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Reducing The Risk Of Developing Dementia

December 18, 2018 8:00 am

Whilst there is no way to prevent dementia and research continues to find out more about the disease, there are many ways we can reduce our risk of developing dementia as we get older. A healthy lifestyle, diet, and exercise are all contributing factors so it’s a good idea to start implementing better habits early on to reduce your risk. Caring for your brain and heart Your brain is fed by blood vessels, if these are deprived of food and oxygen they will underperform and often can be the cause of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy bodies (read more about these here). Protecting and caring for your brain will often help you care for your heart. Here are some...

How To Support A Person With A Learning Disability

December 10, 2018 8:00 am

Approximately 1 million people in the UK have a learning disability (2% of the population) and this is on the rise.* What is a learning disability? A learning disability is a “significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills (impaired intelligence), with a reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning), which started before adulthood” – the Department of Health. How can a learning disability affect a person? Having a learning disability will affect the way a person understands information and communicates. Although it will vary from person to person, this can mean that they might have difficulty learning new skills, coping independently or need extra help in certain aspects of their lives. Many people...

Care Fee Planning Advice

December 4, 2018 8:30 am

Did you miss Home Care Preferred Barnet’s Care Fee Planning event? We’ve rounded up the key takeaways from the evening. What is care fee planning? Care fee planning (sometimes called funding plans) are tax efficient investments enabling people needing care (or their Powers of Attorney) to buy an income for the rest of their life in order to pay for care fees. Where can the fee be applied? Care fees can be provided at home (we offer various types of support, services and live-in care options), in a care home, retirement village, a nursing home or at a hospital or hospice. What is a Power of Attorney? An LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney) is a document that allows a person, over...

Should You Consider Live-In Care?

November 27, 2018 8:30 am

Many people, as they grow older, dread the prospect of having to move into a Residential Care Home. At Home Care Preferred we provide home care for a wide range of clients, ensuring that they can remain at home in an environment that is comfortable and familiar while receiving the highest standards of care Many clients manage with hourly visits from our team at Home Care Preferred, however, Live-in care has become a successful and popular service. How does live-in care work? A carefully matched Support Assistant lives at the home of the client. Typically, they stay for 6-8 weeks and then have a one week break, at which time a second relief person steps in. Why should I consider...

Is there a difference between Alzheimer’s & Dementia?

November 22, 2018 8:30 am

In short, Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. Dementia is not a disease, keep reading to find out more. Dementia Dementia is not a disease, it is caused by diseases affecting the brain and is the name for a group of symptoms including memory, problem-solving, thinking and perception. There are many diseases which damage the brain and cause dementia, Alzheimer’s is one of these and the most common. Others include; – Frontal Temporal (Picks), – Lewy Body, – Vascular Continue reading: 6 Things You Should Know About Dementia What is Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s is where structures build up inside the brain and disrupt how nerve cells work, eventually causing them to die. As the symptoms progress, it causes problems...

Fun at the Firs Farm Festival!

July 19, 2018 11:40 am

    Home Care Preferred had an amazing time at the Firs Farm Festival last weekend! We were so pleased to be there offering free wheelchair loans for the day to festival go-ers that found it difficult to move around with ease. There were lots of fun things to do including a Zumba class by Sonja Tonge which you can see in the video above. It was a great success and we would like to thank Toni Guiver and her team for putting on such a wonderful event and for having us as part of their day. So much hard work went into this event and it really showed through with a seamless set up and such happy faces wondering...

Vote for Home Care Preferred

June 21, 2018 4:55 pm

Home Care Preferred have been nominated for the best care provider award at the Sophia’s Diary Award Ceremony 2018. Help to support Home Care Preferred and take 30 seconds out to vote for us to win that category! https://www.sophias-diary.com/awards-ceremony/ We are excited to be part of such a wonderful initiative recognising the hard work that local businesses in Enfield and surrounding areas provide.

Happy National Doughnut Day!

June 1, 2018 3:05 pm

National Doughnut Day started in 1938 in Chicago as a tribute to The Salvation Army “Doughnut Lassies” who supported our troops on the front lines during World War I. It is celebrated annually on the first Friday in June. In 1917, The Salvation Army began a mission to provide spiritual and emotional support for U.S. soldiers fighting in France during WWI. About 250 volunteers traveled overseas and set up small huts located near the front lines where they could give soldiers clothes, supplies and, of course, baked goods. After discovering that serving baked goods would be difficult considering the conditions of the huts and the limited rations, two volunteers – Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance – began frying...

Social Care Strain In The UK

May 17, 2018 4:36 pm

A report this week has come to light calling on the government to put together an advertising campaign to attract more social care workers. They say that they are struggling because of low pay & low morale. PAC chair Meg Hillier said the low regard for care work in the UK was a “source of national shame”, adding: “The sector is scraping by and without an explicit, long-term plan backed by government it could soon be on its knees. Levels of unmet needs are high and rising; short-term funding fixes are a road to nowhere and the ingrained issues that lead to high turnover in the workforce could be compounded by Brexit. We urge government to publish this year, and then...

Local Activities For Those Over 50

April 30, 2018 4:34 pm

Sometimes it’s difficult to find fun local activities to attend, so we at Home Care Preferred have compiled a list for you! Please see below some of the activities, clubs and classes you can do locally:   Active Life Club Meet new people and have a hot meal Every Friday at 9.30am St Georges Church Hall 710 Hertford Road Enfield, EN3 6NR Cost: £5 including a free exercise class To book contact Jenny on 07813 369 929   Memory Lane Café and Carers Club A self-funding club offering fun and laughter for anyone suffering with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. They provide tea, coffee, cakes, snacks, entertainment, games and support for carers. Every Friday 10.30am – 1.30pm St Monica’s Parish Social Club...