noises so loud.
A familiar face I need in the crowd.

My life was so full, but in darkness I fell,
Continue to tell me, I do have a call bell.
And if I forget, encourage me to drink and to feed,
Check, use your skill to fulfil all my needs.

Oh where on earth am I and hey who are you?
Why Can’t I do the things I used to do?
The lights are so bright here and noises so loud.
A familiar face I need in the crowd.

So when I’m in hospital, with me, go slow.
Put familiar items around me so I know where to go.
If I wander, just let me, so long as I’m safe
When I act inappropriately help me to save face.

Oh where on earth am I and hey who are you?
Why Can’t I do the things I used to do?
The lights are so bright here and noises so loud.
A familiar face I need in the crowd.

I never chose for my brain to be ill.
Always so vibrant and such a strong will.
Get to know me and help me so much to unwind.
Trigger happy memory, continue to remind.

Oh where on earth am I and hey, who are you?
Why can’t I do all the things I used to do?
The lights are so bright here and noises so loud.
A familiar face I need in the crowd.

For I am a human, no different to you.
This awful disease, it just makes me so blue.
So with a deep sense of compassion, even if I hit.
Remember my suffering and help to relieve it.

Oh where on earth am I and hey, who are you?
Why can’t I do the things I used to do?
The lights are so bright here and noises so loud.
A familiar face I need in the crowd.

You can be my familiar face, someone to hold.
To keep me warm when I feel the cold.
In a nursing vocation protect and to serve.
For this, at the very least is what I deserve.

D-C Affleck (Shipley Ward)

Welcome to Michelle, our new Head of HR

We're delighted to welcome Michelle Dalby to SJOG. 

Michelle has over 20 years’ experience of working in HR gained in a wide range of sectors, but predominantly education and charitable organisations.  She has a MSc in Human Resource Management and is a chartered member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

Michelle has a keen interest in change management, organisational culture and how the HR Team can support the growth and sustainability of organisations.

Michelle said, “It has clearly been an interesting couple of years here at SJOG and I am really excited to be part of such a worthwhile, forward thinking organisation that clearly cares for the people we support.  I am really keen to see how the HR Team can have a positive impact on our colleagues, ensuring that they feel LOVED”.

Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week

This year the theme is Nature and how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health.

During the pandemic, turning to nature helped many people through lockdowns and research shows that good mental health depends on being able to connect with nature in some way and its power in both prevention of and recovery from poor mental health.

Follow us on Facebook to see how our people we support and colleagues around the country have been benefiting from being around nature in their local community.

SJOG Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SJOGUK/ 

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek   #ConnectwithNature

World Hand Hygiene Day 2021

Seconds save lives - clean your hands!

5th May is the designated World Health Organisation (WHO) Hand Hygiene Day.  Cleaning hands regularly is one of the most effective ways of stopping the spread of COVID-19 as well as many other common infections.  Bacteria and micro-organisms are on all surfaces with the exception of very recently decontaminated surfaces in clinical areas.  Regular, correct hand hygiene is one of the most important and simple things that we can do to protect our health, the health of the people we support and the health of our colleagues.

Good hygiene practices are paramount throughout our services to keep the people we support safe.  Click here https://sjog.uk/publications-research.php  to read our latest research: Swab Mob! Using Adenosine Triphosphate screening to improve environmental cleaning practice in residential care settings during Covid-19

"Celebrating Excellence in Leadership"

In a series of features celebrating winners of the Markel 3rd Sector Awards, CMM - Care Management Matters - spoke to Paul Bott, SJOG's chief executive, who won the Leadership Award 2020.

Read the full article here:  https://www.caremanagementmatters.co.uk/feature/celebrating-excellence-in-leadership-2020-winners/

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