People are living longer and it is therefore important that we look after our health so that we can remain active and healthy and take part in our community for as long as possible. Improving wellbeing is a worthy goal in its own right and can be instrumental to other outcomes – physical health, getting into work and productivity. Feelings of wellbeing are fundamental to the overall health of an individual, enabling them to successfully overcome difficulties and achieve what they want out of life.
Health and Wellbeing
Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Warrington – for information and advice, please visit warrington.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Following instructions from the government, we have made changes to some face-to-face services, including closing all community and children’s centres in Warrington. You will find information about this and changes to social care services, support available for residents and businesses, along with advice on health, and what to do during the outbreak, on the council’s website.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the current situation? - information and advice available here - http://happyoksad.warrington.gov.uk/
New advice has been published by Public Health England for parents and carers focused on looking after the #mentalhealth and wellbeing of children and young people.
You can read the full guidance: www.gov.uk/…/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-y…
Coronavirus safety advice for survivors
Some local support services in the community may be temporarily suspended because of coronavirus. This will mean that some survivors will feel particularly isolated. If you were accessing counselling that has now been suspended, some counselling services can continue to provide support. Supportline provide a confidential telephone helpline and email counselling service. Particularly to those at risk of abuse or are isolated.
Coronavirus - What you need to do - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Guidlines from the NHS - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Stay at home guidance - https://bit.ly/2Cx9L5S
Coronavirus: information for families looking after someone living dementia
We know that this is a worrying time for families looking after someone with dementia. The weeks ahead are going to be challenging. But there are a few things you can do to look after yourself, and the person with dementia, during this time
Volunteering in the community - https://www.mylifewarrington.co.uk/kb5/warrington/directory/service.page?id=jf54b_aJELU
We know that what happens during the first few years of life (starting in the womb) has lifelong effects on the health and wellbeing of a child – from obesity, heart disease and mental wellbeing, as well as success at school and later working life. We also know that the choices parents’ make for themselves can support or make it difficult for children to develop healthy habits.
Start4Life website is the place to go for trusted NHS help and advice during pregnancy, birth and parenthood. It gives advice of how to eat well and keep active during pregnancy, helping to ensure you have an uncomplicated delivery and healthy baby. It helps new parents understand about how best to feed a new baby by explaining the benefits of breastfeeding and when to introduce solid foods. There is also a section about the best foods for toddlers and tips to keep them active.
These days, 'modern life' can mean that children are a lot less active. With so many opportunities to watch TV or play computer games, and with so much convenience and fast food available, children don't move about as much, or eat as well as we used to. Nine out of 10 of our kids today could grow up with dangerous amounts of fat in their bodies. This can cause life-threatening diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The Change 4 Life website helps families ‘Eat Well, Move More and Live Longer’, it helps parents understand what foods keep children strong and healthy, it has loads of easy to cook recipes and lots and lots of ideas to keep kids fit and active. You can find information about
Public Health England has launched a major adult health campaign to seize the opportunity for a national reset moment. ‘Better Health’ will help capture the imagination of the nation, using this unique moment in time to help kick start our health to eat better and get active.
COVID-19 has affected the whole country; for almost everyone, life has had to fundamentally change. But it has also prompted many people to reflect and think more seriously about their health.
Visit the Better Health webpage to access the tools and support you need to quit smoking, get active and lose weight.
Hospital data shows that obese people are significantly more likely to become seriously ill and be admitted to intensive care with COVID-19 compared to those with a healthy BMI. Carrying excess weight causes pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19. By reducing your weight within a healthy range, you can help cut your risk of being critically ill with COVID-19.
Download the free NHS weight loss plan to help you start healthier eating habits, be more active and start losing weight. The plan is broken down into 12 weeks so you can: set weight loss goals, get active and burn more calories, plan your meals, make healthier food choices, and record activity and progress. You can download the app from the App store and Google Play.
More ways to kick start your health
If you want to improve other aspects of your wellbeing, below are some great free tools to support you: (could the image below be added? Or would we have to write them out individually?)
The Better Health campaign promotes the One You website.
One You encourages people to reappraise their lifestyle choices, put themselves first and do something about their own health. It reminds people that it’s never too late to improve their health - making small lifestyle changes such as eating well, drinking less alcohol, quitting smoking or being more active can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond.
It encourages adults to take part in a free online health quiz, called ‘How Are You’, to identify where they can make small changes. The quiz provides personalised recommendations and directs people to tools and advice created by experts to help them take action where it’s most needed.
One You can also help you understand more about:
Moving more and Ageing well
In the UK, physical inactivity is the fourth greatest cause of ill health with negative impacts on health, social and economic outcomes for individuals and communities. It is responsible for 1 in 6 UK deaths, which is equivalent to smoking. Importantly, up to 40% of long-term conditions could be prevented if everyone met the UK Chief Medical Officer’s physical activity recommendations.
The Chief Medical Officer recommends, per week, for adults including over 65’s:
- 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity (10 minute bouts) e.g. brisk walk, swim, cycle etc
- 2 x muscle-strengthening exercises e.g. carrying heaving shopping bags, yoga, circuit training etc
- 2 x balance and coordination activities e.g. bowls, tai chi, dance etc
Adults should also aim to minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting down), and when physically possible should break up long periods of inactivity with at least some light physical activity.
Moving more and being more physically active is a protective factor against COVID-19. Therefore there is no better time than now to start moving more! Other benefits of moving more include…
If physical activity were a pill, it would be the most commonly prescribed medication in the world. No other intervention has such wide-reaching benefits.
Adults should do activities to develop or maintain strength in the major muscle groups. Muscle strengthening activities should be done at least 2 days a week, but any strengthening activity is better than none. Muscles, bones and joints like to be moved, lack of movement causes your muscles to waste away quickly and this affects your strength and your balance.
Aim to do these exercises 2-3 times throughout the week. You can spilt them up and do them a few at a time throughout the day, at a time that works for you. Remember to start small and build up gradually, as the exercises begin to feel easier you can increase the repetitions to 8-10. If you want to make it harder still, you can build up to 3 sets of 8-10 repetitions for each exercise. See the super six moves below which are ideal for beginners.
The super six strength and balance moves can be done at home. Experts are encouraging people to stay active in the home, as we are spending a lot of our time at home due to COVID restrictions. Some ideas for older adults can be found below.
The Active at Home booklet, developed by Sport England and Public Health England, provides more ideas on how to do this and can be accessed online by the link below.
Warrington Wellbeing Service
Wellbeing is about having a good quality of life; it can be described as feeling healthy, happy or being able to cope with the problems that can happen in life. There are many different issues that can affect your wellbeing; worries about money, feeling stuck in a rut, or maybe wanting help to change, for example quit smoking.
For more information click here
These courses are for adults age 18 and over in the Warrington Community. Who are looking at improving their health and wellbeing.
All these courses are FREE and held in the local community - for more information click on the course you wish to attend
Happy? OK? Sad? is a mental health site for people who live or work in Warrington.
The site includes information about how to look after your mental wellbeing, as well as a directory of mental health support services. There’s also details of services you can contact if you can’t cope and need help right now. Local services are clearly marked and there’s a short description explaining what each service offers. The website is divided into age related pages, so you can quickly find the information and services most relevant to you. There’s also a page for frontline workers with links to free resources and training.
The aims of the Happy? OK? Sad? website are to make you aware of:
- simple things you can do to look after your mental wellbeing
- symptoms of common mental health problems
- services that can offer information, advice, support or treatment
- what to do if someone can’t cope and needs help right now
Dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing. Adoption of healthier lifestyles in midlife can reduce the risk of dementia. The World Health Organisation recommends reducing the risk or delaying the onset of dementia by helping people to:
- stop smoking
- be more active
- reduce their alcohol consumption
- improve their diet
- lose weight if necessary and maintain a healthy weight
Those who are at a higher risk of dementia are carer’s of people with dementia, over 65’s, females and those from Black and South Asian Groups.
The protective factors for dementia are keeping socially active, obtaining higher levels of education and cognitive stimulation such as puzzles or learning a second language.
Diagnosis and support
GP’s play a key role in recognising and identifying the symptoms of dementia and referring the person to the specialist Later Life and Memory Service (LLaMS) The LLaMS service will then undertake a more detailed assessment of the person and may or may not diagnose them with dementia.
Living with Dementia
Upon being diagnosed with dementia there is a range of support available for those living with dementia and those caring for someone with dementia. In Warrington there are a range of Dementia support groups or cafes across the town, see attachment names Dementia activities.
The Alzheimer’s society provide a care navigator service, to support the person upon diagnosis and their family through the Health and Social care systems ensuring they have the appropriate support they need. Support can be delivered on a one to one basis or in a group setting.
The Wellbeing Service
The Wellbeing service provides one to one support for anyone living with dementia and their carers. Anyone can refer to the service and support can be provided for as long as is necessary. The service is also commissioned to provide a dementia navigation service which supports people diagnosed with dementia at the Later Life and Memory Service at Hollins Park and their carers. Support is provided under four areas, dementia friendly community activities, carer needs, equipment & benefit/income support.
There are respite and a day-care facilities available for those living with dementia in Warrington. These can be accessed via social services and there will normally be a charge based on a financial assessment.
Telephone: 01925 443322
01925 444400 (out of hour emergencies)
There are numerous Care homes that provide care and support to persons living with Dementia. These can also be accessed via Adult social care but more information is available here: Care Homes
Support for carers is available from the local carers service –Wired which is based in the town centre. It is important that people who look after the person with dementia are fully supported in their caring role. Wired
Every Wednesday 9-5pm
Stockton Health Library
Come along for friendly atmosphere fun and community focused. Activities include. Chair based exercise, Quiz’s, film club, Dominoes, baking, music, computer, painting and physical activities.
Call Catalyst Choice on:
01925 202380 or
People with dementia should be able to choose their preferred place of care, where symptoms are controlled and care is focused on ensuring comfort at end of life. Support is available to have early discussions about a persons’ wishes and their plans for their end of life care. The Care navigators with the Wellbeing service or Alzheimer’s society.
There is a list of Dementia Activities in the download section on the right hand side.
|Warrington GP Practices|
|Name||Address 1||Address 2||Postcode||Telephone No.|
|Folly Lane Medical Centre||Folly Lane||Bewsey||WA5 0LU||01925 417247|
|Guardian Medical Centre||Guardian Street||WA5 1UD||01925 650226|
|Springfields Medical Centre||Bath Street Health & Wellbeing Centre||Legh Street||WA1 1UG||01925 843880|
|Causeway Medical Centre||166-170 Wilderspool Causeway||WA4 6QA||01925 630282|
|Fearnhead Cross Medical Centre||25 Fearnhead Cross||Fearnhead||WA2 0HD||01925 847000|
|Padgate Medical Centre||12 Station Road||Padgate||WA2 0RX||01925 815333|
|Birchwood Medical Centre||15 Benson Road||Birchwood||WA3 7PJ||01925 823502|
|Greenbank Surgery||274 Manchester Road||WA1 3RB||01925 631132|
|The Surgery||280 Manchester Road||WA1 3RB||01925 230022|
|Holes Lane Medical Centre||28 Holes Lane||Woolston||WA1 4NE||01925 599855|
|Helsby Street Medical Centre||2 Helsby Street||WA1 3AW||01925 637304|
|Fairfield Surgery||278 Manchester Road||WA1 3RB||01925 245204|
|Westbrook Medical Centre||301/302 Westbrook Centre||Westbrook||WA5 8UF||01925 654152|
|Chapleford Health Plus||Burtonwood Road||Great Sankey||WA5 3AN||01925 598230|
|Penketh Health Centre||Honiton Way||Penketh||WA5 2EY||01925 725644|
|Stockton Heath Medical Centre||The Forge, London Road||Stockton Heath||WA4 6HJ||01925 604427|
|The Stretton Branch Surgery||45 Dudlow Green Road||Appleton||WA4 5EQ||01925 599136|
|Stretton Medical Centre||5 Hatton Lane||Stretton||WA4 4NE||01925 599586|
|Latchford Medical Centre||Thelwall Lane||Latchford||WA4 1LI||01925 637508|
|Brookfield Surgery||Whitbarrow Road||Lymm||WA13 9DB||01925 756969|
|Lakeside Surgery||Lakeside Road||Lymm||WA13 0QE||01925 755050|
|Culcheth Medical Centre||Jackson Avenue||Culcheth||WA3 4DZ||01925 765101|
|Eric Moore Partnership||Medi-Centre, 1 Tanners Lane||WA2 7LY||01925 843883|
|Parkview Medical Centre||Orford Jubilee Health Centre, Jubilee Way||Orford||WA2 8HE||01925 843641|
|Four Seasons Medical Centre||Orford Jubilee Health Centre, Jubilee Way||Orford||WA2 8HE||01925 843843|
|Cockhedge Medical Centre||7 Cockhedge Way, Cockhedge Shopping Centre||WA1 2QQ||01925 244655|
|Dallam Lane Medical Centre||20 Dallam Lane||WA2 7NG||01925 572334|
We don’t need to wait until we’re struggling with our mental health, there are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and prevent problems escalating, just as we do with our physical health. The national mental health campaign Every Mind Matters suggests simple steps we can take to look after our mental health and wellbeing.
The Every Mind Matters website:
- offers a range of useful resources to help us spot signs of common mental health concerns
- provides practical self-care tips and guidance
- explains when to seek further support
The website also has a free NHS-approved online tool “Your Mind Plan”. You can use this to build an action plan, which could help you to deal better with stress and anxiety, boost your mood, improve your sleep and feel more in control.
To learn more about looking after your mental health and wellbeing, or to create your own action plan, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
In addition to visiting the national Every Mind Matters website, you could take a look at www.happyoksad.org.uk. This Warrington site has information about local mental wellbeing resources, as well as details of a wide range of local mental health support services.
Death as part of life
We plan for every big event in our lives: weddings, new babies, birthdays, holidays, Christmas, family parties because we want everything to go well, we want those important to us to share special times, we want to take the pressure off others to organise, we want to ‘get it right’ for ourselves and those we care about.
Though death is an inevitable part of life, we’re reluctant to talk about it. We fear it may be ‘tempting fate’, we don’t want to upset those we love by bringing it up, we think there is plenty of time left for this.
Watch the Marie Curie video ‘whatever you call it we should talk about it’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCYTQvoXQgk
Making death a part of life involves talking to your friends and family about your choices and preferences and knowing what your loved ones want too. It is important you:
Think about your wishes – REFLECT
Write down your wishes so they are known – RECORD
Tell other people so they can carry out your wishes - SHARE,
Have help, and help those you love to be involved in your plans and think about these things for themselves - SUPPORT
This way your wishes can be known, respected, and carried out to prevent things going wrong.
Watch the Dying Matters video ‘I didn’t want that’
Reflect & Record
What would you want to happen to things which are important to you?
From pets to possessions, here are some useful links to information about how you can make plans for what will happen to the things that are important to you after you are gone.
Have you made a will?
Some charities offer free will making – British Heart Foundation, Macmillan
Your pets are part of your family, it can be a worry to think what will happen to them if you die and you will want to ensure they are cared for after your death. You can find helpful advice here
Your social media accounts:
Facebook - If you die, a relative or friend can request for your Facebook profile to become memorialised. It essentially freezes the page in time. Whoever requests it will have to give Facebook some proof that you have died, such as a death certificate. Photos and posts you've shared will stay visible.
Instagram - If you see an account on Instagram that belongs to someone who has died you can report it to Instagram for memorialization. If you are an immediate family member of that person, you can request the account be removed from Instagram.
Your photographs and memories, consider making a photo diary, video or memory box for your loved ones after your death – this can be particularly helpful for children and grandchildren https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/treatment/if-you-have-an-advanced-cancer/end-of-life
Have you thought who you would like to make decisions for you about you care or finances if there comes a time when you cannot make them for yourself? Even if you have a next of kin, they cannot legally make decisions for you without a Lasting Power of Attorney. RECORD who you want to make these decisions by completing a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare and Property and Finance. You can do this yourself or ask a family member to help you.
Don’t forget to RECORD all your wishes
Have you ever thought about how you would want to be cared for at the end of your life?
Where would you like to be cared for? It may be important for you to be with people you love and possessions which are special to you – this can be in a variety of places at home, in hospital, hospice? You can RECORD this in an Advance Care Plan
There may be treatments you will or will not want – you can RECORD these in an Advance Care Plan. Planning ahead https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/end-of-life-care/
You have the right to refuse certain treatments including resuscitation – you can RECORD these in an Advanced Directive to Refuse Treatment
There may come a time when you become so poorly and there is no prospect of recovery that your doctor will talk to you about stopping certain treatments which are prolonging the dying process. In this situation if your heart stopped beating it would not be possible to restart it. You have the right to be involved in these discussions and be informed of the decisions made. It is important everyone looking after you knows of these decisions, they can be RECORDED in a DNACPR decision.
Organ donation, you can help someone live after your death. From spring 2020, organ donation in England will move to an 'opt out' system. You may also hear it referred to as 'Max and Keira's Law'.
Your religious beliefs may be very important at this time, there may be important people to contact to visit you before or after you die, special rituals or blessing to occur. RECORD these so those caring for you know and can respect your wishes. www.equalityhumanrights.com/com/en/human-rights-act (article 9)
Do you understand the decision-making process for post-mortems? Why they take place and when? Find out more at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/post-mortem/.
How would you want your life to be celebrated, what would you want at your funeral?
Some things to consider -would you want a religious service, which funeral home would you choose, flowers, favourite music, favourite readings, donations to a charity, photographs, would you want to write your own Eulogy or ask someone else, how would you wish to be dressed, burial or cremation?
RECORD IT - with so much to consider and plan – do your loved ones know your preferred choices? Do you know theirs?
Make your GP, Hospital Teams and those caring for you aware of:
- Lasting Power of Attorney
- any Advance Directive to Refuse Treatment
- any Advance Care Plan in place
Make your family / loved ones / next of kin aware of:
- Lasting Power of Attorney
- any Advance Directive to Refuse Treatment
- any Advance Care Plan in place
- where your Will is kept
- funeral plan(s)
- special wishes – e.g. plans for pets, social media, photographs, memories, etc.
All the links will support you in your reflections and decision making.
Please also consider how you can support your loved ones to reflect on their own lives, plan for the future and how death and dying needn’t be a taboo subject any longer.
United, we can make a difference: Bill United
Talking to children about death - The death of someone close is one of the hardest things anyone has to face. It can be especially difficult to help a child manage their grief while you’re dealing with your own. Talking to a child about death can help them feel better supported and more secure. They may have fears or questions that they’re worried about bringing up. Read useful advice at https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/bereaved-family-friends/supporting-grieving-child/talking-to-children-about-death
Bereavement – the loss of a loved one can be devastating, however there is help and support available. Remember grief is normal, it is the price we pay for love. It is a process we travel through and it, it is different for everyone and it takes time. You might experience anger, confusion, disbelief, regret, fear, loneliness. It is important to talk about how you feel, be kind to yourself, do not neglect your physical health, eat, and sleep well, avoid turning to alcohol or cigarettes.
There are no rules, grief and loss are individual and a normal reaction, please take care of ‘you’ and when you can’t ask for help bereavement support page on the NHS Warrington CCG website.
Happy ok sad https://happyoksad.warrington.gov.uk/
Kind to your mind https://kindtoyourmind.org/