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.
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? 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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