Loved one living with Dementia not eating?

Tuesday 11th January 2022

If a person isn't eating enough, it can lead to weight loss and less muscle strength. You'll find they may also feel tired and weak, making them prone to falls. This can make them frailer and less able to recover from infections or viruses. There can be lots of reasons why your loved one isn't eating, such as; ill-fitting dentures, trouble swallowing or not recognising they feel hungry. This may take some detective work to establish before finding a suitable solution. Often the issue is simply your loved one has forgotten the steps involved in preparing food. Recently when talking to a family member about their loved one (whom we have just started supporting), we asked as she lives alone, if they…

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Who are WE?

Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Who is Your Care? We are a family run introduction agency based in South Glos. We have been operating for almost 8 years now and have many happy clients and personal assistants. Your Care was established back in 2014 by Tina Westlake who was frustrated with the outdated care system decided to set up a business to offer a bespoke support service to people who wanted flexible, reliable care provided by people who like her would look after them as if they were a family member and most importantly visits would be provided by the SAME carers each time, ensuring continuity of care. Our mission was (and still is) to make requiring care and support as stress free as possible by establishing…

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Sleep & Dementia

Thursday 9th September 2021

Sleep and dementia. Did you know a good night's sleep slows cognitive decline, prevents falls and injuries, improves mood and helps balance the sleep-wake cycle? So, with 7 out of 10 people living with dementia experiencing problems sleeping caused by the changes to the brain, it's no wonder it becomes a vicious cycle - dementia worsens sleep and poor sleep worsens dementia. How to spot the signs your loved one may not be sleeping... - Excessive daytime sleeping - Increased confusion or trouble finding the right words - Falling out of bed at night - Being unusually aggressive - Being awake and active during the night. Here's our top 5 tips to help improve sleep for your loved one with dementia: 1. Consider the lighting - our bodies have a built-in sleep-wake-cycle determined by daylight…

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Irene's story; Having a Live-In Carer

Tuesday 31st August 2021

When we first met Irene* she was a very independent 90 year old who lived alone in a beautiful bungalow in Downend. Sadly Irene's husband Denis had passed away a few years ago and with no children to offer support and advice Irene relied on her very good friends and neighbours to help her. It was one of her neighbours that first contacted us, Irene was being discharged from hospital following a nasty fall and had lost her confidence in her ability to manage her home, after discussions with Irene a plan was made for daily visits from a team of Your Care's Personal Assistants (PA's) to help her whilst allowing her to remain as independent as possible…

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Why would someone with Alzheimer’s refuse medication?

Tuesday 29th June 2021
Tina Westlake

Refusing to take medication could be a response to being confused or feeling afraid of what they're being asked to do, they might also feel like they don't have any control over their life, which could make them generally angry or resistant. Try some of these tips to see if they help - 1. Create a calm and quiet environment Make sure there aren't any loud sounds like TV or commotion like lots of people around. You could also try playing soft, soothing music. Before you start, take some deep breaths, and do your best to stay calm throughout the process. If you're agitated, frustrated, or angry, it's likely they'll be able to sense it and that can cause them to…

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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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