Coronavirus (Covid-19) Response Care during the coronavirus pandemic During the coronavirus pandemic, we are still continuing to provide outstanding care to all our clients. We are also supporting new clients during this time, if you or a loved one need care at home, don't hesitate to get in touch. Contact us today to discuss how we can help on tel: 01789 204040 Coronavirus (Covid-19) Policy - updated 18/11/2020 We want to inform all of our clients, and their families and loved ones, about our response to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, and reassure you that [...]
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Our Coventry and Kenilworth office receives CQC ‘Outstanding’ rating for the second time Our Coventry and Kenilworth office receives CQC ‘Outstanding’ rating for the second time We are delighted to share some exciting news with you – our Coventry and Kenilworth office has received a second Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), reaffirming our position in the top 2% of Coventry and Warwickshire homecare providers, and the top 4% providers nationally. The CQC praised our ongoing commitment to putting people at the heart of its service, from our outstanding Caregiver training to the experience [...]
New BBC radio drama offers stark warning about ‘flying’ home care visits New BBC radio drama offers stark warning about ‘flying’ home care visits A recent play has shone a light on the dangers of short home care visits. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at the end of July and beginning of August, the aptly named ‘Flying Visits’ is based on the experiences and struggles of a real-life care worker, who went on to help abolish 15-minute care visits in her area. Each episode focuses on the experiences of Hayleigh (played by BAFTA-winning actress Claire Rushbrook), [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]