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residential care home based on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells. We enjoy an excellent partnership with the care home, with some of our clients going into the home at one time or another either for some respite care or if they need to go into a care home permanently.
Finding care at home for a loved one who can no longer cope without outside help and support can be stressful to say the least. It does not have to be this way though; here at Birchwood Care we’re aware of the complications that can come with finding care at home for a family member and seek to make the process run as smoothly as possible.
Prince Philip’s car crash earlier this year sparked a debate around the safety of elderly drivers. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) the risk of being involved in a car accident increases after the age of 70 and is even higher in drivers over the age of 80. Prince Philip was 97 when he was forced to admit defeat and hand over the keys to his car.
Technology has moved in leaps and bounds over the last 25 years, and while the younger generation take it for granted and use it with ease, for older people it can feel daunting and confusing.
A fall at home can completely change the quality of life for an elderly person and can signal the beginning of a downward spiral where he or she eventually loses the independence they have always valued.
The number of people being cared for in their own homes is increasing – in fact, 13% of older people in England receive their care from privately funded sources such as Birchwood Care Services. An ageing population means that more and more people will continue to rely on home care services in the future, to assist with household tasks, personal care and any other activity that allows them to maintain their dignity, independence and quality of life.
Pets are a wonderful addition to a household at any stage of life but in older age they can be a source of enormous comfort and companionship. For elderly people, many of whom are housebound, pets offer a genuine lifeline. Interaction with animals can provide older people with:
ter sprint world record for the over-105 age category, died – aged 108. Dubbed “Golden Bolt” after eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, the diminutive record-breaking athlete was born in 1910 — when the Titanic was still being built. In 2015, he clocked 42.22 seconds in his home city of Kyoto to set a 100-meter world record in the over-105 age category — one for which no mark previously existed.
Our aim at Birchwood Care Services is simple: to enable our clients to enjoy living as fulfilling, independent lives as possible in their own homes, for as long as possible. Our philosophy is just as simple: we treat our clients how we would like to be treated.