Keep up the good work Docklands Branch !!!


Yet more complimentary comments about the service we are providing.

“Dear Mr Walker,

As you are aware my mother passed away last month. I am writing to convey my thanks to your team for the care provided to my mother which enabled her to remain at home these last few years.

During the period, two care givers were of particular support, these being Grace and Iswat. I would be grateful if you would convey my thanks to them and ask them to make contact with me. I am certain that my mother would want their contribution acknowledged.”

Yours sincerely

Daughter of service user – Living in New Zealand

Well Done Essex Carers !!!

The Essex team had a lovely card from a service user’s family recently.

The team knew they were doing a good job on the field but it meant a lot to them to realise that they were truly making a positive difference not only to the lives of the service user but to their families as well

” Dear Cecelia

We thank you for all your help, support and kindness to mum over the last 2 years. We will all miss you very much as we think of you as a friend, not just a carer. Please keep in touch. With love from  Essex Branch Family xxx “

Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Friday 27th September 2013, we took part in the ‘World’s biggest coffee morning’ in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

We got together with friends, family, colleagues and service users to mingle and chat and each person donated the cost of their coffee to Macmillan in the process.

The office team had a competition amongst themselves to produce the best cakes!! The competition was fierce and well fought and some candidates could be contenders for a popular BBC baking programme. Well done to Jay as the overall winner.

Thank you to all those who took part and helped us raise £90 for a worthwhile cause.


Parkinson’s UK “Oxford Walk”

Our energetic team at the Docklands branch will be taking part in “The Oxford Walk” in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

This is a 4 to 8 mile walk around Oxford’s famous sights, including the University Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Meadow, the Radcliffe Camera and The Ashmolean.

The team would greatly appreciate your support in terms of sponsorship. No amount is too little. Your support will help Parkinson’s UK find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.

If you would like to join the team in the walk, contact your line manager for all the details 

WHEN; Sunday 27th October 2013
TIME; 10am start
DISTANCE; 4 – 8 miles (Phew!)

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How Soma can help stroke survivors

The wife of Andrew Marr, the Journalist and Sunday morning presenter of BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show, has criticized the follow up care at home by the NHS, for stroke victims, upon leaving hospital.

Ms Ashley is quoted to have said ” I’ve been contacted by many, many stroke victims and the general view is that hospital care is excellent, but there is very little support after that”

She advocated the need for ‘carer’s leave’ in the workplace just as we have ‘childcare leave’ which is now commonplace. She described the role of a carer as “exhausting…..monotonous and frustrating”

Her sentiments were echoed by The Stroke Association in admitting that stroke victims were being let down after leaving hospital.

We at Soma Healthcare have identified this need and offer services to assist stroke survivors upon discharge from hospital. Our hospital Discharge support Service can range from minimal help with basic tasks to 24 hour live-in care for a duration that suits the individual. We have worked specifically with stroke survivors and are aware of the particular and unique ways to assist them with their rehabilitation.

We also offer a Carer’s relief service, whereby family members acting as carers can take time off from the exhausting role that is involved in care giving. In situations where a carer might not be granted ‘carer’s leave’ from their employer, we can assist to look after their loved ones in an arrangement that suits all the family.

We have worked very closely with stroke survivors and their families and are acutely aware of the emotional trauma that such an event has on the whole family. Our aim is to try and ease the transitional period of rehabilitation.

Many stroke survivors and their families may be entitled to funding of their social care needs but are unaware of what funding is available or how to access it. We at Soma Helathcare, can help, through our Care Funding Support Service, identify which funding options are available for individuals.

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