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Understanding the connection between physical and mental health

The body and the mind have often been seen as two separate entities, but when it comes to our overall wellbeing, they’re actually much closer connected than you might think. When we partake in physical exercise, our body releases endorphins – also known as “good hormones” – which stimulate our mood. On the other hand, […]

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Tips on making your home dementia friendly

Being in the familiarity of your own home can alleviate a lot of the worry that follows a dementia diagnosis. And whilst it’s worth noting that the design and layout of your home can make an impact on an individual living at home with dementia, there are things that you can do to make life […]

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Living with dementia at Christmas

Christmas can be a very exciting time for many of us. Exchanging gifts, spending quality time with your nearest and dearest and trying to make it all the way through Christmas dinner without dropping your paper hat in the gravy; it truly can be the most wonderful time of the year. Not only that, but […]

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Families putting off conversations about care

Only a third of people say they discussed relatives’ care needs at the right time. Only 15% know their relatives’ exact wishes regarding future care. Discomfort, upset and arguments causing subject to be avoided. Home care experts Helping Hands offers advice on tackling the difficult issue of home care. With one in two people predicted […]

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Remembering the fallen: Bob’s story

Meet live-in customer Robert (Bob) Hucklesby, a former prisoner of war and activist for the welfare of ex-prisoners of war and their families. Here, Bob tells us his story of how he survived three and a half years of imprisonment and how he – as he reaches his 100th birthday in January 2021 – continues […]

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Surviving the Lisbon Maru: Dennis’ story

Dennis is 101, a father, grandfather, great grandfather, great great grandfather and one of only two remaining surviving prisoners of the Lisbon Maru. Here, Dennis shares his experience of his time on the Lisbon Maru and surviving three years and eight months in Japanese captivity. “I grew up in London and then left home to […]

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Helping Hands pays tribute to carers on Professional Care Workers Week

Helping Hands Home Care have launched a video tribute to their carers in celebration of Professional Care Workers Week. The video highlights their brand-new reward and recognition scheme, Moments of Kindness, which coincides with the theme of Professional Care Workers Week, ‘Respect and Recognition’. The video includes photographs and clips of carers supporting their customers, […]

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Tips on protecting the elderly against fraud

We’ve all been doing everything possible to protect ourselves in many ways during the coronavirus outbreak, but it’s important for us to know, and help to educate our elderly loved ones and the people we care for, about the types of scams and how to spot them. Scammers can be very convincing, and many victims […]

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Going above and beyond with live-in care

Despite the unusual circumstances we have all found ourselves in over the recent months, we’ve been inspired by so many amazing stories where people have gone above and beyond to help their friends, neighbours and loved ones. As well as the incredible feats of our carers, NHS staff and key workers, achievements like Captain Tom […]

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