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June 28, 2019
Which Is Best? Nursing Home Or Residential Home

Care for Older People in Other Cultures

Ever wondered what care is like for the elderly in different cultures? We are proud of our heritage as a care home provider in the South West of England. Nonetheless, what lessons could we learn from other corners of the globe? It matters to us that we have wine and sherry to offer our residents at dinner and that we serve up the residents’ favourite fish and chips. It’s important to our residents that we have in-house hairdressing. Christmas at Eastleigh wouldn’t be Christmas without a round of carols and the Queen’s Speech broadcast on Christmas Day. Today we went on a journey to find out what care for older people is like in other cultures.
June 28, 2019
How to Plan a Day Trip for Someone with Dementia

How to Keep the Elderly Safe in Hot Weather

When it comes to helping our residents achieve comfort in the British weather, we’re not often talking about the heat! The Great British weather is better known for causing problems for the elderly in the winter. However, at our North Devon and Somerset care homes we are often spoilt with warm sunny weather during the summer months. It’s essential that family and carers also know how to keep the elderly comfortable and safe in hot weather.
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, […]