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What are care bubbles and how do they work?

With the recent local lockdowns across England and the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 during the winter months, the pandemic is far from over. But what does this mean for those who provide care for loved ones who are elderly or who are living with a long-term health condition? Currently, local lockdown restrictions […]

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How many hours of respite care can I have?

Many people care for someone in some capacity. This may be as little as helping an elderly loved one with their weekly grocery shopping to providing around-the-clock care. Every caregiver knows that caring for someone is rewarding, but it can also be hugely demanding at times. Providing continuous care can take a massive toll on […]

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Why is respite care important?

Recent statistics show that there are around 6.5 million carers in the UK. Some caregivers support an elderly loved one by helping with tasks like cleaning or grocery shopping. Whereas, other caregivers support a loved one on a full-time basis. Taking care of a loved one is a rewarding and meaningful task, but it can […]

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Face masks for the elderly

Our lives have completely changed over the last five months, but we are slowly returning to how life was before the coronavirus. The latest and most dramatic regulations update is the wearing of face coverings across the UK in indoor public places. On 24th July, it was made mandatory to wear a face covering in […]

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Managing swallowing difficulties at mealtimes

This blog was prepared and written by Birds Eye and features as a guest blog on the Helping Hands Home Care website. For individuals with swallowing difficulties, mealtimes can become less enjoyable and over time, this can have a negative impact on quality of life. The medical term for difficulty swallowing is dysphagia (‘dys’ being […]

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2020 summer activities with your live-in carer

It’s been a strange old year. COVID-19 has completely changed everything from popping to the shops and visiting loved ones to how we spend our free time. And for those that have live-in care or home care, they’ve relied upon their carers more than ever before. In many ways, it’s been quite an unsettling time […]

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The Privacy of Live-in Care

There are many benefits of live-in care, retaining your privacy perhaps being one of the most vital – particularly for those that have been fiercely independent for most of their lives. Privacy and safety at home is important to all of us, but particularly those who require extra support with 24-hour care. Living in your […]

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Trips out for Andrew in Warwickshire

Warwickshire customer Andrew receives funding for a social visit each week, but is unfortunately unable to receive support towards transport. Andrew is dependent on a large motorised wheelchair, which means that the cost for him to visit his local town centre for the day costs around £50, and he is unable to access community transport due […]

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Helping Hands launches Moments of Kindness recognition scheme

Moments of Kindness, a brand-new reward and recognition scheme, has been launched by Helping Hands to celebrate all the wonderful acts of kindness that take place across the company every day. The company-wide scheme is for carers, office staff, customers, families and health care professionals alike who want to nominate anyone from Helping Hands that […]

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Advice for meeting up with elderly family members

With the government’s relaxing of lockdown restrictions, and a pause to shielding for clinically vulnerable people from August 1st, many families are now happily reuniting, or preparing to do so. However, the risk of COVID-19 still exists and sensible precautions should be taken when meeting up with family who are clinically vulnerable and have previously […]

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