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Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

August 21, 2020 8:00 am

You may have read the news stories or even seen it on social media that happiness can lead to a healthier and longer life! Being happy is not just associated with improving the quality of your life, according to researchers, it can even increase the quantity of your life, too. CNN recently reported, “older people were up to 35% less likely to die during the five-year study if they reported feeling happy, excited, and content on a typical day.” Here’s how to banish negative emotions such as sadness, anger, stress, and anxiety to live happier and longer! Be Social Connecting with friends and family are key to living a happy and healthy life. Make sure to invest time in staying...

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Caring For Ageing Parents

July 15, 2020 8:00 am

Caring for elderly parents/relatives is a role reversal that few people find easy to navigate. For those of the older generation, it means having to give up a degree of independence and their life-long role as the parent figure. For the adult child, taking on the responsibility of parenting your own parent can be difficult to come to terms with. However, there are things that can be done to make this process easier: Make a Plan Many of us ‘fall’ into becoming carers as soon as it becomes apparent that one or both of our parents requires regular assistance with day-to-day living. You will need to assess your options and discuss them with other family members and friends to find...

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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...

How Live In Care Can Help Protect Your Loved Ones From Covid 19

How Live In Care Can Help Protect Your Loved Ones from COVID-19

May 19, 2020 8:42 am

The sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic took the world by surprise and has since impacted the lives of everyone across the globe. In a bid to limit the spread, a large number of businesses, governmental organisations and independent institutions temporarily suspended their operations. While undeniably effective, these measures can do little to protect the most vulnerable portion of our population – the Elderly. Under normal circumstances, the easily accessible and affordable care homes are often seen as the number one choice for elderly citizens. Currently, however, the times are anything but normal, especially with experts from all over the world advising against large gatherings of people. Anyone with a diagnosed chronic medical condition, as well as healthy individuals over...

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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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Making Friends In Later Life

March 1, 2020 8:00 am

Despite everything we know about the importance of maintaining social connections as we get older, finding friends in later life can be a challenge. As we age, the easy social connections that we enjoyed as school friends parents and colleagues change. As a result, many older people find themselves facing shrinking social circles and needing to make new friends. The increase in technology has made our search for companionship, both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, services like Skype and Facebook allow us to stay connected with friends and family throughout the world. However, on the other hand, with everyone focused on staying “connected” online, we are losing the ability to connect in real life. Are You...

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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...