Easy recipes for the elderly

Kentish Homecare Meal Ideas For The Elderley

Are you struggling for meal ideas? Kentish Homecare have selected our two of our best recipes for the elderly.  They are quick to prepare, with minimal chopping and don’t use too many ingredients.  The elderly might struggle to eat well because of limitations caused by medicines or because they are struggling to follow complicated recipes.
Follow our easy and quick recipes and start eating well again.

This chilli requires little chopping, and you can even get on with other tasks while the chilli simmers.  This recipe serves two people but is great for cooking in larger quantities, by doubling or tripling the recipe and freezing for future meals.
Serves: 2
Cooking time: Around 45 minutes
•    1 onion, cubed or chopped into strips
•    2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
•    1 x 250g mince
•    1 x 400g can of kidney beans
•    1 x 400g can of chopped tomatoes
•    ½ x teaspoon of chilli powered
•    ½ x teaspoon of cumin
•    ¼ bunch coriander leaves

1.    Add the chopped onions and garlic to the frying pan and cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft.
2.     Add the mince, break up larger chunks and fry until cooked, before adding the spices and stirring through.
3.    Add the kidney beans and chopped tomatoes, along with half a can of water and simmer for around half an hour.
4.    Serve topped with coriander, with rice or a jacket potato.

Easy pesto pasta
This simple pesto pasta is not only very tasty but is quick and easy to make and can feature a range of different ingredients.  The recipe below suggests using tomatoes and chicken breast, but you could also use mushrooms, chorizo, bacon lardons, peppers or anything else that takes your fancy.
Serves: 2
Cooking time: Around 20 minutes

•    1 onion, cut into slices
•    1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
•    150g cherry tomatoes
•    1 chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces.
•    100g pesto
•    150g pasta
•    Grated cheddar cheese (optional)

1.    Fry the onion until soft.
2.    Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.
3.    Add the garlic and chicken to the onion pan.  Once the chicken is almost cooked through, add the cherry tomatoes and fry until they begin to soften and the chicken is completely cooked.
4.    Add the pesto and cooked pasta to the chicken and stir well.
5.    Serve topped with grated cheese.

We hope these recipes have given you some inspiration for your meals.  They are quick and easy recipes that should feature in everyone’s recipe book.

Food preparation can be time-consuming, especially as we get older and you might want to consider homecare assistance.  Home care meal preparation in Kent is offered by Kentish Home Care, and we can assist you according to your needs.  Whether you need help with just one meal or all, we are on hand to help you.  We can prepare meals of your choice, or you can choose from our selection, and we can even prepare a variety to stock up your freezer.  We work according to your dietary requirements, working with a dietician or your doctor, making sure you are eating the recommended foods and receiving the right nutrition.  We have your best interests at heart and want to assist you in any way we can.

Posted in Helpful Information | Leave a comment

Personal Homecare help

How to decide if a loved one can remain at home with personal care help.

If you are struggling to provide your loved one with the help they need, it is possible that it is not necessary for them to move into a care home, but with personal care help, they can remain at home.

Why consider personal homecare help.

If you are struggling to provide the care that your elderly loved one needs, then it is possible you are considering a care home suitable for them. Before you make this decision, you should consider the different types of personal homecare available. This will enable your loved one to remain in the comfort of their own home while receiving the care they need. It is a cheaper alternative to a live-in care home and can offer you help tailored towards your loved one’s personal needs. There are a range of different home care help services available to meet their specific needs.

Consider respite care.

If you want to continue caring for your loved one but are struggling and need a break, then consider a respite care service. A respite care service can offer you support, allowing you to take time off for some much-needed rest. The care service will work with you to ensure your loved one is receiving the right care and you can rest assured your loved one is receiving the help and companionship they need while you are away. Respite care could be anything from a few hours to a few days.

Night Care.

If you are having to not only provide your loved one with help during the day but also the night, you might consider a night care service in Kent to help ease the burden. Caring for your loved one day and night can be very taxing, and a carer can allow you sleep in your own home knowing your loved one is being looked after. A night carer will make sure to meet the specific needs of your loved one as they understand that everyone is different. Kentish Homecare, for example, offers two different services, a waking service or a sitting service. A waking carer stays awake to monitor and assist the client when they need it. However, if your loved one requires minimal help in the night, you might consider a sitting service. This carer will nap while the client sleeps but will permanently be on hand if needed.

Or more permanent help.

If you are perhaps struggling to give your loved one the care they need on a daily basis, you could consider a more permanent carer. They could offer help with day to day tasks such as showering, dressing, cooking and using the toilet. They will establish a routine for your loved one and help with tasks that you might be struggling to assist with. This care will be tailored towards your loved one’s needs. You will have an assessment before the care commences, establishing exactly what homecare help is needed, allowing your carer to offer the best help for your loved one.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are caring for a loved one. A carer will be professional and friendly and can offer companionship, and they can really make a difference to your loved one’s life.

Posted in Helpful Information | Leave a comment

Home Help

What is home help Services

If you or an elderly family member needs help in the home, here are a few things you should consider before you decide which type of home help service to choose.

What type of service is best for me

Home care can be flexible to suit your lifestyle and needs. It may be that you’ve only just returned from a brief spell in the hospital and need someone to help you get back on your feet or you may require a full time qualified carer that will help you with your day to day life. If you believe that you or a loved one requires home care, your local council will perform an assessment of your needs and provide a financial quote. This is usually based on income and savings and in some cases local councils, GPs or Clinical Commissioning Groups can help to pay for the costs. However, an independent home care agency is often the most affordable way to make sure that you or your relative gets the required assistance. Every independent home care agency will have a qualified team of staff regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and all will hold a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

What are the benefits of home care

Opting for home care services over residential care can have many benefits. Not only will you have the flexibility of hiring a carer only when needed but you’ll be able to maintain your independence by staying in your own home. What’s more, patients will have the continuity of care that they need and will be less at risk to any illnesses that they may be exposed to in a shared facility such as a residential home. Another benefit is that your loved ones can always visit – something that may be restricted to certain days or times in a residential facility. For elderly couples living in their own home, home care can sometimes be the best option when the idea of living apart seems unimaginable. It can often be a challenge to find a residential home that both individuals can move into together, particularly when only one of them requires care. Part-time home help such as respite care or a sitting service can take the strain off a primary caregiver while still allowing the couple to remain in their home together. Find out more about home care services by searching NHS Choices directories.

Posted in Helpful Information | Leave a comment

Private Home Care

The benefits of private home care services for the elderly

An increasingly popular option to care for the elderly is private home care as there are many benefits such as allowing them to stay in the comfort of their own home, keep their independence and giving elderly couples a chance to stay together. Here are some of the biggest benefits of home care to help you make an informed decision.

Independence For The Elderly

Studies have found that many elderly people fear the loss of independence over dying. Home care allows them to maintain their independence even if they require assistance with household tasks such as preparing meals and cleaning. Things that may be dictated in a residential home, such as meal times, can frustrate elderly people who have spent their whole lives making their own decisions.

Elderly Companionship

Home care doesn’t always have to be for nursing purposes; it can simply be a way to provide companionship to someone who would otherwise spend a lot of their time alone. A private home care agency will aim to provide a continuity of care so that the elderly person can establish and build up a relationship. This can drastically improve their everyday life, particularly after the loss of a spouse or if they are unable to leave their home as often as they’d like.

Affordable Private Home Care

The affordability of private home care is something that attracts many people. The cost of residential care homes is riding year after year whereas the cost of home care will depend on exactly what type and how much you need. Many choose to go for a flexible structure of part-time home carers that can be considerably cheaper.

Flexibility of Home Care

Home care will allow you or your relative to have as much or as little home care as you need when they need it. The flexibility of home care provides an ideal middle ground between residential care and independent living.

Personalised Home Care

In a care home setting, the personalisation of care may be limited as staff need to focus on more than one patient at once. Private home care service, on the other hand, can be tailored exactly to suit the needs of you or your loved one, and this can also be adapted as things change.

Eases an emotional burden

If you are a primary caregiver to a loved one, private home care can help to ease the emotional burden that this can sometimes have. Concerns about a family member may cause feelings of guilt, resentment, and fear but knowing that someone will be there all or some of the time to keep them company and to help them out will certainly help you.

Posted in Helpful Information | Leave a comment

Choose A Home Care Agency

How to choose the best home care agency

It is a big decision to decide whether you or your loved one may need home care but if you believe this to be the case, here is how to choose the best home care agency to suit your needs and budget.

Understand what type of care you need

The first step to choosing a home care agency is to decide the type of care that is needed. Home care can come in many different forms and can include home help, care attendants, personal assistants, and carers. Many people need help in the home with personal care and hygiene, meal preparation or cleaning and tidying whereas others may need more specific nursing and healthcare. Often, people can choose home care simply for companionship. Not only will it allow people to keep their independence but home care is flexible and can be provided for short periods of time right through to care 24-hours a day. It can also be emergency care or respite care, allowing a primary caregiver to take a break from their role.

Request a care assessment
If you believe that you or a loved one may need some care at home, you can contact a local authority who will undertake a care assessment. This will give you an idea of exactly what type of care will be the most suitable and the local authority will give you an idea of how much this will cost and how they can help. Often, agency care can still be partially funded by a local authority.

Work out the costs for home care

The costs of care are usually paid at an hourly rate, particularly when used in the short term. UK Care Guide has a calculator that allows you to estimate how much it will cost you to receive care in your home and this can help you to think about budgeting.

Search for a home care provider in Beckenham

Finding a home care provider in your local area shouldn’t be difficult, but you should always make sure that the independent provider that you choose is regulated by the Care Qualities Commission. This means that they must reach a certain standard in areas such as training and record-keeping and will give you peace of mind that you or your loved one is being cared for by a qualified professional. A DBS check is also something that is recommended for home carers. Once you have found a few suitable home care providers, contact the agency and arrange for them to meet you before you make your final decision.

Ask certain questions about home care

Questions that you should ask during the meeting can be split into three areas: questions about the home care agency, questions about the care worker and questions about your needs. Some of the most important questions are:

  • Will you have to pay more for care during the night, on weekends or bank holidays.
  • Is the agency covered by insurance in case of damage to property by the carerCan you engage in a trial period to see if the agency is suitable for you.
  • What qualifications and/or training does the carer have
  • Will there be a continuity of care.
  • How often will the agency speak to you about how they are meeting your needs.
  • How will the agency determine who the right carer is for you/your loved one.

Posted in Helpful Information | Leave a comment

Home Help

What is home help

Home help services support and assist vulnerable people in the community who, through old age, illness or disability, are unable to fulfill their everyday tasks. Home help allows people to remain in their own home while receiving the level of care that they need and this can either be given by the NHS or by an independent home care agency. With home help, you can get everything from personal care to home security.

What are the benefits of home help

Probably the greatest benefit of home help is that it allows those in need to remain in their own home. The fact that they continue to live in familiar surroundings will take away any of the stress that may come with moving to a residential home and is particularly beneficial with those who suffer from conditions such as dementia. Home help will not disrupt the daily routine of a person and allow them to keep hold of their independence.
Care and support for a vulnerable person must be personalised to their own needs and wants. Home help services allow for a tailored program of care that can be as flexible as needed to fit around their lifestyle. For many people, the care that they already receive will be from a loved one such as a parent, a spouse or a child but with tailored home help, carers and support workers can share the responsibility or take over care altogether, easing something that may become a burden.

It is understandable that some people may not wish to ask for the help that they require for aspects in their everyday life but with home help, they are able to choose as little or as much help as they need and continue to receive the correct support even if their needs change. Extra support can easily be added and can include things such as personal care, housekeeping tasks, meal preparation, someone to stay overnight or more specialist home help services for those suffering from dementia, a physical disability or other long-term health conditions.

To find out more about home help services, visit the Kentish Home Care services page or browse NHS directories to find the right service for you or your loved one.

Posted in Helpful Information | Leave a comment

Elderly Care

Home care for the elderly in their own home

If you want to remain in your home or are looking for help with an elderly relative, the homecare services at Kentish Home Care will give you the assistance you need.
By establishing a good home care service, you or your relative can decide exactly what you need whether that be 24-hour round the clock care or assistance with a few household chores throughout the week so that you can keep your independence. Often, home care at home is the perfect solution for the elderly as it means that they can remain in an environment that they are comfortable with while receiving the care that they need.

Finding help at home shouldn’t be difficult. Kentish Home Care offers a number of options for home care services and can work closely alongside you to choose what’s best. Our professional carers will always give you the respect and privacy you need whether you choose to opt for a part-time personal care package, 24-hour care or simply help with meal preparation or the general upkeep of your home. Plus, our continuity of care means that not only your specific requirements are understood but that a personal relationship between patient and carer can be developed over time.

It has been found that pets help to promote wellbeing and contentment in older adults, but many nursing homes will not allow them. This is another reason why staying in your home may be the most attractive option. We can help ease the burden of pet care whether that may be feeding your fish or taking your dog for a walk. Why leave those you’re closest to behind?

If it’s respite care or rehabilitation that you’re looking for, our services can suit. The role of a primary caregiver can be stressful and tiring so why not give them a break with suitable cover. Or, it may be that you’ve recently returned from a long stay in the hospital and need the confidence to get back on your feet in your own home. We will always listen to your wants and needs so that you won’t struggle with this transition.

We have the experience and qualified staff on hand to tailor our packages to suit you and will always fully cooperate with you to make sure you or your relative gets the exact care they require. This is why we have an outstanding reputation as a private home care service in the areas that we cover.

Posted in Helpful Information | Leave a comment

Tips for caregivers

Being a caregiver can be an extremely rewarding job, but it can also provide a lot of stress, particularly if you have been given a lot of responsibility when it comes to things like meal preparation, medication and helping out in the home. If you’ve only just become a caregiver and need some advice on how to get the support you need, here are some tips.

Communicate effectively
The key to all good relationships is knowing how to communicate effectively. This does not only mean communicating with the person who you’re caring for, but communicating well with those who work alongside you as well as doctor and other people involved in the care.

Know your limits
Be realistic about the amount of time and effort you can put into care giving. Regardless of whether you’re looking after a family member or are employed within a home care company, you could be under a huge amount of responsibility which could in turn weigh you down.

Encourage independence
More often than not, care giving does not mean doing everything for your loved one or patient and sometimes an important part of the role is to encourage them to be independent. Be open to strategies and technologies that will allow the person you’re caring for to do things for themselves.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Care giving can trigger a whole range of different emotions including anger, fear, guilt, resentment and helplessness. If you feel overwhelmed by your emotions, it can be comforting to seek advice from others in the same position who will know exactly how you feel.

Attend to your own needs, too
It is essential that you receive the correct amount of support so that you can give the right level of care. Good care should support both the physical and emotional wellbeing of you and the person you’re caring for.

Kentish Home Care can provide services including personal care, medication, meal preparation, housekeeping and caring for pets from the short or long term whether you require 24 hour help or are just seeking company for a few hours a day.

Posted in Latest News | Tagged | Leave a comment

Springtime allergies in pets

Spring can be an exciting time of year. Alongside the possibility of spotting lambs and chicks, the season also brings with it Easter and the promise of warmer weather. One downside to the spring, however, is the allergies that the springtime can bring to your pets.

Pets can get allergies, too

You may think that only humans are prone to airborne allergens such as pollen, trees, mould and insects, but your pets can also suffer from the same symptoms. Whether that’s a runny nose, watery eyes, itchiness, poor sleep or coughing, it’s possible that your pets can suffer from the same symptoms as you; alongside scratching, licking, chewing and rubbing. If your pet looks uncomfortable or can’t sit still, then they may be suffering from a spring allergy.

How to prevent allergies in pets

If you want to avoid the likelihood of your pet suffering from an allergy, then there are some simple steps that you can take to reduce their chances. Make sure that you wipe down your cat or dog after they’ve been outside, and limit the amount of fresh air that your pet is exposed to when they’re indoors. Be sure to bathe your pets regularly, and consider using antihistamines if they have been recommended by your veterinary nurse.

Give your pets some TLC this spring

Although your pets could suffer from allergies just like you, don’t let that stop you from having a good time this spring. Take your dogs on regular walks, or spend time with your cat in the garden. With warmer weather and lighter nights, having a pet is a great way to get outdoors and stay active. Indeed, research even suggests that pets can be used as an aid to distressing, so it makes sense to spend time with your furry friend if you can.

If you’re feeling the burden of caring for your pet this spring, get in touch with Kentish Homecare today. We offer a full pet care service, whether walking your dog or feeding your cat. Click here to find out more about our caring for pets service.

Posted in Latest News | Tagged | Leave a comment

Eldercare tips for this spring

With spring fast approaching, it’s time to take stock and prepare for the season ahead. Below, we’ve put together some elder care tips for this spring to ensure you’re delivering the best possible care, whether that’s to your relative or one of your patients.

Spend time outdoors

With spring comes warmer weather and the possibility of spotting some lambs and chicks. Whether you head to a nature reserve or just spend time in your local park, spring is the best time of the year to spend time outdoors and take in some fresh air. Remember to dress sensibly and be prepared for all weather conditions – we recommend dressing in layers, so that, if the weather does suddenly change, you’ll be able to keep cool.

Make new foods

Winter time usually means eating warm food and sitting by the fire, but as spring arrives, there’s a new opportunity to try out new foods. That’s why, at Kentish Homecare, we offer a meal preparation service so that our patients always have delicious, freshly prepared food that can help them through the day. If you’re taking care of a senior patient, then mix up the food you usually prepare – consider adding spices or extra fruits and vegetables.

Let them connect with their pets

If your patient has a pet, like a cat or a dog, then they’re bound to be ready for the spring – it means that they can spend more time playing with them in their garden without the fret of getting a chill. Whether you take their pets for a walk or just spend time with them in the comfort of their home, spring is a great time to take a step back and let your patients give their furry friend some extra care. After all, they’re always there when we need them!

There you have it – just some of the ways in which you can improve the care of the elderly as we head into the spring. Whether it’s spending time connecting with nature, eating new foods or chilling out with pets, spring always brings with it the chance of a fresh start. Enjoy!

Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment