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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 […]
January 22, 2019
personalise living in a care home

Living in a Care Home: How to Personalise Your Loved One’s Experience

Living in a Care Home: How to Personalise Your Loved One’s Experience When we talk to the families of potential new residents at our care homes, there are understandable concerns. One of these concerns, which lurks behind many questions, and indeed potentially holds back a sensible move, is how to ensure your loved one is treated as an individual and receives both personalised care and an adapted environment. It is right and understandable that you are concerned that a loved one may lose their sense of identity when they move away from their home. At Eastleigh, we believe that a resident’s care and environment should be tailored for them so that they don’t lose this sense of identity. Our goal […]
January 17, 2019
Old People's Home For Four Year Olds

Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds

Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds If you’ve enjoyed the Channel 4 series called Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds, then you may be feeling inspired to find out more about the impact of children on older adults. If you haven’t seen any of the series, it is both fascinating and heart-warming viewing, and you can watch past episodes here. Old meets young The basic premise of the two series was to investigate the impact that extended exposure to the very young had on care home residents. In a nutshell, a preschool moved into a residential care home for a period of time as we watch powerful friendships between young and old formed. What’s more, the older adults […]
December 18, 2018
Touch and Kindness in Dementia Care

The Importance of Touch and Kindness in Dementia Care

The Importance of Touch and Kindness in Dementia Care In advance of ‘Hugging Day’ on 21st January, we wanted to take a look at a phenomenon we experience every day at Eastleigh. We witness how the physical TLC of a carer holding a dementia resident’s hand, or a family member giving them a hug, calms, soothes and can instil a sense of wellbeing. Indeed, it even helps with communication. So why are touch and kindness so important in dementia care? The science of touch Research studies show that: “touch is truly fundamental to human communication, bonding, and health.” In fact, the touch of a hand, or a hug, can convey both compassion and security. For dementia patients who can struggle […]
December 6, 2018
How to Keep Your Elderly Relative Safe at Home

How to Keep Your Elderly Relative Safe at Home

How to Keep Your Elderly Relative Safe at Home We understand the importance for elderly people retaining their independence for as long as possible. However, we also understand the concerns that family members can have in the face of a staunchly independent elderly relative, in terms of how safe they are. Often comes a time for your relative to move in to a care home, where they will soon discover their fears were unfounded. There may also come a time, when a transition to sheltered accommodation would be a good ‘half way house’ until they need round the clock attention. What can you do in the meantime to keep your elderly relative safe at home? The Stay Safe Website The […]
November 22, 2018
How to Plan a Day Trip for Someone with Dementia

How to Plan a Day Trip for Someone with Dementia

How to Plan a Day Trip for Someone with Dementia We all know the benefits of getting out and about in terms of our wellbeing. However, undertaking a day trip with someone who has dementia can pose a number of hurdles and concerns. This article looks at how to plan a day out to boost their sense of peace and wellbeing. Choose the location carefully Day trips can vary from an excursion to a local café, to a stroll down memory lane. Choose your location with care, particularly when considering eateries. Some venues will be quieter and calmer, and these should be preferred. It is worth investigating local venues which offer wheelchair borrowing or rental services. These places not only […]
November 15, 2018
How to Communicate Effectively with Someone with Dementia

How to Communicate Effectively with Someone with Dementia

The two primary symptoms of dementia are memory problems and communication difficulties. This can make holding a conversation with someone with dementia a struggle and a daunting concept. However, it is vital to endeavour to adapt your communication so that you can communicate effectively. This can not only help alleviate the dementia sufferer’s anxiety but to also help to achieve a greater sense of wellbeing.