Preventing loneliness at Christmas

Preventing loneliness this christmas This year, more than ever loneliness is going to be felt by the our elderly loved ones.  Covid restrictions mean many will be facing time alone, or at least may be in a smaller group than they’d like. Guest blogger Ella Hendrix has some advice for us all on preventing loneliness this Christmas. Most years,...

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Benefits of a companion/carer for the elderly

The benefits of a companion or carer for the elderly You race through life when you are younger, you find happiness with a partner and bring up a family then in the later years of life personal circumstances change and you find yourself alone……….. Many of us reading this article may not be in the situation described above but may know someone,...

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Bridging the gap between generations

Bridging the gap between generations Bridging the gap between generations can be of great benefit to young and old alike. It is a sad fact that today’s society is segregating people by age more and more. Covid restrictions in 2020 have not helped with many over 75 year-olds shielding or isolating from their friends and family. As we live to older...

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Caring for the elderly – Loneliness

Loneliness Age UK estimates that in England two million people over the age of 75 live alone. More than one million elderly people say they can go for more than a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour, or family member. In addition, the fact that more health problems are prevalent in later life will also impact on the ability of an elderly...

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Five tips for selecting a care home

Five tips for selecting a suitable care home for a loved one Some care homes focus on how they can benefit the owner and their staff rather than the residents. Moreover, there are instances where the advertised reputation of a home does not match the services it actually provides. For instance, a home for self-funding paying residents should offer...

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The importance of carers’ wellbeing in the workplace

The importance of carers wellbeing in the workplace Although there is still much work to be done, it is increasingly recognised that being a parent is a full-time job and that working parents (particularly working mothers) need all the help they can get. At Parental Choice we have long been conscious of the challenges of juggling work and childcare...

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What is Arts4Dementia?

What is Arts4Dementia? The current government lockdown has been hard on families across the nation, indeed the world.  Having to stay within our individual households has meant a loss of contact with loved ones and a sense of isolation, particularly for the most vulnerable members of society.  People over 70 have been advised to stay indoors for...

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Elders keeping in touch while social distancing

Ways to stay in touch with elders during social distancing People aged 70 and over have been urged to self-isolate for 12 weeks as the government bids to prevent the NHS from being completely swamped from coronavirus cases. Pensioners will effectively be cut off from friends, family and loved ones while health officials desperately try to limit...

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Coronavirus and the elderly

Coronavirus and the elderly Parental Choice has asked Sharon Betts, its Head of Family Care for advice on helping our elderly relatives, who are most vulnerable to the covid-19 coronavirus. On Wednesday 1tth March 2020 the World Health Organisation officially declared the coronavirus a global pandemic.  Various governments have moved swiftly to...

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