Elderly care Archives - The Good Care Group

Live-In Care is one of the safest types of care during COVID-19

The virus that causes COVID-19 infects people of all ages. However, evidence to date suggests that two groups of people are at a higher risk of getting severe COVID-19 disease The virus that causes COVID-19 infects people of all ages. However, evidence to date suggests that two groups of people are at a higher risk of getting severe COVID-19 disease. These are older people (that is people over 60 years old); and those with underlying medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer). The risk of severe disease gradually increases with age starting from around 40 years. It’s important that adults in this age range protect themselves and in turn protect others that may be more ...

The benefits of live-in care during the summer months

Find out how The Good Care Group can help you or your loved one make the most of the summer months using comprehensive, holistic live-in care techniques. Summer should be a time of activity and social engagement; live-in care can help make this a reality for your loved one. Here, we'll look at the various ways live-in care can support your loved one at home, and while out and about during summer. Getting out and about more often Community events like fetes, afternoon tea and outdoor bowls tournaments are great for keeping older people active and socially engaged. Your loved one may even want to take a day trip or short holiday. A live-in care team can accompany your loved one on such trips, making ...

Understanding and improving nutrition for the elderly

Nutritional needs change as we age for a number of reasons. Here’s our advice for tailoring nutritional intake to the needs of the elderly. Nutritional needs change as we age for a number of reasons: some are related to the aging process itself; some to physical ability; and some to cognitive impairment. Many elderly people recognise that their body has started to work less efficiently, and 71% of over 65s globally have stated a willingness to modify their diet to improve their overall health. However, without the right information or measures in place, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here’s our advice for tailoring nutritional intake to the needs of the elderly: What types of food become ...

Have you considered couples care?

With care homes beginning to open their doors, and loved ones allowed to visit for that much missed companionship and embrace, it has been a tough year for couples who have been separated by the pandemic.   The news this week is full of feel good stories of couples of over 60 years, partners with dementia and others forced to isolate away from their loved ones, reunite at the start of the road out of lockdown life Here at The Good Care Group, we have had the joy of sharing our ‘feel good’ news throughout the pandemic, with our Live in Professional Carers providing care to our client couples. From wedding anniversaries, landmark birthdays and Christmas Day celebrations, our Professional ...

Our live-in carers are equipped to spot infection early

How we are enabling effective prevention and detection of infections within our live-in care service. Image 1 illustrates the different trajectory for a client with a UTI pre and post implementation of urinalysis kits The first key learning from the project was that urine samples obtained from catheter bags cannot be reliably tested for indicators of a UTI using the dipstick method. For The Good Care Group this meant emphasising these clients as high risk in training material in order that carers observe more closely for signs and symptoms unique to clients with indwelling catheters. The second key learning was that carers needed to be encouraged to pass on the results of a urinalysis test, irrespective of the results. It ...

Care Sector News Review: November

A quick round up of what’s been in the news, and what’s been happening within the care sector in the last month. Welcome back for the November edition of Care Sector News Review. While medical research news has been mixed, a series of awareness initiatives organised by charities and facilitated by the public have turned attention back to the practical assistance of people in need. Read on to learn more about the latest developments in care services, medical research and awareness initiatives. Care services Care providers nationwide have held events and services in honour of Armistice Day (November 11) and Remembrance Sunday (November 13). The House of Lords has been preparing to take evidence from the devolved Greater Manchester Health ...

Planning ahead for elderly care in 2017

Spending time with your loved one over the festive season may have got you thinking about elderly care arrangements. Spending time with your loved one over the festive season may have got you thinking about elderly care arrangements. If you’ve begun to spot signs that a loved one isn’t coping as well as they once did, a formal care arrangement could make a real difference to their overall quality of life. It could also prevent a crisis further down the line. Why the festive season is a time to take stock and plan ahead There are several reasons why you may be thinking more about care for an elderly relative at this time of year. Snow, ice, cold, fallen leaves ...

1 million families sell their homes to fund residential care

According to the insurance company NFU Mutual, which polled individual families asking them about their experiences of paying for the residential care of elderly family members, over 1 million families have to sell their homes in order to pay for care. These findings were announced less than 2 weeks after a separate study revealed that another 2 million people – a quarter of retired homeowners – are already expecting to sell their homes to pay for future care. According to the insurance company NFU Mutual, which polled individual families asking them about their experiences of paying for the residential care of elderly family members, over 1 million families have to sell their homes in order to pay for care. These ...

Report: Self-funded elderly care needs better support

A new report by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) on social care has highlighted a need for councils to provide better support for self-funded elderly care. A new report by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) on social care has highlighted a need for councils to provide better support for self-funded elderly care. Although the report focuses on those in care homes, the many of the findings have broader relevance for all those who fund their own elderly care, including those who opt for live-in care. The report highlights two main shortcomings – firstly, local government does not adequately signpost the various benefits and funding options for elderly care. Secondly, certain councils do not provide temporary care to self-funders, nor is enough information ...

Will proposed elderly care plan penalise savers?

In July 2012, the Care Minister Norman Lamb made the bold declaration that elderly people would not have to sell their homes to fund care in old age. Critics are now concerned that the Government has backtracked on that promise, with the latest proposals including a means test which risks penalising many middle-class people who have saved for their golden years. In July 2012, the Care Minister Norman Lamb made the bold declaration that elderly people would not have to sell their homes to fund care in old age. Critics are now concerned that the Government has backtracked on that promise, with the latest proposals including a means test which risks penalising many middle-class people who have saved for their ...

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