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From smoothies to paddling pools: Bupa care homes across the UK find new ways to stay cool


As the weather continues to hit record highs, Bupa care homes across the UK are introducing extra measures to ensure their residents stay safe and well in the sun.

Hot summers always bring risks for older people for many reasons, from medical conditions through to the fact that it’s just not as easy to get up and get a glass of water. However, with this year’s summer being the hottest in a long while, colleagues at Bupa care homes are thinking creatively about how to help their residents stay hydrated and meet their nutrition needs.

Many homes are giving out ice lollies to help residents stay hydrated, whiles others, such a Waverley Grange care home in Surrey, have introduced smoothie bars.

Joan Elliott, Managing Director for Bupa Care Homes, said: “Getting outdoors has such a positive impact on people’s health so it’s still something we’re helping our residents enjoy. Lots of our homes have beautiful gardens, so we’re encouraging residents to get outside in the mornings and evenings, when it’s a bit cooler. We’ve even had homes that are getting paddling pools for residents to dip their feet in to keep cool!

“It’s not just hydration levels that are affected by the heat – people’s appetites can diminish too. Weight loss is especially prevalent in older people, so we’re adapting our menus and serving high calorie foods, that way even smaller portions can meet resident’s nutritional needs. We’ve even arranged ice-cream vans to visit our homes, which never fail to put a smile on resident’s faces.”

Last month, Bupa Southlands care home in Harrogate featured on BBC News as part of a piece on the heatwave. Home Manager Susan Sowden and residents at the home shared some of the measures introduced such as a smoothie bar.

The Care Quality Commission has also called for care homes to be #TempAware, and ensure residents are appropriately supported including meeting their individual hydration and nutritional requirements.


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Bupa's purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

With no shareholders, our customers are our focus. We reinvest profits into providing more and better healthcare for the benefit of current and future customers.

We serve 15.5m health insurance customers, provide healthcare to over 14.5m people in our clinics and hospitals and look after over 22,900 aged care residents.

We directly employ over 78,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, Chile, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the USA, Brazil, the Middle East and Ireland. We also have associate businesses in Saudi Arabia and India.

Health insurance accounts for the majority our business. In some markets we also operate clinics, dental centres, hospitals, and care homes and villages.

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