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 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”
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.
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 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”
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 – 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”
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.
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.
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 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”
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 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 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”
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.
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.
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.
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 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”
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 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”
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.
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? 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 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 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”
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.
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.
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”
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.
We have absolutely fantastic staff here at Birchwood Care Services. Our staff develop a close relationship with our clients and find their jobs extremely satisfying and rewarding. If you are looking at a career in home care but don’t know where to start then hopefully this article gives some more insight!
For the elderly living at home alone, our home care service can offer invaluable support but they can also have periods of loneliness. We have spoken previously about how to stay living independently at home for longer, but one key area is keeping happy! So here are some tips for the elderly to stay happy!
We know that, in general, exercising our creative inner selves enhances quality of life and nurtures overall well-being but studies in art therapy confirm that creative, artistic pursuits can provide older adults especially with multiple benefits, having a positive effect on the mind, soul – even the body.
is a question we’re often asked and let’s face it, finding the right care for an elderly loved one can be an emotional and stressful process. Getting it right is absolutely crucial, so it’s important to start by recognising the differences between assisted living and home care services which is something we offer here at Birchwood Care Services.