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Leonard Cohen’s Death Highlights Fatal Risk of Falls

November 30, 2016 5:24 pm

The manager of  Leonard Cohen announced that the cause of the singer-songwriters death was due to a fall, which led  to him passong away in his sleep. Our population is steadily living longer and longer, and falls are a common cause of hospital admissions in later life. Not only can they result in bruises, breaks and a knock in confidence, falling is actually the leading cause of accidental cause of death in the elderly. Falls can be dangerous due to a variety of short and long term risks.Short term, falls that involve trauma to the head can cause life-threatening  bleeding. Broken bones have their own risk decreasing mobility and, depending on the area of the break, lung embolisms in which...

Elderly people who exercise ‘live five years longer’

November 29, 2016 5:15 pm

Studies last year found regular exercise in old age has as powerful an effect on life expectancy as giving up smoking. The analysis of 5,700 elderly men in Norway showed those doing three hours of exercise a week lived around five years longer than the sedentary. Julie Ward, from The British Heart Foundation, has said: “Regular physical activity, whatever your age, is beneficial for your heart health and ultimately can help you live longer. “However, our latest statistics show that nearly half of people in the UK do no moderate exercise whatsoever – a rate higher than many European countries. “Our message is that every 10 minutes counts and that making simple, more active changes to your daily routine can...

10 Must-Have Conversations With Elderly Parents

November 28, 2016 3:55 pm

While our parents are still in good health it can be very easy to not discuss difficult yet vital subjects with them. Planning for the future is crucial to ensure your parents future care wishes are taken into account, and that they have the opportunity to express these wishes while they are able to do so, and in good time to put them in place when the time comes. The team at My Ageing Parent  have compiled a list of the ten questions you and your loved ones should be asking. Have they thought about how to keep active and busy ? Many of our parents have active, busy lives. But for those retiring a huge part of their life that...

Home Care Preferred Black Friday Deals

November 24, 2016 1:25 pm

Home Care Preferred’s Product & Retail Manager Solly Gul gives us his pick of our best Black Friday deals, make sure you head to 49 Station Road from 9:30am on wards to bag yourself the best bargains for your loved ones, just in time for Christmas. Garden Kneeler Assists user to stand from kneeling position when gardening. * Helps you to kneel comfortably whilst gardening * Enables you to get up from a kneeling position more easily * Soft padded seat with supportive steep arms * Helps to minimise back ache     RRP 37.00 Reduced to £ 13.00   Cosyfeet Hosiery Light Support Tights Soft-hold Box (three pairs) £ 15.50 Buy one box get one free. Extra Roomy Everyday...

Study Finds Older People Want To Live In Own Homes

November 24, 2016 1:06 pm

A new study has found that the majority of older people want to stay living in their own homes particularly because they like the location of their home. The report also says there is a gap in the housing and support options for older people, between remaining at home and going into a nursing home. This unfilled gap represents a potential housing market worth up to£25 billion. It says other housing options, with varying degrees of care built in, will be needed for a growing ageing population. The report says the proportion of the population aged over 65 will increase from the current figure of 13 per cent to 25 per cent by 2046, while the number of over-80s is...

Home Care Preferred’s Product of The Day

November 21, 2016 2:39 pm

A Home Care Preferred shop is a place where clients can receive advice on a catalogue of over 6,000 Daily Living Equipment items. A comprehensive selection of products is designed to promote better independence, personal comfort and safety both in and around the home. Our highly experienced and knowledgeable Retail and Product Manager, Solly Gul, has given us his top product of the day: Bellavita Bathlift * At the touch of a button, gently lowers users with restricted mobility down to bottom of bath for bathing and relaxation then raises them to top again for safely getting out. * Lightweight only 9.15 kg. Easy to transport * fully waterproof and float-able hand control with light-touch buttons is easily operated Free...

Dementia Leading Cause of Death in England & Wales

November 17, 2016 10:25 am

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia have replaced ischaemic heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales for the first time. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 61,686 (11.6%) out of a total of 529,655 deaths registered in England and Wales were attributable to dementia last year. Facts that have pushed dementia to the top of the list include an ageing population, better diagnosis and treatment advances for other illnesses and lifestyle improvements which have led to a decline in other diseases. The mortality rate for dementia, which was the second leading cause of death for the previous four years, has more than doubled since 2010, while that of ischaemic heart disease declined...

Is Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Christmas Ad the Best Yet?

November 16, 2016 1:06 pm

What if Santa forgot about Christmas? This is the shocking question Alzheimer’s Research UK is putting to us this Christmas. With the help of Stephen Fry and the infamous Aardam (the team behind the nation’s sweethearts Wallace and Gromit) the charity’s animated Christmas campaign is sure to pull at the heart strings, and drive home the most important message delivered so far this festive season. The ad explores the devastating idea of Santa having dementia and forgetting to deliver all of his presents to children around the world on Christmas Eve. It depicts  the story of a little girl called Freya, who has grown up in a world where Santa has stopped visiting on Christmas Eve. Her Father explains that...

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National complaints about adult social care at home up by a quarter

November 14, 2016 5:13 pm

Complaints about care provided in people’s homes rose by a quarter over the last year, while those about care homes increased by a fifth, a report has found. The local government ombudsman (LGO) received 2,969 complaints and inquiries about adult social care in 2015-16, up 6% on the previous year. Of those, there was a 21% rise in complaints about residential care homes, while complaints about home care rose by 25%. The report comes after the King’s Fund warned this week that councils could face legal challenges from families for failing to provide good quality and appropriate care to the disabled and older people. The LGO found themes across the complaints it received on home care, including staff failing to...

Home Care Preferred’s Top 5 Products

November 10, 2016 11:47 am

A Home Care Preferred shop is a place where clients can receive advice on a catalogue of over 6,000 Daily Living Equipment items. A comprehensive selection of products is designed to promote better independence, personal comfort and safety both in and around the home. Our highly experienced and knowledgeable Retail and Product Manager, Solly Gul, has given us his round up of our top 5 products available in store this week. 1) Incontinence products We provide a wide range of incontinence products. Including: Brolly Sheets for bed use (this protects your sheet and mattress) Disposable bed pads (as above but disposable) Mattress protectors (cotton and plastic) Pull up incontinence pads Slips pads Incontinence underwear for men and women. The above...