Nutrition and well-being

“We will support cares and public by encouraging positive changes that will actively raise the standard of care. Nutrition and well-being are linked though good physical and mental health” 

We promote good quality, healthy food and addressing mental and physical well-being before it becomes detrimental. When caring for an individual in a care home or community you are on the go for long hours, often speaking to many individuals, documenting and handing over information, ensuring the safety and well-being of those around them and keeping up with infection control measures. Carers care for the individuals in need but who cares for the carers? Providing yourself with good, healthy, nutritious options to keep you alert active and maintain good concentration is beneficial to your health and well-being and will be reflected in your day to day life and productivity.

Your nutrition and well-being

Within care settings: Care providers, relatives, family and friends of individuals in care, have been very generous over the years when it comes to rewarding their staff with chocolate, cakes, donuts, sweets and fizzy drinks. Working in a fast pace job where healthcare assistants are always on the go a little sugar is always welcomed, the problem we have is that these treats have a negative effect on the body and mind, they give you a fast and quick boost of energy, but as quick as you come up you come right back down again, which leaves you feeling tired and lethargic, then the healthcare assistants end up snacking all day on a 12-14 hour shift on the wrong foods which also contributes to Obesity. Obesity can lead too serious health conditions such as stroke, coronary heart disease and depression and low mood, just to name a few. 

At home or in the community your nutrition is just as important as those working in care homes. Providing yourself and your loved ones good nutritious healthy meals to support their and your well-being is vital to living a fulfilled quality of life. Providing meals with a range of the basic food groups. 

The basic food groups are: breads, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles and other grains. vegetables and legumes. fruit. milk, yogurt, cheese and/or alternatives. lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts and legumes.

If you want to give gifts to friends and colleagues A healthier alternative is fresh fruit, dried fruit, flavored water, breakfast bars, rice cakes, are a few great alternatives. These items will give your staff the natural energy they require for their busy shift work whilst contributing to their mental and physical health, reducing the risk of serious health conditions brought on by poor diet and over indulging. Encouraging your Health care assistants to eat their Five A Day will contribute to you showing you care about their well being and promote a healthy work environment.

Here are some suggestions for you

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Gym membership

Nightingales Army spoke to local gyms and leisure centers within West Sussex, we found them to support care providers companies to apply for a  discount on memberships for their staff, in fact quite a few already have this service up and running. Why is this not being promoted? 

Nightingales Army encourages care providers to offer gyms and leisure center discounts to their staff and encourage staff to ask for this alternative reward. Perks like this, could gain new staff, contribute to retention and personal growth through a rise in mental and physical well-being, this will hugely contribute to reducing sickness and improve the standard of care being delivered to the service user. 

We are not suggesting no to all treats, we are just providing balance. As we would do for our services users, so we should do for ourselves. 

“Actively Raise The Standard Of Care”

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