Caring for Carers

Carers are an absolutely instrumental part of our society. The work they undertake to care for loved ones saves lives, improves quality of life for those in need, and helps lessen the blow of disabling and terminal illness. Today, almost 6.5 million people are carers1, which equates to one in eight adults in the UK.

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Spotting the First Signs of Dementia

Around 850,0001 people across the UK are living with dementia right now. If you’re reading this a few months or even a year from now – that number will have increased significantly. Of course, the disease doesn’t only affect those suffering from the condition – but their families and close friends as well. 24.6 million2

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Benefits of Meditation for Elderly People

Meditation has been shown to have beneficial effects on people of all ages and walks of life, from stressed office workers to frantically revising teenagers, so it is not surprising to know that it can also be useful for elderly people, whether they are living at home or in a residential care home for the

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How to Spot Signs of Stress

As we age, the types of stressors in our lives change. Older people may no longer need to worry about problems at work or paying the mortgage. Instead they experience new stressors such as losing friends and loved ones, changes in their mental and/or physical abilities, and how best to fill the empty space of

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Nutrition with Elderly Residents

As we get older, our nutrition needs can change, thanks to a decrease in muscle mass and often a decrease in activity too. This not does mean that an elderly person no longer needs to care about their food intake, as so many do, and think that they can comfortably get by on toast and

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Things to do with Your Parents/Grandparents this Easter Bank Holiday

With Good Friday and Easter Monday fast approaching, it seems like a good time to address the issues surrounding holidays when family members and loved ones are in nursing homes. The most important first step when trying to decide what to do over any holiday period is to ask your loved one for their opinion

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What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a much-misunderstood term. It comes from the little-known verb ‘to palliate’, which means to improve symptoms of a disease without aiming to cure it. The focus is therefore not on treatment to heal, as with other branches of medicine, but in trying to ease, maintain and or stabilise the patients’ life. Palliative

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What is the Difference Between a Residential Care Home and a Nursing Home?

Despite the fact that they are often used interchangeably, ‘residential care homes’ and ‘nursing homes’ are two separate concepts offering different levels and types of care. A residential care home is where you or your loved one might go if you are not able to safely live in your house anymore, due to physical infirmity,

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The Benefits of Sensory Activities with the Elderly

Sensory activities are activities which stimulate our 5 senses – namely vision, hearing, touch, smell, taste.   If you had the chance to sit and watch the heart-warming Channel 4 programme entitled “Old People’s Home for 4 Year-Olds ” (October 2018), which has two series in different residential homes for the elderly, then you will

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Respite Care and it’s Benefits

Respite care is care provided in a Care Home or similar organization for a short period of time on a temporary basis to someone who needs 24/7 care. This may be for rehabilitation purposes, or to allow the resident to get a feel of living in a care home or for a personal carer to

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