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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...

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Could A Keto Diet Reduce Dementia?

June 3, 2019 8:00 am

A Keto diet, also known as a ketogenic diet is one that is high in fats and low in carbohydrates. Whilst research has shown that this type of diet is great at keeping you mentally sharp in old age, could it also be the answer to reducing the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? Researchers from the Mayo Clinic published research which indicated that people whose diet is high in carbohydrates such as pasta, bread, potatoes, and rice have an 89% increased risk for dementia. However, those who consumed high levels of fat had only a 44% reduced risk. Ketones are compounds the body uses to produce energy, but the latest research has shown that they are neuroprotective – meaning...

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Walk Your Way To Better Health

May 28, 2019 8:00 am

Exercising regularly can help with getting fit, maintaining overall health and staying active. Walking, in particular, can be a great way to incorporate activity into your daily routine. According to the British Heart Foundation, walking can help to give your heart the workout it needs to stay in good condition. It reduces the risk of developing a heart condition as well as type 2 diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. Here are our favourite reasons to go for a walk: Helps you to feel more energetic Activity or even a brisk walk to the shops can help you to feel more energetic and have a productive day. Helps to control your weight Whether you want to burn some calories or just maintain...

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

May 21, 2019 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

April 15, 2019 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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Making Friends In Later Life

April 1, 2019 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...

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....