Nannies 4 Grannies News Letter No 6

  • Oct 31, 2019
  • Kay

Nannies 4 Grannies News Letter No 6 Home Care and Companionship in St Albans and Harpenden - We hope you find it of interest.


A note from Kay....

Winter is on its way.. the clocks have changed, the leaves are starting to drop off the trees and temperatures are falling. At N4G we can help you prepare for the cold spells in a number of ways including keeping your cupboards well stocked or checking that your heating is working. Please do let us know if there’s anything we can do to help! Following our successful ‘Afternoon Tea’ in August, ‘Herts Musical Memories’ have committed to a new class to be held at the trust hall in Southdown on 20th November 2019. Please contact them on 0208 950 5757 if you require more information. And, opposite the trust hall is ‘The Plough & Harrow’ who are hosting a ‘Cockney Singalong’ on Sunday 24th November to include a traditional supper of pie, mash & liquor and a drink for £10.00 – either call the plough on 01582 715844 or our office for more details.

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.... This Autumn

Mulled wine!

Create the seasonal atmosphere of a Christmas market from home! Using a heavy saucepan over a medium heat, combine one bottle of red wine, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 tsp cloves, 1 tsp allspice, large piece of lemon rind and large piece of orange rind. Heat gently while stirring in 2 tablespoons of sugar, once dissolved taste to see if more is needed. Keep on a low heat for a further 20 mins before inviting friends round to enjoy!


Remember remember the 5th of November… as if we could forget! 400 years since the grisly demise of Guy Fawkes, the nation still relishes the opportunity to gather in muddy fields and marvel at firework displays. If you’re a pet owner, keep them safely inside and if you’re concerned about a firework display nearby, be sure to alert your local authority, family or friends.

Staying Warm

With the temperatures dropping quickly, this change can bring about several health issues if not dealt with immediately or fended off from the beginning. Along with the usual advice of keeping room temps above 21C (bedrooms 18C) and plenty of blankets and extra layers to hand, you may also be eligible for government heating support. If born before the 5th November 1953, check online to see if you qualify to receive a Winter Fuel Payment that could cover up to £300 of your heating bill. If temperatures fall below zero for seven consecutive days, you might also qualify for a Cold Weather Payment. We can help you find out.

Looking forward….. to Autumn TV

A guide to what’s on the Box As the night’s draw in and you find yourself reaching for that extra blanket, cosy up on the sofa with the best our TV’s have to offer this season:

The Crown, Netflix, 17th November

As Olivia Coleman takes the mantle for the 3rd season’s retelling of our Majesty’s reign, we join her and Philip amid the swinging sixties. Look out for Helena Bonham Carter’s much lauded portrayal of Princess Margaret.

War of the Worlds, BBC1, TBC

After its first radio broadcast back in 1938 caused quite the stir, this televised retelling hopes to be less panic inducing but just as equally absorbing. With Poldark’s Eleanor Thompson and Rafe Spall leading the cast, HG Wells Sci-fi classic sees a young couple trying to make do amid an alien invasion.

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, ITV, TBC

Fans and critics alike will be tuning in to watch more of the ridiculous and often inedible antics of this years unfortunate celebrities as they travel Down Under. Now in it’s 19th year, Ant & Dec aren’t planning on winding down anytime soon.


….We’ve been looking into various local activities that we think some of our clients would like to attend. Look down the list and if there is anything that interests you just call Kay or Brenda at the office on 01727 857988

A Slipper Swap Social! 10am – 1pm on the 1st November, St Albans Library in The Maltings

Bring along your old slippers and exchange for a new pair! Renew one of the most important items in your wardrobe while also increasing your stability and trip hazard awareness. Refreshments available so do take a seat, rest your feet and enjoy the afternoon.

A Tea and Tech Talk, 10.30am – 1pm on the 29th November, Frosse House, St Albans

Age UK Hertfordshire invites a host of speakers to a Q&A session to help with your tech needs. From online security, internet shopping and perhaps how to send a text. No query or concern is too small or large for this team of professionals.

In the News


Delirium is a sudden onset of confusion which may occur as an inability to speak, feeling disorientated, hallucinations and being unable to pay attention or remember things. It is often the first sign that something undetected is wrong. Delirium can be especially dangerous for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s or Dementia as it may be excused as a worsening of already known issues.

There are many different causes of delirium, from something as common as a Urinary Tract Infection to Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Therefore, if you suspect someone may be suffering from delirium, don’t wait to self-diagnose and seek medical advice immediately.

Unlike dementia, delirium is usually reversible if the underlying cause is treated immediately. There are a number of methods that can deployed depending on the severity of the case. Please be sure to familiarise yourself with what to look for, how to help and the differences between Delirium and Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

The danger of Call Centre Scammers

Fresh warnings have been made for those with internet access and landlines regarding scammers. With the growing sophistication in security software, Scammers are working twice as hard to trick us into handing over money. Their methods, akin to secret service tactics, are severe and resilient and will stop at nothing to con you out of your money. A group called UK Finance have offered the following advice to those at risk:

  • Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full banking password
  • Don’t assume an email, text or phone call is authentic. Call the business’s official number to check
  • Don’t be rushed - a genuine organisation won’t mind waiting
  • Listen to your instincts - you know if something doesn’t feel right
  • Stay in control - don’t panic and make a decision you’ll regret

Last year there was good news for individuals tricked into transferring money to fraudsters as several key banks signed up to a scheme that pledged to reimburse those who lost their money. If you took reasonable care or are deemed vulnerable, you are more likely to receive a refund.


There are several organised coffee mornings/afternoons in Harpenden and St Albans. Why not start the New Year by asking one of your Nannies to take you along?

A small selection are detailed here:

  • Active Brain, Marshalswick Baptist Church: Chat, play board games or do jigsaws in friendly company.
  • The St Albans Memory Café, St Mary’s Church, Marshalswick: To help people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
  • Jersey farm Community Centre: Coffee or tea on a Friday afternoon
  • Harpenden Trust Coffee Morning: Tuesday mornings, Southdown Road.
  • Wesleys Café, Harpenden Methodist Church: Monday, Friday and Saturday mornings

At Nannies 4 Grannies Ltd we offer Companion Care and Support for residents in St Albans, Harpenden, Watford and the surrounding areas.

Contact Kay on 01727 857988 to discuss the range of specifically tailored services we can provide for you or an elderly loved one. For full details go to our website Nannies 4 Grannies. Stay up to date with older issues by following us on Twitter or Facebook