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5 Quick and Healthy Meals for Elderly People

Elderly people need to be careful about what they eat in order to stay in good health. However, preparing healthy and tasty meals is often a challenge. If you care for an elderly relative or friend, you might be looking for some inspiration, so here are five simple and healthy meals that you can prepare quickly or that they can prepare for themselves if they are able to.   Porridge Nothing beats porridge for ease of preparation in the morning, and it will give you an energy boost that will last all day. It's perfect for cold winter mornings, but [...]

May 25th, 2017|

The future of self-funded care

With the general election fast approaching and the launch of party manifestos, we have seen a renewed interest in social care and the ongoing debate on its funding. First came Labour, who revealed that it would introduce a ‘National Care Service’, promising an additional £8bn for social care over the lifetime of the next Parliament. The manifesto also pledged to increase the Carer’s Allowance for unpaid full-time carers, bringing it in line with Jobseeker’s Allowance. This was swiftly followed by the Conservative’s manifesto announcement, which revealed plans for all care costs to be assessed against an individual’s total assets, including [...]

May 19th, 2017|

What are The Most Common Routes into a Caring Career

Care work can be a very rewarding career. While it is sometimes challenging, it is popular because no two days are the same, and you also know that you’re doing something worthwhile and having a positive impact on people's lives. If you are thinking about pursuing a career as a care worker yourself, there are various routes into it. Here are some of the most common to consider.   Caring for a Relative or Friend – the Accidental Carer Many people decide to go into care work after first caring for someone they know. This may be your situation right [...]

May 18th, 2017|

Elderly Malnutrition

Elderly Malnutrition; Spot the Signs of Malnutrition in your Elderly Relative As we age, our bodies require fewer calories, yet we require more protein, calcium, B vitamins, and other nutrients. Unfortunately, there remains a surprising lack of awareness about the specific dietary needs of seniors and how nutrition plays a key role in their well-being and longevity. Seniors are particularly susceptible to malnutrition, because not only do they have different nutritional needs than younger adults, they also take more medications, and have higher rates of chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. They also may be experiencing a [...]

May 11th, 2017|

Common Concerns for an Elderly Relative

What are the Common Concerns for Those Caring for an Elderly Relative? The UK population is ageing. According to the Office of National Statistics, the number of people aged 75 and over has risen by 89% since 1974. Health services are under a huge amount of strain and many families are now the primary carer for their loved ones. If you are caring for an elderly relative, here are some of the issues and decisions you may be facing. The Financial Implications Caring for elderly relatives has a number of implications, but the main one for many families is the [...]

May 10th, 2017|

A manifesto for social care

The recent announcement of a general election came as a surprise, and Theresa May’s decision to hold one as soon as June left of her political opponents scrambling to fill their manifestos. The dominance of Brexit on the political agenda has naturally meant it has taken centre stage in the run-up to the election. However, the fact is there are many social issues aside from Brexit that require urgent attention – not least the dire state of the country’s social care sector. Here are the three key policy areas the next government must focus on: A solution to social care [...]

May 9th, 2017|

Dementia Checklist

7 Early Signs of Dementia Checklist One in three people in the UK will develop dementia, 66% of them women. If the symptoms of dementia are detected early enough, they can be controlled and the person can continue to enjoy a good quality of life. Keep an ‘early signs of dementia’ checklist close to hand and if you spot any of these symptoms, the person may benefit from a further assessment. 1 - Memory Problems Becoming more forgetful as we age is not uncommon. We all misplace our keys occasionally or miss an appointment. However, forgetting what day it is [...]

May 9th, 2017|

Ageing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome Irritable bowel syndrome, often abbreviated as IBS, is a common disorder that can cause everything from chronic abdominal pain and bloating to diarrhoea and constipation. IBS is considered a functional digestion disorder, which means that symptoms are often brought on by changes in the digestive system rather than by a certain disease. IBS is a commonly diagnosed disorder, and although it does not generally start until after the age of 50, there is no indication that incidence of IBS is necessarily higher in older adults (those 65 years of age or older). However, the issue is [...]

May 4th, 2017|

Brexit: The looming threat to social care

Brexit is the biggest issue on the agenda as election fever starts to take hold, and with good reason. The policy decisions that are made over the coming months and years will have a dramatic effect on people’s daily lives. Yet with the focus on trade deals and tactical voting, the continuing crisis in social care has dropped below the government’s radar lately, and with Brexit looming there is the potential for it to get a lot worse. At present, non-British EU nationals account for approximately 7% of staff working in social care, rising to 12% in regions such as [...]

April 28th, 2017|