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  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Harvest Hoedown extravaganza
    Birchwood House enjoyed a socially-distanced harvest festival in its grounds on Wednesday 9th September, for all staff and residents. Sealed food was donated to benefit the local community.
  • How to start a career in home care
    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!
  • Happiness tips for the elderly
    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!
  • Meet Wendy – Manager
    I’ve worked in the industry for 25 years and have been at Birchwood for over 10 years.
  • A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
    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.
  • What’s The Difference Between Assisted Living and Home Care?
    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.
  • How We Are Dealing With Coronavirus
    We have been doing everything we can to continue providing vital support to our clients at a time when many of them need this the most.
  • The Art of Caring
    We are sponsoring the ‘Art in the Weald’ event in aid of the wonderful local charity Hospice in the Weald. Unfortunately, this has been postponed due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, and this has meant we have also had to postpone our spin-off event, ‘The Art of Caring’ which we were due to host in April.
  • Helping The Elderly Through Coronavirus
    The Pandemic caused by Covid-19 is moving forward faster than perhaps anyone could have imagined. As we deal predominantly with the elderly, who are most at risk, we have created a guide for steps you should take when visiting the elderly and what you can do to help them should they need to self-isolate or be quarantined.
  • How To Stay Safe From Scams
    Anyone can fall victim to a scam, but older people can be at greater risk; according to research carried out in 2017 for Age UK, almost 5 million people aged 65+ in the UK believed they had been targeted by scammers. Sadly, elderly people are more vulnerable from scammers.
  • Going Green In 2020
    It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and worried by bleak statistics of global pollution and climate change but while the younger generation will be most impacted by the situation, there’s no reason why all of us shouldn’t start to lead a greener lifestyle too.
  • A Happy, Healthy New Year!
    Let’s face it, many of us probably over-indulged over Christmas and thousands of people across the UK are starting the new year, resolved to get fit, eat healthily and limit their alcohol intake.
  • Which Country Has The Best Care For The Elderly
    By 2050, there will be 2 billion elderly people living on the planet – that’s about 20% of the total population – and it’s only going to increase thanks to longer life expectancy, partly due to advancements in medicine. So it’s becoming even more important to find the most effective ways of making life better for our ageing populations.
  • Christmas Gifts For The Elderly
    With Christmas just around the corner, you might be starting to think about choosing a gift for an elderly friend or relative – or maybe even putting together your own Santa’s wishlist! Original Christmas gift ideas can be a challenge, so we’ve come up with a few of our festive favourites that include practicality, comfort – and a dash of sentimentality!
  • Keeping Elderly Friends and Relatives Safe in Autumn
    As the mornings feel crisper, leaves start to fall and the days become shorter, it’s important to check on elderly people, to check they are coping with the change in temperature and to ensure there are no health or safety hazards.
  • Financial Planning in Later Life
    Regardless of age, many of us worry about money, but older people, in particular, may find they need extra help organising their finances. Conditions such as dementia can impact their ability to make informed choices while a physical disability or visual impairment may cause problems dealing with the bank or getting online. Perhaps their spouse is no longer there to help handle the finances and they find it difficult to know if they are making the right financial decisions for themselves. And of course, there is an increased vulnerability to fraudsters.
  • Birchwood Recognised As Investors In People!
    Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results.
  • Our Partnership With Birchwood House
    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.
  • 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.
  • Driving in older age
    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.
  • Getting online and staying connected
    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.
  • Top tips for fall-proofing your home
    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.
  • Guidelines for Home Care Services
    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.
  • Companionship and pets
    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:
  • Keeping fit in older age
    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.
  • 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.

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