How to find respite care at home

If the person you’re caring for requires full-time care, it can be stressful to devote most of your time to the well being of someone else. You have your own needs, and it’s important to have some time alone sometimes.

Respite care can take responsibility off of your shoulders and place it on a trained professional for a short period of time to let you have some time to yourself. Thankfully, it has become much easier to find respite care at home thanks to Kentish Home Care – letting you live your life without feeling like you’ve abandoned a loved one.

Tailor home care plans
The needs of the elderly cannot be summarized with one schedule or plan. We understand that certain criteria need to be met to let the elderly live their lives with dignity and feel comfortable being cared for by a new person.

We can tailor a bespoke care plan for your loved ones to make sure that they get the most personalized experience possible, providing them with everything that you do for them on a daily basis.

Our services extend to regular bathing, practical home help, assistance with medication and some friendly company.

A fresh face

Our trained nursing staff can go from ‘stranger’ to ‘best-friend’ with their devotion to high-quality home care. One of the biggest benefits of respite care is the opportunity for regular change.

As much as you may love the person you assist, spending too much time together could make you more irritable towards them, and vice versa.

Kentish Home Care can alleviate the stress

Get in touch with Kentish Home Care, who can organize care and monitoring for your loved ones with carers who are full trained to handle all the responsibilities of full-time caring.

For more information about our services, simply give us a call to talk to one of our staff about the services we can offer you and your loved ones.

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Rehabilitation of older people

As you age, you may find that you face more and more health problems as time goes on. It’s a fact of life, unfortunately! These problems could range from being more susceptible to bugs, to suffering from more aches and pains, to more serious ailments.

Sometimes, you may find that a stay in hospital is in order. Whatever you may be in there for, and for whatever period of time you are in there, it can feel like the utmost relief when you return home.

However – depending on your reason for hospitalisation in the first place – it can be difficult to adjust to independent living again. Even if it’s only minor or infrequent tasks that you’re struggling with, it can feel more than overwhelming when you should be focused on making a full recovery instead.

Luckily, many care providers will offer some form of rehabilitation for older people. Here at Kentish Homecare, we have a dedicated rehab service, which allows you you receive assistance from the very second you’re back in your home.

Working closely with your healthcare providers, our carers can develop a plan that accurately meets your needs, as opposed to helping you with things that you feel totally capable of doing. It may be that you simply need a hand preparing meals, or that you need a more comprehensive care plan due to certain ailments or illnesses.

Whatever it is that you need help with to get back on your feet, don’t hesitate to contact Kentish Homecare – the region’s leading care provider.

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Home care services for seniors

There’s a rising trend of elderly people choosing to stay in their own homes as opposed to residing in a care home or another similar facility. It’s less stressful, provides more comfort when it is needed most, and if often much more convenient to everyone involved.

However, it may get to a point where care is required – be it around the clock care, assistance with preparing meals, or any other facet of care. If moving to a care home isn’t an option, then there is plenty that can be done in terms of home care services for seniors.

Home care does cover quite a broad spectrum, but the basics tend to fall around either 24-hour care, night care, or other kinds of care which can be intermittent or mixed with other, more comprehensive care plans.

For example; it may be that you only require care during the day, in the form of a visit to ensure that your medication for the week is set out with the correct dosage and labels, and perhaps instructions from your caregiver if need be. Or you could simply require some company, which a caregiver would be more than happy to provide.

On the other hand, it may be that more frequent care is needed, perhaps even 24-hour care. In this instance, it may be that you have a carer during the daytime helping you with anything you may need, and then have a different carer doing a waking or sitting service on the nighttime.

Or, it could be something in-between – perhaps that you require assistance with shopping, paying bills, or another part of your daily routine.

Whatever it may be, don’t hesitate to contact Kentish Homecare – the region’s leading care provider.

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Elderly personal affairs

As you get older, you may begin to find it harder to handle everyday tasks. It could be that you’re struggling to get out to the shops as often as you used to, that you’re suddenly finding doing your bills a tad more complex, or that that you’re getting bored sitting around the house all day, yet unable to go to places of leisure as easily.

It could be because of a health condition, loss of contact with friends, or not seeing loved ones as much as you would like – whatever the reason, help is out there. Kentish Homecare offer a range of services regarding elderly personal affairs – all of which can be tailored to meet your exact needs.

One concern that many of our clients have had is that of dealing with monetary affairs – things such as paying bills on time, collecting pension money, or using online banking. Our carers are more than happy to assist you with tasks such as this, be it by setting up a schedule to pay your bills automatically, to collect pension or other monies for you, or to sit with you whilst you pay bills or use online banking.

Mundane tasks aside, it may be that you simply need help with doing the shopping, or want someone to enjoy leisure activities with. Should you want to partake in a spot of shopping, have a nice meal somewhere, or fancy a trip to the cinema, your caregiver will be more than happy to assist.

Personal affairs could also include ensuring that a birthday gift for a friend is never forgotten, that you attend regular hairdressing appointments, or that you get some fresh air at the local park – whatever it may be, please don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more about how we can help.

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Preventing Falls in Older Adults

Here at Kentish Homecare, we’re proud to offer a range of services that we like to think cover every aspect of elderly care – everything from cooking meals, to looking after pets, to shopping.

One thing that is slightly more difficult to prevent, however, is falling. Of course, people of any age can fall at any given time for a number of reasons, but the elderly tend to be at a higher risk.

Precautions can be taken to reduce the risk of a fall, mind. Here are a few tips you can follow to reduce your own or a loved one’s risk of falling in the home.

•  Immediately mop up any spillages that occur, and remove any clutter, rubbish, trailing wires, or frayed carpet.
•  Use non-slip mats and rugs if possible, or remove them if the risk is too much.
•  Refrain from walking on more slippery floors in socks or tights.
•  Try not to wear loose-fitting or trailing clothes which are more likely to trip you up. If you have a favourite item of clothing which fits this description, try having it tailored to be shorter.
•  Wear well-fitting shoes that are in good condition and support your ankle.
•  Walk slowly.
•  If you’re particularly worried, have the likes of grab rails installed in areas such as stairs, around the shower and bath, and where else you see fit.

If you are highly worried about the risk of falling, or have a health problem that may place you at a higher risk (mobility problems, dizziness, aches and pains) it is advised that you contact a healthcare professional and a reputable care provider – such as Kentish Homecare. They will often work together to find a solution that works for you – be it a mobility frame, an alert button, or some form of care.

Feel free to contact us for more information.

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Home Remedies for Aches and Pains of Aging

People of all ages are prone to aches and pains now and again. Unfortunately, aging brings with it the tendency to suffer from them a lot more, even as bad as being chronic aches and pains.

There are things that can be done to ease what feels like a daunting, debilitating ailment, though. – a lot of them will be much easier to find than you think!

•  Heat and ice – both are a common inflammation reliever, with heat tending to help muscle stiffness and joint pain, whilst ice is good for the likes of headache pain. In a similar vein, a warm bath, shower, or hot water bottle can help in the same way. Remember to be careful with the likes of heating pads and microwaveable heating pads – which can burn if left on for too long.

•  Turmeric- it may sound odd, but the common household spice contains a natural antioxidant called Curcumin, which helps to fight against cell and tissue damage in the body.

•  Deep breathing – slow, quiet breathing is known for relaxing and easing both body and mind. Breathe long and deep – as if you’re filling a balloon in your belly with air – and you’ll feel relief in no time at all.

•  Medication – as good as natural remedies are, it sometimes takes something a tad stronger to make that ache or pain go away. A chat with your healthcare provider will ensure that you’re taking the right medication for your specific ailment, and one that isn’t going to have any detrimental effects on your health in another way.

If you’re particularly struggling, please don’t hesitate to contact a care provider such as Kentish Homecare. If you’re finding that pain is getting in the way of activities such as bathing, cooking, or shopping, our team will be more than happy to devise a care plan that meets your needs.

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Finding the right care facility for your elders

Although we must stress that every individual case is going to be different, and that it is likely that it will be a fairly difficult task, there are several pieces of advice regarding finding the right car facility for your elders which will most likely make the process flow a lot more smoothly.

First of all, it’s important to ask the person going into care about their needs and wants. It’s no good looking for a care facility that meets your needs or someone else’s needs, as opposed to one that meets the needs of the person actually going into care. For example, they may wish to go to one in a certain location, already have a friend in one, or may simply have a good feeling about a certain place.

Next, you need to think about the likes of medical requirements, or what exactly it is that the person going into care needs help with. For example, it could prove to be rather demeaning to place someone who is practically perfectly capable of caring for themselves in a home that specialises in dementia care, the same as placing someone who needs assistance with eating and bathing in an independent living housing complex.

Lastly, don’t settle for second best.  If you have a bad feeling about somewhere, go with your gut. There’s a fine line between rushing to find a good care home and leaving it too late, but attempt to walk it means that you find a home that you or your loved one feels safe, happy, and comfortable in, as opposed to having to find something else a week or so later.

For further assistance with finding the right care facility, please don’t hesitate to contact Kentish Homecare

– the leading care provider for Kent and the surrounding areas.

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Dementia and Alzheimer’s care

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are both some of the most debilitating things that can happen to a person, and they’ll most likely develop at an elderly age. Dementia isn’t a disease as such, but instead a collection of symptoms that are associated with a decline of thinking, reasoning, and remembering. Alzheimer’s is a common form of dementia, and is terminal. It causes memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, changes in personality, disorientation, and the inability to communicate.

Sadly, these ailments get progressively more severe as time goes on. Sooner or lately, it’s likely that the sufferer will need around the clock care. However, if you feel as though you cannot provide 24-hour care to somebody with dementia – which is highly likely – there are several other options available.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s care can either be provided in a specialist care home, or in the sufferers own home.

Specialist care homes which cater with dementia are more commonly found than you may think. They act just as a normal care home would, but will be run by staff who are specially trained to look after those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It’s important to take your time to thoroughly assess the care home – be it for the staff’s competency, the arrangements regarding outings or social activities, or what the care home to do ensure that all residents feel as comfortable, safe, and as happy as they possibly can.

If preferred, you can arrange for 24-hour care within the person suffering from dementia/Alzheimer’s home. Sometimes, it may be best or more suitable to keep the person suffering in their own home; remembering that both dementia and Alzheimer’s can cause large amounts of confusion and disorientation, placing them into an unfamiliar building with unfamiliar people may help to further worsen their condition.

Whatever your choice may be, be sure to communicate with your loved one about what option they would prefer – after all, the decision is going to impact them the most.

For high quality around the clock care in the Beckenham and Bromley area, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Moving to Senior Care: Settling in

It’s difficult to admit that you need help with something at any stage in life, but when it comes to accepting that your independence is starting to come with a lot more risks and dangers, it can be a monumental task – regardless of if it’s yourself or a loved one who may soon need some form of care or assistance.

Of course, each individual case will vary massively, but there are some rather general pieces of advice, tips, and tricks which can help you to adjust to the change.

  • Keep an open mind – the next few months will be extremely unpredictable, so it’s best to understand and prepare for a myriad of scenarios.  You may not like the first few homes you visit, or you may find the perfectly one immediately, you/a loved one may settle in well, or may not – you just never know.
  • Ask questions – don’t feel guilty for asking caregivers, other staff, or loved ones dozens of questions – no matter how minor you feel as though they may  be. The transition from independent living to receiving care is often very unsettling, so doing your utmost to feel reassured is important.
  • Bring personal items – regardless of if it’s yourself or a loved one moving into senior care, it’s always a nice idea to bring personal or sentimental items with you. It could be pictures, souvenirs – anything you feel as though will make your new residence feel like home.
  • Socialize – socialisation with staff members and other residents is key to feeling better whilst adjusting to senior care. There’s nothing worse for a new resident than for them to be holed up in their room constantly.  However, this can be a tad daunting. A good idea is for family members or loved ones to help the person in care start to socialize and make friends – perhaps socialize with them the first few times, or accompany them to meals, etc.
  • Don’t feel guilty –  this only really applies if you’re placing a loved one into senior care, but you have to remember that this move was with your best intentions in mind. It’s the best thing to do regarding health and well being for both parties – so please don’t forget that.
  • Keep in touch –  again, this applies to those of you who must place a loved one into care. It’s important to pay plenty of visit in the first few weeks of care,  to give as much support as you possibly can. At the same time, it’s important to try and refrain from visiting too much as it can often inhibit the person in care’s independence, of which they will be trying to maintain.
Settling into care can be a difficult process for many, but it’s ultimately worth it, and there’ll always be support along the way. If you need any further help with yourself or a loved one settling into senior care, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Holiday health for seniors

Everybody loves a good holiday, be it a quick weekend getaway or a fortnight of fun in the sun. However, as you age, you’ll most likely find it difficult to maintain your independence as much as you did before – be it a physical disability, a decrease in cognitive skills, or the sudden appearance of a multitude of health problems.

This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a holiday, though – you just have to find ways in which you can do so in a healthy manner. To help you do so, here are some of our top tips and tricks regarding holiday health for seniors.

  • Shop around –  if you or your holiday partner has restricted mobility, there are plenty of holiday companies which are dedicated to offering holidays and breaks for you.  Some come in the form of retreats – like a village of holiday cottages with care available on site should you require it, whilst others will offer specially made packages that feature accessible hotels and activities.
  • Keep an eye out – even if you’re browsing on a generic holiday site, it’s always wise to keep an eye out for options which may enable you to go on a holiday that you may have originally thought was inaccessible – things such as seat assignment in the rows designated for disabled travellers on a plane, or cost-free wheelchair service at airports.
  • Stay healthy –  ensure that you’re applying sun protection when needed, and to drink plenty of water. If you’re staying somewhere catered by staff or carers, make them aware of any dietary or medication requirements.

If you still need a little help when you return home, why not contact Kentish Homecare? Our team have over 25 years of expertise within the homecare industry, and are dedicated to doing their utmost to provide you with all manner of care that meets your exact needs. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more.

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