Wellbeing and Mental Health

Wellbeing and Mental Health As October brings with it shorter days and the colder months of winter, a lack of exercise and social contact can have a big impact upon our day-to-day wellbeing and mental health, especially for those of us who are older and living alone at home. Yet, whatever our circumstances, good mental health is vital for us all. With an estimated one in six adults having a mental health issue in the [...]

Our Achievement Through People

Riccall Care is built by and for people In 1984 Peter and Sheila Lawson, together with daughter Gill, opened a small residential care home. During the 90s they diversified into domiciliary care and established Riccall Care (RC), a home care business employing 25-30 part-time workers. Today, York’s leading independent home care agency and preferred supplier to City of York Council, with the help of daughters and son-in-laws, Gill and Tony Conroy now employ around 300 [...]

Are You Taking the P?

Do you know what a prostate is, where it is and what’s it’s for? Around 42,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK every year and we’re proud to improve awareness and support the annual 5K ‘Are You Taking the P’ run on the 19th June with York Against Cancer. Only men have a prostate gland. Found below the bladder it is usually the size of a walnut and surrounds the urethra. This [...]

Keeping Quality of Life with Dementia

May 15-21st this year is Dementia Awareness week (DWA). The week of events throws a spotlight on dementia to help increase understanding of the condition, raise awareness of the Alzheimer’s Society, their work and fund raising. Keeping quality of life with dementia Dementia is a term that describes symptoms of progressive brain damage most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease or mini strokes as in vascular dementia, which cause loss of memory, difficulties in problem solving, [...]

How to Keep Antibiotics Effective

Antibiotics are medicines that cure and, in some instances prevent, bacterial infections in humans and animals. Today, our growing resistance to these essential drugs is emerging as a very real threat to our health. Do you know how to keep antibiotics effective? Join us and become an... We all need antibiotics that continue to work. To highlight the issue to our own care team and our clients we have pledged our support and become Antibiotic [...]

Skills for Care Accolade Finalists

We are delighted to be finalists in the prestigious Skills for Care Accolade Awards. Now in its 13th year, the Accolades finalists shortlist is an eclectic mix of employers, training providers, local authorities and individual employers who have all demonstrated an innovative approach to developing learning and development opportunities for the 1.5 million adult social care workforce in England. Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said: “Adult social care needs to be much more confident [...]

York Floods: a thank you

On Boxing Day the swiftly rising floodwaters in York stretched the capabilities of professional carers across the city, as they sought to reach and reassure their clients. The crisis also served to highlight the very special kind of people they are. Photo: Frank Dwyer - see full story in The Press All year round, at Riccall Care our carers work with the vulnerable and elderly in their own homes. Bringing a friendly face, [...]

Great Company Café – open to all

Every first Thursday of the month we host a Riccall Care Community Link Dementia Café. Our cafés have been a great success but we have found that some people think you have to have dementia to join us, which is not the case! The title ‘dementia café’ simply means that we are equipped and very happy to welcome everyone, including those with dementia. As we are a home care company, we of course have special [...]

How to Keep Warm this Winter

It's very important for all of us to keep warm and well throughout the winter. For the vulnerable and elderly it could be a matter of life and death. We work hard to ensure that everyone we care for is warm and happy at home throughout the colder months. Yet, on average in England there are calculated to be 25,000 excess winter deaths every year*. As well as falling victim to infectious diseases like flu, [...]

It Takes Just Two Minutes to Be a Hero

Back in the summer the Yorkshire Post launched a campaign to encourage people to put themselves on to the organ donor register after it was discovered that only 114 people in Yorkshire had consented to organ donation. Currently it is estimated that 800 people in Yorkshire alone are awaiting lifesaving transplants. Organ donation is a subject close to our hearts. Joel Malyon, son of Polly one of our team here at Riccall Care, was an [...]

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