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Personal Assistant Care

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  • 19-09-2018
Personal Assistant Care

Hiring a personal assistant to give you the help you may need is a good way of staying at home for longer. There is advantages and disadvantages to this method of giving yourself or your loved one a helping hand. The advantages are that each and every time the personal assistant comes round, it will be the same person. This means a relationship can grow and blossom. The personal assistant can provide the routine that your loved one has come to...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2018-09-19 15:30:00 Read More

Support for Carers

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  • 05-09-2018
Support for Carers

Respite and Support for Carers As a carer, you are a great person you are to put your life on hold to help someone you love through a difficult period. Not everyone could do it, and it is a very commendable thing to do. For a long time carers have had no support from the Government, but this is all about to change. The Care Act 2014 came into force in April 2015 and set out legal rights for assessments and support for carers. Previously, carers...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2018-09-05 14:58:00 Read More

Independent Agencies for Home Care

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  • 21-08-2018
Independent Agencies for Home Care

Independent Agencies for Home Care If you would like to arrange your care privately then independent home care agencies should be the route to consider. The benefit of going down this route is that even if your normal carer is ill the agency can still send someone to help. This may not be someone you are used to but they will be still be there to help you. Before an independent home care agency employs anyone they must, by law, vet them. This...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2018-08-21 14:22:00 Read More

What is Dementia Care

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  • 15-08-2018
What is Dementia Care

Dealing with your Diagnosis of Dementia When someone has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease it can be a frightening time in their life and can often leave them feeling low and dispirited. If you have recently been diagnosed with dementia, you may want to know more about the way that you are feeling. You should remember that there is no right or wrong way to feel about the situation and each person may require a range of individual...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2018-08-15 13:15:00 Read More

Coping with Dementia

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  • 02-08-2018

Help With Dementia in London If you have been diagnosed with dementia, or if you care for someone who has dementia, there is a range of support and advice available to help you maintain an independent lifestyle. Companions of London understand that it is important for someone who has been diagnosed with dementia to continue to enjoy the range of activities that they have always been involved in. We offer a complete range of home help services for people...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2018-08-02 12:57:00 Read More

Personalised Individual Home Care

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  • 25-07-2018
Personalised Individual Home Care

Domiciliary care is basically a fancy word for home care; it is designed to aid you in any daily activities that you may need help with in your own home. We know that when you need help it can be a hard thing to come to terms with and even harder to admit to, even to yourself. This service allows you to stay in the comfort of your own home and can provide you with help such as getting dressed and cleaning. Domiciliary care can be provided to anyone...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2018-07-25 12:36:00 Read More

About Palliative Care

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  • 11-07-2018
About Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialised care for people with a serious illness. This care can provide relief from the symptoms, stress and pain from that serious illness. Palliative care is a term derived for the Latin word Palliare which means to cloak. This topic is quite a difficult one to speak about. It is a very delicate topic and should be handled as such. We know what it is like to lose a family member. It is always hard to say goodbye when you...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2018-07-11 12:27:00 Read More

What is CST

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  • 16-01-2018
What is CST

Understanding Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) offers a helpful treatment for people who are experiencing the effects of mild to moderate dementia. Many experts working in dementia care and treatment have recognised the positive effect of these psycho-social sessions. The CST experience is often seen to be as effective as medication. However, CST usually produces the most positive impact...

Posted by:Admin on:2018-01-16 16:20:05 Read More

The Right Care For Me

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  • 02-01-2018
The Right Care For Me

When you begin to realise that you need some extra help with household tasks or personal care, you will need to consider professional care. You have several options available to you which will depend on your situation. If you would like to stay living in your own home, then home care agencies can offer bespoke care plans to help you retain independence. Home care provides help with tasks such as shopping, cleaning or cooking. Home...

Posted by:Admin on:2018-01-02 12:14:41 Read More

Holiday Options for the Elderly

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  • 11-08-2017
Holiday Options for the Elderly

Everyone wants a break from the common routine. This includes elderly and disabled people. A change of environment, chance to visit special places to treasure moments. It is also fun to explore somewhere new. This can lift  your mood and improve your feeling of health.  You may wish to enjoy a fun day out to local attractions or a long weekend. There are many holiday choices to select from, and it all depends on their...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-08-11 11:15:00 Read More

Holidays for the Elderly

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  • 03-08-2017
Holidays for the Elderly

The last years of life are a time to complete travel goals. You can take pleasure in the freedom which retirement brings. But arranging a holiday could be a very hard process if you are older. You don't have to worry because there are guides out there that provide a select array of companies that give breaks and trips most essentially for seniors.  Now people are living longer and are spared from having age-related...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-08-03 11:08:00 Read More

Considering Accessible Travel

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  • 18-07-2017
Considering Accessible Travel

Travel for those with disabilities has become simpler and more common than ever before.  Travel trailers can be modified for lots of users with disabilities. There are further adaptations for particular needs. If you have a disability, you have the right to find accommodation. Even if you have a wide selection of accommodation for your disability, you have to plan so as to ensure that what you want is available. Campgrounds...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-07-18 10:41:00 Read More

Accessible Holiday Accommodation

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  • 14-07-2017
Accessible Holiday Accommodation

You can select from a wide selection of disabled holiday accommodation all over the world.  You can find wheelchair accessible holidays that have disabled facilities. This includes bed and breakfasts, cottages, hotels and self-catering villas.  It doesn't matter if you are searching for a luxury city break or a rural retreat. Maybe you wish to visit a sunny vacation resort. This article will give you the accessible...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-07-14 10:38:00 Read More

How Dementia Progresses

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  • 05-07-2017
How Dementia Progresses

The progress of dementia in a sufferer is normally seen as having 3 stages. In the initial stage of dementia, the sufferer has a marked decline of memory. They experience impaired focus and an increasing tendency to anxiety and fatigue.  Nothing more than a clear failure of memory might be seen for a year or two as of the relatively slow development of the illness. But, unusual incidents increasingly...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-07-05 10:29:00 Read More

What are the Signs of Dementia

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  • 29-06-2017
What are the Signs of Dementia

Dementia is the progressive turn down in cognitive function. This is because of damage or illness in the brain beyond what may be expected from normal ageing.  Specifically affected parts might be memory, attention, problem solving and language. In the later stages of the condition, affected individuals might be disoriented in time, not knowing what day, week, month or year it is. Some may experience not knowing where they...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-06-29 10:18:00 Read More

Music and Early Decline in Dementia

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  • 22-06-2017
Music and Early Decline in Dementia

A current study posted in the Journal of Alzheimer's Diseases shows a connection between music and dementia.   Listening to music and meditation programs have shown benefits in people with cognitive decline.  It showed enhancement in memory and cognitive abilities.  Emerging proof shows that SCD or subjective cognitive decline can present a preclinical phase of Alzheimer's disease. This disease affects...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-06-22 10:11:00 Read More

High Blood Sugar and Alzheimers

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  • 14-06-2017
High Blood Sugar and Alzheimers

High blood sugar and Alzheimer's are two of the most difficult medical issues to deal with.  They take an obvious toll on you and of course your loved ones. People living with high blood sugar are already at a greater threat to life-threatening conditions and diseases. Recent research states that having high blood sugar doubles the possibilities of developing problems. This includes Alzheimer's or other types of...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-06-14 10:04:00 Read More

Levels of Education and Alzheimers

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  • 08-06-2017
Levels of Education and Alzheimers

Research conducted in Europe discussed the effects of education on dementia.  Experts discovered that education doesn't secure against age-related thinking and memory issues. The study has discovered that older individuals with higher level of learning abilities are still prone to the disease.  Having a good memory doesn't assure that that you will not experience memory loss in the near future.  This is...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-06-08 09:53:00 Read More

Home Based Palliative Care

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  • 01-06-2017
Home Based Palliative Care

Home-based palliative care programs offer quality treatment at a very reasonable cost. This is according to a recent study.  HBPC or Home-Based Palliative Care plan is for those with advanced diseases. This was related to a 12,000 reduction in the total expense per person.  The result was fewer hospital admissions as well as emergency room visits as well as greater use of hospital during the last 3 months of life. This...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-06-01 16:10:00 Read More

Ways to Improve Palliative Care

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  • 17-05-2017
Ways to Improve Palliative Care

Care to enhance quality of life for those seriously ill is important to consider. Below are the key considerations for transforming palliative care in the hospital system.  To obtain the needed changes,  care institutions should start with an objective. They should understand the real meaning of palliative care.   There are misunderstandings about palliative care.  It is believed...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-05-17 09:37:00 Read More

UK End of Life Care

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  • 03-05-2017
UK End of Life Care

End of life care in UK is considered the best in the world.  Recent research praises the availability and quality of services. End of life care assists many elderly in UK in their final days. In simple terms, end of life care means the treatment, care as well as support for terminally ill people. This is provided to assist  people to live as comfortably as possible before they die. End of life care  covers essential...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-05-03 11:25:00 Read More

Meals Nutrition and Feeding

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  • 25-04-2017
Meals Nutrition and Feeding

Good nutrition is essential for health and well-cared for someone. This is crucial for someone who is recovering from an illness. Eating little or unbalance diet can result to malnutrition. If someone is not getting enough nutrients  they cannot respond well to treatment. These are ways to ensure that someone that you care for does not suffer from malnutrition. It is important that...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-04-25 14:21:00 Read More

Personalised Care

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  • 19-04-2017
Personalised Care

A personalised care plan encourages individuals and promotes independence. It can assist people to be involved in decisions concerning their care.  It centres on listening to individuals, finding out what matters to them and finding out what support they need. Personalised care is basically about addressing person’s full range of needs. This  takes  into account their health, personal, family, social, economic,...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-04-19 14:14:00 Read More

Which Care Service

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  • 13-04-2017
Which Care Service

There are many reasons why you may require homecare.  You may need help recovering from an accident or surgery.  You may need long term care for a chronic illness or disability. Home care is always a viable option that has been popular for some period now. Studies have shown that recovering at home is better for a patient's physical and mental health. Today's care services can provide  help with errands...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-04-13 14:09:00 Read More

Care and Support Plans

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  • 05-04-2017
Care and Support Plans

The care and support plan puts people at the centre of their care. It offers them a chance to the choice and control over their care and support. A person in need of skilled care will have a care plan and caregivers have a support plan.  The plan describes the similar needs of people, and how the needs local authorities will meet. It takes into account the needs served by an caregiver, for example. It should also include...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-04-05 13:09:00 Read More

After Discharge From Hospital

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  • 28-03-2017
After Discharge From Hospital

Have you been admitted in the hospital and it is time to be discharged?  Additional support could help to boost the recovery, restore confidence, and a better chance to live safely at home. These services are called intermediate care offer this type of support. These services can help to avoid going to the hospital, get good help quickly, so you can be treated at home. If there is a possibility...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-03-28 13:03:00 Read More

Carers Assessments

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  • 23-03-2017
Carers Assessments

Have you have been providing a regular and greater amount of care to someone? You may have the right to a carer assessment of health and social protection. There is no definition of "regular and substantial care." Assessment of a caregiver means that they can provide the correct social services for your situation. If you are a carer, the services available can make your caring role easier for you. You will be checked to...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-03-23 12:59:00 Read More

Assessing Your Care

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  • 15-03-2017
Assessing Your Care

Your care needs is kind of assessment.  These are carried out with you by a professional caregiver from care department in your local council. A care assessment will find out: What your care needs are How they can be met It's sometimes known as a: Care assessment Care needs assessment Community...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-03-15 12:43:00 Read More

Your Right to Social Care and Support

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  • 09-03-2017
Your Right to Social Care and Support

Social care is a service provided by local authorities. These aim to provide help and support to those people who need and require assistance in their everyday lives. Local authorities in turn use the services of social care workers to carry out these various community care jobs. This is to help these people achieve a balance in their society. A social care worker provides care and support to old age people and those with...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-03-09 12:34:00 Read More

Manual Handling

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  • 03-03-2017
Manual Handling

Manual handling means the process of lifting and carrying people from bed into a wheeelchair or chair. This requires similar training as those lifting heavy objects in the workplace. As part of health and safety in the workplace, manual handling is regulated by the authorities and training should be provided. The regulations do not specify a maximum weight a person can handle. Instead, they focus on trying to...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-03-03 12:26:00 Read More

Palliative Care for Quality of Life

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  • 02-03-2017

Palliative care makes sure that a person who has a terminal condition suffers as little as possible. It is also available to ensure that all the emotional, physical as well as spiritual needs are met. The emphasis is on easing and relieving each sign of the disease instead of curing the illness itself. The value is on assisting a peaceful and dignified death. Patients are cared for in their home or anywhere they live close to...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-03-02 11:26:24 Read More

Caring for People with Alzheimers

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  • 27-02-2017
Caring for People with Alzheimers

Alzheimer’s is seen as the progressive mental deterioration of the brain and has affected millions of people around the world. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly Alzheimer’s is and how you can effectively take care of a loved one with Alzheimer's. Alzheimer’s is a disease that completely changes the brain of the patient. It causes them to lose the ability to remember, use good judgement and think.  ...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-02-27 12:03:00 Read More

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups

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  • 15-02-2017
Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups

There have been many improvements in medical technology and social care over recent years. These have led to an increased life expectancy for vulnerable groups in our society today.  People with Down's syndrome have an increased risk of developing dementia. A significant number will develop the condition between the ages of 40 to 50.  In the UK historically vulnerable people with Learning Disabilities were cared...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-02-15 12:06:00 Read More

Hiring a Personal Assistant

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  • 09-02-2017
Hiring a Personal Assistant

Some vulnerable and older people may find the daily tasks getting harder to complete on their own.  A personal assistant will be able to  provide support for vulnerable people. You can easily simplify your life by effectively and efficiently hand these tasks over to your professional personal assistant: Running general errands  Managing the household calendar and booking...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-02-09 11:55:00 Read More

What to Ask An Agency

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  • 03-02-2017
What to Ask An Agency

It pays to be ultra-cautious before you bring any stranger into an elderly person's  home. Using a care agency may make you feel somewhat more secure. But there are still several questions you should ask before you hire an elder home care agency.  If the answers you receive make you uncomfortable in any way, then trust your instincts and interview another agency. How Long Has The Agency Been...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-02-03 11:46:00 Read More

Independent Homecare Agencies

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  • 26-01-2017
Independent Homecare Agencies

There is a growing demand for homecare services for elderly people in the United Kingdom. Independent homecare agencies provide the necessary structure to connect people who need care. They offer private caregivers for individuals or families who need a little extra help at home.  Understanding how these agencies work opens doors for nurses and specialists interested in a successful career in private home care.  It also...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-01-26 11:41:00 Read More

Wills and Trusts

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  • 18-01-2017
Wills and Trusts

A will allows you to decide how your property is used and distributed after your death. Making a Will is all about providing for your loved ones after you have gone. It allows you to have control over where your money and assets go and makes sure that your final wishes are carried out.  A properly drawn up Will can;  Ensure...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-01-18 14:43:00 Read More

Types of Homecare

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  • 17-01-2017
Types of Homecare

There are many different types for care of homecare today. It used to be, that anyone unable to care for themselves, would have to be placed in a residential hospital or facility. This allows for  daily care to be available to them around the clock. Nowadays, there are several Homecare options to choose from. For those that do not need medical attention and care around the clock, a part-time homecare option is ideal. With...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-01-17 11:34:00 Read More

Regulations for Care Workers

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  • 16-01-2017
Regulations for Care Workers

Whenever you, or someone that you love, is receiving care at home or in hospital, it is essential that you can feel confident that the care provider is safe and suitable for working with vulnerable people or children. The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) is responsible for ensuring that people who are a risk to children or vulnerable people are not permitted to carry out any work as a carer or volunteer within the vulnerable groups. The ISA...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2017-01-16 09:57:00 Read More

What is equity release

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  • 13-01-2017
What is equity release

The equity in a property is the difference between its value and any mortgage and other debits held against the property. Equity release is the act of unlocking, or making available some, or all of the value of the property whilst continuing to live in it. This can be done by selling a share of the property to a home reversion company or with a lifetime mortgage. Some people choose to keep the equity in their home throughout their...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-01-13 14:36:00 Read More

Volunteer Opportunities in Care Work

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  • 12-01-2017
Volunteer Opportunities in Care Work

Volunteers work along side professional care givers to provide vital social and activity work to improve the lives of those who require care at home. There are a range of services that a volunteer can help with including simply visiting and being a friend between visits by carers. Befriending services help to significantly improve the social life of someone who is being cared for at home. You can provide regular visits, educational activities or be...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2017-01-12 09:54:00 Read More

The Care Quality Commission

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  • 11-01-2017
The Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) provides a guarantee for patients who use care services throughout the UK that they are going to receive a high level of service. The CQC inspects the services provided by care homes, GP surgeries, hospitals, dental professionals and all other care services. The results of these inspections are published on its website so that patients can make better informed decisions about the health care that they receive. The...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2017-01-11 09:53:00 Read More

Support Services for Carers

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  • 10-01-2017
Support Services for Carers

If you are caring for someone you may feel like you require some help and support to ensure that you are providing your care to the best of your ability. There are a number of services provided by local authorities and charities to assist carers help look after themselves whilst they are looking after others. Local authorities and charities can provide the following services for carers: The Carers Trust is a national charity which offers carers...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2017-01-10 09:51:00 Read More

Support for People Being Cared For

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  • 09-01-2017
Support for People Being Cared For

There are a number of support services available for people who receive care which are provided by local authorities and charities. Before you are eligible to receive assistance from the social services department, you will need to be assessed so that they can understand what your care needs may be. You will need to undergo a community care assessment if you have a long term illness, are disabled or are frail from old age. This assessment is also...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2017-01-09 09:41:00 Read More

Continence Services

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  • 06-01-2017
Continence Services

Many people who receive care experience continence problems. The problem of incontinence may be uncomfortable, embarrassing or difficult to deal with cleaning up after. People who have problems with mobility often find that they are susceptible to leakage or incontinence since it takes them longer to reach the toilet. As a carer, it is important to understand the difficulties that the person that you care for may suffer as a result of incontinence...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2017-01-06 09:37:00 Read More

Enduring Power of Attorney

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  • 05-01-2017
Enduring Power of Attorney

An EPA drawn up before 1st October 2007 can still be used as a legal document. The most significant difference between an EPA and the new LPA is that an EPA can be used like a normal power of attorney. This can be used without registration, until such time as the person no longer has capacity. Whereas an LPA can be used only after it has been registered.  If no EPA or LPA exists when it becomes essential to have one,...

Posted by:Admin on:2017-01-05 14:27:00 Read More

Taking a Break from Caring

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  • 04-01-2017
Taking a Break from Caring

Respite care is a service provided to offer a break for carers who need to take some time away from their caring duties. It is important for the wellbeing of the carer to take time off from caring to do something that helps them to relax and recuperate from their caring role. Many carers have had to give up work or studies to provide care for a loved one and they can sometimes feel as though they have been cut off from friends and the people that...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2017-01-04 09:33:00 Read More

Private Home Carers in London

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  • 03-01-2017
Private Home Carers in London

To ensure that the home care provider that you choose offers the best services to suit your requirements, you need to carry out a number of checks to discover whether they are able to match the level of care that you require. It is a big decision to arrange for someone to come into your home to provide additional support.You need to be confident that the company that you employ is interested in improving your comfort and independence within your home. To...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2017-01-03 09:32:00 Read More

Laundry Services for Carers

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  • 02-01-2017
Laundry Services for Carers

If you are a carer, or someone in need of care, you may be entitled to receiving help from social services to attend to your laundry requirements. Extensive laundry duties can become physically demanding and reduce the amount of time available for care administration. As a carer looking after someone who requires care at home, you may become familiar with the additional work load that require attention as a result of bowel or bladder difficulties. When...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2017-01-02 09:29:00 Read More

Library Services for Carers in London

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Library Services for Carers in London

If you or the person that you care for are unable to visit a library, there are a range of local services that can provide access to books and other library services. Many local authorities will run the following library services to allow you to borrow books if you are caring for someone or if you are a housebound resident: Books on Wheels is a service run by volunteers and assistants who will collect and deliver books to your home from your local...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-30 09:27:00 Read More

Meals on Wheels

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Meals on Wheels

Meals on wheels is a support service provided by local authorities for people who require care. The meals on wheels service prepares and delivers hot meals to the house of someone who is unable to prepare their own food. By having the meals delivered, a carer will not have to spend time cooking and concentrate on providing excellent care for the person that they look after. Each local authority will have their own system for providing a meals on wheels...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-29 09:25:00 Read More

Handling Another Persons Finances

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Handling Another Persons Finances

If you need to manage someone else's affairs because they can not do it for themselves then you need to research The Mental Capacity Act 2005.  This act lays out who can act on someone’s behalf, when and under what circumstances they can do so. The Mental Capacity Act works on the assumption that people should be able to to make their own decisions. This is unless they clearly lack the capacity to do so. Many of the...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-12-28 14:23:00 Read More

London Carers

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London Carers

When you or a loved one makes the decision to seek help at home you will want to find the correct help for your specific requirements. There are a wide range of people who require help at home and there are a lot of options open to people who seek home help, domiciliary care or live in care. Whatever your individual requirements may be, it is important to contact your home care provider and discuss your needs to find out if they can attend to your...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-27 09:22:00 Read More

Home Care Jobs in London

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Home Care Jobs in London

Companions of London offer a range of opportunities for people who are able to provide home help for vulnerable and older people. If you feel as though you would be suitable as a home help provider for elderly and vulnerable people in London, Companions of London are always looking for competent staff to join our professional care team. Anyone who does not have a natural ability to care for others, or who do not genuinely want to improve the welfare of others...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-26 09:20:00 Read More

Help with self funding

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Help with self funding

If you have been assessed as needing care  and you would prefer to self fund this then you can of course do that. We do however recommend seeking expert advice from a financial adviser before you commit to self funding. Self funding allows you to have complete control of the process. You get to choose which care provider you most like the look off from your budget. Before this step, there are some questions that you should...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-12-23 14:18:00 Read More

Elderly Care at Home

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Elderly Care at Home

If you are an elderly person living at home, you may be entitles to care and support from your local authority. You may also require help with daily tasks around the home which will assist you in everyday tasks that have become difficult. There are many agencies available who can arrange for a personal assistant or care worker to help you in your home. All agencies must be registered with the Care Quality Commission. To find out about agencies available...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-22 09:15:00 Read More

Finding Help at Home in London

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Finding Help at Home in London

There are a range of options available for people who wish to remain at home to live an independent life in comfortable surroundings. The wellbeing of an individual comes from feeling safe, secure and comfortable where they live. For many elderly and vulnerable people, it often becomes hard to cope with continuing their independant lifestyles and will require home support and assistance. The first thing that you need to do if you require help at...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-21 09:28:00 Read More

Elderly Home Care

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Elderly Home Care

We all want to live an independent life for as long as possible within the comfort of our own homes. As we get older however, we may need additional support to help us to carry out every day tasks which have become difficult to achieve alone. The support that you are entitled to will depend on your individual circumstances and the services offered by your local authority. If you are applying for home help support from your local authority, you may...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-20 09:12:00 Read More

Financial Help with Care

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Financial Help with Care

The major sources of support available for the elderly or vulnerable adults is provided by the NHS or by your local social services department. The financial help that may be available to you will depend on your individual circumstances. You may also qualify for help from charitable organisations. The NHS is able to provide many types of healthcare equipment that you may require. The NHS may also be able to provide for your care needs in specific...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-19 16:59:00 Read More

Home Help for the Elderly

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Home Help for the Elderly

For elderly persons living within your own home, there are a number of services available for people aged 60 and over who require help at home. If you feel like you may require additional help with everyday duties around your home, you may benefit from local authority financial help to cover the costs of home care. However if you or your partner decide to move into a care home you will need to complete a means test to assess your financial situation. The...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-16 16:57:00 Read More

Local authority funding

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Local authority funding

If you have been assessed as needing care then the local authority may be able to help you. They can offer  help with finding a care home that meets your assessed needs. However, you will usually be expected to seek and choose your own care provider.  Your needs assessment will then be completed.  It will then be decided if you should employ a carer to receive the proper care. Then your local authority will then...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-12-15 14:09:00 Read More

Understanding Dementia

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Understanding Dementia

If you or someone that you know is finding daily life difficult as a result of dementia, Companions of London offer experienced and friendly home help to provide assistance with any tasks that have become harder. Dementia is the effects of a disease that effects the memory, mental agility and judgements of the person diagnosed. Dementia mainly effects people over the age of 65 and has been diagnosed in about 800,000 people throughout the UK. If you feel...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-13 16:56:00 Read More

Dementia and Communication

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Dementia and Communication

Someone who has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease has as much need to communicate with other people as everyone else. Good quality communication can help improve a persons sense of self worth, preserve their sense of identity and let others know about how they feel. Although the main form of communication that many of us focus on is verbal, there is also a lot of communication that is non-verbal. Non verbal communication becomes...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-12 16:55:00 Read More

Supporting Someone With Dementia

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Supporting Someone With Dementia

Someone who has been diagnosed with dementia will discover that they begin to find difficulties in tasks that would previously have been simple to accomplish. When it becomes difficult to remember how to cope with everyday situations, it can have an impact on their sense of self worth and confidence. If a loved one is in need of support to help them carry out essential tasks throughout the day, you will need to show them that they are still valued...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-09 16:53:00 Read More

Treating People with Alzheimers Disease

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Treating People with Alzheimers Disease

When someone that you know and love has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, you will need to remember that, despite their illness, they are still a person with feelings and need to be treated with the same courtesy and respect as before they became ill. Someone who suffers from Alzheimer's disease or dementia will be in a fragile position and require a reassurance from those that surround and care for them that they are...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-08 16:52:00 Read More

What is the Carers assessment

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What is the Carers assessment

A carer's assessment is how the council decides if you are eligible for support from them in your unpaid caring role. A social worker will talk with you about all of the things you do on a daily basis and how you cope with what you have to do.  Anyone who provides, or intends to provide, a large amount of time caring for someone can have a carer's assessment.  This large amount of time is...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-12-07 13:14:00 Read More

Carers Trust Support for Carers

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Carers Trust Support for Carers

The Carers Trust is a charity organisation that was established to offer support and services that recognise the work provided by unpaid carers. A carer can be someone of any age who supports a family member or a friend who is unable to care for themselves. Carers provide vital help for a friend, relative or partner who is disabled, frail, ill or requires assistance with substance misuse or mental health problems. The Carers Trust recognise that...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-06 16:50:00 Read More

Advantages of using a Care Agency

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Advantages of using a Care Agency

Whether you require full or part time home care ( also called domiciliary care), a home care agency can provide an experienced an fully trained carer to look after you or a loved one. A home care agency can provide workers to help with your personal care or with housework for a few hours a day, they can sleep over for a number of nights a week or can provide live in care according to your requirements. Domiciliary care providers will arrange for an...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-05 16:48:00 Read More

Bladder Self Assessment

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Bladder Self Assessment

A healthy bladder is important to everyone. For people who suffer from bladder problems, everyday tasks can become painful and many people do not seek help to try and manage the problem. There are a number of treatments available to help you with bladder problems. If you think that you suffer from an unhealthy bladder, you need to consult your GP as soon as you can. To determine whether you need to seek specialist help with your bladder, you should...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-03 16:47:00 Read More

self funded care in the home

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self funded care in the home

If you are not eligible for council funding for your care or you would prefer to pay for your care yourself then you can. The cost of your care will really depend upon where you live, how much care you need and the care company that you use.  If you are meeting the cost of these services from your savings then we recommend that you speak with a specialist financial adviser. They will help you use your money in the best way...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-12-03 13:11:00 Read More

Care At Home in London

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Care At Home in London

If you think that you may require extra help at home, there are a range of people available to come to your home and help make life more comfortable for you. Paid workers may be employed by the local authority or on behalf of the person in need of care. You may require help from paid care workers to provide personal or domestic help around your home. These care workers are also known as personal assistants or care attendants. You may be eligible...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-02 16:46:00 Read More

Activities for People with Dementia

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Activities for People with Dementia

If you are caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, it is important that you help them to remain as active as possible. When dementia develops, it begins to effect the ability of the person to carry out everyday tasks. Keeping mentally and physically active allows them to maintain basic skills that are meaningful and enjoyable. You should try to find activities which are linked to the interests and hobbies of the person which...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-12-01 16:44:00 Read More

Communication Difficulties and Alzheimers

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Communication Difficulties and Alzheimers

When you are caring for someone who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease it may become difficult to understand what they are trying to tell you as they will often forget words, substitute other words or display strange behaviour when trying to get their view across. Communication may be effected by memory problems or other factors. Speaking may be difficult due to the side effects of medication, discomfort, the illness or from pain. You will...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-11-30 16:43:00 Read More

Choosing Care Services

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There are many reasons why you may require homecare.  You may need help recovering from an accident or surgery.  You may need long term care for a chronic illness or disability. Home care is always a viable option that has been popular for some period now. Studies have shown that recovering at home is better for a patient's physical and mental health. Today's care services can provide  help with errands...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-11-30 13:10:46 Read More

Employing A Care Worker

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Employing A Care Worker

Primary care for elderly loved one can be difficult. When you cannot provide all elderly care and support of friends or family community organisations may not be enough. It may be useful to employ home care workers on private basis. He or she can provide care for a few hours per week to 24 hours a day and can provide many other useful services. There are several ways to hire employee’s home care or home care...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-11-30 12:08:32 Read More

What is Attendance Allowance

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What is Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance is a non-means tested, non-taxable allowance.  Attendance Allowance is for people of 65 and over who are mentally of physically disabled and need personal care.  Attendance Allowance is paid at two rates. The lower rate is £51.85 per week and is for people who need personal care day or night. The higher rate is £77.45...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-11-24 13:06:00 Read More

Health and Safety when Manually Handling

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Health and Safety when Manually Handling

Manual handling is the assistance that a carer may need to provide for someone who needs help moving and may require lifting. Manual handling can include help with washing, getting out of bed or going to the toilet. The person who carries out the manual handling is at risk of injury if they do not follow correct health and safety precautions. If you are caring for someone who needs to be handled manually, you are at risk of back pain or in severe...

Posted by:Paul Marren on:2016-11-21 16:20:29 Read More

Local authority funding for care

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Local authority funding for care

To get local authority funding you have to contact your local council's social services department. This will begin the process and the process begins with a care assessment. If you are assessed as needing care in your home then the local authority will then need to make a financial assessment. This is also known as a means test and it is to decide whether you qualify for assistance with the cost of care.  Most...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-11-15 13:02:00 Read More

Where do patients receive palliative care

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Where do patients receive palliative care

If you have a life-limiting condition you will be offered palliative care to control pain, soothe any uncomfortable symptoms and to support you both practically and emotionally. This care can take place in a number of settings according to your individual needs and your preferences.  You may prefer to be cared for in a care home, a hospital, a hospice or in the comfort and safety of your own home. Wherever you are, you will...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-09-01 12:14:00 Read More

Palliative care for cancer

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Palliative care for cancer

Palliative care is treatment that aims to relieve discomfort without dealing with the cause of the condition. It is the care that works to boost the quality of life of people who have cancer or other life-threatening diseases. While surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy fight to attack the cancer itself, palliative care eases the pain and discomfort of the disease and its treatment. It also provides a source of psychological,...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-08-27 12:09:00 Read More

What is palliative care

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What is palliative care

Discovering that an illness cannot be cured can be devastating for the individual and for those that love them. Palliative care can help during this difficult time. Palliative is defined as “relieving pain without dealing with the cause of the condition.” It is provided for people with a terminal illness such as cancer, or individuals with complex progressive conditions, like motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis who need support and...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-08-19 12:03:00 Read More

How is palliative care given

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How is palliative care given

It is totally normal to feel frightened about approaching death. People can be scared about coping with pain and other distressing symptoms. They may worry about leaving loved ones or they may simply fear the unknown.  Everyone will experience the last few days of life in different ways and the changes to your health can be very individual and difficult to predict. However, whatever your final days have in store,...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-08-10 11:56:00 Read More

Who will be involved in your care

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Who will be involved in your care

To ensure you receive the very best palliative care a number of professionals will work together to ease your symptoms, offer psychological and practical support and help you achieve the best possible quality of life. Your GP and the primary healthcare team from your surgery will coordinate with specialist palliative care teams, local and charity services and your social worker to support you through this difficult time. ...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-08-05 11:18:00 Read More

Getting the best out of life

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Getting the best out of life

Being diagnosed with a terminal illness can be devastating for you as an individual and shattering for family and friends. When life is limited, many people reassess what is most important to them and consider how they want to live during the time they have left. The personal wishes and choices can be as varied as we all are as individuals. Some people take comfort in normality while others choose to explore new challenges.  At...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-08-04 11:49:00 Read More

Who can provide palliative care

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Who can provide palliative care

If you have a terminal illness, palliative care is the treatment you are given to ease your pain and discomfort, provide practical and psychological support and improve your quality of life. Because the goal of the care is to offer support to every aspect of your wellbeing, health and social care professionals with different skills, roles and experience will work together to provide you with the best help. Your GP together with your...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-08-03 11:16:00 Read More

Useful organisations

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Useful organisations

When you are diagnosed with a life limiting condition it’s normal to want to find out as much as possible about your disease, your care options and the support available. The internet can be a wonderful source of knowledge, however there is a vast amount of information and it can be difficult to differentiate between the reliable and the risky. Your GP and district nurse should be your first port of call, they will know of local support...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-08-02 11:13:00 Read More

Talking to your doctor

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Talking to your doctor

When you are told that you have a life-limiting condition the shock and distress can make it difficult to absorb the information that your doctor is giving you. Googling for information can also be terrifying. There is so much information out there that it can be impossible to know what’s safe and accurate and what’s frankly dangerous. If you want to know more about your illness, how the disease may develop and what you...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-08-01 11:07:00 Read More

What to expect from end of life care

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What to expect from end of life care

End of life care is the palliative care that you will receive in the last months of your life. You should be supported to live as well as possible. Your healthcare team will support you so that pain and any uncomfortable symptoms are controlled.  However, the care should extend beyond your healthcare needs. Your psychological, social, emotional and spiritual demands should also be addressed to enable you to achieve the best...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-07-29 14:15:00 Read More

Talking about your illness

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Talking about your illness

Socially and culturally many of us have been brought up to avoid tough conversations about death and disease. That can mean that if you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, it can be extremely difficult to broach the subject with family and friends.  Dealing with such a big issue alone can be very upsetting and isolating, so it is important to share with those you love.  Denial, sadness and the fear of distressing...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-07-28 14:05:00 Read More

Planning ahead

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Planning ahead

When you are dealing with the diagnosis of a terminal illness it can be difficult enough to cope with day to day life, without thinking about planning for the future. However, if you are approaching the end of your life it can be a good idea to think about what sort of care you want, where you would like to spend the rest of your life and also to consider any particular wishes you have for your death. This is called advanced care...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-07-27 13:10:00 Read More

Decisions about work and palliative care

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Decisions about work and palliative care

When you are diagnosed with a terminal illness it can be difficult to make decisions about work and the future. Some people want to carry on working because they love their job, need the money or appreciate the regular routine and sense of normality. For others, having a life limiting condition can make them reassess their aims and ambitions.  They may feel that leaving work will allow them to spend more time with loved...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-07-26 12:59:00 Read More

Coping with uncertainty and adapting to change

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Coping with uncertainty and adapting to change

Being told that you have a terminal illness is shocking and upsetting, even if you expected the diagnosis. Everyone reacts to the news in their own way. The response can be a little like the grief reaction you experience when a loved one dies. You may pass through stages of denial, guilt, anger and real sadness before you eventually come to terms with your illness. It’s important to remember that the emotions you...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-07-25 10:23:13 Read More

Respite care for complex care needs

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Respite care for complex care needs

When you are caring for an individual with complex needs it can seem impossible to take a break. But the stress of supporting your loved one’s health needs can really affect your own wellbeing.  Respite care doesn’t have to mean leaving your loved one in a hospital or residential facility. Whether the person you care for has a degenerative condition like multiple sclerosis, requires assistance with breathing or diabetes...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-07-21 10:46:55 Read More

What is Respite Care and why is it important

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What is Respite Care and why is it important

Respite care is designed to replace the care that you provide, so that you can take some time out from the enormous commitment and demands of care-giving. This can allow you the time and space to look after your own health and well-being, work uninterrupted, socialize or take a holiday. Many carers feel guilty if they spend time away from their caring duties. But time apart from your loved one can improve your emotional, psychological and physical...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-06-27 14:16:00 Read More

Taking a break what should I do

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Taking a break what should I do

Full time caring can often creep up on you, starting as a quick helping hand and progressing to occupy much of your days and nights, so that you can become isolated and house bound. Respite care can provide a break so that you can relax, have fun and relieve stress. However, when you’re used to concentrating all your attention on the needs of your loved one it can be tricky to adjust to having time to yourself. There are lots of ways to make the...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-06-23 14:11:00 Read More

Respite requirements for younger adults

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Respite requirements for younger adults

When you are looking for respite for a younger adult it’s important that the care responds to their individual needs. Their lifestyle, interests, routines and social life all need to be considered, as well as their health demands. No two people are the same, so when planning respite care it should be tailored to your loved one’s specific needs. That way the person you care for can be supported in living their life the way they want to. The right...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-06-15 13:06:00 Read More

Asking for help from Family and Friends

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  • 13-06-2016
Asking for help from Family and Friends

The combination of the responsibility and the physical and emotional demands of caring can seem overwhelming. But you are not alone; friends and family can provide support for you and your loved one, so that you can have a well-deserved break. Don’t be afraid to ask Many carers don’t want to bother or burden other people and simply struggle on alone. However regular rest is important for your health and your ongoing ability to care. Let others...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-06-13 13:01:00 Read More

Respite care requirements for elderly people

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  • 09-06-2016
Respite care requirements for elderly people

Caring for an elderly relative can be very rewarding but it can also place you under a level of strain that may put your physical and mental health at risk. It’s essential to take a break-but often your loved one may be frightened and resistant to care. Respite for you doesn’t have to mean residential care for them. In-home respite care is a viable alternative, allowing your loved one to stay safely in their own home while you get the rest and...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-06-09 12:37:00 Read More

Questions to consider

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  • 06-06-2016
Questions to consider

A respite carer can help support you and let you get the rest you need. However it’s important to find the right person so that you are able to relax safe in the knowledge that your loved one is getting the best care possible. What help do I need? Before finding the right carer, it’s important to know exactly the sort of support and respite that will be most beneficial for you, your loved one and your family. Think about the budget you have available...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-06-06 12:32:00 Read More

How respite care can keep the carer healthy

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How respite care can keep the carer healthy

When did you last take a break? Many care-givers feel guilty about taking time off. However, the stresses of caring can affect your physical and mental health. With some respite and rest, you can maintain your own well-being and ensure you return to your loved one with renewed energy and enthusiasm. All work and no play… When it comes to caring, all work and no play can actually make you ill. In research carers reported almost double the amount...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-06-05 12:27:00 Read More

Funding respite care

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  • 03-06-2016
Funding respite care

It’s vital for your health and well-being to take regular breaks from the physical and emotional pressures of caring. If you need regular respite, or a holiday to rest away from your loved one you may be able to get some help towards the costs. Check your benefits The first thing to do is make sure you are receiving all the benefits to which you are entitled. Look into Carer’s allowance and Disability Living Allowance as well as your eligibility...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-06-03 12:17:00 Read More

Frequently asked questions about respite care

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  • 31-05-2016
Frequently asked questions about respite care

The physical and emotional stress of caring can take their toll on your health, your wellbeing and your relationships. Here we answer some of the most common questions about care, so that you can access the rest and respite your need. Respite care is a type of short-term care that allows you as a carer some time away from your caring duties to have a rest or go on holiday. Respite care can take many forms, from a friend popping in once a week so...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-05-31 12:09:00 Read More

Finding accessible holidays

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  • 26-05-2016
Finding accessible holidays

Holidays can be a wonderful way to relax, recharge your batteries and savour new experiences together. But when you’re travelling with an individual who is disabled, elderly or has additional needs there may be extra things to consider. This will ensure the person you care for stays safe and healthy and you both enjoy a wonderful holiday. Depending on your loved one’s health, care needs and abilities you may want to check out the travel information...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-05-26 16:41:00 Read More

Finding a carer to provide respite care

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  • 25-05-2016
Finding a carer to provide respite care

The right carer can help your loved one stay safe and independent in their own home- and give you the opportunity to rest and recharge your batteries. But when you are searching for respite there are lots of factors to consider. Before you start your search, it’s essential to work out how much help your loved one needs and when the periods of respite would be most useful. Calculate how much the family can afford and look into any financial support...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-05-25 16:23:00 Read More

Choosing the right type of respite care

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Choosing the right type of respite care

You care for your loved one because you want them to stay comfortable, contented and well, at home with you. But we all need a break to restore body, mind and spirit. There are many options for respite care, by finding the right type for your family, you will be able to relax knowing your loved one is safe and being well cared for. By working together, your family members and close friends may be able to share some of the caring duties. Whether it’s...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-05-20 16:18:00 Read More

Am I entitled to respite care

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  • 17-05-2016
Am I entitled to respite care

Caring for a loved one can often be a twenty-four hour commitment, with little opportunity for rest. But everyone needs some time-out to relax and recover. The good news is that changes in the law have given caregivers important rights. So that now there may be help or financial assistance available to support you to continue caring. Get in touch with your local council. Local authorities now have a legal responsibility to assess any carer who needs...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-05-17 16:08:00 Read More

What is Dementia and Alzheimers

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  • 14-05-2016
What is Dementia and Alzheimers

Dementia is the word used to describe a group of symptoms that include difficulties with memory, thinking, problem solving, communication and behaviour. These changes are often insignificant in the beginning but can gradually increase to affect all aspects of daily life. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by a number of diseases. The most common of these is Alzheimer's disease but it can also occur as the result of a series of strokes...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-05-14 10:06:00 Read More

The Seven Stages of Alzheimers

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The Seven Stages of Alzheimers

Seven Stages Of Alzheimers There are a number of Alzheimers stages to watch out for. If you notice these symptoms you should contact a GP so they can diagnose the disease.  Scientists and doctors have described seven stages of Alzheimer’s disease to show how the symptoms may change over time. It is important to remember that each individual’s experience of dementia is different, so the stages are just a general guideline...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-05-07 11:34:00 Read More

The advantages of respite care at home

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  • 06-05-2016
The advantages of respite care at home

Many carers keep going, without the rest they desperately need because they feel guilty and scared about leaving their loved one, even for a short time. They may worry that the person they care for may not settle in a new environment or won’t get the level of support and assistance they require. But a residential facility is not the only option. Home carers can be a great alternative for respite care, allowing your loved one to stay healthy, happy...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-05-06 14:25:00 Read More

Staying Safe with Alzheimers Disease

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Staying Safe with Alzheimers Disease

Anyone who has memory problems and is mobile is at risk for wandering. In the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease wandering can be an increasing problem, putting the patient at risk and adding to the anxiety for friends and family. Signs that an individual with dementia may be prone to wandering can include: Being unsettled, restless or pacing. Being disorientated, for example asking or trying to go ‘home’ despite already being...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-05-04 11:28:00 Read More

Alzheimers Support and Social Networks

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  • 29-04-2016
Alzheimers Support and Social Networks

Older people are vulnerable to loneliness because of the death of friends and family, problems with mobility and poverty. We know that social isolation can have negative effects on health and well being and recent studies have suggested that older people who say that they feel lonely may actually be more likely to develop dementia from Alzheimer’s and other causes. The confusion, memory problems and personality changes of dementia can compound...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-04-29 11:15:00 Read More

Loneliness and Dementia

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Loneliness and Dementia

The confusion and forgetfulness of dementia can leave individuals feeling lost and alone. However recent studies have suggested that older people who say that they feel lonely may actually be more likely to develop dementia from Alzheimer’s and other causes. Researchers in the Netherlands followed seniors unaffected by Alzheimer’s for three years. They discovered that people who reported feeling lonely were significantly more likely to develop...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-04-25 11:04:00 Read More

Is Alzheimers genetic

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Is Alzheimers genetic

Many people with Alzheimer’s are worried that they may have inherited the disease and that it may be passed on to their children. The truth is that the cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still not fully understood. Scientists believe that many factors work together to increase an individual’s risk: genes, lifestyle, and the environment may all combine to allow the disease to take hold. Alzheimer’s can run in some families. People whose parents...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-04-21 10:48:00 Read More

Grief and Loss as Alzheimers Progresses

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Grief and Loss as Alzheimers Progresses

It is natural to feel grief and loss when someone you care for has dementia. The disease gradually takes away the individual you know and you may mourn for the person you loved, the relationship you shared and the future you had planned together. The sense of loss can be like bereavement and you may experience different feelings as the grieving process progresses; denial, anger and resentment, guilt and sadness are all normal responses to the diagnosis...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-04-19 10:41:00 Read More

Alzheimers and finding the right care

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  • 15-04-2016
Alzheimers and finding the right care

Caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s can be difficult and demanding. As the disease progresses the normal sleep cycle can be disturbed and the person may wander and be prone to accidents. To maintain safety, supervision needs to be day and night. This can be exhausting for friends and family. However there is support out there. By getting help you may be able to look after your loved one at home for longer or find the right place for them...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-04-15 09:25:00 Read More

Alzheimers and Family relationships

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  • 12-04-2016
Alzheimers and Family relationships

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be shattering for the whole family. As the disease progresses your loved one may have difficulty communicating, their personality may change and they may feel lost and confused. This will impact husbands, wives and children in different ways. All may feel a sense of loss for the person they loved and apprehension for the challenges ahead. The truth is that your relationship with your loved one will change; however...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-04-12 09:22:00 Read More

Dementia Dos and Donts

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  • 09-04-2016
Dementia Dos and Donts

As you come to terms with a dementia diagnosis, you may be worried about how your loved one will change, how you’ll communicate with them and how you’ll cope with the daily challenges of life together. Adjusting can be difficult and you will need time and support to adapt. Many people feel lost, confused and afraid of doing the wrong thing. We all make mistakes, so go easy on yourself and have a look at these tips to help avoid any pitfalls...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-04-09 09:49:00 Read More

Dementia working together as a family

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  • 06-04-2016
Dementia working together as a family

When someone you love is diagnosed with dementia the devastation can ripple through the whole family. Feelings of sadness, anger, guilt and resentment are common. Some people may deny the diagnosis and avoid getting involved; others may be unable to cope with their feelings of grief and loss. Family conflict is common as everyone struggles to come to terms with the changes in their own ways. It can be a difficult and demanding time but by working...

Posted by:Admin on:2016-04-06 09:32:00 Read More

Coping as a Carer

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  • 02-04-2016
Coping as a Carer

When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia the effects can be devastating for family and friends. As the individual struggles to deal with the symptoms of their disease, those around them may grieve for the person who seems to be gradually disappearing and for the future they had planned together. The prospects may seem bleak but caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be both challenging and rewarding, with help you can look after your loved one,...

Posted by:Damian Hope on:2016-04-02 10:51:00 Read More