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Older Women Should Stay Active to Avoid Risk of Ageing Body Cells

January 19, 2017 4:53 pm

A sedentary lifestyle in older women ages their body cells, research suggests. It has been reported that women who have an inactive lifestyle have faster-ageing cells than women who exercise everyday. Women who lead a sedentary lifestyle have faster-ageing cells than those who exercise every day, research suggests.  1,500 women aged 64 to 95 participated in research that found those who spent the majority of their day sitting and exercised for less than 40 minutes a day had cells that were biologically eight years older. As people age, their cells age, causing DNA protectors to shorten and fray. But health and lifestyle factors may speed up the process, researchers from California have revealed. It is important to keep active and...

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How to Keep Elderly Loved Ones Safe this Winter

January 18, 2017 4:23 pm

The winter months bring lots of challenges to the elderly. Ice, snow and cold weather can drastically increase the chances of falls and illnesses. With this current cold snap showing no sign of ceasing , here is some helpful advice for preventing common winter dangers that the elderly face. Avoid Slipping on Ice Icy, frosty roads and pavements make it easy to slip and fall, and unfortunately, falls are a common occurrence for senior citizens, especially during the winter months. Often these falls can cause major injuries such as hip and wrist fractures that lead to stays in hospital as older adults take longer to recover from such injuries and can face complications. Make sure your loved ones wear shoes...

Product of the week. Bellavista Bathlift

January 17, 2017 10:16 am

      Bellavista 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 floatable hand control with light-touch buttons is easily operated Visit our showroom for a demonstration Free local delivery & installation Please call Solly for any further details on 020 8004 1603 Was £340.00  Now £275.00    

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A message from Home Care Preferred’s founder on our 5th Birthday

January 9, 2017 4:06 pm

Five years ago today I started Home Care Preferred and at the time we had only 3 people at the office and a few care staff.  We have grown to a company employing over a 100 people and serving the same amount of clients.  The success of the business is due largely to the dedication of the team and the high levels of support our team members provide to our clients.  I am proud of our team and thank them for all their hard work and loyalty to the company. We have exciting times ahead with the recent launch of our franchise business led by Navaniita Dhar.  We are also planning to launch HCP Social Enterprise in the near future....

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Amazing Person of The Week: Robert Marchand

January 6, 2017 3:57 pm

At Home Care Preferred we’re all about supporting people, be it our clients, the local community or individuals who deserve to be recognised. That’s why this year we will be acknowledging amazing people each week who have gone above and beyond. This could be through charity and community work, a personal achievement or anything in between. To kick things off, our first ‘Amazing Person of The Week’ for 2017 is French cyclist Robert Marchand. The 105 year old ( yes, 105!) has set a new record for the furthest distance cycled in an hour. He managed 14 miles at the national velodrome, which made him the fastest in this new category for riders over 105. Mr Marchand already holds the...

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Study Finds Link Between Heavy Traffic and Dementia

January 5, 2017 11:36 am

  People living near a busy road have an increased risk of dementia, according to research published in the scientific journal The Lancet. According to the study around one in 10 cases of Alzheimer’s in urban areas could be associated with living in close proximity to heavy traffic. It found that those who live closest to major roads were up to 12% more likely to receive a dementia diagnosis. This conclusion came through tracking approximately 6.6 million people for more than 10 years. However, the study did not determine if pollution is directly detrimental to the brain; the increased risk in developing dementia could also be a collateral result of respiratory and cardiac problems caused by traffic fumes. It could...

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Does Your Loved One Need Additional Support?

January 4, 2017 4:47 pm

  For many the festive period can be the catalyst to making life-changing decisions, usually born out of spending an extended and intense amount of time with loved ones. It can be difficult to decipher if an elderly friend or relative is coping and when is the right time to consider additional support to improve their quality of life. If you visited a family member over the Christmas and noticed the following issues it may be time to address your concerns and explore ways to rectify them: Spoiled food that doesn’t get thrown away Missing important appointments Difficulty with walking, balance and mobility Uncertainty and confusion when performing once-familiar tasks Noticeable decline in grooming habits and personal care Forgetting to...

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Home Care Preferred’s 2016 Round-Up

January 3, 2017 3:56 pm

Having welcomed in 2017 we at Home Care Preferred are getting stuck into ensuring this year is our most successful and exciting yet. In the midst of our planning we thought this was a great time to reflect on the previous year and all we have achieved… There is no doubt that 2016 will go down in history – for the right or wrong reasons is open for debate. However, there is no question that 2016 has been a positive year at Home Care Preferred. We are providing person-centred support to more individuals than ever before, allowing them to stay safe in their own homes, maintaining independence and dignity, and with peace of mind for them and their loved-ones that...

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NHS to Provide Bionic Eyes

December 22, 2016 11:21 am

10 patients with an inherited form of blindness with be given ‘bionic eyes’ courtesy of the NHS. The bionic eye is a retinal implant which interprets images captured by a miniature video camera worn on a pair of glasses. The treatment with start in 2017 with five patients being treated at Moorfields Eye Hospital and five at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. For one year they will be monitored to see how they get on in everyday life. Professor Paulo Stanga, from Manchester hospital, has been involved with ongoing trials of the Argus II Bionic Eye and is said to be delighted with this latest development. The bionic eye has made a life-changing impact in trials with retinitis pigmentosa patients. One...

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Festive Fun at Home Care Preferred

December 15, 2016 11:11 am

The Home Care Preferred Office got well and truly in the festive spirit this week when we spent ‘Christmas morning’ with our work family. Festive garments were adorned, carols were played and many a mince pie and cake was consumed. It was a lovely opportunity to sit down and celebrate all Home Care Preferred has achieved this year, and to thank each other with Secret Santa gifts – all of which were very gratefully received. The Office Team are just a very small part of Home Care Preferred and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Support Assistants for the incredible work they do enabling and supporting our clients year round – they are the...