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Senior Care Support Services are pleased to be able to offer a bespoke, empathetic and affordable service to assist in your search for an appropriate care outcome. Our dedicated team offer a caring solution with legal, financial and holistic support to ensure informed decisions can be made.

Senior Care Support Services was formed by Geraldine Davies who has worked within the later life care sector for a number of years as a Family Liaison professional in the West Midlands, Worcester and Warwickshire area.

Geraldine’s main focus has been to support individuals and families make informed decisions as to where they, or a loved one, will reside, whether that be at home with a domiciliary care package in place or a move into an appropriate care home environment.

Geraldine understands that process can be a very emotional, confusing and stressful time, especially when dealing with the complexity of the care system for the first time.

 

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Telephone: 01564 743 067
Mobile: 0779 8703 007
Email: info@seniorcaresupport.co.uk

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MEMORY LOSS AND EARLY ONSET DEMENTIA – THE WARNING SIGNS

Having to have that difficult conversation around ‘memory loss’ and confusion with your parent(s) or family member may feel uncomfortable and alien to you. Perhaps you’ve noticed some warning signs of memory loss or strange behaviours that have got you thinking there is something not quite right. We have listed just a few warning signs below that may help you in distinguishing between old age forgetfulness and early onset memory loss. Keeping a watchful eye out for signs may be enough to avoid a ‘Crisis’ and allow you some time to look into what is needed to keep your loved one safe. Changes in eating habits, loss of weight or skipped mealsThe home not being kept as clean and tidy as you rememberFood in the fridge past the ‘sell by’ datePoor personal hygiene, with odour and dirty clothesWearing clothes on top of clothes or a mismatch of clothingPersonality changes, especially at certain times of the day or nightIrrational thoughts and behavioursForgetfulness, agitation, aggression, hallucinating or confusion Are you recognized, or described as a different person?Have there been any incidents such as wandering, falling, regular urinary infections, bruising or other unexplained injuries?Are you being called up on a more than regular basis and at unsociable times during the night?Have neighbours or friends suggested that it is time to look at more support? Experienced in the field of care of the elderly, my role here at Senior Care Support Services is to lift some of that worry off of your shoulders, to explain clearly how the care system may work for you and your family member and to explore what should happen... read more

Great to see recognition for our hard working nurses, in hospitals, the community and care homes

Care England has welcomed a 9% uplift in the NHS Funded Nursing Care (FNC) rate for 2019/20. Following a review, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said the NHS FNC weekly rate for 2019-20 would rise from £165.56 currently to £180.31 for the 2019/20 financial year and be backdated to 1 April 2019. Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said: “This has been a long time coming, but we must be grateful to the DHSC for launching a review of the 2019/20 FNC rate as a result of Care England representations. The outcome of the review moves us close to the rate Care England campaigned for and we put, as part of the review process, very detailed arguments and evidence to support it. “The 2019/20 FNC did not reflect nurse costs in nursing homes and this was the reason behind the decision of Care England to push for a review. In addition, coronavirus has put a significant strain on care homes as they are responsible for the provision of care to some of the most vulnerable members of our society again demonstrating the absolute need for properly funded nursing care.” The higher rate of NHS-funded nursing care will also increase by 9% from the current rate of £227.77 to £248.06 per week for 2019/20, however, this is only relevant for people already on the higher rate. Martin added: “Managing the continued safe provision of nursing care to all residents at this time is particularly challenging given the staff shortages that are resulting from self-isolation/illness and the high demand within the NHS for additional nurses.... read more

10 TIPS FOR SUPPORTING SOMEONE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

1. Try to stay calm and learn distraction techniques when periods of anxiety or frustration arise, i.e. ‘Sun Downing’, Personal Care, Outings.2. Watch out for triggers when periods of anxiety arise, i.e. time of day, personal care routine, key people and words.3. Encourage independence as much as safely possible, i.e. getting dressed, eating, toileting, food preparation, reading, singing and watching certain tv programs that trigger happy memories, or that do not require lengthy concentration periods. https://www.seniorcaresupport.co.uk/10-tips-supporting-someone-living-dementia/ 4. Create a scrap book of old photographs, memories, people and holidays. Anything from the past that may bring back happy memories. 5. Go through the scrapbook, or an old picture book/magazine, as often as possible. This may be a distraction technique to help with periods of unrest and anxiety.6. Remember the hobbies that were enjoyed and talk around them. Even get out old evidence of the hobby, i.e. a piece of knitwear that they knitted, woodwork that was created, garden herbs to smell that they enjoyed growing or music they used to singalong too. 7. Talk about family or friends and remind with photographs if available. 8. Talk about events or places that were of interest and enjoyment.9. Encourage participation in certain roles, i.e. laying the table, cooking, peeling potatoes, washing up, potting plants and gardening.10. Remember the person inside and try, when times are difficult, to bring that person out. They are still there, you may just have to dig a little to find them.For further tips on #Living with Dementia, please do email us here at #info@seniorcaresupport.co.uk BE KIND, BE GENTLE AND PLEASE TREAT ME WITH... read more

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