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 [...]
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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 [...]
Helping elderly relatives feel part of the festive cheer Helping elderly relatives feel part of the festive cheer 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 at Christmas, a time characterised by social events, family meet-ups and general togetherness. According to Age UK, nearly a million older people feel lonelier at Christmas time. But there are things we can do to make sure our elderly relatives feel a part of the festive cheer… Help them [...]
4 reasons why you should consider a career in care 4 reasons why you should consider a career in care Here at Unique Senior Care we have a motto, “Why just work when you can care?”, which we think perfectly encapsulates how rewarding a career in care can be. You may already like the idea of helping others, but aren’t aware of all of the benefits that a career in care offers. So if you are thinking about changing job in the near future, here are some reasons why you should consider care… The variety [...]
5 things you didn’t know at-home care could be used for 5 things you didn’t know at-home care could be used for The phrase ‘at-home care’ might conjure up images of personal care, help with wake-up and bedtime routines and medication reminders. And although these can certainly be key parts of domiciliary care, it also encompasses so much more! Here at Unique Senior Care, we are committed to helping our clients with whatever they need in order to continue living fulfilling lives at home, by supporting all areas of their day-to-day lives. Here are five [...]
Attendance Allowance – are you eligible? Attendance Allowance – are you eligible? Did you know that if you are aged 65 or over and have a disability that means you need someone to help look after you, you could be eligible for a weekly benefit? Not everyone is aware of Attendance Allowance but this extra money could help you stay independent in your own home for longer. What is Attendance Allowance? Attendance Allowance is a tax-free benefit available to people aged 65 or over who need help with personal care due to having a physical [...]
6 tips for helping the elderly stay safe this winter 6 tips for helping the elderly stay safe this winter As temperatures begin to slip and the cold nights draw in, we take a look at how you can help keep your elderly relatives safe and healthy this winter. Colder weather can pose a number of health risks to older people, from the more obvious threat of slipping on ice to the lesser-known risk of dehydration. These six tips will help you ensure they are safe, happy and comfortable in their own homes this winter: [...]