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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...

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?...

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...

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How To Cope With Stress

July 8, 2019 8:00 am

According to the Mental Health Foundation; “Stress is a feeling of being under abnormal pressure. This pressure can come from different aspects of your day to day life. Such as an increased workload, a transitional period, an argument you have with your family or new and existing financial worries. You may find that it has a cumulative effect, with each stressor building on top of one another.” During situations of stress, you may feel threatened or upset and it can cause a variety of physical and emotional experiences which can change the way you behave. The first thing to do is to identify your symptoms and find out what is causing you to feel more stressed. As stress affects each...

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Supporting Carers In The Community

July 4, 2019 8:00 am

At Home Care Preferred, we understand that not all families can afford at home care for their loved ones and often result in taking on the carer role themselves. With last month’s Carers Week raising awareness we wanted to highlight some key statistics and share some information about the unpaid carers of the UK. According to Carers Week, a registered charity in the UK: “Almost 72% of carers in the UK said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring, whilst well over 61% said their physical health had worsened.” National Charities  have warned that “unless more support is provided, the UK’s carers won’t be healthy enough to care for loved ones in the future.” In addition, “The...

Health Investor Awards 2019

HealthInvestor Award 2019

March 25, 2019 8:00 am

Taking place on the 12th June 2019, the HealthInvestor Awards are the most prestigious awards in the health and social care sector. Promoting excellence in independent health care the award recognizes organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to healthcare Home Care Preferred is proud to announce that it has been nominated for best Domiciliary Home Care Provider of the year. Our unique model has been making waves in the sector since our inception. We had a vision, which has now become a reality, to provide a truly complete package of care by signposting community services, and the ability to provide independent living aids directly to our clients. We offer a wide range of services to adults of all ages,...

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Taking Care In The Winter Months

January 28, 2019 8:00 am

As the weather gets colder and the mercury plummets below zero, it’s time to help our elderly friends and family stay healthy and warm this winter. According to Age UK, “1 older person dies every 7 minutes from the cold weather and many more become seriously ill.” But, there are steps we can take to ensure our elderly loved ones are looked after and able to stay warm and healthy in the winter. Why are elderly people more likely to become ill in colder weather conditions? Often, older people are more at risk because their bodies can struggle to adjust to sudden changes in temperature change. In addition to developing illnesses such as the flu or pneumonia, the cold weather...

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How To Stay Active And Exercise As You Get Older

January 21, 2019 8:00 am

For many, getting older often may mean slowing down – retiring from work, taking it easy and for many, it also means spending much of their day seated and sedentary. But, as we get older we need to be incorporating the right amount of exercise into our lifestyle in order to live healthier. Physical activities and exercise are proven to help reduce the risk of heart disease, and early death. It’s also important to remain active in order to maintain your own independence and continue to enjoy daily activities such as; playing with grandchildren, walking to a shop, meeting friends and socialising. Whilst we don’t recommend you over exert yourself as you do get older, you should increase your activity....

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Living Well at Home with Dementia

January 6, 2019 10:15 am

Most people with dementia wish to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, but as a person’s dementia progresses they may find everyday tasks more difficult. These can range from using the stairs to taking medication. Using equipment and making adaptations to the home environment can help someone to continue to do things for themselves for longer. This can help the person with dementia to stay independent, and can offer family and carers the reassurance of the person’s safety and security.   Everyone with dementia experiences the condition differently. What may be useful for one person may not be appropriate for another. The needs of each person will also change as their dementia progresses. Not everything included...

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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...