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May 17, 2019
Dementia Care in Devon and Somerset

Balancing the Needs of Elderly Parents and Dependent Children

Balancing the Needs of Elderly Parents and Dependent Children Around 2.4 million of us in the UK are in the ‘sandwich generation’. We’re typically aged 40-70 and being sandwiched between the needs of our dependent children on one hand and the needs of our ageing parents on the other. It’s a difficult place to be. Balancing the needs of your parents and children can be immensely challenging. On top of this, you have your own needs to consider too if you are to be able to meet them as well.
May 17, 2019

How to Make a Space Dementia Friendly

How to Make a Space Dementia Friendly At Eastleigh’s Raleigh Mead North Devon Care Home, we have been rated by the CQC as Outstanding for our dementia care. There are lots of different elements to this, but of vital importance is how we’ve created a ‘dementia-friendly’ living environment. This has been achieved through various approaches from careful lighting to furniture designed with a dementia patient in mind. Dementia friendly spaces can be easier to create than you may realise. It takes a little forethought and effort, but with a few changes you can create a space that is both safe and welcoming to someone with dementia. Here we reveal our top tips for how to make a space dementia friendly. […]
April 24, 2019

How to find a Care Home in North Devon

When considering care homes in North Devon you’ll be faced with a wide range of options. Devon stands out from much of the country for having a disproportionately large number of elderly residents. The result is that there is a lot of choices when it comes to choosing a care home. But how do you know you are picking the right one? Here we explore what you should look for when choosing care homes in North Devon. A home, not an institution It’s vital to remember, especially when choosing a North Devon care home on behalf of a loved one, that this will be their new home. This seems obvious to say, but it is easily overlooked as you consider […]
April 24, 2019

How to Choose a Care Home in West Somerset

At Eastleigh, we offer nursing, residential and dementia care at our Minehead home, making us unique and sought after by those searching for care homes in West Somerset. If you’re already a Somerset resident then staying nearby is the obvious choice. However, if you’re bringing a loved one into the area for residential or nursing care, this is probably a different side of life to that which you’re familiar with. Why choose Minehead care homes West Somerset? Our Minehead home is more accurately described as ‘homes within a home’. We offer nursing and residential care, as well as specialist dementia care. The home is just a short distance from Minehead itself. So, why should you choose care here? Minehead is […]
March 22, 2019

Days Out in North Devon and Somerset for the Whole Family from Great-Grandparents to Toddlers

Days Out in North Devon and Somerset for the Whole Family from Great-Grandparents to Toddlers Looking for suggestions on where to go in North Devon and Somerset which cater for the whole family? Whether you’ve got wheelchair users or pushchair riders, those with little energy or those with bucket loads, we’ve got suggestions so that you can all get out and have an enjoyable time together. Wistlandpound Wistlandpound is a glorious reservoir affording spectacular views and a chance to get out in the fresh air. There are two trails at the reservoir which are ideal for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility, without compromising on opportunities for young children to run and explore. The Discovery Trail is suitable for […]
March 14, 2019

15 Table-Top Activities for Individuals with Dementia

15 Table-Top Activities for Individuals with Dementia It’s important in dementia care that we continue to stimulate and challenge the mind, as well as promote socialisation. However, family and carers can often be at a loss regarding which activities are suitable. Your loved one is also likely to need activities which can be done from a chair, at a table. Using our experience running an outstanding dementia care setting in the south west, we’ve brought together our top 15 table-top activities which can be enjoyed by those with dementia.   Colouring Adult colouring has gained popularity in recent years. It can be a wonderful activity done peacefully at a table with someone with dementia. If the individual is particularly frail, […]
February 23, 2019
Brain health later in life

Brain Health in Later Life

Brain Health in Later Life Massive leaps ahead have been made in neuroscience over the last decade or so. There’s no doubt that the human brain is a complex structure which we’re still learning so much about. As a residential and nursing care provider in the South West, with a distinct speciality in dementia care, we are fascinated by the brain and elderly people. The ageing brains The human brain is really quite remarkable. Throughout our lifetime our brain continues to change and adapt in a way more marked than any other part of our body. However, the brain, like all of our other organs, ages. We know that as we get older the volume of our brain decreases. Yet […]
February 18, 2019
Loneliness and the elderly

Loneliness and the Elderly

Loneliness and the Elderly According to Age UK, 3.6 million over-75s live alone. 1.9 million older people often feel alone. The NHS explains how loneliness isn’t simply a social ‘problem’. It can have detrimental effects on health and wellbeing. Worryingly, lonesomeness can be as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Loneliness is a very real and very significant problem for the UK’s elderly population. The causes of loneliness in the elderly There are a fair number of myths around loneliness. Most importantly, you don’t necessarily have to be alone to feel lonely. Loneliness can be defined as sadness or a low feeling stemming from a lack of authentic companionship and communication. Elderly people are particularly prone to […]