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End-of-life care at home: Being there and being kind

This article has been written especially for Helping Hands and comes from Judith Sixsmith’s work and research as Professor in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Dundee. About Judith Sixsmith Graduating in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Keele, Judith Sixsmith is currently a Professor of Health-Related Research in the School […]

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The relationship between music and dementia

This article was initially published on 09/07/18, and has been updated for accuracy on 06/04/21. Dementia can have a tremendous impact on the person living with it, but also their family and loved ones. There are many types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia, and the symptoms differ between each type. However, because dementia […]

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Social butterfly: Katie’s story

New Milton customer Katie Frampton is a social butterfly. She loves keeping busy with hobbies such as swimming and horse-riding, but due to the recent lockdowns, Katie has missed them. Our editor, Alice Clough, spoke with Katie to find out about how she’s been keeping her socialite status with the help of her Helping Hands […]

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Aspiring actor and busy bee: Leo’s story

Twenty-year-old Leo Hayes is an aspiring actor from Wolverhampton. Leo is always on the move, travelling over to Coventry to go to Hereward College for his love of drama. Due to lockdown restrictions, we spoke virtually with Leo via video call with his lovely support worker Harriet Davies from Helping Hands. Leo always has a […]

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The longevity of love: Pat and Stan’s story

Pat and Stan Milton of Stretford, near Sale in Greater Manchester, have been married 63 years. We caught up with Pat and Stan to find out more about how their magical journey began… Where our story started… “We were both invited to a house party in 1953. When I went to the house, the person […]

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Decorating for Dementia

When springtime falls, many of us look upon it as a time to dust away the webs of winter and illuminate our homes with vibrant flowers and the fresh scent of spring. And whilst we look at brightening up our homes for spring, it can also be an opportunity to enhance your loved one’s home […]

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Parkinson’s: How to look after your loved one

We know that a Parkinson’s diagnosis can have a tremendous impact on the individual living with the condition, but it can also leave an impact on their loved ones, too. It is not uncommon for people closest to those living with Parkinson’s to struggle with coming to terms with the condition and knowing how to […]

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How to treat Parkinson’s Disease

Following a formal Parkinson’s diagnosis, you may feel a bit lost and find yourself searching for answers. We understand that this can be an overwhelming time for both you and your loved ones, which is why we have teamed up with specialist charity, Parkinson’s Care & Support UK, to help guide you through the process […]

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How is Parkinson’s diagnosed?

Parkinson’s is a life-changing condition, and in the anticipation of a diagnosis, there may be hundreds of questions running through your mind. What will happen if I am diagnosed with Parkinson’s? How can my doctor be certain it’s definitely Parkinson’s? Will I have to change my way of life to accommodate the condition? We understand […]

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