Benefits and Entitlements for the Elderly

Many people are unaware of all the helpful benefits and entitlements available to older adults and people with disabilities in the UK. In fact, billions of pounds of benefits go uncollected each year. Many of these benefits and entitlements could be applied to help people receive the care they need, even in their own homes.

Here are some benefits and entitlements for the elderly that you or someone you know may be eligible for.

How to Keep The Elderly Safe at Home

Many older adults prefer to live independently in their own homes, but this often leaves them at an increased risk of dangerous falls and accidents. Slips and falls are one of the leading causes of injury for elderly people. In the UK, 1 out of 3 adults over 65 will have at least one fall a year.

Although most falls do not lead to serious injury, it is possible. Due to health concerns that are common with ageing, such as lower bone density and decreased flexibility, falls can have devastating consequences for elderly people, making it difficult for [...]

What are the Different Types of Dementia?

Dementia is not a disease, it is an umbrella term used to describe a group of neurological conditions that affect the brain. There are over 200 different types of dementia, but the most prevalent in the UK are Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and Lewy body dementia.

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, but there are many other causes. People can have one type of dementia or they can be living with more than one kind, which is called ‘mixed dementia’.

How to Arrange Care for Elderly Parents

We know that arranging care for elderly parents can be a stressful and challenging time for many families. For over 75 years, Prestige Nursing & Care has helped families up and down the country to find a comfortable and safe care solution that keeps their parents living independently in their own homes. 

If you have decided that home care for your elderly parents is the right option for you and your family, there are several ways that you can go about finding the right person. Some of these options include hiring a private carer, using an introductory agency or a

How to Deal with Challenging Behaviour

There are many possible causes for a sudden change in behaviour in your loved ones. Dementia, which affects almost 1 million people in the UK, often causes behavioural changes but there are other physical, mental and personal causes. Sometimes, a person’s behaviour simply changes as a result of natural ageing as their values, beliefs or habits change over their lifetime.

Whether your loved one is experiencing ongoing behaviour changes due to a health condition like dementia or these behaviours are new and sudden, this guide provides useful information and actionable tips on how to deal with challenging [...]

What is dementia tax?

Dementia is a complex condition that can make everyday life challenging. Things that many of us take for granted like cooking, washing or using the toilet become increasingly difficult as dementia progresses. The majority of people with dementia will eventually need round-the-clock support to manage their symptoms and live with comfort and dignity.

The ‘dementia tax’ is a way of referring to the financial burden people with dementia and their families face while trying to fund the care they need. Many people with dementia in the UK are faced with having to pay thousands of pounds for their own care, which [...]

40 ways to boost the immune system: a guide for the elderly

As part of the natural ageing process, our immune system starts to slow down making us more susceptible to getting illnesses and infections. This can be especially worrisome for older adults who may already be living with other health conditions. 

But building a strong and healthy immune system is easier than you might think. By enjoying an active and healthy lifestyle filled with nutritious food, plenty of exercise and manageable stress levels, you can strengthen your immune system at any age.

10 engaging games for people with dementia

Studies have shown that participating in mentally stimulating activities can help slow down cognitive decline and improve overall brain function in people living with dementia. 

Games can help with memory recall, decision-making, problem-solving, and other cognitive functions. One 2020 study showed that when people with dementia played games, they were able to improve a wide variety of cognitive abilities including reaction time and short-term memory.

What is a memory book?

Memories are an important part of our lives. They help us connect with our past, preserve our legacy, and provide comfort and joy in the present. However, for people living with dementia, preserving memories can become a significant challenge. Memory loss and cognitive decline can make it difficult to remember important events, people, and places. 

A memory book is a personalised collection of mementos, photos, and stories that document the life and memories of an individual. It can serve as a valuable tool for people with dementia to help them remember, reminisce and connect with their past.

How often should the elderly shower or bathe?

A personal care routine allows us to maintain good hygiene and a tidy appearance. Regular bathing helps keep our skin, hair and mouth clean and healthy, and as a result, contributes towards the positive mental health we need to enjoy every aspect life has to offer. But some older adults face unique challenges that make it difficult for them to maintain personal care routines.

For over 75 years, Prestige Nursing & Care has provided bespoke and individually-tailored home care that supports people in living safely and independently at home. Our carers are expertly trained to provide discreet assistance with personal [...]