7 Top Tips on Showering with Dementia

Wednesday 23rd September 2020

When looking after someone with cognitive impairments such as Alzheimers or dementia completing the simplest task such as having a bath or shower can be a constant struggle, skyrocketing your stress levels. So here are our 7 top tips to make bath time a more pleasurable experience: 1. Establish a daily routine - Even if your loved one does not require a bath daily its easier to establish a regular bathroom routine at the same time every day. It then becomes part of their normal day, just like eating or sleeping and reduces their overall stress and anxiety making it more likely they will bathe without resistance.2. Use positive reinforcement and don't argue - it's no good trying to tell…

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What impact has COVID-19 had on caring to you?

Thursday 9th July 2020

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty fortunate when it comes to my elderly relatives. They're all still pretty agile and active as they have grown older, either caring for grandchildren pretty much full time or even still working. I've not yet had to think about care or get involved with organising care for my elderly relatives just quite yet. That being said, Coronavirus certainly changed that. As per government advice, the elderly relatives in my life all went into lockdown and begun shielding. To me, I didn't really think this would have much impact but was I wrong! My elderly relatives could no longer go out to get their shopping. They're not online (or if they are, they wouldn't even…

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Where is your loved one most safe? 💖

Monday 6th July 2020

New figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed that almost 20,000 people have died from Covid-19 in care and nursing homes and one in five have been infected to date. Statistics during 10th Apr - 19 Jun show there were 6,523 deaths in total within the domiciliary care sector with 819 of those deaths due to COVID-19. This compares to a total of 57,588 total deaths during 2nd Mar - 12 Jun in care homes with 14,519 deaths due to COVID-19. Here at Your Care we're proud to say we have had ZERO confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our clients and carers. How many other care providers can say that? Why? We understand the need for continuity of care, this means regular…

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Are you planning a summer holiday?

Monday 24th February 2020

I'm pretty sure I speak for everyone when I say 'I CANNOT WAIT FOR SUMMER'! As the days get lighter, I get more and more excited for some sunshine! I spend pretty much all my spare time on the hunt for a holiday where I can relax, sip cocktails on the beach and just generally get away from daily life. For some, it's not as simple as just booking the holiday and jet setting off into the sun. You have elderly family members, neighbours, or even people you kindly help out week in, week out to think about. A lot of people like you have the same thoughts, 'Who makes sure Dad has got out of bed this morning?', 'Who checks Mum…

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Random Act of Kindness Day

Monday 17th February 2020

It's Monday lunchtime and I'm in the queue at the local supermarket, when I notice the elderly person behind me who has only three items in their basket. Sound familiar? What do you do? How do you act? Do you turn away oblivious to the fact that this person may pop out daily just to have human interaction? Me being me and working in the care industry, I tend to chat to everyone but especially older people, as I'm very aware I may be the only person they talk to all day. So, I usually smile and ask if I can help with their shopping or if they would like to go in front of me as they…

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The 'Sandwich Generation'

Friday 24th January 2020

Last week I proudly became the grand parent of a wonderful baby girl and now find myself part of the growing sandwich generation. For those of you who do not know what this is, let me explain. The Sandwich Generation are those of us who are torn between helping look after our grandchildren and our ageing parents, usually in our 50's-60's so still working, often full time. We are cash rich (I wish!) and time poor and are busy working and juggling our own household chores and that of our family members. Phew that's exhausting just typing all that we do, we are in fact Superheroes! I feel as though I'm on a loop - work full time, help with family,…

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Keeping Warm this Winter

Monday 20th January 2020

After a surprisingly warm Christmas period, the cold has decided to set itself upon us. Over the last week, I've definitely felt the temperature drop (BRrrRRrr) and have almost gone an absolute flyer whilst walking down the garden path!! On my way to work this morning, I couldn't help but have a chuckle seeing the children sliding across the pavements making their way to school, whilst their parents watched in horror shouting at them to stop near a road. When I arrived at work, I made sure to send my Nan a little text, to warn her about going out today with the icy pavements and if possible, to avoid going out (or at least until the sun had melted the pavements).…

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See the person, not the condition!

Friday 24th May 2019

How our children continue to teach us life lessons every day. It's interesting really. When we understand Dementia and the stigma that it comes with, we only seem to see the person with their illness at the front of our mind. But why is that? These people are full of character, personality and incredible stories. They each have individual needs and wants, just like everyone else. We all love the same, each walk the same earth, each breathes the same air and drink the same water. And still, we are all guilty of seeing their vulnerability first. What happens if we see their strength first? Their courage? Their memories and their tales? Just like the youth of today, we can do our best to really…

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The power of music

Tuesday 16th April 2019

People respond to music from a very early age, even before words and language are developed. This continues even towards the end of our lives, when verbal abilities may be lost. Music accesses different parts of the brain to language, so it can be used to communicate or engage with someone who has been diagnosed with dementia, even if they no longer speak or respond to words. Music can also be a useful way to change somebody's mood, especially during personal care. If a person diagnosed with dementia resists efforts to help them get dressed, playing soothing music or a favourite song can help lessen any distress. Playlists offer a great way of capturing all the songs or pieces…

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A grandchild for a day keeps dementia at bay!

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Are you watching that Channel 4 programme, Old People's Home for 4 Year-Olds? I always make time to see it because I love the interaction between the kids and the pensioners. But it's not all about the entertainment. There are other reasons I watch. A study by the Journal of North America's Menopause Society followed 376 grandparents and 340 children for 19 years and they found that there really are benefits to babysitting the grandkids... The Society identified that the closer the relationship between the ageing grandparents and the children, the less likely either party was to suffer from depression. Just think about that for a moment. The damaging effects of social isolation can be overcome by spending time with…

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