Prime ministerial candidates urged to consider elderly care Prime ministerial candidates urged to consider elderly care As the two Conservative leadership candidates reach the home straight before the decisive vote on Monday (22nd July), they have been facing pressure across the UK to tackle the social care crisis in England if they become Prime Minister. Social care is unquestionably in crisis; however, it is seldom top of the political agenda thanks to the ongoing Brexit saga. That said, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have both pledged to make social care a priority if they get the [...]
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How to keep cool in the heatwave How to keep cool in the heatwave The summer might seem a little sporadic at the moment, but it is important to be prepared for the onset of hot weather, especially if you have an elderly relative. June 2019 was the hottest ever recorded on Earth; however, heatwaves can prove particularly dangerous in the UK because we are less prepared for soaring temperatures. Hot weather (especially temperatures above 30°C) can present a real danger to elderly people – as we age, we tend to sweat less, meaning our bodies [...]
Beating the stigma of loneliness Beating the stigma of loneliness Monday 17th to Friday 21st June 2019 is Loneliness Awareness Week, an inclusive campaign by Marmalade Trust to raise awareness of loneliness in the UK and, most importantly, to open a conversation about it. This year, the focus is on reducing the stigma of loneliness – it is something that is likely to affect us all at some point in our lives, and therefore we need to talk about it and ask for help if we need it. And there’s a lot of work to be [...]
7 signs that an elderly loved one needs extra help 7 signs that an elderly loved one needs extra help As our elderly relatives get older, the likelihood is that they will start to need assistance with certain aspects of their lives. This can often be a gradual change, but it is important to look out for indications that they might need extra support, as these signs can sometimes suggest an underlying health problem, and, if missed, can lead to accidents, or mental and physical health problems down the line. Furthermore, your relative is unlikely to [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]