November 28, 2017
If you have been caring for an elderly relative with dementia then you will be painfully aware of how challenging it can be. One moment they are familiar and compassionate people, the next they can seem alien and aggressive. Even when they are at their most uncooperative it is important to continue treating them with respect and dignity, not just as a matter of tolerance of their condition, but as an acceptance of their needs as people. Such highs and lows can be difficult to manage, so it is vitally important that they receive care from those who are expert at handling such situations.
November 28, 2017
We can go to great lengths to ensure our elderly loved ones receive the very best care they need. Heaps of research can be undertaken in selecting the most appropriate home, special attention heeded upon their comfort needs and even exceptional dietary requirements taken into consideration. Then, after devoting all that effort to their wellbeing, why would we want to just sit them in front of a TV and let them mentally deteriorate as the result of a passive, sedentary life?
October 19, 2017
What is the Most Suitable Clothing for Your Relative in a Nursing Home? Once the arrangements are made, and plans are underway to move your relative in to a nursing home, your mind can turn to packing. One of the most frequent questions we get at this stage is ‘what are the most suitable clothes for elderly in nursing homes?’ It’s not a question you’ve likely thought about before, so what are the problems, and how are clothing choices affected?
October 11, 2017
How to Find a Care Home near You in Devon or Somerset When it comes to how to find a care home, the prospect can be daunting. Yet when you find a care home which suits the needs, and desires, of your loved one the relief is huge. You should be able to feel reassured that you’re not ‘making do’ or compromising when it comes to the care that your family member receives. However, most individuals face the question of how to find a care home without any experience, and often not knowing where to turn. This post will help you understand what you need to know to find a care home near you.
September 21, 2017
Nursing Home or Residential Home – Which is Best? Considering a residential home for your loved one can be a bewildering prospect at best. You’ll be facing a range of options and it’s difficult to know what’s what, and where to start. The biggest of the hurdles you’ll face as you begin to look for a care home, is knowing the difference between a nursing home and a residential home, and, importantly, which is best for your relative.
September 15, 2017
How to Choose a Nursing Home in Devon Devon is the fourth best place in the UK to retire. That’s a worthy accolade, based on the number of pensioners living here, the access to healthcare, healthy living, pension income, weather, crime rates, and disability-free life expectancy. We’re proud that our county is such a fabulous place to be for your retirement. However, doesn’t this mean that it’s a tall order when it comes to how to choose a nursing home? How do you know how to choose a nursing home, and whereabouts you or your relative should be?
August 17, 2017
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. They are responsible for inspecting elderly care homes, and reporting on them including giving them a ‘rating’. This system, as well as providing ‘checks and balances’ for the care of vulnerable individuals in England, also provides those looking at potential homes with some data to understand how ‘good’ a home is. Homes can be rated ‘outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’, or ‘inadequate’. Not all homes have yet been assessed, but the majority have. These reports help us to understand what makes the best care home for the elderly.
August 17, 2017
Since just last year, dementia is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales. There are over 850,000 individuals in the UK with dementia. This number is rapidly increasing due to our aging population. Indeed, 70% of residents in care homes have either dementia or severe memory problems, so it is essential that we take understanding dementia seriously, and work to create the best support for this condit