April 4, 2018
How to Deal with the Guilt of Putting Your Parent in a Nursing Home There’s no doubt that wrangling with the decision over the most suitable care for your parent can feel like a mammoth task: one in which there are no winners. The result of this decision often leaves you with a hefty dose of guilt. While outsiders can easily see the logic of the situation, and therefore often see it as a clear cut decision, you feel the emotion. It’s difficult to pull out the different contributing factors and to assuage the guilt. However, as we’ve learned from our experience of countless adult children dealing with the guilt of putting a parent in a nursing home at our […]
March 22, 2018
10 Board Games You Can Play With Dementia Patients It’s easy to think you should avoid board games for people with dementia. You don’t want to stress them out or highlight their difficulties. With dementia come problems with memory and cognition – obstacles to successful board game enjoyment. However, the right board games, chosen wisely, can actually help. Indeed one study into the use of Bingo with dementia patients concluded that “a simple cognitive activity such as Bingo can be of great value to the daily management of Alzheimer’s patients”. There are some important things you need to pay attention to. Often in our experience at our care homes in Devon, our dementia residents are also struggling with the usual […]
March 16, 2018
Benefits of Care Homes We don’t often realise that care homes bring with them immense and diverse benefits. Fear that the disadvantages of care homes outweigh the benefits usually rest on the inconsistency of care between different homes. At Eastleigh, we are focused on maximising the many and varied benefits of care homes at all of our nursing homes in North Devon. The Benefits of Eastleigh Care Homes Time: For families with time-poor lives, and elderly individuals needing time, we can ensure that your loved one gets the time they need. In turn, this impacts on the quality of the time you spend with your loved one knowing that there needn’t be other demands vying for your attention. At Eastleigh, […]
February 16, 2018
Top 10 Most Effective Chair Exercises for the Elderly Exercise for elderly people should focus on core strength and flexibility. It can help improve balance, prevent falls, and even help to give mental health a boost. However, when mobility or weakness is already a problem due to age, this can seem a daunting prospect. Fortunately, there are plenty of chair exercises for elderly individuals which involve graduated effort according to ability.
February 8, 2018
How to Get All the Essential Vitamins When Living in a Care Home Fundamentally, you should be getting all of the vitamins you need, and in the right amount, from your diet. In a care home, you may be concerned that this isn’t the case. It’s important, therefore, to choose a care home which takes nutrition and diet seriously. Food should be tasty, satisfying and well-balanced. At Eastleigh we pride ourselves on our delicious and varied menus. Take a quick look at a sample menu at an Eastleigh home here.
January 16, 2018
What to keep in mind when an elderly loved one has been diagnosed with dementia To some, the news that a loved one has dementia does not necessarily come as a shock. After all, the diagnosis was likely spurred on by the suspicion that they were afflicted. But that in no way means they are prepared for the consequences of such a situation. Once the initial upset has been overcome they’ll find that life must go on, and that applies to their loved one too.
January 9, 2018
What Preparation Is Required For Your Move To A Care Home? It can be a trying time for all involved when a loved one finds themselves moving into a care home. Confusion, disorientation and isolation can easily take hold, especially among those contending with a mental affliction such as dementia. Fortunately there are several methods available for easing the transition. Moving day The day of the move to their new address should be as undisruptive as possible, so if you can, try to do it at a time that will least likely interfere with their routine. Give them some guarantees by providing them with a solid timeframe and ‘reward’ for when the entire transition will be over. For example, if […]
December 19, 2017
Why Should You Consider Assisted Living For Your Loved One? Daily chores can become increasingly difficult as the years creep up on us. Some of the routines we take for granted such as cooking, cleaning and even getting dressed can seem like mountainous tasks. Just because peeling potatoes or reaching for the top shelf are no longer possible, however, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we want or need someone with us 24/7.