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Sepsis awareness – how to spot the signs and save a life

Although sepsis is a life-threatening and serious complication of an infection, it is one of the least recognised. At least 46,000 people die in the UK as a result of it but if everyone learnt to spot the signs of the condition, this could be dramatically reduced. The condition can affect any number of people […]

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It’s the little things: making a difference in end of life care

It can often be challenging to provide end of life care, with the term itself having final and negative connotations. But what many forget is that it is often the smallest gestures which make the biggest difference.  The thought of caring for someone, either a loved one or in a professional setting, who is nearing […]

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Respite care – a family lifeline

Being a full-time carer for a loved one can be exhausting and, at times, isolating. You may sometimes feel as though you are working constantly and never have time for yourself. Respite care can be an invaluable tool to allow you the breaks you need. Juggling your everyday responsibilities, supporting a member of your family and […]

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5 tips to communicate with an elderly loved one

As your loved one ages, it becomes increasingly important to be able to openly communicate about different concerns relating to their physical and mental wellbeing, as well as the challenging transitions they may face. Difficulties with communication can impede these conversations and can therefore make it harder to help them. When we get older our […]

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How live-in care can positively impact your health and mental wellbeing

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has found that most older people enjoy being in their home surroundings and fear the loss of their independence when considering care. For many, leaving home and going to a new and unfamiliar setting can be a deeply unsettling experience which can result in significant shock, in turn […]

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Dementia symptoms to look out for

Have you noticed your loved one becoming a little bit forgetful, having difficulties with holding conversations, or seeming different from their usual self, but are not sure if this is just a normal part of ageing? While there are no definitive rules behind diagnosing dementia, there are many common symptoms of the condition. Learning to […]

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What a career in care can offer you later on in life

There is an increasing number of individuals who are opting to work as a carer, even after retirement. The fulfilment and purpose the role offers, alongside the extra income to support their pension, make a career in care a very exciting prospect. Whether it’s the chance to follow through on a lifelong career goal, or […]

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Sundowning traits and how to manage them

When you spend the early evening with a loved one who has dementia, you may start to notice changes in their mood and behaviour. It is incredibly common, with one in five people with dementia experiencing these symptoms, and is often referred to as sundowning. Sundowning is a term used to describe a period of […]

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Changing careers? Consider care!

While many people wouldn’t think about a change of career in their later life, Kevin from Sutton Coldfield and Denise from Swansea each took a leap of faith that led them to a more fulfilling and rewarding job. They both became visiting carers in 2017 and soon found that the change was just what they […]

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