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  • 5 signs that an elderly loved one might need help  
    As our elderly loved ones get older, it’s important to pay close attention to their well-being. Sometimes, they may not openly express their needs or difficulties, so it’s essential to be mindful of subtle indicators that they might need some additional support.  
  • Why are mental health and well-being important?   
    Why are mental health and well-being important?    Looking after mental health and well-being are important because they can affect many aspects of a person’s life. Good mental health can enable people to enjoy fulfilling relationships, pursue their interests, and feel more positive in their outlook on life.Continue reading “Why are mental health and well-being important?   “
  • How home care can support long-term health 
    In the world of healthcare, home care is often overlooked, yet it holds tremendous potential as a cornerstone for long-term health management.  
  • CQC Inspections and Celebrating UK Care Week 
    Celebrating compassion with UK Care Week and understanding CQC inspections  The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is central to the operation of care service providers like us. With recent changes to the way it carries out inspections and assessments, we’ve put together an explanation as to what clients,Continue reading “CQC Inspections and Celebrating UK Care Week “
  • Look after your loved one with home care  
    The month of February is often associated with the holiday that marks its midpoint – Valentine’s Day – and the extra day that marks its end in a Leap Year. In the spirit of these occasions, we’re delving into how compassion, companionship and connection are central to home care and the well-being of our community, and considering how home care can help make a difference in your loved one’s life.
  • How homecare can help beat January blues 
    As we all navigate the post-holiday season, many individuals experience a decline in mood commonly known as the “January blues.”
  • The importance of home care during the holiday season 
    The importance of home care during the holiday season New statistics from Age UK show just how difficult and lonely this Christmas will be for older people in the UK. 2.3 million mature adults wish that they had someone to spend time with during Christmas time, andContinue reading “The importance of home care during the holiday season “
  • Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday 2023 
    The weekend of November 11 marked the annual Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday memorial in the UK and Commonwealth. Birchwood Care Services joined the nation in honouring members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty during the First World War and beyond.
  • Protecting health and wellbeing in home care
    Protecting health and wellbeing in home care At Birchwood Care Services, the health and wellbeing of our clients is at the forefront of our service delivery. This is especially important for vulnerable members of our community such as the elderly or immunocompromised, who may be more susceptibleContinue reading “Protecting health and wellbeing in home care”
  • Celebrating Professional Care Workers Week 2023 
    The Care Workers Charity (CWC) is an important industry body with the objective of supporting current and former care workers. As part of this mission, the CWC is running its annual Professional Care Workers Awareness Week for the sixth year this month.
  • How care support can help find happiness later in life
    Helping mature adults in the pursuit of joy   Happiness is a funny thing. Like joy, it can be found and nurtured in many different ways, and often look or feel different for everyone. As a provider of care services, it’s a point of practice for the BirchwoodContinue reading “How care support can help find happiness later in life”
  • Good Care Month 2023: Honouring the Heart of Home Care 
    Good Care Month 2023: Honouring the Heart of Home Care   As summer blooms across the UK this July, Birchwood Care Services joins the nation in celebrating the compassion and dedication that defines home care. Founded by the Hertfordshire Care Providers Association, “Good Care Month” encourages the sectorContinue reading “Good Care Month 2023: Honouring the Heart of Home Care “
  • Championing inclusivity and diversity in later life care
    Championing inclusivity and diversity in later life care   Comfort, pride, and dignity are all fundamental parts of caregiving. At Birchwood Care Services, it is paramount that everyone feels comfortable and confident, from service providers to service receivers. Pride month has given us an opportunity to reflect onContinue reading “Championing inclusivity and diversity in later life care”
  • Dementia Action Week
    Don’t put off today what could empower your tomorrow Dementia Action Week serves as a powerful reminder that early intervention and proactive diagnosis are essential for individuals living with dementia. From May 12-16, the Alzheimer’s Society is running a campaign to encourage people to act on dementia and demystifyContinue reading “Dementia Action Week”
  • Stress Awareness Month
    Stress Awareness Month Stress – it’s a feeling we’re probably all too familiar with. And so, this April to mark Stress Awareness Month, we want to take the time at Birchwood Care Services to focus on the importance of understanding and managing stress.  Stress is a naturalContinue reading “Stress Awareness Month”
  • Why self-injury awareness is important
    Self-Injury Awareness Day, also known as SIAD, is an annual event held on 1st March to raise awareness about self-injury and reduce the stigma surrounding this behaviour. The day provides a platform for people affected by self-injury and their supporters to come together and share their stories, experiences, and coping strategies. 
  • The benefits of Yoga for those in later life 
    No matter our age, movement is an incredibly important part of staying happy and healthy.   Yoga is a wonderful way for us to incorporate movement and exercise into our lives, especially those of us who are in later life, as it’s a gentle form of movement with ample physical and mental health benefits.   If you or a loved one are considering getting some more movement in your life, here are some reasons to consider yoga.
  • Overcoming the post-Christmas blues
    The post-Christmas blues can be a difficult time for many people, including the elderly. After the intensity of feeling and business of the holiday season, it can be hard to re-adjust to our everyday routines. If you’re struggling with the post-Christmas blues, here are some tips for overcoming them
  • A Winter Warming Toolkit for the Elderly
    A Winter Warming Toolkit for the Elderly Winter is a wonderful time of year filled with festive celebrations and time with family. But it’s also very cold! It’s important that those people older in age stay well during the chilly season and so today we’re sharing aContinue reading “A Winter Warming Toolkit for the Elderly”
  • A Covid-19 Policy reminder this winter 
    As we head into the winter season and the UK sees an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, we wanted to take the time to remind you of our Covid-19 policies and assure you of the safety of your loved ones that we care for.   At Birchwood Care Services, we’re doing everything we can to minimise the risk of infection and keep our clients and staff safe and well. As we receive guidance from Public Health England, aimed specifically at Covid-19 infection prevention, we implement the procedures immediately.
  • Autumn Activities for the Elderly
    Autumn Activities for the Elderly We love autumn at Birchwood Care Services but we know that for many, the weather change can mean their mood takes a bit of a turn. As the autumn season approaches, a good way to help counter the mood dampeners of darkerContinue reading “Autumn Activities for the Elderly”
  • Information on Alzheimer’s Disease
    Information on Alzheimer’s Disease This month is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. In honour of this, we wanted to share some information regarding Alzheimer’s Disease with you today. It’s incredibly important to be aware of the symptoms and support available to ensure the best possible outcome should Alzheimer’s DiseaseContinue reading “Information on Alzheimer’s Disease”
  • Five reasons to consider a career in care
    If you’re hardworking, warm and caring, you’d likely be a fantastic carer. A career in care is incredibly rewarding for a number of reasons and today we want to explore some of those reasons with you. Here are our top five reasons you should consider a career in care.
  • What makes a good carer?
    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.
  • Good Care Month
    Good Care Month 2022 runs from the 1st of July to the 31st of July. With an ageing population, there is an increasing requirement to recruit and retain staff in the adult social care sector.
  • How Do I Find Care at Home For a Loved One
    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.
  • What is home care?
    Many of our clients want to live independently in their own home for as long as they can. It is for this reason they choose us as the home care service we provide in and around the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks areas helps facilitate this.
  • Helping to combat loneliness
    Helping to combat loneliness Unfortunately, 50% of individuals aged over 60 are at risk of social isolation and one-third will experience some degree of loneliness later in life. At Birchwood Care Services, we know how incredibly important it is to do our part to combat this.   13thContinue reading “Helping to combat loneliness”
  • Live independently at home for longer
    We have spoken before about top tips for fall proofing your home and this really can have a significant impact as falls will often be a key contributor to needing more round the clock care as they can have serious implications for the elderly depending on the severity.
  • Three huge benefits of walking for the elderly
    Three huge benefits of walking for the elderly Did you know that May is National Walking Month? As the country is opening up again, Birchwood Care Services carers have been enjoying getting out and about with clients who are able to. Walking has some fantastic health benefits,Continue reading “Three huge benefits of walking for the elderly”
  • What care options are available?
    Families going through the emotional stress of placing a spouse or relative into care, often tell us they find the terminology confusing so this blog aims to help explain the different types of care available. Understandably, most elderly people want to live independently in their own homes for as long as they can. But many people are not aware of what their local options are.
  • A moment to reflect this April  
    d you know that we celebrated National Reflection Day recently? Reflection day is about taking time to connect, supporting the millions of people who are grieving and remembering the family, friends, neighbours and colleagues we’ve lost over the last two years. Marie Curie spearheaded the campaign for a Day of Reflection to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the first UK Lockdown – and to let bereaved people know that they are not alone. 
  • Why hire an at-home carer? 
    Why hire an at-home carer?  We love our families dearly and in an ideal world we’d all be able to take care of our elderly relatives ourselves. Unfortunately, this just isn’t always possible. Hiring an at-home carer can be a wonderful way to ensure the independence andContinue reading “Why hire an at-home carer? “
  • Welcoming in spring at Birchwood Care Services
    Welcoming in spring at Birchwood Care Services Spring has sprung at Birchwood Care Services. The official start to the season might not be until 20th March, but we’re already embracing the energy and freshness of the springtime.  Today, we’d like to share with you some of ourContinue reading “Welcoming in spring at Birchwood Care Services”
  • Sharing the Valentine’s love this February
    Sharing the Valentine’s love this February Celebrating our staff This month, Birchwood Care Services is sharing the Valentine’s love with a blog celebrating our wonderful staff.  Firstly, we’d love to welcome our new team member, Josie Wylie. Josie has joined us from the north of England. SheContinue reading “Sharing the Valentine’s love this February”
  • Win a fabulous Afternoon Tea Delights Hamper
    Win a fabulous Afternoon Tea Delights Hamper
  • Domestic support is available in your home
    Keeping things clean and tidy in your own home can get tougher as you get older – domestic support is available at Birchwood Care Services
  • Meet Care Co-ordinator -Georgia
    Georgia is a Care Co-ordinator at Birchwood Care Services and has worked with the organisation for 10 months.
  • Tips for keeping the elderly safe during extreme heat
    Here in Britain, we are simply not used to high temperatures we sometimes experience during the summer – and while heatwaves are enjoyable for some, for the elderly they can be especially dangerous – often because we are not prepared.  
  • Birchwood to host Summer Open Day in June
    Saturday 26th June from 2-4pm. The Open Day will take place in our beautiful nine-acre gardens at Birchwood House in Speldhurst, on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells.
  • Your questions answered about a care assessment
    We’ve provided some frequently asked questions to guide you through the initial stages involved in finding a home care provider.  The care assessment is an important step and it can helpful for you to know what to expect.
  • Cream Tea Giveaway
    We’re giving away a Cream Tea for Two with the May issue of Birchwood Care and on our Facebook page.
  • Meet Domestic Support Worker – Mary
    Meet Domestic Support Worker – Mary Enabling people to retain their independence and stay in their own home is one of the aims of Birchwood Care Services. The team do this by offering personalised support packages, which may include domestic support. Mary is a Domestic Support WorkerContinue reading “Meet Domestic Support Worker – Mary”
  • Meet Care Co-ordinator -Bethany
    Every day is different and rewarding, says Care Co-ordinator and Relief Supervisor Bethany, who has worked for Birchwood Care Services for just over a year.
  • The Power Of Aromatherapy For The Elderly
    Elderly people can benefit from using Aromatherapy as relief from certain ailments and discomforts such as stress, arthritis and circulatory or respiratory problems – and those suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia can especially benefit from regular aromatherapy.
  • Meet Care Co-ordinator – Holly
    Holly is one of three Care Co-ordinators at Birchwood Care Services and enjoys being part of a small team.
  • The benefits of using the internet and modern technology
    Since the arrival of Covid-19 and having to live through lockdown in the last 12 months, the reliance on the internet and technology has massively increased and become the norm.
  • The skills and attributes you need to be a good carer
    Whether you’re looking for a good care provider or thinking of starting a career in care, it’s important to remember caring is all about people.
  • Birchwood Smiles helps residents and home care clients
    We’re delighted to kick off a new initiative to show the smiling faces of our staff behind their masks to help our residents and clients recognise their support and maintain positivity.
  • Afternoon tea winner announced
    We wanted to do something to brighten up someone’s day so as people can’t get out much, we ran a prize draw at the end of November offering afternoon tea to two people in our local community.
  • An unprecedented year
    Owner of Birchwood House and Care Services, Niral Patel, provides his personal reflections on the last 9 months of 2020 and how he continues to be optimistic in the run up to Christmas.

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