Homecare staff toast their new water bottles
DoCare's Specialist Teamleader Deborah Atikins with her new water-bottle.
It’s a case of water, water everywhere for staff of a Gloucestershire homecare company which has tapped into a way to keep its team hydrated – water bottles.
Stroud-based DoCare has invested in hundreds of branded water bottles for its support team, and also for its more vulnerable clients. With the weather set fair, having the water bottles means the busy staff can remain hydrated while they’re on the go; for clients who are less mobile, they’ll have a water bottle to hand. At the same time, staff have a new, lightweight summer uniform available to help them keep cool.
“Remaining hydrated is important for everybody, so for our staff the water bottles will be particularly useful when they are out on visits,” said DoCare General Manager Sue Mothershaw. “Elderly people are especially vulnerable to dehydration, because with age the amount of body water decreases, and at the same time older people have a diminished thirst sensation, so we are giving the bottles to our more vulnerable clients who might find fetching a drink difficult, and also to any others who would like one.”
DoCare support staff are actively taking steps during their visits to help ensure clients don’t fall victim to dehydration. These include offering drinks, making sure a drink is within easy reach and encouraging clients to take fluids with medication.
This year, DoCare is celebrating ten years in business. DoCare covers 1,000 square miles and is based in Stroud, providing home support across Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire. It has teams based in Bristol, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Dursley, Gloucester, Stroud, Witney and Yate.