No Need to Wait Long for Physio

It is widely reported in the media that there are long delays in accessing treatment and medical care such as physiotherapy. Indeed, since the pandemic, such is the backlog, exacerbated by the shortage of specialist NHS staff, that some patients are not receiving the rehabilitation or physio they need following surgery, or as the result of chronic medical conditions.

Long waiting times or no treatment can have a detrimental effect on one’s mental health and wellbeing. No-one wants to suffer unnecessary chronic pain or reduced mobility. 

The Chiswick Nursing Centre can provide this rehabilitation, either as an inpatient or outpatient. It offers an up-to-date Physio Gym staffed by highly skilled physiotherapists and access to an occupational therapist, where required. 

Our specialist nurse can also provide a full, free assessment of current care needs for any prospective patient. 

Unlike the NHS – there is no waiting list so book an appointment today by contacting our main reception team on 0208 222 7800 or emailing : enquiries@chiswicknursingcentre.co.uk

Bird Club

A bird table has been donated to Chiswick Nursing Centre. It is well documented that a connection to nature have been beneficial to good mental health and feelings of well being. The purpose of the bird table is to attract local birds and for observation of what birds are visiting the table . It provides an opportunity for residents to become engaged with the birds. Photos can be taken, and the species and habits of the birds can be discussed. It is also a good method of engaging with residents who are living with dementia. Some residents may miss their gardens at home and this project is a good memory trigger. Residents can be taken into the garden to see if any birds are feeding. This leads to mind stimulating discussion of the natural life of Chiswick.

Our Activities coordinator team run many such events – from bird watching to poetry to Zumba dancing and  chair based yoga.

Life at The Chiswick is never boring…

We Remember

Sunday 14th November is Remembrance Day (although 11th November is officially Armistice Day) when many of us will stop to think on the sacrifice made by so many in conflicts across the world.

For our residents, it will be a time for personal reflection… on times past, those they may have lost during the dark days of war but also some of the happy times they shared with friends and loved ones. Anniversaries, such as this, are often a prompt for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s to talk about their experiences.

We will give all of our residents the time and space to remember but also be close by to provide comfort and support.

Those who wish to do so will be able to watch the Remembrance Service on TV. There will be poppies ‘a plenty, proudly displayed, possibly even a few medals. And we are sure that tea and cake will feature heavily.

Shining a Light

As we build up to Guy Fawkes Night, with its bonfires and fireworks, Our Hindu residents  will, this week, celebrate Diwali.

This festival is actually spread over five days but it is the third day (4 November in 2021) that is marked with fireworks but also with traditional lights, candles and lanterns (diyas) around the home. The festival is in celebration of Laxmi, the Goddess of Prosperity.

Families and friends dress colourfully and exchange small gifts, including sweets and dried fruits. At The Chiswick Nursing Centre – our activities team are leading a range of celebrations, parties and sweet treats that will take the opportunity to celebrate both Guy Fawkes Night and Diwali.

 The Nursing Centre celebrates a wide range of cultural and festive events across the year and the opportunity to spread good cheer is always welcomed.

Stop pressure ulcers

Pressure ulcers, pressure sores or bed sores as they are more widely known, sound like an academic subject for debate within the medical world. We should pay heed however, as they are extremely common, unpleasant, painful and in the worst case, can be life limiting. According to the NHS, around 700,000 people in the UK develop pressure sores each year with about 95% of them preventable. It costs an estimated £4,000 per person to treat them.

The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and the Tissue Viability Society in the UK are both active in trying to raise awareness about pressure ulcers amongst the general public. 

A pressure ulcer is a localised injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence. They tend to occur in less mobile people, so extended periods in bed, seated in a chair or wheelchair are likely scenarios for them to take hold. They are more common in older age because we move around less. As our rate of activity decreases, blood circulation becomes less efficient and this can affect the skin’s ability to heal quickly. It is not surprising, therefore, that those in residential or hospital care are some of the most vulnerable to pressure ulcers.

All nursing and senior care staff at The Chiswick are trained and competent in the key techniques associated with avoidance of pressure wounds and there are strict protocols to follow.

Sometimes residents who join us have already acquired pressure ulcers – perhaps they have had a stay in hospital, been living with relatives or in their own homes. Where wounds have been acquired outside of the nursing centre, we work with qualified Tissue Viability Nurses to promote healing and recovery. Good diet and nutrition are key components, as is regular mobility, or assisted movement for those who are nursed in bed.

If you are interested in learning more about preventing pressure sores – perhaps you are caring for someone at home, this short information film might help you. https://youtu.be/FaT1KA9hXWQ

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