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Identifying the right live-in care provider for you

Whether it’s care for yourself or someone close to you, choosing the right live-in care provider means asking a number of questions. With so many providers to choose from, how can you decide on the one best suited to your requirements? Here are some essential questions to ask when you’re choosing a live-in care provider, […]

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Knowing when your elderly loved one needs extra support

There may come a time when you notice that someone close to you is struggling with day-to-day living. If you’re becoming concerned about the welfare of an elderly loved one, it might be time to start a conversation about whether extra support is needed. When is the right time? There are many reasons why you […]

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The flexible nature of home care

We’re all different and have our own unique traits and personal preferences. So when considering the options for extra support – whether it’s for you or someone close to you – it’s ever so important to make sure that support is just as unique. Home care is, by it’s very nature, the most flexible option […]

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How seeking support for Mum sparked a career in care

Many of the carers we welcome to our team have had their own experiences of supporting their own families. For Lise, a care assistant in St Albans, it was after her mother experienced a fall that sparked a series of events that led her to Helping Hands. Lise shares how she came to hear about […]

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Why independence is important

We each have our own tastes, interests and characteristics that make us all unique. Even if you need a little extra support, you should still have the freedom to be your individual self. Read more about why independence is important, especially when it comes to care. Live-in care allows you to have the best of […]

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Let’s talk! The importance of daily social interaction

When was the last time you had a good catch-up with a family member or friend? You might not realise it, but that might have been just what they needed. Even if they seem fine and happy, feelings of loneliness can come on suddenly. Even with today’s technology and social media, face-to-face interactions are incredibly […]

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Staying hydrated and cool in hot weather

During the hot summer months, staying hydrated is vital. Dehydration affects us all during heatwaves but those with respiratory difficulties or conditions such as Alzheimer’s are especially at risk, as are young children and the elderly. When the temperature starts to rise, these simple steps from our care team can ensure that you and those […]

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Assessing the situation – knowing when to call in the help

It’s not always easy to realise that you or a loved one needs a little extra support. Even approaching the topic in the first place can be challenging, especially if your loved one is concerned about losing some of their independence. Making that call for help can take a lot of courage at first, but […]

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Exercise and activity ideas for your loved one with dementia

You only need to watch the television or listen to the radio to hear messages about the importance of exercise on general health and wellbeing. But for people with dementia, exercise is especially important. There have been recent, conflicting reports which question whether or not exercise addresses the symptoms of dementia, but what has been […]

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How I’m making a difference: returning to the UK for care work

Some of our carers have arrived from countries across Europe and even from as far as New Zealand. Though they all started their care journeys at different points, our worldwide search for carers has uncovered some true gems. Take Jackie and Tina for example. After leaving the UK to set up new careers in Spain, […]

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