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Top tips on keeping cool in warm weather

Overheating at any time can be a problem. Not only is it uncomfortable for the person involved, it can also lead to health problems and heat stroke, something that’s particularly dangerous for the elderly. As we get older, we become less able to control their body’s temperature. This is because we tend to sweat less, […]

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What to do in a home care emergency

When circumstances change suddenly, getting the right care in place as effectively as possible is vital. In 2015, it was reported that waiting for the right home emergency care was the main reason for a delay in a person’s care leaving the hospital. Whether your loved one is being discharged from hospital or needs some […]

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We don’t want you to be lonely at Christmas!

It is a sad fact that loneliness can affect anyone, of any age, at any time of their lives. It is estimated that around 28% of British adults experience loneliness at least some of the time and some even feel trapped within their own home. According to new figures almost one million people aged over […]

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Preventing slips, trips and falls at home

Trips, slips and falls prevention at Easter Everyone has the right to feel safe and comfortable in their own home – whether they’re receiving care or not. Falls at home can cause serious injury, particularly amongst the elderly, but can often be overlooked: according to the NHS, one in three adults over the age of […]

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Positive Risk-Taking

Imagine losing it all – driving, finances, choice of residence, even the decision of what clothing you’re going to wear. That’s the reality for many elders in the late stages of dementia – but things don’t have to be so negative. In fact, many patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s can see real benefit from a […]

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Hydration and Dignity

I have recently been involved in two events relating to hydration for the elderly. The first one was the launch of the Nutrition and Hydration strategy for Dorset council. I was invited to speak on the link between nutrition, hydration and dignity. The second event was the network meeting of the European Hydration Institute. This […]

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Tackling Malnutrition in our Elderly

Malnutrition task Force is an independent group of experts across Health, Social Care and Local government united to address the problem of avoidable and preventable malnutrition (and dehydration) in older people. Malnutrition and dehydration are a significant cause of many hospital admissions for elderly. Malnutrition is a major cause and consequence of poor health, and […]

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Elderly people staying at home for fear of falling

by Dr Rekha Elaswarapu, Helping Hands Advisor A fear of falling is rendering many elderly people prisoners in their own homes, a survey of 500 people aged 75 and above undertaken by the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service charity has suggested. More than one in five interviewed lived in fear of falling. According to the report […]

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Ensuring safe care is everyone’s responsibility

by Dr Rekha Elaswarapu, advisor to Helping Hands Two nursing home owners have been ordered to pay a total of £140,000 after a 78-year-old pensioner died following a fall from a hoist. It is reported that the elderly lady fell while being moved from her bed to a chair at a Nursing Home, in Leicester. […]

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