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  • The Healthcare Extreme Makeover - Home Edition!

    We are delighted to bring you a project we're very proud to be helping on, the refurbishment of 18 rooms at Red Rose Care Home in Newark.

    Red Rose Care have a history of achieving excellence and the newly refurbished rooms are adding to these high standards by offering end of life care facilities.

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  • All the Latest from Healthcare HQ!

    It's been a little whilst since we last posted here and this is in no small part to some of the work we've been doing behind the scenes at Healthcare Services UK. You may already have noticed that we have improved the search function on the website to return better results for you. We are also working on improving the information on the website on each product, so you've got a better idea of the right products for you to use and to help you find them first time, every time.

    We've also been watching the news for interesting stories about progress in the battle against dementia, helpful tips and tools for caring for those with a dementia, and building up more resources and guides for you all to use to that end too.  There will be much more on that in the coming months.

    We'd like to share some of those stories below with you all now.

    A town hall which is offering film screenings Wem Town Hall where a new Dementia Friendly screening has taken place.

    This is Wem Town Hall, where on Monday 17th December, there was a "Singing Session" where those with a dementia, and their carers, could attend and enjoy singing along to classic movie songs.

    We've previously mentioned other groups in the country who arrange these important events where carers and those with a dementia can enjoy some social time and respite. We will continue to share this news and we hope to have many more to tell you about!

    Passion for care

    The passion at the heart of Healthcare Services UK comes direct from the heart of our MD, Jo Bonser. If you have not yet heard about Jo's story and why helping those with a dementia is so important to her, then we urge you to head over here and watch the video.

    Jo Bonser, MD of Hcsuk, leading a workshop on dementia and hydration and nutrition. Jo leading a workshop earlier this year talking about helping those with a dementia to eat and drink better.

    In Case You Missed It!

    November 27th was "Tasty Suppers" day, a day set up by the team behind Nutrition and Hydration week. The day, along with the other awareness day of Thirsty Thursday is designed to remind us of the importance of keeping those in our care well fed and cared for. We have a range of product solutions to help you with this, some of which are shown in the image on the right.

    These include plates and bowls which keep food warmer for longer, adapted cutlery which is easier to hold for those with limited strength in their hands and reduced mobility and cup and mugs with lids to both keep things warm and help reduce spillages.

    You can see more products on the website. 

    Keep popping back because there will be more to come, both in updates on the website but also with our other services and how we keep you informed of what we're up to here at Hcsuk.

     

  • Order Your Food Moulds for Tasty Suppers!

    A plate of food that has been prepared using the food moulds.

    Did you know that Tuesday 27th November is Tasty Suppers day? Are you ready to help those in your care eat more, eat with more dignity and have a happier dining experience?

    Tasty Suppers day is a focus day, brought to us all by the team behind Nutrition and Hydration week, to remind us of the importance of those two very things.

    If you've been dealing with us for a while, you'll know just how passionate we are about helping people to dine with dignity and how this plays into meaningful results for people's health such as weight gain and better nutrition levels. This is in no small part down to our MD, Jo Bonser, and her very personal experience of helping her Mum to have a more dignified meal time.

    Thanks to Jo's resourcefulness and expertise, she was able to put in place some small but significant changes to her Mum's meal time experience.

    With that in mind, we're going to be adding something to all orders for a full set of ourFood Moulds, our Dignified Dining Solutions Guide. This is a 34 page guide featuring the products and solutions that Jo used for her Mum, plus a range of other products that can help. This guide is worth its weight in gold, or for the small price of £5.99 but if you order any of the food moulds between now and the end of November, we will give you the guide FREE.

    The guide is, we believe, the only one of its kind, created with the sole aim of helping people to eat better which in turn increases their nutrition levels and quality of life. To get your hands on one for FREE place an order for a full set of food moulds now!

    Order NOW at hcsuk.co.uk, on [email protected] or by calling 01773 713 713

    A selection of the modifice cutlery, plates and place settings we stock to help those with a dementia to dine with dignity. 
  • Something Special For You - Act Now!

    Are you looking to place an order this week? Is it going to be over £75? Would you like the chance to win £100 worth of jewellery vouchers?

    As a little treat, and a small thank you, we're offering 11 customers who order between now and 3pm on Friday 16th November, the chance to win 1 of 11 vouchers worth between £25 and £100!

    Order now for your chance to win up to £100 in jewellery vouchers!

    All you have to do is order over £75 worth of products on the website between now and 3pm on Friday 16th November! Simples!

    Winners will be drawn early next week and winners notified the same day so we can get your vouchers to you in time for the festive season, so you can either use them for gift purhcaes or buy yourself a little something to sparkle in over the party season.

    So hop over to hcsuk.co.uk now and place your order! 

     

    Website orders only placed before 3pm on Friday 16th November 2018

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  • We're looking for another superhero!

    We are looking for a new superhero to join the team here at Hcsuk! Could you be the Batman to our Superman or the Black Widow to our Hawkeye?

    Are you an experienced Sales Manager?

    Would you like to be out in the field, where the action is? Have you had your driving licence for at least 3 years? If so, there’s a place for you with us! We are a specialist single-source supplier for care homes, hospitals and GP surgeries across the East Midlands.

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  • Servicing Superheroes!

    Our superhero servicing team, Phil and Rachel

    For many years our Hcsuk  servicing team has been working with care providers just like you, to help keep their equipment;

    • Safe
    • Compliant with legislation (Loler BS5827 BS EN ISO10535)
    • In good working order, to keep replacement costs down

    Together we can offer you :

    • Same day call out
    • Full service history – you’ll have all the information you need when you need it
    • Hassle free diary management - To keep your business compliant and ensure that nothing is missed
    • Written recommendations of new parts before supply for cost control
    • Peace of mind we operate under a health care industry code of practice, so you can be assured you’re dealing with a reputable company
    • DBS checked engineers- we are trustworthy
    • A seamless service when old equipment needs replacing
    • On loan/short term hire of essential equipment to help keep your residents safe and well.

    Our team of caring and skilled technicians work closely with customers to take the hassle out of keeping their equipment compliant and in the best possible condition.

    Phil and Rachel work closely together to give you the very best service and customer care they can and together they really are a true superhero team! Phil is something of a speed freak witha love of motor bikes and Rachel has recently completed two YES TWO half marathons! Watch out for more on that later.

    Phil popping one of the hoists into his, very tidy and well cared for, van.

    Don't just take our word for it -

    I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for an excellent service we received when we had our hoist, hoist slings and weight chair scales serviced. The gentleman who came was very polite and friendly with a professional manner.
    The reason we choose  HCSuk is that we have always received excellent service from you and always received a friendly response when we contact any member of your team.

    Colleen Joyce, Manager at Stanton Manor Residential Home, Burton on Trent.

    To find out more, and to book your professional, friendly audit, call Rachel now on  01773 532582 or email her at  [email protected]

    Watch out for Phil/Superman in the van!

     

  • Meet Pete, our new driver!

    Some of you may have noticed that Michael is looking a bit shorter and younger, that's probably because he's been replaced with Pete! Pete is our new driver and is settling in very well with us at Hcsuk HQ.

    Here's he is, posing with his new ride! Pete is settling in to the team and the role and we will bring you more about him over the next few weeks. We're sure you will all make him feel welcome when he is out visiting you and dropping off your deliveries.

     

    Call us on 01773 713713 to place your order now and you'll get to meet Pete all the sooner!

  • The Dementia Mealtime Challenge - Are you up for it?

    We may not have the grandest stand and we definitely don’t have the biggest marketing and merchandising budget, so it was particularly lovely to get great feedback, when a lady who visited our stand at the NACC National Association of Care Caterings Training and Development Forum from last week gave us her prize for the’ Best Stand of the Day.’

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  • So long, farewell, auf wiedersen, goodbye!

    Today sees the end of an era for Health Care Services, as we say good bye and ‘bon voyage’ to the founder of our business, Michael Bonser as Michael is retiring after 29 years of being associated with and working in the Company.

    He first started the business in 1989, quite by chance, when he saw an opportunity. At the time he was running a company offering a baby nappy delivery service to local new mums, and one day a nursing home rang and asked him if he could supply them with adult style incontinence products.

    Michael instinctively said, “Yes, of course we can”; he saw a customer with a need and he wanted to help them fulfil it. At this stage he hadn’t any experience of working with adult incontinence products, but he made sure that he went out and found out and was able to fulfil the order and then thought who else might need these products? So, he started to contact other local nursing homes and care homes and that is how the business began as he started to supply more care homes in and around the area.

    Michael, who retires today from Hcsuk.

    As Michael continued to visit his care home customers, they would to ask him, “Can you also supply me with other products, gloves, pressure relieving mattresses, (known as ‘spencos’ at that time!) and beds?” And each time Michael would say yes, and he would go away, do his research, find suppliers and come back equipped and able to give his customer the solution that they were looking for.

    That was nearly 30 years ago, and the business has gone from strength to strength, adding on a retail division, Health Care Mobility, to help people remain living at home independently with aids for daily living. Michael was also instrumental in the launch of our Health Care Servicing division where field service engineers go out to service, repair and maintain essential equipment in care homes to help residents stay safe and care home providers complying with all of the relevant legislation including LOLER and PUWER. And we still maintain the same values which Michael instilled in the business all those years ago.

    Due to the wide experience he has gained working in various departments of the business, Michael has been a great asset to the team because of his ability and flexibility to switch between different roles as and when needed, including sales, distribution, warehouse and servicing.

    Michael set the standards of high levels of customer care from the outset, which have remained throughout, are now embedded throughout the team to this day. His attention to detail, coupled with his cheeky style and unfailing sense of humour, has enabled him to build some great long and lasting relationships with many customers over the years. Some of which we are fortunate to still provide services to, nearly 30 years on.

    We are extremely grateful to him, for giving life to Hcsuk so many years ago and we all wish him well as he and his wife Debbie, embark on new adventures. Please do share your memories of Michael with us.

  • How can Hcsuk help you to reduce the number of falls in your care home?

    This week is Falls Prevention Week September 22nd-28th and we wanted to get you all thinking about what you could do to reduce the risks of falls in your homes, make you aware of some statistics around falls in care homes and also to tell you about our unique and best selling Falls Management Solutions.

    • According to L Z Rubenstein Falls in Older People study, falls account for 40% of all injury deaths which occur in care homes.

    • Falls are 5 times more likely to occur in care homes than in the community (WHO)

    • One in ten care home residents who fall sustain a fracture

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