Home care companions can relieve the pressure on NHS beds

As the national crisis in NHS bed shortages reaches its peak, the impact on the elderly is being felt around the country. With almost every hospital trust in England reporting unsafe levels of patients last week, patients are being kept in makeshift wards, on trolleys or in the back of ambulances. There are even reports of patients dying prematurely in corridors.

Planning to live for longer with a live-in companionHome care companions can relieve the pressure on NHS beds

Thanks to medical advances and a greater understanding of healthy lifestyle choices, we can expect to have a longer life, and considering care options can be the key to making the most of it!

As explained in an informative BBC article, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42572110, ‘People are living with a growing number of long-term chronic conditions – diabetes, heart disease and dementia. These are more about care than cure – what patients usually need is support. By the age of 65, most people will have at least one of these illnesses. By 75 they will have two.’

Live-in Support is the answer

With a live-in companion or carer, maintaining an independent, healthy lifestyle can reduce the need for hospital stay. And when a stay in hospital is required, a prompt discharge is easier and distressing bed-blocking can be avoided.

A stitch in time saves nine!

Find your ideal companion or carer today, and avoid mounting care agency costs, by contacting us:

Email: info@remarkable-support.co.uk
Phone: 0118 3271170
www.remarkable-support.co.uk
We look forward to hearing from you!

Home Care Services for the elderly can hold the key to a longer life!

Live-in care specialists are multi-talented, meeting a variety of needs: practical, emotional and physical. As research continues to promote the benefits of exercise and advocate the latest trends, it‘s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer range of what is possible and it can be hard to know where to start.

So how can home care services for the elderly help older people have a longer, healthier life?

Consider these 3 top tips to know how live-in carers and companions can support a holistic and happy life:

Top Tip 1: Know how much exercise is ideal for older people

How much exercise do older people need? Too little and the benefits will be negligible; too much and you can cause more problems than you solve. The NHS advises that two types of exercise should be undertaken each week: aerobic and strength. Visit their website for clear guidelines to give you the confidence to get started:

https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-older-adults.aspx

Top Tip 2: Find out which exercises to focus on and how to do them safely

It can be difficult for carers and companions to know how to get started. With photographs and instructions of how to do the exercises safely, the link below will show carefully chosen routines, covering sitting, flexibility, strength and balance:

https://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Documents/NHS_ExercisesForOlderPeople.pdf

Another useful resource is this collection of 5-minute videos of exercises and how to do them safely:

www.Seniorexercisesonline.com

Top Tip 3: Build exercise into weekly routines and facilitate friendships at the same time

Find out what’s available locally – joining an exercise class or gym can be a great way to get out and meet other, like-minded people. AgeUk has tips and advice on how older people can stay active and access local groups and classes:

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/fitness/

Home care services for the elderly can really help older people to stay fit and have a better quality of life. So, make the most of all the good advice and guidance out there and remember- it’s never too late to start!

To discuss your requirements for a live-in carer or companion contact Remarkable People today: 0118 3271170

Give your brain a helping hand to ward off dementia

As people start to think about what to buy others for Christmas, thoughts inevitably turn to the vast array of computer games that grace the shelves of shops, supermarkets and online retailers. It’s time for ‘that phone call’, as older people dutifully contact family members near and far, asking for guidance and inspiration, with the threat, “Otherwise I’ll just choose something myself!”

Some people believe that young people spend too much time playing computer games, at the expense of their physical fitness and mental health, and dread the perennial request, “Alex wants the latest game- I’ll send you the name of it,” or, even worse, “Just send the money.”

But now the tables could be turned, as the latest research suggests that the risk of dementia can be significantly reduced by playing an electronic game to improve visual processing speed. The approach is ‘little and often’, with just 10 hours playing time spread over the course of 10-weeks.

So where do live in companions for the elderly come in? Well, as most people know, home care services for the elderly encompass a broad spectrum of support, and the key to success is all about building routines. Live-in carers are best-placed to create holistic routines that keep body and mind active and, as variety is said to be the ‘spice of life’, a regular burst of brain-training could be the order of the day.

So, lend a helping hand to brighten up Christmas present lists by adding a healthy computer game- let’s face it, it beats yet another pair of socks!

To find out more, read this interesting article in The Times
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/brain-game-is-first-to-cut-risk-of-dementia-7d206qnxk

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Live-in companions for the elderly have a special role to play when it comes to helping people value and remember special people and events in their lives.

Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 12 November in 2017, is a time to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

Providing a helping hand to attend Remembrance Services at church or in the community is invaluable, and where this is not possible, people who provide home care for the elderly can make time to look through photograph albums and share poignant memories together at home.

Accessing Remembrance Services online is a great way for older people to connect with the wider community on this special day, such as the British Legion, http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/how-we-remember/remembrance-sunday/
and AgeUk’s blog ‘The Emotion of Remembrance’ is informative and thought-provoking, http://www.ageuklondonblog.org.uk/2016/11/11/emotion-remembrance/

Supporting positive mental well being- Top tips for live-in care companions

Elderly Visiting A Friend

As GPs improve their identification of mental health problems in older people (NHS England- Mental Health in Older People), the role of live-in companions in the home becomes even more important.

According to Age UK (GB), ‘Nearly half of adults (7.7million) aged 55+ say they have experienced depression and around the same number (7.3 million) have suffered with anxiety, according to new YouGov research for the charity Age UK – revealing the scale of the mental health challenge facing older people in the UK today. The death of loved ones (36%) ill health of themselves (24%) and financial worries (27%) are the most common triggers for mental health problems, yet worryingly more than a third (35%) say they did not know where to go for help and support.’

(https://www.ageuk.org.uk/latest-news/articles/2017/october/half-aged-55-have-had-mental-health-problems/)

Live-in care specialists need to be aware of potential trigger points for a deterioration in mental wellbeing, such as experiencing major change or loss, including:

  • retirement
  • bereavement
  • relationship and family problems
  • money worries
  • disability or poor health, including sight and hearing loss
  • being a carer
  • being on your own
  • the time of year

Those who provide personal care for the elderly are well placed to implement protective factors, giving a helping hand to keep the blues at bay and get the most out of life.

 Read these top tips for maintaining positive mental health in older people:

Take care of yourself
Plan time each day for a treat, such as going out for lunch, doing a crossword or sudoku, reading or listening to an audio book. Find out what your client likes to do and get planning!

Do the things that make you laugh and have fun
Make time to share aspects of day-to-day tasks, such as cooking or watching TV. Make it fun-have a laugh!

Get enough sleep Personal Care for the Elderly
Give help managing sleep patterns and cutting down on caffeine in order to get a good night’s sleep. Set up a relaxing routine each evening.

Eat well and drink sensibly
Plan healthy meals and make sure there are plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in the home.  Manage alcohol consumption carefully, remembering that it is a depressant and interacts with certain medications.

Create structure to the day and set goals
Help your client establish routines, including setting daily and weekly goals. Balance is the key, so make sure you include the things that are important, such as seeing friends and keeping up with hobbies and interests.

Keep active
Build in opportunities for movement throughout the day, such as helping with light housework, as well as facilitating appropriate exercise classes or videos. Remember, this is an ideal opportunity to get out and meet others.

Get some fresh air
Walking, gardening, going to the shops- it doesn’t matter what the reason is, getting some fresh air and having a change of scenery can instantly improve how we feel.

Talk about feelings
Setting aside time each day to talk makes it easier to discuss difficult or painful issues. And the earlier you deal with mental health problems the less likely they are to develop further. Knowing where to go for extra help is important and it’s always better to encourage a visit to the GP than let things be bottled up.

At Remarkable People, we are always keen to share good ideas- based and research and practical experience- to improve the quality of life for those that need extra support and those who provide it.

5 Key Attributes of an Effective & Caring Companion for the Elderly!

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When it comes to being cared for, regardless of our age, we all like to know that there is someone there to look after us and support us when we need it. There is no denying that the elderly are more likely to need this support, to enable them to continue to lead fulfilled and happy lives.
Be it medical, practical or emotional support, elderly people deserve a care companion who can understand exactly what they need and deliver support in a personalized and empathetic manner. A live-in care companion, with experience relevant to personal care for the elderly is often the best option and this is the reason home carers and companions are so much in-demand.
So, if you are also looking to become a carer or companion, consider whether you have the relevant skills and attributes to carry out the following duties efficiently…

5 qualities of effective carers / companions for the elderly

1. Personal Care and Safety
Ensuring safety and providing personal care for the elderly is a key aspect of this role. Everything you do as a care companion rests on providing a safe and caring environment, giving support that enables the best possible quality of life. You will need to be compassionate and kind and you will believe in treating others with dignity and respect. The need for personal care may be minimal or may involve haircare, keeping nails tidy, help with dressing, bathing, showering and intimate personal care.

2. Healthcare
The degree to which you will need to provide Healthcare varies greatly, from supporting taking medication to more specialist areas requiring qualifications and training. You have a responsibility to ensure that prescriptions are administered correctly and medical and dental appointments are made and attended. As a minimum, you will need a knowledge of basic first aid, knowing what steps to take in an emergency.live in companion for elderly

3. Preparing food
This involves getting to know personal likes and dislikes (including any special dietary needs), supporting shopping for food, ensuring value for money, preparation of meals and snacks and managing a well-balanced and healthy diet. A knowledge and enjoyment of cooking and an understanding of nutrition and health and safety are essential.

4. Managing the home
Cleaning, washing and ironing are often an important part of the carer’s role. This can also extend to liaising with other services, such as window-cleaners, gardeners, etc. Experience in this area is important. In some instances, you may be responsible for ensuring that bills are paid on time and you will need the ability to manage money and keep basic financial records.

5. Wider duties of the role
You will need to be both proactive and responsive in helping to maintain engagement in interests and relationships. This may involve driving and a valid driving license can be essential. Trips out, visiting friends and supporting interests are important aspects of the carer’s role. You may need to undertake some household admin as well. It’s all about providing quality of life, being reliable and knowing when and where to get additional help if necessary.

Never Believe These 4 Myths Regarding Live-in Home Care Companions!

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Humans are social animals who need companionship, love and care throughout life. It scarcely matters whether you are in your teens, middle age or latter years, you deserve the support of someone who can fully comprehend you and your needs, practical, personal and emotional; someone to rely on; an ally with whom you can share your happy times and interests, and someone to help alleviate your anxieties.
Few families have this in-built support and many people need the reassurance of a companion or carer who can give them the quality of life they want and deserve. This gives rise to paid care, companionship and home care for the elderly.
Care companions can fulfill multiple roles, providing individual care and giving vital support with carrying out daily household tasks and sharing memorable moments.
But, it’s a big step welcoming someone into your home, made greater by the many myths surrounding live-in care. So, let us just bust the main myths for you!

4 Myths Regarding Live-in Care Companions Busted

1. All Care Agencies are the Same
Not true!There are many agencies that provide home care services and each agency works in a different way: Do you need full-time or part-time care? Do you want to know that the same person is coming each day? Do you want someone to live-in? Do you want someone who can share your interests and help maintain your independence?live in companion for elderly
Agencies vary greatly in the quality of their approach to recruiting, vetting and interviewing carers and companions. It is of paramount importance to use the right agency for your needs, giving you the quality of experience and peace of mind that you deserve.

2. Live-in Care Companions Are Just for the Sick and the Elderly
Again, not true! Live-in care companions are for everyone who needs support whether it be practical, personal, emotional or a combination of all three. It’s true that home care for the elderly is the biggest sector of this market, but care companions can be for anyone, young or old, in good health or bad. Care companions can take the strain out of everyday tasks such as washing, cleaning, shopping, driving etc, and support you in doing the important things in your life, like meeting up with friends and family, attending health care appointments and accessing pastimes old and new.

3. Live-in Care Companions Are Too Expensive
This myth can be a major barrier to looking for a care companion. A more affordable way could be to use an agency to find the right person to suit your budget and needs, without further monthly agency fees on top.

4. Live-in Care Companionsinvade your privacy
Just the opposite!Live-in care companions are there to help people remain independent and fulfilled in their day-to-day activities and people hire their home care companions accordingly. It’s about retaining and protecting your privacy by getting the right person for you and for your needs.
So, if you’re thinking about live-in home care for the elderly or getting support for your daily activities, don’t be put off by these common myths. Make sure you see the true picture and get the care companion you need and deserve!