Why elderly people are the most vulnerable to mental health issues Why elderly people are the most vulnerable to mental health issues Monday 13th to Sunday 19th May 2019 is Mental Health Awareness Week, a campaign by the Mental Health Foundation to raise awareness of mental health issues and to promote better mental health. Here at Unique Senior Care, we believe this is the perfect opportunity to shine a light on mental health issues that can affect older people in particular, and what can be done to help. Changing mental health as we age Older people [...]
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Getting out and about in the spring Getting out and about in the spring Spring has officially sprung, and here at Unique Senior Care we’re looking forward to sunny walks, picnics and day trips with our clients. It’s the perfect time to get out and about; however, if an elderly member of your family has mobility issues, spontaneous days out aren’t as simple as they used to be. But don’t let this dissuade you – or them – as venturing outside the house has been proven to have a number of physical and mental health benefits. [...]
The surprising health benefits of reading in later life The surprising health benefits of reading in later life “She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” – Annie Dillard Thursday 7th March 2019 is World Book Day, an annual celebration of those rather marvellous things we call books. Whether you enjoy a magical adventure with Harry Potter or a flirt with Mills and Boon, have you ever thought about the health benefits of reading – especially in your later years? Improving memory Reading is not only a great pastime, but studies [...]
Nutrition and Hydration Week 2019 Nutrition and Hydration Week 2019 Here at Unique Senior Care we are proud to be supporting Nutrition and Hydration Week, 11-17 March 2019. Nutrition and Hydration is an essential part of our clients’ health and wellbeing, and with spring fast approaching, it is more important than ever for elderly people to keep hydrated. What is Nutrition and Hydration Week? Nutrition and Hydration Week (N&H Week) aims to raise awareness and educate people on the value of food and drink in maintaining health and wellbeing in health and social care. Running every [...]
Unique Senior Care is first business to receive ground-breaking Apprenticeship Levy funding Unique Senior Care is first business to receive ground-breaking Apprenticeship Levy funding We are delighted to announce that Unique Senior Care has become the first business to be supported by an Apprenticeship Levy transfer from Warwickshire County Council. The £50,000 funding marks the inaugural transfer from the ground-breaking levy, which was introduced last year. It’s an honour to receive this funding from our local county council, and to be recognised for our work in providing exceptional home care services to older people in their [...]
The need for social care reaches breaking point The need for social care reaches breaking point The current social care crisis has again hit the headlines, this time by shocking data released by the NHS that that 32,115 sick and vulnerable adults died while awaiting social care in 2017/18. This equates to nearly 90 people a day dying before they could get the care they needed. According to an article published by The Sunday Times in December, a high proportion of these people are likely to have had serious illnesses or conditions, including terminal cancer and [...]
Giving up driving: how to approach the topic with elderly loved ones Giving up driving: how to approach the topic with elderly loved ones Driving in later years can be a real lifeline, providing much-needed freedom and also being a connection to friends and family. However, there may come a time where you become concerned that a relative is no longer fit to drive. This is often an extremely difficult and emotional situation, as giving up driving represents a huge loss of independence. When to give up Unless the DVLA or a doctor have declared that [...]
How to live a better life, even during the hardest times How to live a better life, even during the hardest times Death is a topic that none of us like to talk about, but it is one of those things that’s inevitable in life and at some point we will all have to face it. As it stands, almost five million people say they are too uncomfortable to talk about their own death at all, but there are another 13 million UK adults who admit that while it made them uncomfortable, they were willing to [...]
Thank you for the music: how music can help people with dementia Thank you for the music: how music can help people with dementia We all have certain songs that have the power to instantly transport us back to a specific moment in time, whether it’s the soundtrack to your favourite summer, your ‘first dance’ song or an album your parents always played in the car. And given the power of music to conjure up past memories, it is perhaps unsurprising that music is coming to the fore in supporting people living with dementia. The benefits [...]
Helping elderly relatives feel part of the new year celebrations Helping elderly relatives feel part of the new year celebrations Loneliness at any age is an upsetting issue and one which can have serious health ramifications. Older people are especially vulnerable to isolation, and this is particularly evident during the Christmas and new year period, a time characterised by social events, family meet-ups and general togetherness. According to Age UK, nearly a million older people feel lonelier at this time. But there are things we can do to make sure our elderly relatives feel a part [...]