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Homelessness and brain injury – is there a link?

June 6, 2020 11:38 am

Research carried out by The Disabilities Trust Foundation has found brain injury could affect almost half (48%) of homeless people and may contribute to the risk of people becoming homeless in the first place. These injuries, unless properly diagnosed and treated, can bring communication, memory and behaviour problems leading to increased risk of family breakdown and loss of employment. The study asked 75 homeless men and 25 homeless women in Leeds whether they had experienced TBI and if so, when the blow to the head occurred and how severe it was. The findings were compared to data from a group of people from Leeds who were not homeless. Carried out by Professor Michael Oddy for the Trust’s Foundation as part...

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Why You Should Be Volunteering

May 20, 2020 6:17 pm

Today marks the beginning of National Student Volunteering Week, an initiative to get students out into the world, boosting their CV and equipping them with life-long skills. This got us thinking, volunteering is one of the most beneficial and rewarding activities one can undertake, and not just as an extracurricular activity as you attempt to take that first leap onto the career ladder. Don’t believe us? The facts below highlight exactly why you should be volunteering: It’s Good For You Health  Studies have found that when you stop thinking about your own problems and focus on someone other than yourself, your stress levels start to decrease, your immune system is strengthened and your overall sense of life satisfaction increases. This...

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Fabulous at 60+: Why It’s Never Too Late To Dream Big

April 13, 2020 12:52 pm

There have always been high achievers between 60 and 100 who crowned a career with their best-ever work or chose a whole new life and aced it. As our life expectancy improves, it is only feasible that we use our retirement and new found ‘spare-time’ to chase those dreams and goals that can so easily get pushed aside in the daily rat race of your 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Still in need of some inspiration? Take a look at these ‘late-bloomers’ who are or have completely aced life in their ‘twilight years’. Business Colonel Harland Sanders struggled as a businessman and restaurateur until he thought of selling franchises for his fried chicken brand KFC when he was 62. Four cents...

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Qualities of a Good Support Assistant

February 7, 2020 10:09 am

At Home Care Preferred, we pride ourselves on our team and the quality of care they provide. We strongly believe that it takes a particular personality and special set of traits to become a good Support Assistant, and that is what we look for every time we recruit a new member of our home care family. Many of these traits are innate and cannot be learned – they are simply a natural part of an individual’s personality. Friendliness Support Assistants meet and work with a variety of different clients, and putting them at ease is essential to being able to provide care effectively. Most clients are already vulnerable, so may be distrustful of new people or simply find it difficult...

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Why You Should Be Hiring People With Autism

January 9, 2020 5:06 pm

n the UK there are more than 700,000 individuals living with autism, however, less than 15% of these people are in full-time employment. This is a dispiriting figure when you consider the many skills and talents people with autism have, skills which are highly beneficial in the workplace. Autism Spectrum Disorder is not a disease or illness and it cannot be cured – the unique elements of autism are an integral part of the person’s make-up. As it is defined across a spectrum, people with autism will all experience it in a unique way, however, it usually has some effect on how individuals communicate and interact with others. As well, it is also important to remember that autism is not...

First Nomination of 2020 for Home Care Preferred!

December 23, 2019 11:24 am

Christmas may have come a few days early for the 27 companies that have made the list of Finalists for the Home Care Awards 2020. They have all passed through first stage judging and their short-listed entries in various categories will now go forward to final stage ratification. All are to be congratulated on being named a Finalist: 1 Oak Group Ashridge Home Care Bluebird Care Bluebird Care Birmingham East Bluebird Care Croydon CareLineLive Caremark (Aylesbury & Wycombe) CarePlanner Cera Care Consultus Care Training Centre Cura Homecare eNano Health Limited Fresenius Kabi and Calea Good Oaks Home Care Heritage Healthcare Franchising Limited Home Care Preferred Home Instead Senior Care Lifted Mobile Care Services Ltd Nest Homecare Promedica24 Right at Home...

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Christmas Round Up

December 12, 2019 3:02 pm

As Christmas approaches and the end of the year starts to loom, now is the perfect time to reflect on the fantastic things that Home Care Preferred Winchmore Hill has achieved in the year 2019! Events Here at Home Care Preferred it has always been important to us to host events. We love to give back to our team as well as our local community. Throughout this year we have raised money for charity by hosting some super fun events: Zumbathon Sonia Tonge (a close friend of Home Care Preferred) hosted a marathon dancing event with Home Care Preferred! Together with Sonia we raised £300 for the North London Hospice as well as getting loads of locals on their feet...

How to Choose the Right Care Provider for You

December 1, 2019 10:09 am

Choosing care provider can be a stressful task – there are so many care options and companies available that it can be daunting to sort through all of them and find an arrangement that takes the strain off family and friends, ensures your loved one is happy, and works within your available budget. This post is here to help you find the right care provider and services for everybody involved by providing some guidance and potential questions to ask both your loved one and the provider to make the decision a little easier. Questions to Ask Your Loved One About Their Care Your loved one will interact with their Support Assistant on a regular basis, so it is essential that...

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6 Ways to Support Someone with Mental Health

November 10, 2019 12:04 pm

Some mental health conditions can stay completely hidden and go untreated. And if you noticed someone behaving out of character, which could be a sign that they are developing a mental health condition, what could you do? Here are six simple ways you could support them as told by the Metro. 1. Start a conversation Start informally by asking someone how they are, make it sound as though you’re really interested in knowing if they are OK. If necessary, make sure you find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed. 2. Don’t make glib remarks It’s surprising how many people think it’s helpful to say ‘pull yourself together’. Would you say ‘just walk it off’ to someone with a broken leg?...

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Home Care Preferred 2019 Awards

September 20, 2019 2:29 pm

  Although the year has not ended Home Care Preferred have already received four awards Health Investor Award 2019- Home Care Provider of the Year Finalist 2019 (February ) The year started with this great news. This is the fourth year of being involved with this prestigious award and as always it is thrilling to be included To find our more about the Health Investor Awards: Click here Greater London Enterprise Awards 2019: Best Home Care Provider 2019 (July) This is the first year of participation in this particular award and is a great accolade for the company Leaders in Care Awards 2019 Shortlist: Executive Of the Year 2019 (September) Ken Waterhouse, Managing Director, was at the receiving end of...