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  • 23 Aug 2019
    Tips, tricks and handy advice to help you downsize your stuff ready for a big move with a brand new beau. Moving in with a new partner is a very exciting time as you leave the single life behind and start a brand new phase with a special person. The only problem is, you both have lots of stuff filling out where you live now, and realistically, you'll both only be able to take half of that into your new shared home. So, how do you strip your things down ready to move in with a new beau? Here are our top tips to help you get ready for this huge life change: Together, Write a List Of Everything A House Needs It may sound basic, but writing a list of everything you need for a house will help you form a basis for knowing what can be taken from either of your homes, and what needs to be bought. Gain An Understanding Of 'Sticking Points' There will be items that you both want to move into your new place, but only one person's item can fit. Once you know which items are sticking points, such as sofas and beds, you can negotiate and discuss those items. Perhaps you're willing to sell your sofa as long as you get to keep your bed. Knowing the sticking points gives you the ability to work together to move forward with a decision. Help Each Other Declutter Decluttering can be difficult when you're on your own and you'd rather be doing something else so, it makes sense to help each other declutter. Two hands make light work! Pop some music on, have your partner sit with three boxes and then go through each item they have, asking them if they want to give it to charity, keep or sell. Then they can return the favour for you. Eventually you'll both only own things you really want, or things you use, so you're not bringing clutter to your new place. Buy Yourself Time With Cheap Self Storage Cheap self storage is a secure unit you can rent for short periods of time, or longer periods of time if you need to. You can usually move between different sized of unit easily if your needs change. It might be that your contract is coming to an end in your current property and you and your partner are eager to make the move to a new place together quickly. Cheap self storage is a great option, enabling you to move items you don't want to move to your new place and out of your current rental. It buys you the time to sort through your things in your own time, and to move in with your new love as quickly as you feel you want to. To find out more about typical self storage prices see Storing.com’s price comparison chart. Reuse Items That Don't Have A Place in Your Current Home Maybe you've a desk in your spare room that can be used for a home office in the place you'll be sharing with your partner. Maybe you've a wardrobe and chest of drawers you've never had room to use properly because of an integrated system, but the new house you're moving into needs them. Try to think carefully about items you have stored in the garage, spare room and cheap self storage and how they might be useful in your new place with your partner. Moving in with a partner is so exciting, but the process of downsizing your stuff can be tricky. With such a great reason to let go of your clutter, hopefully the process won't be too stressful. Remember to work together, keep your eye on the end result, and enjoy the process of decluttering, which can be a therapeutic process for some. Soon enough you'll both be enjoying your new place together, making memories in this new chapter of life as a couple.
    300 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Tips, tricks and handy advice to help you downsize your stuff ready for a big move with a brand new beau. Moving in with a new partner is a very exciting time as you leave the single life behind and start a brand new phase with a special person. The only problem is, you both have lots of stuff filling out where you live now, and realistically, you'll both only be able to take half of that into your new shared home. So, how do you strip your things down ready to move in with a new beau? Here are our top tips to help you get ready for this huge life change: Together, Write a List Of Everything A House Needs It may sound basic, but writing a list of everything you need for a house will help you form a basis for knowing what can be taken from either of your homes, and what needs to be bought. Gain An Understanding Of 'Sticking Points' There will be items that you both want to move into your new place, but only one person's item can fit. Once you know which items are sticking points, such as sofas and beds, you can negotiate and discuss those items. Perhaps you're willing to sell your sofa as long as you get to keep your bed. Knowing the sticking points gives you the ability to work together to move forward with a decision. Help Each Other Declutter Decluttering can be difficult when you're on your own and you'd rather be doing something else so, it makes sense to help each other declutter. Two hands make light work! Pop some music on, have your partner sit with three boxes and then go through each item they have, asking them if they want to give it to charity, keep or sell. Then they can return the favour for you. Eventually you'll both only own things you really want, or things you use, so you're not bringing clutter to your new place. Buy Yourself Time With Cheap Self Storage Cheap self storage is a secure unit you can rent for short periods of time, or longer periods of time if you need to. You can usually move between different sized of unit easily if your needs change. It might be that your contract is coming to an end in your current property and you and your partner are eager to make the move to a new place together quickly. Cheap self storage is a great option, enabling you to move items you don't want to move to your new place and out of your current rental. It buys you the time to sort through your things in your own time, and to move in with your new love as quickly as you feel you want to. To find out more about typical self storage prices see Storing.com’s price comparison chart. Reuse Items That Don't Have A Place in Your Current Home Maybe you've a desk in your spare room that can be used for a home office in the place you'll be sharing with your partner. Maybe you've a wardrobe and chest of drawers you've never had room to use properly because of an integrated system, but the new house you're moving into needs them. Try to think carefully about items you have stored in the garage, spare room and cheap self storage and how they might be useful in your new place with your partner. Moving in with a partner is so exciting, but the process of downsizing your stuff can be tricky. With such a great reason to let go of your clutter, hopefully the process won't be too stressful. Remember to work together, keep your eye on the end result, and enjoy the process of decluttering, which can be a therapeutic process for some. Soon enough you'll both be enjoying your new place together, making memories in this new chapter of life as a couple.
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  • 15 Aug 2019
    A live-in carer must undertake many different tasks as part of their job and one of these is helping to take care of an elderly patient’s pets. If you are thinking about homecare or live-in carer as a career it may surprise you to learn that one of your jobs will be to look after your patient’s pet. If you are a pet owner yourself or a keen animal lover then this won’t be too onerous a task but if you’ve never had to take care of an animal before what can you expect? You can find out more at the Live-in Care Hub (www.liveincarehub.co.uk) but in the meantime here are a few pointers.   Pets can be family members too Whether a budgie, fish, cat or dog, a pet is often a much loved and cherished part of the family and may have been with the family, or the person you are caring for, a long time. As such they deserve to be cared for with the same dedication that the owner would show as the presence of a loved and familiar pet can be of enormous comfort to its owner especially when everything appears to be changing in their life – such as their care.   The benefits that the companionship of an animal brings to elderly people in general is well documented and there are numerous care institutions which now allow visiting animals, often dogs but sometimes other creatures, to be brought into homes where older people can enjoy their company for a while. The sight of a dog snoozing at the feet of an elderly resident aids relaxation and calmness and can really help improve the quality of life of a person.   Owning a pet can be particularly beneficial for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The familiarity of a feeding, grooming or walking routine can help to calm agitated minds and combat loneliness and depression. A friendly animal can also help a distressed person to engage in cases where they are unable to do so around people.   Get extra help where needed Most pets are exactly like humans in that they thrive on a regular routine, appropriate exercise and companionship. When you start to care for an elderly person make a good start by making friends with their pet wherever possible and ask about feeding, cleaning and exercise schedules. Any veterinary medications that are needed should be noted and administered correctly. Where a dog is involved it will need daily walks to maintain good health so walking time should be factored into your daily routine.   Sometimes though, with the best will in the world it can be difficult to give adequate time and attention to a pet if your elderly patient is especially demanding or has complex needs. In these cases you should reach out to others who can help, perhaps the patient’s family or friends. Or enquire in the local area about respite or temporary pet sitting or dog walking services; many pet sitters care for all different animals.
    203 Posted by Anna Preston
  • A live-in carer must undertake many different tasks as part of their job and one of these is helping to take care of an elderly patient’s pets. If you are thinking about homecare or live-in carer as a career it may surprise you to learn that one of your jobs will be to look after your patient’s pet. If you are a pet owner yourself or a keen animal lover then this won’t be too onerous a task but if you’ve never had to take care of an animal before what can you expect? You can find out more at the Live-in Care Hub (www.liveincarehub.co.uk) but in the meantime here are a few pointers.   Pets can be family members too Whether a budgie, fish, cat or dog, a pet is often a much loved and cherished part of the family and may have been with the family, or the person you are caring for, a long time. As such they deserve to be cared for with the same dedication that the owner would show as the presence of a loved and familiar pet can be of enormous comfort to its owner especially when everything appears to be changing in their life – such as their care.   The benefits that the companionship of an animal brings to elderly people in general is well documented and there are numerous care institutions which now allow visiting animals, often dogs but sometimes other creatures, to be brought into homes where older people can enjoy their company for a while. The sight of a dog snoozing at the feet of an elderly resident aids relaxation and calmness and can really help improve the quality of life of a person.   Owning a pet can be particularly beneficial for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The familiarity of a feeding, grooming or walking routine can help to calm agitated minds and combat loneliness and depression. A friendly animal can also help a distressed person to engage in cases where they are unable to do so around people.   Get extra help where needed Most pets are exactly like humans in that they thrive on a regular routine, appropriate exercise and companionship. When you start to care for an elderly person make a good start by making friends with their pet wherever possible and ask about feeding, cleaning and exercise schedules. Any veterinary medications that are needed should be noted and administered correctly. Where a dog is involved it will need daily walks to maintain good health so walking time should be factored into your daily routine.   Sometimes though, with the best will in the world it can be difficult to give adequate time and attention to a pet if your elderly patient is especially demanding or has complex needs. In these cases you should reach out to others who can help, perhaps the patient’s family or friends. Or enquire in the local area about respite or temporary pet sitting or dog walking services; many pet sitters care for all different animals.
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  • 15 Aug 2019
    Dementia patients are prone to confusion and anxiety but by understanding their needs they can be made to feel more safe and secure.   Dementia is a blanket term that refers to a life-changing decline in mental ability. Alzheimer’s is the most common form – affecting 60-80% of patients, with Vascular Dementia, often caused by a stroke, the next most common variety.   Research by the Live In Care Hub shows that dementia is the most feared illness with 34% saying they fear suffering it in later life. The research, published in the “No Place Like Home” report, also revealed that 52% of people are happier to talk about the condition than they were 10 years ago.   The increased awareness and willingness to discuss dementia is good news for dementia sufferers as it encourages those caring for them to learn about their needs and provide a secure, safe and familiar environment.   Core Symptoms To be considered dementia, at least two of the following areas must be affected: Memory Communication and language Ability to focus and pay attention Reasoning and judgement Visual perception   Many patients become agitated and scared when difficulty remembering impacts on their daily life. For example, forgetting which drawer the spoons are in or walking into the bedroom instead of the bathroom. If their language skills are diminishing, they may have difficulty in making themselves understood and may find it hard to listen to and follow instructions if their attention span dwindles. Another area where those with dementia can struggle is with mobility, even around familiar areas, as problems with visual perception can make rugs look like holes and thresholds look like steps.   Familiar Surroundings Memory is strengthened by repetition so it is important to keep changes to the home environment to a minimum. It can help to label doors, drawers and cupboards with the contents to help the patient locate items with the minimum of fuss. It is for this reason that many dementia patients decline if they need to move to a care home – learning new surroundings and routines simply confuses their damaged brain and they find it hard to adapt. In so many ways they are better being cared for with in-home care or live-in care at home.   Careful alterations can support independence One change that is useful to make is to remove rugs and mats – even ones taped to the floor. As mentioned above, these can be seen as holes or steps and turn into trip hazards, thus increasing the risk of falls. Good lighting helps so ensure that curtains are opened and lights fitted with bright enough bulbs. Carpets are usually a better choice as the noise of walking across a hard floor can be disorientating to sufferers, and should contrast with the walls so the edges are clear.   Remembering who’s who It can be difficult for those with dementia to keep track of new faces. If in home care is required then the same carers should be requested so that the patient recognises them. Labelled photographs, together with times when the carer will be present, can be helpful. If the sufferer has live in carers then placing a photograph of the current carer in a prominent position will help avoid anxiety.              
    213 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Dementia patients are prone to confusion and anxiety but by understanding their needs they can be made to feel more safe and secure.   Dementia is a blanket term that refers to a life-changing decline in mental ability. Alzheimer’s is the most common form – affecting 60-80% of patients, with Vascular Dementia, often caused by a stroke, the next most common variety.   Research by the Live In Care Hub shows that dementia is the most feared illness with 34% saying they fear suffering it in later life. The research, published in the “No Place Like Home” report, also revealed that 52% of people are happier to talk about the condition than they were 10 years ago.   The increased awareness and willingness to discuss dementia is good news for dementia sufferers as it encourages those caring for them to learn about their needs and provide a secure, safe and familiar environment.   Core Symptoms To be considered dementia, at least two of the following areas must be affected: Memory Communication and language Ability to focus and pay attention Reasoning and judgement Visual perception   Many patients become agitated and scared when difficulty remembering impacts on their daily life. For example, forgetting which drawer the spoons are in or walking into the bedroom instead of the bathroom. If their language skills are diminishing, they may have difficulty in making themselves understood and may find it hard to listen to and follow instructions if their attention span dwindles. Another area where those with dementia can struggle is with mobility, even around familiar areas, as problems with visual perception can make rugs look like holes and thresholds look like steps.   Familiar Surroundings Memory is strengthened by repetition so it is important to keep changes to the home environment to a minimum. It can help to label doors, drawers and cupboards with the contents to help the patient locate items with the minimum of fuss. It is for this reason that many dementia patients decline if they need to move to a care home – learning new surroundings and routines simply confuses their damaged brain and they find it hard to adapt. In so many ways they are better being cared for with in-home care or live-in care at home.   Careful alterations can support independence One change that is useful to make is to remove rugs and mats – even ones taped to the floor. As mentioned above, these can be seen as holes or steps and turn into trip hazards, thus increasing the risk of falls. Good lighting helps so ensure that curtains are opened and lights fitted with bright enough bulbs. Carpets are usually a better choice as the noise of walking across a hard floor can be disorientating to sufferers, and should contrast with the walls so the edges are clear.   Remembering who’s who It can be difficult for those with dementia to keep track of new faces. If in home care is required then the same carers should be requested so that the patient recognises them. Labelled photographs, together with times when the carer will be present, can be helpful. If the sufferer has live in carers then placing a photograph of the current carer in a prominent position will help avoid anxiety.              
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  • 15 Aug 2019
    It’s said that the joy of reading never leaves you. Getting stuck into a good book or favourite magazine is a wonderful way to pass the time whatever your age.   The joy of becoming totally immersed in a good read is something which often has its roots in childhood and most keen readers will tell you that reading is something which is invaluable as a tool for relieving stress or simply for passing a few hours. According to the Live-in Care Hub many older people find their days significantly enhanced when they have access to reading materials.   Indeed, according to their No Place like Home report many carers, whether they are providing live-in care 24/7 or regular home care services during the day, have confirmed that elderly people are happiest when they have familiar things like their favourite books around them. When your senior relative has a bookshelf groaning with books it can be difficult wondering what book to get for them that they haven’t already read. Here are some suggestions.   Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen This award-winning book, recommended for elderly people by Goodreads, tells the story of love between two people from different worlds.   The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway This is about an old fisherman and his battle for survival against rough seas. It’s a fairly simple and short but absorbing tale.   Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo This would be a lovely story to read to the grandkids as well as being one that can whisk you away to a world of a young boy, his grandmother and a magic cape.   Making the Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa An extraordinary true story of the cat who knew when people at the end of their lives needed the comfort he could provide. Heart-warming and inspiring.   The Little Lady Who Broke All The Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg A 79 year old woman dreams of escaping her humdrum life and robbing a bank. She and four friends decide to rebel against the ordinary and go on to have fun adventures.   Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson Set in a traditional English village this book explores the local characters, their travails and foibles.   One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey by Richard Proenneke An inspiring read for those with an adventurous streak.   These are just a few general suggestions of course but you can also consider books relating to hobbies and interests whether that be gardening, wildlife, caravans, motorcycles or crafts. The choice is endless.   Audiobooks and E-Readers   For people who are blind or partially-sighted or who have difficulty in concentrating audiobooks or podcasts are a godsend. Simply download some onto an easily accessible device which they or their carer can operate. The RNIB have a large collection of talking books for the blind.   An e-reader like the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is a great option as it has options to set font size for easier reading and the screen is glare-free even in bright sunlight. Downloading books is simple to do and the device is very user-friendly.    With all these options, both for books to try and for devices to read them on, there’s really no reason your elderly relative or friend shouldn’t be able to enjoy reading, wherever they may be!
    240 Posted by Anna Preston
  • It’s said that the joy of reading never leaves you. Getting stuck into a good book or favourite magazine is a wonderful way to pass the time whatever your age.   The joy of becoming totally immersed in a good read is something which often has its roots in childhood and most keen readers will tell you that reading is something which is invaluable as a tool for relieving stress or simply for passing a few hours. According to the Live-in Care Hub many older people find their days significantly enhanced when they have access to reading materials.   Indeed, according to their No Place like Home report many carers, whether they are providing live-in care 24/7 or regular home care services during the day, have confirmed that elderly people are happiest when they have familiar things like their favourite books around them. When your senior relative has a bookshelf groaning with books it can be difficult wondering what book to get for them that they haven’t already read. Here are some suggestions.   Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen This award-winning book, recommended for elderly people by Goodreads, tells the story of love between two people from different worlds.   The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway This is about an old fisherman and his battle for survival against rough seas. It’s a fairly simple and short but absorbing tale.   Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo This would be a lovely story to read to the grandkids as well as being one that can whisk you away to a world of a young boy, his grandmother and a magic cape.   Making the Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa An extraordinary true story of the cat who knew when people at the end of their lives needed the comfort he could provide. Heart-warming and inspiring.   The Little Lady Who Broke All The Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg A 79 year old woman dreams of escaping her humdrum life and robbing a bank. She and four friends decide to rebel against the ordinary and go on to have fun adventures.   Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson Set in a traditional English village this book explores the local characters, their travails and foibles.   One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey by Richard Proenneke An inspiring read for those with an adventurous streak.   These are just a few general suggestions of course but you can also consider books relating to hobbies and interests whether that be gardening, wildlife, caravans, motorcycles or crafts. The choice is endless.   Audiobooks and E-Readers   For people who are blind or partially-sighted or who have difficulty in concentrating audiobooks or podcasts are a godsend. Simply download some onto an easily accessible device which they or their carer can operate. The RNIB have a large collection of talking books for the blind.   An e-reader like the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is a great option as it has options to set font size for easier reading and the screen is glare-free even in bright sunlight. Downloading books is simple to do and the device is very user-friendly.    With all these options, both for books to try and for devices to read them on, there’s really no reason your elderly relative or friend shouldn’t be able to enjoy reading, wherever they may be!
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  • 15 Aug 2019
    Thinking of becoming a live-in carer? If you aren’t sure if it’s the right job for you then perhaps these unexpected benefits will change your mind. There are many reasons why someone chooses to become a live-in carer. Perhaps you’ve cared for an elderly relative and wish to continue caring for others once they’ve passed away or moved into residential care. Perhaps you’ve worked in a care home and now want a change of job to something that offers a bit more flexibility. Or perhaps it’s all new to you and you just like the idea of making someone’s twilight years just that little bit more comfortable, whether it’s by providing regular home care or actually living with the person needing care.   A rising elderly population means you’ll never be out of a job Perhaps unsurprisingly, research by the Live in Care Hub, published in their “No Place Like Home” report, found that an overwhelming majority of people would prefer to remain in their own home, with a carer if necessary, rather than move into residential care. This, coupled with rising numbers of older people, means there is likely to be high demand for live-in care at home in the future meaning you can be pretty sure you won’t be out of a job any time soon.   You may reduce your living costs considerably There are many different shift patterns for live-in carers to reflect the differing needs of their clients. Some carers choose to offer a level of care that allows them to make their clients home their own. This allows them to reduce their living costs by avoiding the need to own or rent accommodation for nights that they spend away from the home.   Even carers who work with a client who needs more constant care, and therefore change shift on a regular basis, can keep the running costs of their own home low as it requires less heating and cleaning whilst not in use. Some enterprising carers even rent their own dwelling for short-term lets when they are not using it!   You won’t be lonely Many carers starting their first live-in care position worry that they will become lonely or isolated from their own friends and family. All carers are entitled to regular breaks in which some choose to use to leave the client’s house and meet with friends for coffee or to attend meetings of clubs and activities.   Plus, there’s always your client to talk to. Part of the role of live-in carer is to provide companionship and many old people are always ready to chat about the weather, their family, what’s on TV or reminisce about their past. And unlike the majority of care homes live-in care enables clients to remain with their pets, so if you like animals you may well find yourself caring for a dog, cat, goldfish – even a pony or llama – as well as your client. In fact, many live-in carers are “empty nesters” who are looking for a career to fill the gap where raising a family once sat and find live-in care to provide them with the ideal combination of a caring role, company and career.
    178 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Thinking of becoming a live-in carer? If you aren’t sure if it’s the right job for you then perhaps these unexpected benefits will change your mind. There are many reasons why someone chooses to become a live-in carer. Perhaps you’ve cared for an elderly relative and wish to continue caring for others once they’ve passed away or moved into residential care. Perhaps you’ve worked in a care home and now want a change of job to something that offers a bit more flexibility. Or perhaps it’s all new to you and you just like the idea of making someone’s twilight years just that little bit more comfortable, whether it’s by providing regular home care or actually living with the person needing care.   A rising elderly population means you’ll never be out of a job Perhaps unsurprisingly, research by the Live in Care Hub, published in their “No Place Like Home” report, found that an overwhelming majority of people would prefer to remain in their own home, with a carer if necessary, rather than move into residential care. This, coupled with rising numbers of older people, means there is likely to be high demand for live-in care at home in the future meaning you can be pretty sure you won’t be out of a job any time soon.   You may reduce your living costs considerably There are many different shift patterns for live-in carers to reflect the differing needs of their clients. Some carers choose to offer a level of care that allows them to make their clients home their own. This allows them to reduce their living costs by avoiding the need to own or rent accommodation for nights that they spend away from the home.   Even carers who work with a client who needs more constant care, and therefore change shift on a regular basis, can keep the running costs of their own home low as it requires less heating and cleaning whilst not in use. Some enterprising carers even rent their own dwelling for short-term lets when they are not using it!   You won’t be lonely Many carers starting their first live-in care position worry that they will become lonely or isolated from their own friends and family. All carers are entitled to regular breaks in which some choose to use to leave the client’s house and meet with friends for coffee or to attend meetings of clubs and activities.   Plus, there’s always your client to talk to. Part of the role of live-in carer is to provide companionship and many old people are always ready to chat about the weather, their family, what’s on TV or reminisce about their past. And unlike the majority of care homes live-in care enables clients to remain with their pets, so if you like animals you may well find yourself caring for a dog, cat, goldfish – even a pony or llama – as well as your client. In fact, many live-in carers are “empty nesters” who are looking for a career to fill the gap where raising a family once sat and find live-in care to provide them with the ideal combination of a caring role, company and career.
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  • 13 Aug 2019
    Information, resources and tips to help you care for yourself whilst caring for an elderly relative, which can be very challenging.   Statistics tell us that within the UK, 1 in 5 people aged between 50 and 64 are carers  and around 65% of older carers (aged between 60 and 94) have long-term health issues themselves on top of caring. The same studies also revealed that nearly 70% of older carers say that their caring position causes them to have problems with their mental health. Not all older carers are caring for their parents and could be caring for their children, partner or friend. However, many older carers are caring for their parents, or one of their parents, which can have many unique challenges including:   Struggling with the role reversal with your parent Handling the various moods and emotions of a parent who requires care (they may feel bitter, embarrassed or resentful) Handling the physical and emotional behaviour of a parent with dementia Missing a parent who is no longer 'themselves' because of dementia Dealing with the responsibility of keeping a parent safe and in good health Coping with the physical challenges of caring Balancing family life and a career with your caring role Struggling with your own emotions of resentment, anger, bitterness, sadness and more   These are just some of the challenges that can arise when you care for a parent. When caring for your Mother, there may be particular challenges that come from your position. Your Mother may have been the one you always turn to for advice, the one you always admired for her strength and togetherness, the one who always looked out for you. It can be so hard to handle the change, particularly when the bond with your Mother is strained whilst you need to provide adequate care to ensure her wellbeing.   How To Cope With Caring For An Elderly Mother   To care for your Mother well, you must put yourself first. Unfortunately that is not always the main priority of caregivers. In fact, most caregivers struggle to put themselves first, which can result in caregiver burnout eventually. Caregiver burnout is where a person is physically and emotionally exhausted from caring and they are then unable to provide care to themselves or their loved one whilst trying to recover from the breakdown. It can take years to get over a breakdown, so it is important to try and avoid it. Can you include any of the following in your life to help you cope with your caregiver position?   Hobbies that are just for you Exercise A healthy diet Abstinence from bad habits that you lean on to cope Regular chats and support from your GP, friends, family and neighbours Any activities that help you stay in touch with your own worth and identity   The more healthy and balanced your life is and the more emotional support you allow yourself to take, the better.   Is It Time To Consider Respite Care? If you are doing everything you can to cope with caring for your elderly Mother but you know you need a little more support, perhaps it is time to consider respite care. Home care agencies can provide home care to your loved one as a one off, once a week, for a set time everyday, or for holiday cover. Professional carers will come to your home and care for your loved one, allowing you the time to relax, run errands, spend time with friends and family, or simply to get outdoors and get some time away from the home. If you think you might need more support long-term, you could speak to home care agencies about long-term at home care where the carer lives in your home and cares for your loved one. This is a great alternative to residential care and means your loved one remains at home with you, but you are able to relieve some or all of your caregiver duties.   It can be hard to swallow your pride and recognise that you can't do it all, all the time. To enquire about home care services or respite care, speak to some local care agencies. Also speak to your doctor about getting a care assessment for your Mother and take a look at The Live-in Care Hub for more information about live-in care. Your Mother deserves to be happy and healthy, and so do you. Reaching out for help is a really important step to take if you need some support with your caregiving role.
    219 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Information, resources and tips to help you care for yourself whilst caring for an elderly relative, which can be very challenging.   Statistics tell us that within the UK, 1 in 5 people aged between 50 and 64 are carers  and around 65% of older carers (aged between 60 and 94) have long-term health issues themselves on top of caring. The same studies also revealed that nearly 70% of older carers say that their caring position causes them to have problems with their mental health. Not all older carers are caring for their parents and could be caring for their children, partner or friend. However, many older carers are caring for their parents, or one of their parents, which can have many unique challenges including:   Struggling with the role reversal with your parent Handling the various moods and emotions of a parent who requires care (they may feel bitter, embarrassed or resentful) Handling the physical and emotional behaviour of a parent with dementia Missing a parent who is no longer 'themselves' because of dementia Dealing with the responsibility of keeping a parent safe and in good health Coping with the physical challenges of caring Balancing family life and a career with your caring role Struggling with your own emotions of resentment, anger, bitterness, sadness and more   These are just some of the challenges that can arise when you care for a parent. When caring for your Mother, there may be particular challenges that come from your position. Your Mother may have been the one you always turn to for advice, the one you always admired for her strength and togetherness, the one who always looked out for you. It can be so hard to handle the change, particularly when the bond with your Mother is strained whilst you need to provide adequate care to ensure her wellbeing.   How To Cope With Caring For An Elderly Mother   To care for your Mother well, you must put yourself first. Unfortunately that is not always the main priority of caregivers. In fact, most caregivers struggle to put themselves first, which can result in caregiver burnout eventually. Caregiver burnout is where a person is physically and emotionally exhausted from caring and they are then unable to provide care to themselves or their loved one whilst trying to recover from the breakdown. It can take years to get over a breakdown, so it is important to try and avoid it. Can you include any of the following in your life to help you cope with your caregiver position?   Hobbies that are just for you Exercise A healthy diet Abstinence from bad habits that you lean on to cope Regular chats and support from your GP, friends, family and neighbours Any activities that help you stay in touch with your own worth and identity   The more healthy and balanced your life is and the more emotional support you allow yourself to take, the better.   Is It Time To Consider Respite Care? If you are doing everything you can to cope with caring for your elderly Mother but you know you need a little more support, perhaps it is time to consider respite care. Home care agencies can provide home care to your loved one as a one off, once a week, for a set time everyday, or for holiday cover. Professional carers will come to your home and care for your loved one, allowing you the time to relax, run errands, spend time with friends and family, or simply to get outdoors and get some time away from the home. If you think you might need more support long-term, you could speak to home care agencies about long-term at home care where the carer lives in your home and cares for your loved one. This is a great alternative to residential care and means your loved one remains at home with you, but you are able to relieve some or all of your caregiver duties.   It can be hard to swallow your pride and recognise that you can't do it all, all the time. To enquire about home care services or respite care, speak to some local care agencies. Also speak to your doctor about getting a care assessment for your Mother and take a look at The Live-in Care Hub for more information about live-in care. Your Mother deserves to be happy and healthy, and so do you. Reaching out for help is a really important step to take if you need some support with your caregiving role.
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  • 13 Aug 2019
    Find out about the nutritional needs you may have as somebody with less mobility and how to achieve new nutritional goals for optimum health.   Making and preparing meals when you have issues with arthritis or other mobility problems can be very challenging. The simple act of slicing a cucumber, opening a jar or even just making some toast can be very difficult and as a result your nutrition can suffer. 1 million adults aged 65 or over in the UK are malnourished or at risk of malnourishment and many of those people may struggle because of issues with mobility. Adversely, the right nutrition is very important for anyone but particularly those who are less mobile. As we age our nutritional needs change and a big challenge can be getting the right nutrients on fewer calories and ensuring we don't consume too many calories. If you are less mobile the already present challenge of nutrition becomes even more challenging. Here are some tips to help you maintain your nutrition if you are less mobile:   Count Your Calories If you move less you require fewer calories. It is important for you to count your calories and ensure you are getting the right nutrition from the smaller amount of food you are consuming. It can be challenging to do this but so important as weight gain is only going to cause further issues with mobility and increase your risk of obesity related diseases like Type 2 Diabetes.   Consider Some Help At Home The Live-in Care Hub completed a study that found that most people would prefer to avoid residential care if they are unwell or unable to care for themselves and residential care might not even be appropriate for you if you simply need some help with basic tasks. The same study showed that somebody who has live-in care is much more likely to enjoy the food and drink they want, than someone within residential care. Home care services can be really useful to help with shopping and cooking nutritious meals for you. Home care services can also help maximise your mobility and help you stay as independent as possible.   Pack In The Protein For the elderly and those who are less mobile protein is so important. When you don't get enough protein in your diet you lose body fat, lean mass and muscle and you can't maintain the strength you currently have let alone build more strength. So, you could even be limiting your ability to improve mobility just by not eating enough protein. Some great protein sources  are eggs, lean meat and legumes.   Maintain Good Bone Health Falls can be really tricky injuries to recover from as you age, so it is important to keep your bones as strong as possible with exercise and diet. Although calcium is important when it comes to your bone health, a good variety of fruits and vegetables is also important.     It is important that you seek specific advice for good nutrition to ensure that your health and vitality is optimum as you age. With changing nutritional needs as we get older some simple tweeks can make a huge difference. The right diet changes and support could even boost your mobility, if not maintain it along with good levels of health, for an active and healthy later life.
    363 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Find out about the nutritional needs you may have as somebody with less mobility and how to achieve new nutritional goals for optimum health.   Making and preparing meals when you have issues with arthritis or other mobility problems can be very challenging. The simple act of slicing a cucumber, opening a jar or even just making some toast can be very difficult and as a result your nutrition can suffer. 1 million adults aged 65 or over in the UK are malnourished or at risk of malnourishment and many of those people may struggle because of issues with mobility. Adversely, the right nutrition is very important for anyone but particularly those who are less mobile. As we age our nutritional needs change and a big challenge can be getting the right nutrients on fewer calories and ensuring we don't consume too many calories. If you are less mobile the already present challenge of nutrition becomes even more challenging. Here are some tips to help you maintain your nutrition if you are less mobile:   Count Your Calories If you move less you require fewer calories. It is important for you to count your calories and ensure you are getting the right nutrition from the smaller amount of food you are consuming. It can be challenging to do this but so important as weight gain is only going to cause further issues with mobility and increase your risk of obesity related diseases like Type 2 Diabetes.   Consider Some Help At Home The Live-in Care Hub completed a study that found that most people would prefer to avoid residential care if they are unwell or unable to care for themselves and residential care might not even be appropriate for you if you simply need some help with basic tasks. The same study showed that somebody who has live-in care is much more likely to enjoy the food and drink they want, than someone within residential care. Home care services can be really useful to help with shopping and cooking nutritious meals for you. Home care services can also help maximise your mobility and help you stay as independent as possible.   Pack In The Protein For the elderly and those who are less mobile protein is so important. When you don't get enough protein in your diet you lose body fat, lean mass and muscle and you can't maintain the strength you currently have let alone build more strength. So, you could even be limiting your ability to improve mobility just by not eating enough protein. Some great protein sources  are eggs, lean meat and legumes.   Maintain Good Bone Health Falls can be really tricky injuries to recover from as you age, so it is important to keep your bones as strong as possible with exercise and diet. Although calcium is important when it comes to your bone health, a good variety of fruits and vegetables is also important.     It is important that you seek specific advice for good nutrition to ensure that your health and vitality is optimum as you age. With changing nutritional needs as we get older some simple tweeks can make a huge difference. The right diet changes and support could even boost your mobility, if not maintain it along with good levels of health, for an active and healthy later life.
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  • 13 Aug 2019
    Read about how to ensure your mind stays healthy and clear as you age, with great tips, tricks and information to support your mind through the years.   As we age, our physical and mental health naturally declines. However, this can be preventable or at the very least we can slow it down with a little extra effort with our lifestyle. It is so important to put the plans in place to retain the best possible health, so that later life can be as vibrant and rewarding as possible. With your mind in particular, it is naturally going to degrade to some level as you get older, and certain aspects of getting older make your brain more likely to decline, so you have to pay extra care and attention to your brain health to ensure it stays in tip top condition for the best possible brain health in your golden years. Here are X ways to keep your mind healthy in later life:   Decrease The Things That Make You Unhappy In a study completed in Boston with people over the age of 65 with amazing memories it was found that part of the success of their incredible memories was taking the steps to reduce or remove things they didn't like in their life, as early as middle age. Jobs they hated, taking more holidays, doing more activities that made them happy all contributed to preventing brain health decline as they aged. So, now is the time to reduce the things in your life that don't make you feel great, and replace them with the happiest activities, for the good of your brain health.   Maintain Your Sense Of Purpose Something that is often lost when people move into care homes, or when they age in general, is that they lose their sense of purpose. This can lead to depression which is really bad for brain health. Whether you have a gardening project, you volunteer at a local charity shop or you have a role in your local social group, maintaining your sense of purpose will help keep your brain young.   Stay Social Staying social is so important when it comes to the health of your brain. Being lonely is known to be as bad for you as smoking, so the more you can stay in touch with others the better for your brain. In fact, contact with children improves mental health in the elderly. If you struggle to stay mobile and find that is a hindrance to your social life, it might be worth looking into homecare services. Live-in care provides excellent support and companionship helping maintain your independence.   Stay Active Exercise boosts blood flow and oxygen to the brain so it is important to stay active in later life to maintain your brain health.   Eat Well Nutritional needs change as you get older so eating well is essential, for a wide variety of reasons including maintaining your brain health. Eat a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to ensure you stay sharp in later life.   If you need some help maintaining your health and wellbeing, it is important to seek help. Speak to your GP, to your homecare services provider or live-in care provider, to your social services agent or to friends and family to look into getting some support. Your brain health, and overall well being can thrive with the right routine, activities and support in place.            
    226 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Read about how to ensure your mind stays healthy and clear as you age, with great tips, tricks and information to support your mind through the years.   As we age, our physical and mental health naturally declines. However, this can be preventable or at the very least we can slow it down with a little extra effort with our lifestyle. It is so important to put the plans in place to retain the best possible health, so that later life can be as vibrant and rewarding as possible. With your mind in particular, it is naturally going to degrade to some level as you get older, and certain aspects of getting older make your brain more likely to decline, so you have to pay extra care and attention to your brain health to ensure it stays in tip top condition for the best possible brain health in your golden years. Here are X ways to keep your mind healthy in later life:   Decrease The Things That Make You Unhappy In a study completed in Boston with people over the age of 65 with amazing memories it was found that part of the success of their incredible memories was taking the steps to reduce or remove things they didn't like in their life, as early as middle age. Jobs they hated, taking more holidays, doing more activities that made them happy all contributed to preventing brain health decline as they aged. So, now is the time to reduce the things in your life that don't make you feel great, and replace them with the happiest activities, for the good of your brain health.   Maintain Your Sense Of Purpose Something that is often lost when people move into care homes, or when they age in general, is that they lose their sense of purpose. This can lead to depression which is really bad for brain health. Whether you have a gardening project, you volunteer at a local charity shop or you have a role in your local social group, maintaining your sense of purpose will help keep your brain young.   Stay Social Staying social is so important when it comes to the health of your brain. Being lonely is known to be as bad for you as smoking, so the more you can stay in touch with others the better for your brain. In fact, contact with children improves mental health in the elderly. If you struggle to stay mobile and find that is a hindrance to your social life, it might be worth looking into homecare services. Live-in care provides excellent support and companionship helping maintain your independence.   Stay Active Exercise boosts blood flow and oxygen to the brain so it is important to stay active in later life to maintain your brain health.   Eat Well Nutritional needs change as you get older so eating well is essential, for a wide variety of reasons including maintaining your brain health. Eat a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to ensure you stay sharp in later life.   If you need some help maintaining your health and wellbeing, it is important to seek help. Speak to your GP, to your homecare services provider or live-in care provider, to your social services agent or to friends and family to look into getting some support. Your brain health, and overall well being can thrive with the right routine, activities and support in place.            
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  • 13 Aug 2019
    Find out about key challenges of elderly care in both live-in and residential settings, as well as common advantages and benefits to this kind of job.   There are currently over 11.8 million people in the UK aged over 65 which means there are lots of jobs constantly being created within the care industry. Working within care can be extremely rewarding, enabling you to work within a profession that truly makes a difference to others. The right senior care really makes a difference to people’s lives.   However, working with the elderly doesn't come without its challenges, including many that don't crop up in other jobs. If you are considering carer jobs or care home jobs, it is important to think about the challenges you might face in this industry so you can be as prepared as possible.   Here are some common challenges of caring for the elderly:   Your Client Might Not Ask For Help It is extremely common for carers to work with clients who do not ask for help. They may not think they need any, they might think it undermines their independence, they might be too proud. Being gentle, understanding and willing to always try but never force is important. In the case of safety though, you have to tactfully step in.   It Is Physically Demanding It is physically demanding to work within care. At the very least you are likely to be on your feet all day and at most you will be lifting and moving your clients as part of the job. The physical demands of caring are quite challenging so it is important to be physically fit within this type of job.   Your Client Might Not Recognise You Dementia comes with some huge challenges for carers, including the fact your client might not recognise you. They may also not understand your intention to help them and to keep them safe. This can be very tricky to navigate when you're a carer, but with some specialist training and a lot of patience and kindness, there's always a way to maintain your clients wellbeing and happiness. With research showing that people with dementia find live-in care better than a care home a role as a live-in carer can be particularly rewarding.   Particularly Sensitive Situations As a carer you might need to help somebody use the toilet, to help clean them after they go to the toilet. You may be helping them have a bath or shower, to help them dress. This can be a hurdle to get used to at the beginning of your career. A sensitive and compassionate approach to this kind of care is a must.   Letting Go Like any caring person, you will likely get attached to at least some of your clients. This is normal and can be a lovely part of the job, but it doesn't come without its heartbreak. As their health declines, as they get more dementia symptoms or pass away you may find it very tough.   If you are interested in live-in carer jobs, or care home jobs then it is important to understand the challenges involved in this kind of career. You can find out more at The Live-in Care Hub (www.liveincarehub.co.uk) or contact a live-in care agency or local care home for more information. It can take time to get used to some of the difficulties associated with caring for the elderly and infirm, and even the most experienced carers still need support and training with certain aspects of the job. All of that aside, the job is still very rewarding and offers some fantastic benefits.      
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  • Find out about key challenges of elderly care in both live-in and residential settings, as well as common advantages and benefits to this kind of job.   There are currently over 11.8 million people in the UK aged over 65 which means there are lots of jobs constantly being created within the care industry. Working within care can be extremely rewarding, enabling you to work within a profession that truly makes a difference to others. The right senior care really makes a difference to people’s lives.   However, working with the elderly doesn't come without its challenges, including many that don't crop up in other jobs. If you are considering carer jobs or care home jobs, it is important to think about the challenges you might face in this industry so you can be as prepared as possible.   Here are some common challenges of caring for the elderly:   Your Client Might Not Ask For Help It is extremely common for carers to work with clients who do not ask for help. They may not think they need any, they might think it undermines their independence, they might be too proud. Being gentle, understanding and willing to always try but never force is important. In the case of safety though, you have to tactfully step in.   It Is Physically Demanding It is physically demanding to work within care. At the very least you are likely to be on your feet all day and at most you will be lifting and moving your clients as part of the job. The physical demands of caring are quite challenging so it is important to be physically fit within this type of job.   Your Client Might Not Recognise You Dementia comes with some huge challenges for carers, including the fact your client might not recognise you. They may also not understand your intention to help them and to keep them safe. This can be very tricky to navigate when you're a carer, but with some specialist training and a lot of patience and kindness, there's always a way to maintain your clients wellbeing and happiness. With research showing that people with dementia find live-in care better than a care home a role as a live-in carer can be particularly rewarding.   Particularly Sensitive Situations As a carer you might need to help somebody use the toilet, to help clean them after they go to the toilet. You may be helping them have a bath or shower, to help them dress. This can be a hurdle to get used to at the beginning of your career. A sensitive and compassionate approach to this kind of care is a must.   Letting Go Like any caring person, you will likely get attached to at least some of your clients. This is normal and can be a lovely part of the job, but it doesn't come without its heartbreak. As their health declines, as they get more dementia symptoms or pass away you may find it very tough.   If you are interested in live-in carer jobs, or care home jobs then it is important to understand the challenges involved in this kind of career. You can find out more at The Live-in Care Hub (www.liveincarehub.co.uk) or contact a live-in care agency or local care home for more information. It can take time to get used to some of the difficulties associated with caring for the elderly and infirm, and even the most experienced carers still need support and training with certain aspects of the job. All of that aside, the job is still very rewarding and offers some fantastic benefits.      
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  • 07 Aug 2019
    Is it time to move on from the care home job? Take a look at three signs that it time for a change of scene. Working as a care worker in a care home can be rewarding. Getting to know your patients and their families, helping them to live their life to the full leaves you with a great feeling. But when you no longer feel like you are making a difference or have grown tired of the same routine, maybe it’s time to move to pastures new. 1 When there are limited or no professional development opportunities Some care homes provide a schedule of training for their care workers, improving and building on the skill set of their staff so that residents and patients are provided with the best quality service. Inevitably, this schedule of training and development will be guided by two things: what the care sector regulations say they have to provide and what they the care home management want to be able to provide their residents. If your care career and your own desires for professional development are not being met, you can feel stuck and unchallenged. 2 It’s unsustainable There comes a time when the routine and shift pattern you have ‘always done’ or are always expected to do becomes unsustainable. For example, if the care home staffing rota seems to be in the perpetual state of being understaffed, you will always be asked to do more in terms of shifts and hours. This isn’t something you can or want to sustain. There is also the issue of pay to consider too. Anyone seeking their fortune in care work will be sorely disappointed but low-levels of pay is not something that you can sustain either. There are care work paths that do pay well, such as live-in care work that is also rewarding in terms of the difference it makes to the lives of the person you live with and care for. Here is a good explanation of live-in care if you want to know more. 3 Something better comes along There is a saying that once you are in a role, you should be looking for your next. Today’s generation of workers is no longer prepared to stay in the same role for decades. As a care worker in a care home, there is nothing to say that you too cannot keep looking for a new role in care work that provides new challenges and opportunities for you. When it comes to the care sector, it is not only one of the most diverse industries but also one of the most fast-paced too. The way we offer care to people is changing because it has to. The care that older people want is changing because they want as many different care options as possible. What this means is that there has never been a better time to work in a care setting but that doesn’t mean staying at a care home. Is it time you moved to pastures new?
    283 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Is it time to move on from the care home job? Take a look at three signs that it time for a change of scene. Working as a care worker in a care home can be rewarding. Getting to know your patients and their families, helping them to live their life to the full leaves you with a great feeling. But when you no longer feel like you are making a difference or have grown tired of the same routine, maybe it’s time to move to pastures new. 1 When there are limited or no professional development opportunities Some care homes provide a schedule of training for their care workers, improving and building on the skill set of their staff so that residents and patients are provided with the best quality service. Inevitably, this schedule of training and development will be guided by two things: what the care sector regulations say they have to provide and what they the care home management want to be able to provide their residents. If your care career and your own desires for professional development are not being met, you can feel stuck and unchallenged. 2 It’s unsustainable There comes a time when the routine and shift pattern you have ‘always done’ or are always expected to do becomes unsustainable. For example, if the care home staffing rota seems to be in the perpetual state of being understaffed, you will always be asked to do more in terms of shifts and hours. This isn’t something you can or want to sustain. There is also the issue of pay to consider too. Anyone seeking their fortune in care work will be sorely disappointed but low-levels of pay is not something that you can sustain either. There are care work paths that do pay well, such as live-in care work that is also rewarding in terms of the difference it makes to the lives of the person you live with and care for. Here is a good explanation of live-in care if you want to know more. 3 Something better comes along There is a saying that once you are in a role, you should be looking for your next. Today’s generation of workers is no longer prepared to stay in the same role for decades. As a care worker in a care home, there is nothing to say that you too cannot keep looking for a new role in care work that provides new challenges and opportunities for you. When it comes to the care sector, it is not only one of the most diverse industries but also one of the most fast-paced too. The way we offer care to people is changing because it has to. The care that older people want is changing because they want as many different care options as possible. What this means is that there has never been a better time to work in a care setting but that doesn’t mean staying at a care home. Is it time you moved to pastures new?
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  • 06 Aug 2019
    Information and resources explaining how much you could get paid if you want to take on the rewarding job of a live-in carer.   In the UK our ageing population is getting much bigger fairly quickly. It is thought that within the next 26 years, a quarter of the population will be aged 65 and over. With that increase in the need for care, means there is a huge need for additional carers within the care industry. Elderly care homes always need additional staff but the biggest demand in care jobs comes from the care at home sector. Care worker jobs are in high demand when it comes to live-in care and home care services because it is now coming to light that care in the home is a really beneficial form of care all round.   Aside from the fact most people don't want to go into residential care, elderly care homes can't keep up with demand. The NHS is also struggling as there is an increase in elderly patients with nowhere to place them when they are well enough to leave the hospital. With live-in care, the benefits are spread to everyone. The client is happy remaining at home and the costs can compare favourably to residential care. There's also no need to move area or wait for a place in a local care home. The NHS benefits too because it doesn't have so many beds taken up with elderly patients, and live-in carers can enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding job where they are able to apply the care they were trained to give. Live-in Care Work: An Overview If you are thinking of looking into live-in care worker jobs, or applying to a live-in care agency, you will want to know the basics of what the job involves. Firstly, you should know that although it does mean you live with the client, it doesn't mean you have to be on call constantly. You are entitled to breaks and private time, and you often share your job with another carer. Usually you will work for two weeks and then swap with another carer for two weeks.   You will also have your own private room and that room is checked for suitability by the live-in care agency who will be your main employers. The agency will also train you and support you in any help or advice you need in your job role. You may be required to provide a number of different services including: personal care, cooking, cleaning, help with mobility, help with medication timetables, gardening, pet care and accompaniment to appointments.   You may also need to provide specialist care such as dementia support. You will not be placed on any jobs without the qualifications or training to complete what is needed, and you will be able to let us know which services you would prefer not to provide. How Much Do Live-in Carers Get Paid? The amount you are paid depends on lots of factors such as your previous experience, training, specialities, hours worked and the range of services you provide to the client. A very rough guide is between £300 and £600 pounds per week but the amount can vary hugely depending on each job.   Usually you will get paid every month and you will be entitled to sick pay and holiday pay too. Look Into Live-in Care Worker Jobs Today Live-in care worker jobs are on offer right now from various live-in care agencies across the country. There is a lot of work on offer, and with the right initial ingredients, you don't usually need a high education or lots of previous experience and training to gain employment. A good live-in care agency will provide you with all the training you need. Why not look into care worker jobs today? It could be your first step towards gaining the kind of compassionate job you always hoped you'd be able to do.  
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  • Information and resources explaining how much you could get paid if you want to take on the rewarding job of a live-in carer.   In the UK our ageing population is getting much bigger fairly quickly. It is thought that within the next 26 years, a quarter of the population will be aged 65 and over. With that increase in the need for care, means there is a huge need for additional carers within the care industry. Elderly care homes always need additional staff but the biggest demand in care jobs comes from the care at home sector. Care worker jobs are in high demand when it comes to live-in care and home care services because it is now coming to light that care in the home is a really beneficial form of care all round.   Aside from the fact most people don't want to go into residential care, elderly care homes can't keep up with demand. The NHS is also struggling as there is an increase in elderly patients with nowhere to place them when they are well enough to leave the hospital. With live-in care, the benefits are spread to everyone. The client is happy remaining at home and the costs can compare favourably to residential care. There's also no need to move area or wait for a place in a local care home. The NHS benefits too because it doesn't have so many beds taken up with elderly patients, and live-in carers can enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding job where they are able to apply the care they were trained to give. Live-in Care Work: An Overview If you are thinking of looking into live-in care worker jobs, or applying to a live-in care agency, you will want to know the basics of what the job involves. Firstly, you should know that although it does mean you live with the client, it doesn't mean you have to be on call constantly. You are entitled to breaks and private time, and you often share your job with another carer. Usually you will work for two weeks and then swap with another carer for two weeks.   You will also have your own private room and that room is checked for suitability by the live-in care agency who will be your main employers. The agency will also train you and support you in any help or advice you need in your job role. You may be required to provide a number of different services including: personal care, cooking, cleaning, help with mobility, help with medication timetables, gardening, pet care and accompaniment to appointments.   You may also need to provide specialist care such as dementia support. You will not be placed on any jobs without the qualifications or training to complete what is needed, and you will be able to let us know which services you would prefer not to provide. How Much Do Live-in Carers Get Paid? The amount you are paid depends on lots of factors such as your previous experience, training, specialities, hours worked and the range of services you provide to the client. A very rough guide is between £300 and £600 pounds per week but the amount can vary hugely depending on each job.   Usually you will get paid every month and you will be entitled to sick pay and holiday pay too. Look Into Live-in Care Worker Jobs Today Live-in care worker jobs are on offer right now from various live-in care agencies across the country. There is a lot of work on offer, and with the right initial ingredients, you don't usually need a high education or lots of previous experience and training to gain employment. A good live-in care agency will provide you with all the training you need. Why not look into care worker jobs today? It could be your first step towards gaining the kind of compassionate job you always hoped you'd be able to do.  
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  • 06 Aug 2019
    According to a technical SEO specialist I know, adding images to a website used to be so simple, now you’ve got to worry about conforming to the recommendations of your search engine as well as ensuring your browser allows Google’s recommendation. Once you could just serve your image as a JPG, GIF or PNG and Google wouldn’t bat an eyelid. However, in 2019 things have changed as search engines seem to want images in a “next-gen” format which, according to Google are: “Image formats like JPEG 2000, JPEG XR, and WebP [which] often provide better compression than PNG or JPEG, which means faster downloads and less data consumption” In English this means that traditional image formats such as JPGs, GIFs, and PNGs will now slow down your website. In contrast, “next-gen” formats will speed up your site which is crucial if the SEO services you are employing are to have the fullest effect. So, all you need to di is change the format of your served images to either JPEG 2000s, JPEG XRs, or WebPs. Easy right. Well it’s actually not that simple - some browsers don’t actually support these new formats. Don’t worry though, there is a relatively simple trick to serve images as WebPs (the most supported and popular of the next-gen images) and it requires you to follow two simple steps: Add plugins (if your site is Wordpress) Serve new WebP images Adding Plugins Required to Serve Images in Next-Gen Formats: There are two plugins you’ll need for your Wordpress site: WebP Express ShortPixel (make sure you have an account for this one) The first of these, WebP Express plugin, is essentially a tool that adds some code to your WordPress site that ensures WebP images are properly and fully served in browsers that support WebP images. Additionally, in other browsers where WebP images aren’t supported, this plugin will serve the default image (e.g. JPEG, GIF, or PNG). The other required plugin is ShortPixel which compresses and optimises images using various different tools. You’ll be using the ShortPixel Image Optimisation Plugin. To install both of the plugins simply go to your WordPress website and: Select plugins from the Dashboard menu Select add new Search for the plugin Click Install Click Activate Serving Images in the Next-Gen Format WebP: Unlike WebP Express, the ShortPixel plugin needs some configuration to work. Before we do this, however, you should make sure you have a ShortPixel account. There is a free option as well as a paid option either of which will be acceptable. However, if you can afford to spend a bit more, the paid option will provide a better experience than the free version as you’ll get more support. But don’t feel like you have to spend money. Once logged-in, find your API key from the menu and take a note of it. Now we’ll configure ShortPixel: Under Settings go to ShortPixel Go to General Paste your API key into the correct field Save changes Go to the Advanced tab Check that “Also create WebP versions of the images, for free” is selected Check that “Deliver WebP versions of the images in the front-end” is selected Select the “Only via WordPress hooks” option Save and Go to Bulk Process Your website will now begin bulk processing all of your images. This will usually take three to four hours to finish. Congratulations, you’ve successfully set up the plugins and now your website will run smoothly, efficiently and in accordance with your search engines preferences.
    238 Posted by Anna Preston
  • According to a technical SEO specialist I know, adding images to a website used to be so simple, now you’ve got to worry about conforming to the recommendations of your search engine as well as ensuring your browser allows Google’s recommendation. Once you could just serve your image as a JPG, GIF or PNG and Google wouldn’t bat an eyelid. However, in 2019 things have changed as search engines seem to want images in a “next-gen” format which, according to Google are: “Image formats like JPEG 2000, JPEG XR, and WebP [which] often provide better compression than PNG or JPEG, which means faster downloads and less data consumption” In English this means that traditional image formats such as JPGs, GIFs, and PNGs will now slow down your website. In contrast, “next-gen” formats will speed up your site which is crucial if the SEO services you are employing are to have the fullest effect. So, all you need to di is change the format of your served images to either JPEG 2000s, JPEG XRs, or WebPs. Easy right. Well it’s actually not that simple - some browsers don’t actually support these new formats. Don’t worry though, there is a relatively simple trick to serve images as WebPs (the most supported and popular of the next-gen images) and it requires you to follow two simple steps: Add plugins (if your site is Wordpress) Serve new WebP images Adding Plugins Required to Serve Images in Next-Gen Formats: There are two plugins you’ll need for your Wordpress site: WebP Express ShortPixel (make sure you have an account for this one) The first of these, WebP Express plugin, is essentially a tool that adds some code to your WordPress site that ensures WebP images are properly and fully served in browsers that support WebP images. Additionally, in other browsers where WebP images aren’t supported, this plugin will serve the default image (e.g. JPEG, GIF, or PNG). The other required plugin is ShortPixel which compresses and optimises images using various different tools. You’ll be using the ShortPixel Image Optimisation Plugin. To install both of the plugins simply go to your WordPress website and: Select plugins from the Dashboard menu Select add new Search for the plugin Click Install Click Activate Serving Images in the Next-Gen Format WebP: Unlike WebP Express, the ShortPixel plugin needs some configuration to work. Before we do this, however, you should make sure you have a ShortPixel account. There is a free option as well as a paid option either of which will be acceptable. However, if you can afford to spend a bit more, the paid option will provide a better experience than the free version as you’ll get more support. But don’t feel like you have to spend money. Once logged-in, find your API key from the menu and take a note of it. Now we’ll configure ShortPixel: Under Settings go to ShortPixel Go to General Paste your API key into the correct field Save changes Go to the Advanced tab Check that “Also create WebP versions of the images, for free” is selected Check that “Deliver WebP versions of the images in the front-end” is selected Select the “Only via WordPress hooks” option Save and Go to Bulk Process Your website will now begin bulk processing all of your images. This will usually take three to four hours to finish. Congratulations, you’ve successfully set up the plugins and now your website will run smoothly, efficiently and in accordance with your search engines preferences.
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  • 06 Aug 2019
    Find out about an amazing care role you can do that provides great personal benefits, whilst enabling an elderly person to remain in their own home.   Are you looking for the kind of career that makes you feel like you have made a difference in the world? Are you looking for a job that is as challenging as it is rewarding? Would you love to work in the kind of job that enables you to apply your training properly without time constraints or budget issues?   Perhaps it is time to start looking into live-in care.   A live-in carer provides elderly care in the clients home. The level of care provided depends on the support that the client needs. In one job you may be providing basic care and companionship, helping with person tasks and otherwise being on hand for support. In another job you could be accompanying your client whilst they go on holiday, and otherwise provide them with help with personal tasks, gardening, cooking and cleaning. Jobs may be long-term or short-term and you can provide live-in care as part of a rota with another carer (2 weeks on 2 weeks off).   The Benefits For The Client There are many benefits to a client having live-in care. The primary benefit is that they get to live in their own home, rather than moving to a residential home. 97% of people would rather not go into residential care if they become unwell or unable to care for themselves. Receiving care at home means they can stay in the place they love the most. Other benefits include: Companionship - 1.9 million older people in the UK feel ignored or invisible. Having a live-in carer helps to combat loneliness by providing immediate company and supporting mobility and independence. Nutrition and help with cooking Physiotherapy if needed Specialist care for stroke recovery or dementia Safety in the home Peace of mind for the family of the client Being able to stay with a partner Being able to keep a pet   There are many more benefits, and often ones that surprise you with every new client who has their own individual needs for live-in care.   The Benefits For You Being a live-in care is incredibly rewarding and you are making a huge difference to your clients life by supporting them at home. Other benefits of being a live-in carer include:   Saving money on household bills whilst you live in the home of your client Free and frequent training from your live-in care agency Often there is no need for qualifications to get the job (you won't be placed until you have been trained) Great pay The opportunity to travel (in some jobs) A good opportunity to apply the skills you have been taught without time restrictions or budget restrictions   There are many more benefits to being a live-in carer, many of which you find out for yourself during your placements. How To Get A Job In Live-in Care Do some research and have a look at the pay, the type of tasks you will need to do, and the type of person you need to be to be great at this kind of job. Not just anyone can be a carer, you have to be very special and very compassionate, with a real need to make a difference in a person's life. If you are already a carer in a residential home, then moving into live-in care could be an amazing next step for you. Take a look at live-in care and how it could benefit you and those you work with. It could be the best career decision you ever make.
    316 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Find out about an amazing care role you can do that provides great personal benefits, whilst enabling an elderly person to remain in their own home.   Are you looking for the kind of career that makes you feel like you have made a difference in the world? Are you looking for a job that is as challenging as it is rewarding? Would you love to work in the kind of job that enables you to apply your training properly without time constraints or budget issues?   Perhaps it is time to start looking into live-in care.   A live-in carer provides elderly care in the clients home. The level of care provided depends on the support that the client needs. In one job you may be providing basic care and companionship, helping with person tasks and otherwise being on hand for support. In another job you could be accompanying your client whilst they go on holiday, and otherwise provide them with help with personal tasks, gardening, cooking and cleaning. Jobs may be long-term or short-term and you can provide live-in care as part of a rota with another carer (2 weeks on 2 weeks off).   The Benefits For The Client There are many benefits to a client having live-in care. The primary benefit is that they get to live in their own home, rather than moving to a residential home. 97% of people would rather not go into residential care if they become unwell or unable to care for themselves. Receiving care at home means they can stay in the place they love the most. Other benefits include: Companionship - 1.9 million older people in the UK feel ignored or invisible. Having a live-in carer helps to combat loneliness by providing immediate company and supporting mobility and independence. Nutrition and help with cooking Physiotherapy if needed Specialist care for stroke recovery or dementia Safety in the home Peace of mind for the family of the client Being able to stay with a partner Being able to keep a pet   There are many more benefits, and often ones that surprise you with every new client who has their own individual needs for live-in care.   The Benefits For You Being a live-in care is incredibly rewarding and you are making a huge difference to your clients life by supporting them at home. Other benefits of being a live-in carer include:   Saving money on household bills whilst you live in the home of your client Free and frequent training from your live-in care agency Often there is no need for qualifications to get the job (you won't be placed until you have been trained) Great pay The opportunity to travel (in some jobs) A good opportunity to apply the skills you have been taught without time restrictions or budget restrictions   There are many more benefits to being a live-in carer, many of which you find out for yourself during your placements. How To Get A Job In Live-in Care Do some research and have a look at the pay, the type of tasks you will need to do, and the type of person you need to be to be great at this kind of job. Not just anyone can be a carer, you have to be very special and very compassionate, with a real need to make a difference in a person's life. If you are already a carer in a residential home, then moving into live-in care could be an amazing next step for you. Take a look at live-in care and how it could benefit you and those you work with. It could be the best career decision you ever make.
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  • 06 Aug 2019
    In this article we discuss what a carer does so you can see how your relative’s needs can be covered by care from a live-in carer.   Live in care covers a wide range of types of care and exactly what care a particular carer provides will be determined by the needs of their client. Initially the live in care provider will assess the client’s care needs, in conjunction with the family and relevant healthcare professionals, to create a care plan. This plan will detail what care you can expect.   You can find out more at the Live-in Care Hub about types of care offered as there isn’t enough room to go into detail in this article.   Dressing, hair and make-up or shaving A live-in carer can ensure that your relative is appropriately dressed and offer assistance as required, perhaps pulling on socks and shoes or doing up buttons and zips.   Support with personal care and continence If your relative struggles to bath or shower safely or is having issues with continence then a carer can help ensure that they maintain a high degree of personal hygiene. Managing and prompting medication Many older people have complex medication requirements and need help with remembering when to take medication. You can rest assured that your loved one is sticking to the schedule with some help from their carer. Mobility and personal safety Keeping active is important in later life and a live-in carer can help your relative to stay safe around the home, reducing the risk of falls or injuries.  They will also take over answering the door and phone to ensure your relative can’t be scammed or conned and doesn’t feel pressured to rush. Support overnight Live-in carers expect that they will be needed to take their client to the toilet or fetch drinks if they have difficulty getting out of bed, or in ensuring that your loved one doesn’t wander into danger if they become confused and disorientated. Planning, shopping and cooking balanced meals One of the first signs that a relative is struggling is if the find shopping difficult or forget to eat, something a carer will assist with. Light housework, laundry and ironing Running the household is something a live-in carer can help with. They can also assist with personal admin, correspondence and help with day-to-day finances as well as managing appointments, such as GP or hairdresser. Pet care One big benefit of a live-in carer is that your loved one doesn’t need to give up their pet. Trips out of the house A live-in carer can support your loved one to go shopping, attend appointments or go on days out. Many have their own car and are even able to drive your loved one to visit you! Companionship and emotional support It can get lonely if you can’t get out of the house much but a live-in carer can befriend your relative and keep them company. Their presence provides peace of mind for both clients and family members, while allowing your loved one to maintain their dignity and independence during their twilight years.    
    165 Posted by Anna Preston
  • In this article we discuss what a carer does so you can see how your relative’s needs can be covered by care from a live-in carer.   Live in care covers a wide range of types of care and exactly what care a particular carer provides will be determined by the needs of their client. Initially the live in care provider will assess the client’s care needs, in conjunction with the family and relevant healthcare professionals, to create a care plan. This plan will detail what care you can expect.   You can find out more at the Live-in Care Hub about types of care offered as there isn’t enough room to go into detail in this article.   Dressing, hair and make-up or shaving A live-in carer can ensure that your relative is appropriately dressed and offer assistance as required, perhaps pulling on socks and shoes or doing up buttons and zips.   Support with personal care and continence If your relative struggles to bath or shower safely or is having issues with continence then a carer can help ensure that they maintain a high degree of personal hygiene. Managing and prompting medication Many older people have complex medication requirements and need help with remembering when to take medication. You can rest assured that your loved one is sticking to the schedule with some help from their carer. Mobility and personal safety Keeping active is important in later life and a live-in carer can help your relative to stay safe around the home, reducing the risk of falls or injuries.  They will also take over answering the door and phone to ensure your relative can’t be scammed or conned and doesn’t feel pressured to rush. Support overnight Live-in carers expect that they will be needed to take their client to the toilet or fetch drinks if they have difficulty getting out of bed, or in ensuring that your loved one doesn’t wander into danger if they become confused and disorientated. Planning, shopping and cooking balanced meals One of the first signs that a relative is struggling is if the find shopping difficult or forget to eat, something a carer will assist with. Light housework, laundry and ironing Running the household is something a live-in carer can help with. They can also assist with personal admin, correspondence and help with day-to-day finances as well as managing appointments, such as GP or hairdresser. Pet care One big benefit of a live-in carer is that your loved one doesn’t need to give up their pet. Trips out of the house A live-in carer can support your loved one to go shopping, attend appointments or go on days out. Many have their own car and are even able to drive your loved one to visit you! Companionship and emotional support It can get lonely if you can’t get out of the house much but a live-in carer can befriend your relative and keep them company. Their presence provides peace of mind for both clients and family members, while allowing your loved one to maintain their dignity and independence during their twilight years.    
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  • 06 Aug 2019
    Checking on a live-in carer doesn’t need to be as frequent as checking on an elderly relative, but how do you know if you’re visiting them often enough?   When your elderly relative reaches the point of requiring home care you may have already got into a routine of visiting them daily to check up on their well-being and it can seem quite alien to no longer have that responsibility.  Equally, you may feel guilt for not visiting daily and for leaving your loved one in someone else’s hands.   In safe hands All live-in carers go through a rigorous process to ensure that they are trustworthy and capable. Introductory agencies will perform through background checks including following up references and commissioning DBS searches before allowing any carers details to be passed onto families. Full-management agencies will perform equally deep checks, but additionally may provide their own training to ensure that your carer can cope with whatever the placement throws at them.   You can find out more at the live in care hub about what checks a carer is required to undergo before starting work, but what this means in practice is that you can rest assured that your parent or other elderly relation, is going to be cared for professionally and consistently by their carer. How often is too often? A live-in carer is there not just to care for their client but to help the family by taking over the care of their elderly relative. Obviously if you spend as much time at your loved one’s home as you did previously you will achieve nothing other than getting in the way of the carer’s work! Short daily visits are perfectly adequate to check that the carer has no concerns and to keep in touch with your loved one. Depending on what you, the carer and the agency have agreed these visits may be timed to coincide with the carer’s breaks, ensuring 24/7 coverage in care for your relation.   How often is too rare? Trusting your live-in carer is essential to the relationship you have with them – and once they’ve settled in you can find yourself dropping visits and putting off visiting knowing that your loved one is being cared for and happy. It is important that you still keep some kind of visiting schedule. The carer can supervise your loved one’s life but they cannot run it, and there will be many situations in which you will be required to make decisions that will require your personal attention.   How do I know if I’ve got the frequency right? You gut instinct will tell you if you are visiting too often or not often enough. If you seem to be always getting in the way then perhaps you need to visit a little less often. If there always seems to be a lot of things to discuss that have changed since the last time you visited then perhaps you aren’t coming round often enough. The beauty of live-in care is that it can be precisely tailored to the family the carer is working for, so try different frequencies until it feels right.
    202 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Checking on a live-in carer doesn’t need to be as frequent as checking on an elderly relative, but how do you know if you’re visiting them often enough?   When your elderly relative reaches the point of requiring home care you may have already got into a routine of visiting them daily to check up on their well-being and it can seem quite alien to no longer have that responsibility.  Equally, you may feel guilt for not visiting daily and for leaving your loved one in someone else’s hands.   In safe hands All live-in carers go through a rigorous process to ensure that they are trustworthy and capable. Introductory agencies will perform through background checks including following up references and commissioning DBS searches before allowing any carers details to be passed onto families. Full-management agencies will perform equally deep checks, but additionally may provide their own training to ensure that your carer can cope with whatever the placement throws at them.   You can find out more at the live in care hub about what checks a carer is required to undergo before starting work, but what this means in practice is that you can rest assured that your parent or other elderly relation, is going to be cared for professionally and consistently by their carer. How often is too often? A live-in carer is there not just to care for their client but to help the family by taking over the care of their elderly relative. Obviously if you spend as much time at your loved one’s home as you did previously you will achieve nothing other than getting in the way of the carer’s work! Short daily visits are perfectly adequate to check that the carer has no concerns and to keep in touch with your loved one. Depending on what you, the carer and the agency have agreed these visits may be timed to coincide with the carer’s breaks, ensuring 24/7 coverage in care for your relation.   How often is too rare? Trusting your live-in carer is essential to the relationship you have with them – and once they’ve settled in you can find yourself dropping visits and putting off visiting knowing that your loved one is being cared for and happy. It is important that you still keep some kind of visiting schedule. The carer can supervise your loved one’s life but they cannot run it, and there will be many situations in which you will be required to make decisions that will require your personal attention.   How do I know if I’ve got the frequency right? You gut instinct will tell you if you are visiting too often or not often enough. If you seem to be always getting in the way then perhaps you need to visit a little less often. If there always seems to be a lot of things to discuss that have changed since the last time you visited then perhaps you aren’t coming round often enough. The beauty of live-in care is that it can be precisely tailored to the family the carer is working for, so try different frequencies until it feels right.
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  • 06 Aug 2019
    Once you’ve decided that live-in care is best how do you know if a carer is going to get on with your relative?   A live-in carer lives in your loved one’s spare room. That might sound like it’s stating the obvious but it is an important point as it means that your loved one and live-in carer need to be able to get along as they will be spending a lot of time together.   Shared interests Live-in carers provide companionship as well as care. Live-in care agencies have in-depth matchmaking processes which pick out the carers from their list who are most likely to have similar interests and passions to your loved one.   A study by the Live-in Care Hub found the top-ten things carers and their clients like to talk about are:   The elderly person’s personal memories Family The Royal Family The weather Travel Food and drink Classic musicals or musical films such as The Sound of Music Politics Entertainers from the 1940s and 1950s TV series Dad’s Army   Medical needs The other main criteria for matching carers to clients is to ensure that the client’s care and medical needs are met. If your relative is suffering from dementia then a carer with specialist training in supporting dementia sufferers will be required. Carers can also specialise is Parkinson’s, stroke recovery, diabetes management, spinal injuries care and other conditions that need particular expertise.   Different carers bring different outlooks In order to provide a high-quality of 24/7 care live-in carers operate on a rota system with two or three carers working for the same client. The exact rota will depend on the needs of the client. This means there is not one, but two or three different people to be matched to your relative – and it means that your relative has a chance to make not one but two or three new friends. Many clients find it refreshing to have someone interested in the same things that they are, and to be able to discuss different things with different carers.   Sometimes elderly people find new hobbies by having an interest kindled by their carers. Knitting may be too difficult for arthritic fingers, but a comment by one of their carers might give them a new hobby rock painting – even taking the rocks to the local park to be hidden with the support of their new friend.   Not every relationship works Even with the most diligent matchmaking process sometimes two people just don’t get along whatever happens. Perhaps they’re just a little too similar and rub each other up the wrong way. Who knows! If it does turn out that your loved one isn’t getting on with one of their carers then do let your agency know. They will be able to arrange a replacement who, hopefully, will get on with your relative a little bit better. Carers want their clients to be happy and cheerful so they understand if a placement simply isn’t working out the way it should.
    192 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Once you’ve decided that live-in care is best how do you know if a carer is going to get on with your relative?   A live-in carer lives in your loved one’s spare room. That might sound like it’s stating the obvious but it is an important point as it means that your loved one and live-in carer need to be able to get along as they will be spending a lot of time together.   Shared interests Live-in carers provide companionship as well as care. Live-in care agencies have in-depth matchmaking processes which pick out the carers from their list who are most likely to have similar interests and passions to your loved one.   A study by the Live-in Care Hub found the top-ten things carers and their clients like to talk about are:   The elderly person’s personal memories Family The Royal Family The weather Travel Food and drink Classic musicals or musical films such as The Sound of Music Politics Entertainers from the 1940s and 1950s TV series Dad’s Army   Medical needs The other main criteria for matching carers to clients is to ensure that the client’s care and medical needs are met. If your relative is suffering from dementia then a carer with specialist training in supporting dementia sufferers will be required. Carers can also specialise is Parkinson’s, stroke recovery, diabetes management, spinal injuries care and other conditions that need particular expertise.   Different carers bring different outlooks In order to provide a high-quality of 24/7 care live-in carers operate on a rota system with two or three carers working for the same client. The exact rota will depend on the needs of the client. This means there is not one, but two or three different people to be matched to your relative – and it means that your relative has a chance to make not one but two or three new friends. Many clients find it refreshing to have someone interested in the same things that they are, and to be able to discuss different things with different carers.   Sometimes elderly people find new hobbies by having an interest kindled by their carers. Knitting may be too difficult for arthritic fingers, but a comment by one of their carers might give them a new hobby rock painting – even taking the rocks to the local park to be hidden with the support of their new friend.   Not every relationship works Even with the most diligent matchmaking process sometimes two people just don’t get along whatever happens. Perhaps they’re just a little too similar and rub each other up the wrong way. Who knows! If it does turn out that your loved one isn’t getting on with one of their carers then do let your agency know. They will be able to arrange a replacement who, hopefully, will get on with your relative a little bit better. Carers want their clients to be happy and cheerful so they understand if a placement simply isn’t working out the way it should.
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  • 06 Aug 2019
    If you or your loved one has complex medical needs is the only option to move into a nursing home or is live-in care still a possibility?     Life is never straightforward and perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in how we age. Some people are healthy, active and happy up until their last days while others suffer from multiple conditions, each requiring careful management to ensure a good quality of life.   Research by the Live-in Care hub shows that 70% of respondents thought that their elderly relative might have to go into residential care, yet 97% of people wouldn’t want to move into a care home – even if they were ill or unable to cope on their own.   “Live-in care is just about keeping my Nan company isn’t it?” The discrepancy lies in the way in which people view home carers – especially live-in carers. The public perception is often of low-skilled workers with just enough to training to make a cup of tea and change soiled bedclothes.   The reality couldn’t be further from the dark picture the media likes to paint. Many home care roles are taken by people who have already got experience in caring for the elderly. Some have spent time looking after their own relatives and want to make it a career, while others are trained healthcare professionals who would prefer to work on a one-to-one basis with an individual client or couple.   Live-in carers are supported by their agencies who will organise training courses to cover specific areas of elderly care. It is perfectly possible to employ a live-in carer who has expertise in dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke recovery, or other conditions, and who is continuing to receive updates to their training during the time they are not at the client’s home.   “But Dad needs those injections and he can’t get out of bed on his own. Won’t he be better off in a nursing home?” Carers are trained to help transfer from bed to wheelchair or wheelchair to toilet – that’s part of the service. Usually they will require the use of a hoist as they cannot lift a person single-handedly. Where the use of a hoist isn’t possible then two carers may be required to meet the needs of your father – but that still doesn’t mean he needs to move home!   Most live-in carers are not nurses and therefore cannot perform actual nursing duties such as giving injections or wound dressing. However the local District Nursing team may be able to visit, and some live-in care agencies can provide live-in nursing care – complex needs can be managed at home!   “Won’t it be cheaper in a home? Won’t they have economies of scale?” You may be surprised how cheap live-in care is compared to residential care fees, and those economies of scale can mean quality of life is compromised. For example, 81% of Live-in Care Hub clients say they get the food and drink they want, when they want it, compared to just 52% of nursing home residents and 8% of care residents think they do not get enough to eat and drink!    
    209 Posted by Anna Preston
  • If you or your loved one has complex medical needs is the only option to move into a nursing home or is live-in care still a possibility?     Life is never straightforward and perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in how we age. Some people are healthy, active and happy up until their last days while others suffer from multiple conditions, each requiring careful management to ensure a good quality of life.   Research by the Live-in Care hub shows that 70% of respondents thought that their elderly relative might have to go into residential care, yet 97% of people wouldn’t want to move into a care home – even if they were ill or unable to cope on their own.   “Live-in care is just about keeping my Nan company isn’t it?” The discrepancy lies in the way in which people view home carers – especially live-in carers. The public perception is often of low-skilled workers with just enough to training to make a cup of tea and change soiled bedclothes.   The reality couldn’t be further from the dark picture the media likes to paint. Many home care roles are taken by people who have already got experience in caring for the elderly. Some have spent time looking after their own relatives and want to make it a career, while others are trained healthcare professionals who would prefer to work on a one-to-one basis with an individual client or couple.   Live-in carers are supported by their agencies who will organise training courses to cover specific areas of elderly care. It is perfectly possible to employ a live-in carer who has expertise in dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke recovery, or other conditions, and who is continuing to receive updates to their training during the time they are not at the client’s home.   “But Dad needs those injections and he can’t get out of bed on his own. Won’t he be better off in a nursing home?” Carers are trained to help transfer from bed to wheelchair or wheelchair to toilet – that’s part of the service. Usually they will require the use of a hoist as they cannot lift a person single-handedly. Where the use of a hoist isn’t possible then two carers may be required to meet the needs of your father – but that still doesn’t mean he needs to move home!   Most live-in carers are not nurses and therefore cannot perform actual nursing duties such as giving injections or wound dressing. However the local District Nursing team may be able to visit, and some live-in care agencies can provide live-in nursing care – complex needs can be managed at home!   “Won’t it be cheaper in a home? Won’t they have economies of scale?” You may be surprised how cheap live-in care is compared to residential care fees, and those economies of scale can mean quality of life is compromised. For example, 81% of Live-in Care Hub clients say they get the food and drink they want, when they want it, compared to just 52% of nursing home residents and 8% of care residents think they do not get enough to eat and drink!    
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  • 06 Aug 2019
    Dementia is a symptom of a number of illnesses characterised by a degradation in brain function. Here are some other facts and figures about the condition.   Research by the live-in care hub shows that dementia is now more feared than cancer. The study found that 34% of all adults fear suffering from the condition in later life, although more than half (52%) are now more comfortable talking about the condition than they were ten years ago.   With the total number of people with dementia set to rise by 38% over the next 15 years it’s vitally important that you talk to your family now, rather than later, about your wishes should dementia strike – especially if there is a family history of the condition.   What is dementia? Dementia is a symptom, not an illness. It can be caused by various illnesses, of which Alzheimer’s is the most common and thus well-known. Other forms include vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies.   The precise direction dementia takes depends on the underlying cause but symptoms may include:   failure to recognise familiar people or situations disorientation mood changes hallucinations, delusions or “living in the past” reduced ability to care for oneself language loss, difficulty following a conversation or television programme memory loss, especially very short term memory   Caring for someone with dementia By 2037 the number of carers will have to have risen to 9 million to cope with rising numbers of sufferers. Currently more than 520,000 people have dementia caused by Alzheimers alone, and around 850,000 people have some form of dementia.   Sufferers of dementia respond well to highly individualised care. One sufferer may be perfectly capable of performing daily tasks – but be unable to look after themselves because their short term memory is so badly affected they cannot finish a task once started. Another may have difficulty with spatial awareness, making moving around their home difficult.   Familiarity can be important to people with dementia, and moving to a care home can be extremely unsettling.  Live in care or homecare services provided by a specialist carer trained in dementia care can be extremely beneficial, allowing the elderly person to maintain a high degree of independence. Keeping active and socialising can be extremely beneficial to people with dementia but it can be difficult for sufferers to do so without support from their family or a live-in carer. Not just a part of ageing Dementia is a specific type of brain damage and not an inevitable part of the ageing process. In fact, around 42,000 people are diagnosed with it before the age of 65. As the disease progresses you will lose your ability to think rationally so it is important to discuss your future with your family as soon as possible. Even if you don’t think there is a problem you should talk to your loved ones so that financial planning can start to support your care in the future. Ensuring that your family is aware of your wishes as regards where you live and who cares for you while you still have full mental capacity will improve your quality of care in the future.
    308 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Dementia is a symptom of a number of illnesses characterised by a degradation in brain function. Here are some other facts and figures about the condition.   Research by the live-in care hub shows that dementia is now more feared than cancer. The study found that 34% of all adults fear suffering from the condition in later life, although more than half (52%) are now more comfortable talking about the condition than they were ten years ago.   With the total number of people with dementia set to rise by 38% over the next 15 years it’s vitally important that you talk to your family now, rather than later, about your wishes should dementia strike – especially if there is a family history of the condition.   What is dementia? Dementia is a symptom, not an illness. It can be caused by various illnesses, of which Alzheimer’s is the most common and thus well-known. Other forms include vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies.   The precise direction dementia takes depends on the underlying cause but symptoms may include:   failure to recognise familiar people or situations disorientation mood changes hallucinations, delusions or “living in the past” reduced ability to care for oneself language loss, difficulty following a conversation or television programme memory loss, especially very short term memory   Caring for someone with dementia By 2037 the number of carers will have to have risen to 9 million to cope with rising numbers of sufferers. Currently more than 520,000 people have dementia caused by Alzheimers alone, and around 850,000 people have some form of dementia.   Sufferers of dementia respond well to highly individualised care. One sufferer may be perfectly capable of performing daily tasks – but be unable to look after themselves because their short term memory is so badly affected they cannot finish a task once started. Another may have difficulty with spatial awareness, making moving around their home difficult.   Familiarity can be important to people with dementia, and moving to a care home can be extremely unsettling.  Live in care or homecare services provided by a specialist carer trained in dementia care can be extremely beneficial, allowing the elderly person to maintain a high degree of independence. Keeping active and socialising can be extremely beneficial to people with dementia but it can be difficult for sufferers to do so without support from their family or a live-in carer. Not just a part of ageing Dementia is a specific type of brain damage and not an inevitable part of the ageing process. In fact, around 42,000 people are diagnosed with it before the age of 65. As the disease progresses you will lose your ability to think rationally so it is important to discuss your future with your family as soon as possible. Even if you don’t think there is a problem you should talk to your loved ones so that financial planning can start to support your care in the future. Ensuring that your family is aware of your wishes as regards where you live and who cares for you while you still have full mental capacity will improve your quality of care in the future.
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  • 06 Aug 2019
    Live-in care is provided on a personal basis – so does that mean you need two carers for a couple? Find out in this article.   When extra care support becomes inevitable it can seem equally inevitable that an elderly couple will need to be split up. While there are care homes that can take a couple spaces are limited and there may be waiting lists. Plus there will be two sets of fees to consider.   Unless both clients have very complex health needs it is usually the case that one home carer can provide care. With only one set of fees the cost is vastly reduced compared to the simple doubling of cost that occurs when you choose a care home. You can find out more at the Live-in Care Hub about fees and agencies.   Care for one, companionship for two Often it is the case that one client needs significantly more care than the other. In some cases, bringing in a carer for the less independent person can reduce the load on the other and improve their independence as they no longer need to be a carer themselves.   A live-in carer of course provides homecare services for elderly people, but is also there for emotional support, and this can be extremely important to the client who has been providing care. Giving them a sympathetic ear to listen to them can significantly improve their mental health and give them a more positive outlook.   Different care needs, same carer It is rare that two people have precisely the same care needs as ageing affects people in different ways. A single live-in carer is able to tailor their service to the precise needs of the couple, cooking food that they both like or taking one to a hairdressers appointment while the other is at a social club. The needs of the couple as a couple can be considered providing a precisely tailored service to meet those needs.   Actually you might need two carers! While you only need to pay one fee for a couple you will probably get to know more than one carer. Carers are people, just like you but with years of experience in caring for the elderly and a significant number of hours of training in specialisms such as dementia, stroke victims or caring for Parkinson’s sufferers. If round the clock care is required then you will usually have a team of two or three carers who will work together on a rota to ensure that your loved ones are always cared for appropriately.   This ensures that your relatives will be cared for in their own home, surrounded by familiar possessions and pets and by people they can get to know and trust fully. You will need to discuss with your live-in care agency exactly how many carers will be on the rota, and for how long each will be staying with your family as it will depend on many factors such as how much support is needed overnight, and whether you are still intending to provide care during the day to allow the live-in carer a daily break from their duties.  
    194 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Live-in care is provided on a personal basis – so does that mean you need two carers for a couple? Find out in this article.   When extra care support becomes inevitable it can seem equally inevitable that an elderly couple will need to be split up. While there are care homes that can take a couple spaces are limited and there may be waiting lists. Plus there will be two sets of fees to consider.   Unless both clients have very complex health needs it is usually the case that one home carer can provide care. With only one set of fees the cost is vastly reduced compared to the simple doubling of cost that occurs when you choose a care home. You can find out more at the Live-in Care Hub about fees and agencies.   Care for one, companionship for two Often it is the case that one client needs significantly more care than the other. In some cases, bringing in a carer for the less independent person can reduce the load on the other and improve their independence as they no longer need to be a carer themselves.   A live-in carer of course provides homecare services for elderly people, but is also there for emotional support, and this can be extremely important to the client who has been providing care. Giving them a sympathetic ear to listen to them can significantly improve their mental health and give them a more positive outlook.   Different care needs, same carer It is rare that two people have precisely the same care needs as ageing affects people in different ways. A single live-in carer is able to tailor their service to the precise needs of the couple, cooking food that they both like or taking one to a hairdressers appointment while the other is at a social club. The needs of the couple as a couple can be considered providing a precisely tailored service to meet those needs.   Actually you might need two carers! While you only need to pay one fee for a couple you will probably get to know more than one carer. Carers are people, just like you but with years of experience in caring for the elderly and a significant number of hours of training in specialisms such as dementia, stroke victims or caring for Parkinson’s sufferers. If round the clock care is required then you will usually have a team of two or three carers who will work together on a rota to ensure that your loved ones are always cared for appropriately.   This ensures that your relatives will be cared for in their own home, surrounded by familiar possessions and pets and by people they can get to know and trust fully. You will need to discuss with your live-in care agency exactly how many carers will be on the rota, and for how long each will be staying with your family as it will depend on many factors such as how much support is needed overnight, and whether you are still intending to provide care during the day to allow the live-in carer a daily break from their duties.  
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  • 06 Aug 2019
    Slowing down is a natural part of ageing – so how do you know the difference between what’s normal and when there’s a real issue with mobility?   Getting old inevitably means muscles and joints don’t work as well as they used to. It’s natural to take longer to walk to the shops, or to find carrying the shopping back again a little harder. One of the best ways to avoid mobility issues is to keep active for as long as possible, which can also help improve mental health and help retain independence, but sometimes nature has other ideas and conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, heart disease and obesity can make moving around difficult. Causes of mobility problems According to Live-in Care Hub one of the biggest causes of mobility problems is falling. Falls can result in broken bones, more common in the elderly as bone density decreases with age, and loss of confidence which in turn can reduce mobility and compound the problem. Even minor slips and stumbles can shake an elderly person’s confidence in themselves.   Heart disease can be another reason older people don’t move around as much. If activity brings on angina, breathlessness or a racing pulse the sufferer may start to be less mobile, especially out of the home.   Obesity can sometimes cause issues with mobility, with fat deposits making it harder for muscles to work. Not all obesity is caused simply by poor diet – diabetes, a common complaint in later years, can make the body stockpile fat reserves. Signs to look out for Mobility problems can occur instantly – as the result of a fall for example, or can gradually become apparent. If you are caring for an elderly person it can be important to take time regularly to assess their  needs, and arrange the appropriate homecare services  to support their independence. Signs to watch out for include: taking longer to answer the door a lack of fresh food in the house not seeing friends or attending clubs for several days, missing appointments standards of housework or tidiness deteriorating finding it harder to stand up or sitting down unsteadily having difficulties with stairs, even just in one direction finding it hard to balance when walking, appearing unsteady   What should I do if I notice a problem? Mobility issues can lead to reduced mobility which can lead to further mobility problems. It is important that the issue is brought to the attention of the doctor caring for the elderly person. Some medications can cause balance problems, and if the symptoms are identified the dose can be altered or medication changed to avoid the problem getting worse. Encouraging movement can help strengthen muscles and improve balance. Suggest a walk in the garden or park. A good way to get exercise is to go swimming or attend an aquafit class – some areas have specialist sessions for older swimmers where the water is warmer and the atmosphere is calmer. Ensure trip hazards are removed from the home to guard against falls. Dementia sufferers can have problems with spatial awareness to make sure you keep doors clear and take up rugs.  
    209 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Slowing down is a natural part of ageing – so how do you know the difference between what’s normal and when there’s a real issue with mobility?   Getting old inevitably means muscles and joints don’t work as well as they used to. It’s natural to take longer to walk to the shops, or to find carrying the shopping back again a little harder. One of the best ways to avoid mobility issues is to keep active for as long as possible, which can also help improve mental health and help retain independence, but sometimes nature has other ideas and conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, heart disease and obesity can make moving around difficult. Causes of mobility problems According to Live-in Care Hub one of the biggest causes of mobility problems is falling. Falls can result in broken bones, more common in the elderly as bone density decreases with age, and loss of confidence which in turn can reduce mobility and compound the problem. Even minor slips and stumbles can shake an elderly person’s confidence in themselves.   Heart disease can be another reason older people don’t move around as much. If activity brings on angina, breathlessness or a racing pulse the sufferer may start to be less mobile, especially out of the home.   Obesity can sometimes cause issues with mobility, with fat deposits making it harder for muscles to work. Not all obesity is caused simply by poor diet – diabetes, a common complaint in later years, can make the body stockpile fat reserves. Signs to look out for Mobility problems can occur instantly – as the result of a fall for example, or can gradually become apparent. If you are caring for an elderly person it can be important to take time regularly to assess their  needs, and arrange the appropriate homecare services  to support their independence. Signs to watch out for include: taking longer to answer the door a lack of fresh food in the house not seeing friends or attending clubs for several days, missing appointments standards of housework or tidiness deteriorating finding it harder to stand up or sitting down unsteadily having difficulties with stairs, even just in one direction finding it hard to balance when walking, appearing unsteady   What should I do if I notice a problem? Mobility issues can lead to reduced mobility which can lead to further mobility problems. It is important that the issue is brought to the attention of the doctor caring for the elderly person. Some medications can cause balance problems, and if the symptoms are identified the dose can be altered or medication changed to avoid the problem getting worse. Encouraging movement can help strengthen muscles and improve balance. Suggest a walk in the garden or park. A good way to get exercise is to go swimming or attend an aquafit class – some areas have specialist sessions for older swimmers where the water is warmer and the atmosphere is calmer. Ensure trip hazards are removed from the home to guard against falls. Dementia sufferers can have problems with spatial awareness to make sure you keep doors clear and take up rugs.  
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  • 06 Aug 2019
    Caring for a loved one can be difficult, but a live-in carer can help take some of the strain as we discuss in this article.     Caring for your elderly relatives, whether they are your parents, aunts, uncles or cousins, can be a rewarding job. Being able to spend quality time with them, to really get to know them and to be able to ease their final years.   It can also be a thankless job. Research by the live in care hub shows that, when talking about caring for a parent with dementia, a whopping 78% believe they would end up resenting their loved one. The reasons for this are many and include: lack of knowledge of how to care for someone with dementia means well-meaning attempts to communicate can have adverse effects, leading to anxiety, confusion and anger in the sufferer; needing to put your own life on hold to run someone else’s can cause feelings of resentment; having to perform caring tasks, such as helping with toileting, can strain family relationships; not being able to take a break is exhausting and can lead to depression.   What does a live-in carer do? Live-in care varies from providing companionship and 24/7 supervision for an elderly person who might be a high risk of falling or having a medical emergency to providing full care for someone who cannot care for themselves any longer.   A carer can do light housework, cook nutritious meals, drive your relative to healthcare appointments or to spend time at day centres, help with toileting or bathing, ensuring medication is taken and help them get dressed and undressed at the start and end of the day. In addition to general caring responsibilities, a live-in carer will also act as a friend and companion for your loved one. They can encourage them to continue their hobbies and support them to try new experiences. Or they can just be there to make lots of cups of tea and listen to their client talking about the good old days.   Specialist care Many live-in carers have previously worked in caring or healthcare roles and have specialisms in caring for particular conditions. Dementia specialist carers, for example, understand how to communicate with a confused patient to ensure they remain happy and calm. They can suggest ways in which the home can be made more dementia friendly – and recommend which areas which should be left alone. Whilst they are not night shift workers they do accept that they may have to get up in the night to help their client use the toilet, or to prevent night wandering if they awake in a confused state. This gives you peace of mind that your loved one is being cared for even when you can’t be in their house with them.   Relief Care You may not yet need a full-time live-in carer, being happy to provide some of the care yourself. Some agencies can provide short-term cover, allowing you to take a break from your caring responsibilities. This could be to allow you to take a holiday, or on a regular basis, for example over the weekend.
    173 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Caring for a loved one can be difficult, but a live-in carer can help take some of the strain as we discuss in this article.     Caring for your elderly relatives, whether they are your parents, aunts, uncles or cousins, can be a rewarding job. Being able to spend quality time with them, to really get to know them and to be able to ease their final years.   It can also be a thankless job. Research by the live in care hub shows that, when talking about caring for a parent with dementia, a whopping 78% believe they would end up resenting their loved one. The reasons for this are many and include: lack of knowledge of how to care for someone with dementia means well-meaning attempts to communicate can have adverse effects, leading to anxiety, confusion and anger in the sufferer; needing to put your own life on hold to run someone else’s can cause feelings of resentment; having to perform caring tasks, such as helping with toileting, can strain family relationships; not being able to take a break is exhausting and can lead to depression.   What does a live-in carer do? Live-in care varies from providing companionship and 24/7 supervision for an elderly person who might be a high risk of falling or having a medical emergency to providing full care for someone who cannot care for themselves any longer.   A carer can do light housework, cook nutritious meals, drive your relative to healthcare appointments or to spend time at day centres, help with toileting or bathing, ensuring medication is taken and help them get dressed and undressed at the start and end of the day. In addition to general caring responsibilities, a live-in carer will also act as a friend and companion for your loved one. They can encourage them to continue their hobbies and support them to try new experiences. Or they can just be there to make lots of cups of tea and listen to their client talking about the good old days.   Specialist care Many live-in carers have previously worked in caring or healthcare roles and have specialisms in caring for particular conditions. Dementia specialist carers, for example, understand how to communicate with a confused patient to ensure they remain happy and calm. They can suggest ways in which the home can be made more dementia friendly – and recommend which areas which should be left alone. Whilst they are not night shift workers they do accept that they may have to get up in the night to help their client use the toilet, or to prevent night wandering if they awake in a confused state. This gives you peace of mind that your loved one is being cared for even when you can’t be in their house with them.   Relief Care You may not yet need a full-time live-in carer, being happy to provide some of the care yourself. Some agencies can provide short-term cover, allowing you to take a break from your caring responsibilities. This could be to allow you to take a holiday, or on a regular basis, for example over the weekend.
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  • 02 Oct 2018
    Find out how to store instant film so you protect your precious creative projects from damage and potential theft. Instant photography is slowly making its way back into popularity, which is really exciting for creatives who love this photography medium. Because photographs online are so easily made and shared, people are starting to enjoy single, one off items again which is why vinyl is popular again too. People want things they can hold in their hand. Instant film is incredibly sensitive and full of different chemicals and materials that make it vulnerable to damage if it is stored incorrectly. Some people who have kept film in a box on the shelf have fallen victim to the deterioration of their precious film, usually leading them to get a lot more serious about film storage to avoid it happening in the future. Keep It Cool Some advice is to keep instant film in the fridge but, you can simply use cheap self storage with climate control, such as from Storing.com, and keep the temperatures really cool. It slows down any ageing and preserves the film, unlike hot environments which literally do the reverse. Do be careful to avoid putting the temperature down too low because that can cause the chemicals to crack. Speak to a professional to get an idea of the temperature your film should be stored in. Avoid A Climate That is Too Dry Or Too Wet An environment that is too dry will dry out the film, and one that is too wet will penetrate the film and cause it to become damaged. A neutral self storage environment is ideal for storing instant film.  Avoid Direct Sunlight Direct sunlight is really bad for instant film and it will affect how your images end up looking when they are developed. Any self storage units with windows should have the windows covered to avoid the direct sunlight damaging the instant film. Find out more here. Store The Film Upright Storing film upright protects them from becoming warped or changing in the tones and shades they would be developed in. Film Should Be Protected The environment could be perfect for film but they should be protected inside the unit as well. Keep the film stored upright in a protected labelled box so you don't accidentally crush it under a box of something else. Labelling it will also ensure that you can enter the unit and find exactly what you need without having to rummage through lots of things to find what you need. Keep Your Film Secure How much film is worth depends on the individual. It could have high financial or sentimental value that means it needs additional protection. Cheap self storage helps to ensure your film is: Protected from theft Protected from climate damaged Stays organised Stays protected from children and pets Remains in good condition for many years to come Cheap self storage can be as large or compact as you need it to be and the rates are competitive. Look into self storage for your instant film today, to look after the images of tomorrow.      
    119 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Find out how to store instant film so you protect your precious creative projects from damage and potential theft. Instant photography is slowly making its way back into popularity, which is really exciting for creatives who love this photography medium. Because photographs online are so easily made and shared, people are starting to enjoy single, one off items again which is why vinyl is popular again too. People want things they can hold in their hand. Instant film is incredibly sensitive and full of different chemicals and materials that make it vulnerable to damage if it is stored incorrectly. Some people who have kept film in a box on the shelf have fallen victim to the deterioration of their precious film, usually leading them to get a lot more serious about film storage to avoid it happening in the future. Keep It Cool Some advice is to keep instant film in the fridge but, you can simply use cheap self storage with climate control, such as from Storing.com, and keep the temperatures really cool. It slows down any ageing and preserves the film, unlike hot environments which literally do the reverse. Do be careful to avoid putting the temperature down too low because that can cause the chemicals to crack. Speak to a professional to get an idea of the temperature your film should be stored in. Avoid A Climate That is Too Dry Or Too Wet An environment that is too dry will dry out the film, and one that is too wet will penetrate the film and cause it to become damaged. A neutral self storage environment is ideal for storing instant film.  Avoid Direct Sunlight Direct sunlight is really bad for instant film and it will affect how your images end up looking when they are developed. Any self storage units with windows should have the windows covered to avoid the direct sunlight damaging the instant film. Find out more here. Store The Film Upright Storing film upright protects them from becoming warped or changing in the tones and shades they would be developed in. Film Should Be Protected The environment could be perfect for film but they should be protected inside the unit as well. Keep the film stored upright in a protected labelled box so you don't accidentally crush it under a box of something else. Labelling it will also ensure that you can enter the unit and find exactly what you need without having to rummage through lots of things to find what you need. Keep Your Film Secure How much film is worth depends on the individual. It could have high financial or sentimental value that means it needs additional protection. Cheap self storage helps to ensure your film is: Protected from theft Protected from climate damaged Stays organised Stays protected from children and pets Remains in good condition for many years to come Cheap self storage can be as large or compact as you need it to be and the rates are competitive. Look into self storage for your instant film today, to look after the images of tomorrow.      
    Oct 02, 2018 119
  • 13 Aug 2018
    Find out how to use and enjoy loud and exciting prints in your home without creating a garish aesthetic that does not appeal to your family. Some people love loud and exciting patterns and colours, but they just don't feel able to use them for fear of creating a garish look. It is a little bit like when you go to a friends house and somehow they have a leopard print sofa and it works really well with their decor, but you just know if you tried it, it would be more shriek than chic. You should know that there is a place for patterns in your interiors. They are a great way to add personality, interest and depth to your home and if done right, they won't cause your family to threaten to evict you for the changes you have made. Here are 10 ways to include patterns in your home without scaring your family: Get Creative with Tiling Porcelain tiles (Décor Tiles have a wide selection) are fantastic in neutral shades but they can also be a great entryway into patterns and exciting prints. Vintage tiles or designer floor tiles can come in a wide variety of colours and patterns that look great on a bathroom floor or in a fireplace, without overwhelming the room. If you are searching for some inspiration, look no further. Get a Loud Sofa A printed sofa will work in a neutral room, and it will even bring something wonderful to the room if you dot the accent colours in the pattern around the space. If you are too afraid to get a big patterned sofa, try a cheque sofa or one with a soft pattern on it to easy your way in. Rugs and Pillows are Easily Replaced Rugs and pillows can add a bit of aesthetic jazz to your room without making you permanently agree to the pattern. If the pillow or rug is really not acceptable to your family or you go off it, you can easily return them and get something more neutral. Pillows and rugs are the ideal way to experiment with pattern in the home without putting too much on the line. Get Arty Art is a great way to introduce pattern in an 'acceptable' way because it is creative so, anything goes. You could take some photos yourself of patterned objects and expand crops of those photos for your wall. You could just choose some loud art, or even just a plain cut of a print you love. A leopard print picture framed with a bright or metallic frame would look very cool on any wall. You can introduce pattern into your home easily, you just have to be brave and go at your own pace. Your family may well respond to something new, but, they may come to love it. Even more so, they will probably love your new found creativity and passion for decor. Enjoy yourself and get creative with loud prints so the pattern shouts loud, but your personality shouts louder.    
    89 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Find out how to use and enjoy loud and exciting prints in your home without creating a garish aesthetic that does not appeal to your family. Some people love loud and exciting patterns and colours, but they just don't feel able to use them for fear of creating a garish look. It is a little bit like when you go to a friends house and somehow they have a leopard print sofa and it works really well with their decor, but you just know if you tried it, it would be more shriek than chic. You should know that there is a place for patterns in your interiors. They are a great way to add personality, interest and depth to your home and if done right, they won't cause your family to threaten to evict you for the changes you have made. Here are 10 ways to include patterns in your home without scaring your family: Get Creative with Tiling Porcelain tiles (Décor Tiles have a wide selection) are fantastic in neutral shades but they can also be a great entryway into patterns and exciting prints. Vintage tiles or designer floor tiles can come in a wide variety of colours and patterns that look great on a bathroom floor or in a fireplace, without overwhelming the room. If you are searching for some inspiration, look no further. Get a Loud Sofa A printed sofa will work in a neutral room, and it will even bring something wonderful to the room if you dot the accent colours in the pattern around the space. If you are too afraid to get a big patterned sofa, try a cheque sofa or one with a soft pattern on it to easy your way in. Rugs and Pillows are Easily Replaced Rugs and pillows can add a bit of aesthetic jazz to your room without making you permanently agree to the pattern. If the pillow or rug is really not acceptable to your family or you go off it, you can easily return them and get something more neutral. Pillows and rugs are the ideal way to experiment with pattern in the home without putting too much on the line. Get Arty Art is a great way to introduce pattern in an 'acceptable' way because it is creative so, anything goes. You could take some photos yourself of patterned objects and expand crops of those photos for your wall. You could just choose some loud art, or even just a plain cut of a print you love. A leopard print picture framed with a bright or metallic frame would look very cool on any wall. You can introduce pattern into your home easily, you just have to be brave and go at your own pace. Your family may well respond to something new, but, they may come to love it. Even more so, they will probably love your new found creativity and passion for decor. Enjoy yourself and get creative with loud prints so the pattern shouts loud, but your personality shouts louder.    
    Aug 13, 2018 89
  • 09 Aug 2018
    Find out how to pack shoes for moving house or self storage so they remain undamaged and in great condition until you need access to them again. Some people only have one or two pairs of shoes, some people have hundreds. If you have hundreds of pairs of shoes, or even just 20 or more pairs, you may well find that you need to take special care packing them up for moving house, or for self storage. This is particularly true of expensive or designer shoes, which you really do want to protect so that they maintain their value. How To Pack Your Shoes Padding The key to protecting shoes when packing them away is to use lots of protective padding. It is a great idea to use thick boxes that protect the contents, and then padding to keep the shoes shape. You'll place this padding inside the shoe to ensure it stays in the right shape and doesn't bend in on itself and crease. You can use almost anything to pad the space out, but do take care to watch anything with a print on that could leak its colours into your shoe. Padding around the shoe can be clean and dry towels, bubble wrap or even old clothes that you plan to get rid of. Anything to keep the shoes packed in and protected will work. Weight It is a great idea to place the heaviest shoes on the bottom of the box and the lightest shoes on the top. This stops any crushing happening, and helps to ensure the box is balanced well, avoiding it toppling or breaking in the weakest places. Shoe Preparation It is important to prepare shoes properly so that they store well. Packing them with mud or dirt on, could lead to the materials degrading. You also don't want to get your shoes out of storage to wear, or out of your box to wear at home, only to find that the shoes are dirty and not ready for wear. Just a simple wet wipe down till help to clean the shoes, and perhaps a full machine wash for trainers that need a bit of extra help. Keeping It Dry Of all the things that you can do to ensure your shoes are protected when you pack them, ensuring they are dry is the most important thing. Moisture anywhere near or on your shoes when you pack them could result in all kinds of things you don't want to happen including:  Mould Material rotting Staining Any packing materials you use, and any shoes you pack for moving house or self storage (see Storing.com) need to be completely dry to ensure moisture doesn't wreak havoc on your precious footwear. Packing your shoes may seem like an easy task, but it can be tricky to get right sometimes, especially with expensive shoes that really can't come to any harm. Take your time, look up any specific care instructions for designer shoes, and label the boxes clearly so they don't get thrown around and crushed under heavier boxes. With care and patience when you pack, you will keep the whole collection in amazing condition until the next time you need access to any of your beloved shoes.      
    92 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Find out how to pack shoes for moving house or self storage so they remain undamaged and in great condition until you need access to them again. Some people only have one or two pairs of shoes, some people have hundreds. If you have hundreds of pairs of shoes, or even just 20 or more pairs, you may well find that you need to take special care packing them up for moving house, or for self storage. This is particularly true of expensive or designer shoes, which you really do want to protect so that they maintain their value. How To Pack Your Shoes Padding The key to protecting shoes when packing them away is to use lots of protective padding. It is a great idea to use thick boxes that protect the contents, and then padding to keep the shoes shape. You'll place this padding inside the shoe to ensure it stays in the right shape and doesn't bend in on itself and crease. You can use almost anything to pad the space out, but do take care to watch anything with a print on that could leak its colours into your shoe. Padding around the shoe can be clean and dry towels, bubble wrap or even old clothes that you plan to get rid of. Anything to keep the shoes packed in and protected will work. Weight It is a great idea to place the heaviest shoes on the bottom of the box and the lightest shoes on the top. This stops any crushing happening, and helps to ensure the box is balanced well, avoiding it toppling or breaking in the weakest places. Shoe Preparation It is important to prepare shoes properly so that they store well. Packing them with mud or dirt on, could lead to the materials degrading. You also don't want to get your shoes out of storage to wear, or out of your box to wear at home, only to find that the shoes are dirty and not ready for wear. Just a simple wet wipe down till help to clean the shoes, and perhaps a full machine wash for trainers that need a bit of extra help. Keeping It Dry Of all the things that you can do to ensure your shoes are protected when you pack them, ensuring they are dry is the most important thing. Moisture anywhere near or on your shoes when you pack them could result in all kinds of things you don't want to happen including:  Mould Material rotting Staining Any packing materials you use, and any shoes you pack for moving house or self storage (see Storing.com) need to be completely dry to ensure moisture doesn't wreak havoc on your precious footwear. Packing your shoes may seem like an easy task, but it can be tricky to get right sometimes, especially with expensive shoes that really can't come to any harm. Take your time, look up any specific care instructions for designer shoes, and label the boxes clearly so they don't get thrown around and crushed under heavier boxes. With care and patience when you pack, you will keep the whole collection in amazing condition until the next time you need access to any of your beloved shoes.      
    Aug 09, 2018 92
  • 13 Jul 2018
    Find out how artificial lawns work, how they could look in your garden and the potential pitfalls of having an artificial lawn in your outdoor space. Artificial lawns are having a bit of a moment when it comes to home decor trends. But that doesn't mean every home will suit this kind of garden addition. The convenience of an artificial lawn could also be perfect for some homes. Whether or not they are a good option for you, is down to a lot of factors, but the very first step in making that decision is understanding the facts around this kind of large garden decor change. What Is An Artificial Lawn? An artificial lawn sits in place of a real lawn and can be made from all kinds of different materials which are usually some sort of plastic. Artificial lawns are not biodegradable and they can cover a very small section of your garden, or they can cover lots of ground, as with artificial grass golf courses. Why Consider An Artificial Lawn? Many people choose an artificial lawn instead of real grass or an area with slate effect floor tiles or stone slabs because it looks visually green and attractive, but there is minimal maintenance. In summer you can have to cut grass once a week or more which is a lot of work some people would like to avoid. The PROS There are lots of pros to having an artificial lawn including: Easy maintenance because you avoid having to mow the grass or strim it. It always stays the same colour, consistency and length so no unexpected bald patches or yellowing. Excellent for gardens where grass areas are tricky to mow, like a sloped area. Safe and soft for all the family, without ant hills or thistles. No waterlogged, muddiness to contend with. The CONS There are lots of downsides to having artificial grass which are important to be aware of before you make a purchase. Artificial grass is made from plastic which is a blight on the environment. It is also taking away from the organic environment birds and other animals rely on to thrive. Artificial grass can get hot in summer so you don't get that refreshing feeling of sitting on fresh grass. Artificial lawns can be expensive to install compared to turf lawns. Artificial lawns do look realistic but you can still tell they aren't real. You can never really replace the lush, natural feel of a real lawn or how it looks because it is completely organic. Is An Artificial Lawn Right For You? Because of the cost, the environmental impact and the other pitfalls to having an artificial lawn, you likely have to really hate mowing in order to have one. They do suit some people and some gardens though and could be a great alternative to turf. If you are wanting something low maintenance but beautiful, perhaps stone slabs, garden slate effect floor tiles or decking could be a good alternative, with easily contained pot plants bringing colour and life to the space instead.      
    103 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Find out how artificial lawns work, how they could look in your garden and the potential pitfalls of having an artificial lawn in your outdoor space. Artificial lawns are having a bit of a moment when it comes to home decor trends. But that doesn't mean every home will suit this kind of garden addition. The convenience of an artificial lawn could also be perfect for some homes. Whether or not they are a good option for you, is down to a lot of factors, but the very first step in making that decision is understanding the facts around this kind of large garden decor change. What Is An Artificial Lawn? An artificial lawn sits in place of a real lawn and can be made from all kinds of different materials which are usually some sort of plastic. Artificial lawns are not biodegradable and they can cover a very small section of your garden, or they can cover lots of ground, as with artificial grass golf courses. Why Consider An Artificial Lawn? Many people choose an artificial lawn instead of real grass or an area with slate effect floor tiles or stone slabs because it looks visually green and attractive, but there is minimal maintenance. In summer you can have to cut grass once a week or more which is a lot of work some people would like to avoid. The PROS There are lots of pros to having an artificial lawn including: Easy maintenance because you avoid having to mow the grass or strim it. It always stays the same colour, consistency and length so no unexpected bald patches or yellowing. Excellent for gardens where grass areas are tricky to mow, like a sloped area. Safe and soft for all the family, without ant hills or thistles. No waterlogged, muddiness to contend with. The CONS There are lots of downsides to having artificial grass which are important to be aware of before you make a purchase. Artificial grass is made from plastic which is a blight on the environment. It is also taking away from the organic environment birds and other animals rely on to thrive. Artificial grass can get hot in summer so you don't get that refreshing feeling of sitting on fresh grass. Artificial lawns can be expensive to install compared to turf lawns. Artificial lawns do look realistic but you can still tell they aren't real. You can never really replace the lush, natural feel of a real lawn or how it looks because it is completely organic. Is An Artificial Lawn Right For You? Because of the cost, the environmental impact and the other pitfalls to having an artificial lawn, you likely have to really hate mowing in order to have one. They do suit some people and some gardens though and could be a great alternative to turf. If you are wanting something low maintenance but beautiful, perhaps stone slabs, garden slate effect floor tiles or decking could be a good alternative, with easily contained pot plants bringing colour and life to the space instead.      
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  • 13 Jul 2018
    Read about these important things to consider before you spend money on a bathroom renovation, so that the outcome is as professional and beautiful as possible. Getting a new bathroom fitted is eventually a really amazing change to the home. As a family, you spend time putting makeup on, shaving, washing, bathing and relaxing in this one room so, it makes a big difference when it is all new and beautiful. However, before you begin the process of refitting your bathroom, there are lots of things to consider so that you get the best possible results. Take a look at these 5 considerations before you get started on your latest home renovation project: 1. Wait For Price Reductions Just like clothes or decor accessories, trends will come and go and stock will be replaced. If you do not need an urgent bathroom refit, choose the toilet, shower, bath and non slip floor tiles for your bathroom and then keep an eye on them. You are looking for reductions in delivery costs, promotions over bank holidays and end of season sales. You could get over 50% off so it is totally worth giving it a wait and hanging in there. 2. Is There Anything You Can Keep? You might want to rip everything out and start fresh but that will end up costing extra money. Take a look at the bathroom and think carefully about all of the different parts, including the fixtures. Any parts that are perfectly intact and that will go with your new bathroom could stay in place and save you money for other features. 3. Get Your Measurements Right It wastes a lot of time and money to get the measurements of items wrong, especially if you're getting one off end of line items. Measure twice, or even three times if you need to so you have the exact numbers you need. You can't check the details too many times. 4. Consider A Professional Doing The Job Sometimes, it is better to admit defeat and let a professional do the job. If you aren't entirely confident of your abilities, you are short on time, or you just want the ease of a professional doing the job, then get some quotes. A good bathroom fitting company will give you a fair quote and they should also give you lots of different options for products like white porcelain tiles, sanitary ware and fixtures if you aren't supplying them yourself. 5. Keep A Record Get photos of the bathroom underneath (valves etc). This will help you with any future plans for renovation and it helps if there are any issues after your fitting. As long as the refit isn't urgent, you can afford to take your time and enjoy the process of getting the best deal and creating the most efficient renovation plan. By thinking carefully about these five points, and by taking your time and being patient in general, you are much more likely to get the best possible outcome during your bathroom refit.  
    91 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Read about these important things to consider before you spend money on a bathroom renovation, so that the outcome is as professional and beautiful as possible. Getting a new bathroom fitted is eventually a really amazing change to the home. As a family, you spend time putting makeup on, shaving, washing, bathing and relaxing in this one room so, it makes a big difference when it is all new and beautiful. However, before you begin the process of refitting your bathroom, there are lots of things to consider so that you get the best possible results. Take a look at these 5 considerations before you get started on your latest home renovation project: 1. Wait For Price Reductions Just like clothes or decor accessories, trends will come and go and stock will be replaced. If you do not need an urgent bathroom refit, choose the toilet, shower, bath and non slip floor tiles for your bathroom and then keep an eye on them. You are looking for reductions in delivery costs, promotions over bank holidays and end of season sales. You could get over 50% off so it is totally worth giving it a wait and hanging in there. 2. Is There Anything You Can Keep? You might want to rip everything out and start fresh but that will end up costing extra money. Take a look at the bathroom and think carefully about all of the different parts, including the fixtures. Any parts that are perfectly intact and that will go with your new bathroom could stay in place and save you money for other features. 3. Get Your Measurements Right It wastes a lot of time and money to get the measurements of items wrong, especially if you're getting one off end of line items. Measure twice, or even three times if you need to so you have the exact numbers you need. You can't check the details too many times. 4. Consider A Professional Doing The Job Sometimes, it is better to admit defeat and let a professional do the job. If you aren't entirely confident of your abilities, you are short on time, or you just want the ease of a professional doing the job, then get some quotes. A good bathroom fitting company will give you a fair quote and they should also give you lots of different options for products like white porcelain tiles, sanitary ware and fixtures if you aren't supplying them yourself. 5. Keep A Record Get photos of the bathroom underneath (valves etc). This will help you with any future plans for renovation and it helps if there are any issues after your fitting. As long as the refit isn't urgent, you can afford to take your time and enjoy the process of getting the best deal and creating the most efficient renovation plan. By thinking carefully about these five points, and by taking your time and being patient in general, you are much more likely to get the best possible outcome during your bathroom refit.  
    Jul 13, 2018 91
  • 13 Jul 2018
    Find out how to utilise scent in your home to create a much more personal, beautiful decor style in every room. When decorating the home, most of us focus on textures and the visual components. Paint, large floor tiles, furniture, accessories, they all combine to make a room look lovely, and work well practically. However, we often forget that other senses come into play when it comes to making a home feel personal and lovely to spend time in. The sense of smell, in particular, can be very powerful when it comes to decorating a home, and it can completely change the way a room feels. With this in mind, we have 5 great tips for you to get started playing with scents to enhance your home decor: 1. Focus On Your Home Entrance What you smell when you enter your home, and what guests smell, will set the scene for your entire house. Use a fresh and light home fragrance to spritz before guests arrive, and consider popping a diffuser in your hall so it always smells lovely. 2. Integrate Fresh Flowers Fresh flowers always look beautiful and bring life into the decor of a home. If you choose scented flowers such as lilies, hyacinth and freesia they will look great and bring a gorgeous scent into the room you have placed them. 3. Get Herbal Kitchen herb gardens are totally on trend, but they will always be a useful addition to your home because they provide fresh product to add flavour and flair to your cooking. Herbs also smell beautiful and even if you don't have the full plants in your home, adding some to garden bouquets for your house will add some fresh and botanical scent. 4. Use Different Scents for Different Rooms Different scents make us feel different and which scents trigger different emotions for us personally will always be different because of life experience. However, certain scent types match different rooms. Fresh and awakening scents work well for the kitchen, more relaxing and comforting scents work well for the living room or bedroom. 5. Experiment with Scent To make your scent decor personal you will need to try different scents to see how you feel about them. Start by picking items like candles, diffusers and flowers with a smell that appeals to you, and try them in different areas of the home. Some scented candles on the fireplace wood effect porcelain tiles, a diffuser on the kitchen window ledge, a herbal bouquet in the hall: play with scent in different parts of the home and see how they make you feel. When they start to trigger positive emotions and make you feel like you're 'home' then you're getting your scent decor right. Play with different types of scent and where you place the products, and have fun with the process of experimentation. Using scent in the home is a really easy and enjoyable way to create an extra decor element that is personal to you.    
    95 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Find out how to utilise scent in your home to create a much more personal, beautiful decor style in every room. When decorating the home, most of us focus on textures and the visual components. Paint, large floor tiles, furniture, accessories, they all combine to make a room look lovely, and work well practically. However, we often forget that other senses come into play when it comes to making a home feel personal and lovely to spend time in. The sense of smell, in particular, can be very powerful when it comes to decorating a home, and it can completely change the way a room feels. With this in mind, we have 5 great tips for you to get started playing with scents to enhance your home decor: 1. Focus On Your Home Entrance What you smell when you enter your home, and what guests smell, will set the scene for your entire house. Use a fresh and light home fragrance to spritz before guests arrive, and consider popping a diffuser in your hall so it always smells lovely. 2. Integrate Fresh Flowers Fresh flowers always look beautiful and bring life into the decor of a home. If you choose scented flowers such as lilies, hyacinth and freesia they will look great and bring a gorgeous scent into the room you have placed them. 3. Get Herbal Kitchen herb gardens are totally on trend, but they will always be a useful addition to your home because they provide fresh product to add flavour and flair to your cooking. Herbs also smell beautiful and even if you don't have the full plants in your home, adding some to garden bouquets for your house will add some fresh and botanical scent. 4. Use Different Scents for Different Rooms Different scents make us feel different and which scents trigger different emotions for us personally will always be different because of life experience. However, certain scent types match different rooms. Fresh and awakening scents work well for the kitchen, more relaxing and comforting scents work well for the living room or bedroom. 5. Experiment with Scent To make your scent decor personal you will need to try different scents to see how you feel about them. Start by picking items like candles, diffusers and flowers with a smell that appeals to you, and try them in different areas of the home. Some scented candles on the fireplace wood effect porcelain tiles, a diffuser on the kitchen window ledge, a herbal bouquet in the hall: play with scent in different parts of the home and see how they make you feel. When they start to trigger positive emotions and make you feel like you're 'home' then you're getting your scent decor right. Play with different types of scent and where you place the products, and have fun with the process of experimentation. Using scent in the home is a really easy and enjoyable way to create an extra decor element that is personal to you.    
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  • 13 Jul 2018
    Find out which patio doors are the best options for your home, to create seamless access to your outside space. Summer makes us all conscious of our access to our outdoor space. Pot plants, matching indoor and outdoor large floor tiles and open plan spacial design all contribute to us feeling more connected to our garden. However, there is one big change you can make to your home so that you have quick and easy visual and physical access to your garden. That big change, is patio doors. But which patio doors are right for your home? There are so many to choose from, it can be quite daunting choosing a set that will suit your decor and style. If you want a little head start in your quest for the perfect set of patio doors for your home, read these great tips and you'll have a gorgeous home to garden addition to your property in no time: Keep It Consistent It is aesthetic suicide to add doors that do not match your windows or other doors. Match the style at least, and if there is a glass pattern, you might want to match that as well, although that isn't as important. Keep It Eco-Friendly The glass should all be up to EU standards when it comes to being eco-friendly. This is important for your home comfort too, as large glass doors like patio doors can let out a lot of heat if the glass is not properly thermal. Thin safety and use non slip tiles. Keep It Professional It is so important that you consult a professional about the door fitting, especially if you don't have the doors fitted yet and only have the raw wall. You'll be affecting the structure of the home, and a large part of how it looks and functions. Patio doors isn't a part of renovation you should be looking to cut corners with. Keep It Practical You can get all kinds of patio doors and it is important to choose a type that suits your lifestyle. Sliding doors tend to work for everyone but you might want one you can lock open, as the sliding mechanism can be a concern to parents of children tall enough to operate the door. You may also want minimal glass or cleaning if you have a busy family life. Keep It In Budget Patio doors are in investment so they will never really be cheap. However, you can set a budget for your doors so that you aren't swayed by sales tactics or doors that will put you into debt. Remember to account for fitting and any extras. You may want to get a few companies round to give you quotes and some catalogues so that you have a more realistic idea of your options. If you have to remove the wall and start from scratch there could be extra costs for structural changes and working around building problems that crop up. Remember, getting patio doors is a really great investment and as long as you plan well, research well and choose your patio door company well, you'll have an amazing addition to your home decor to enjoy for years to come.        
    92 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Find out which patio doors are the best options for your home, to create seamless access to your outside space. Summer makes us all conscious of our access to our outdoor space. Pot plants, matching indoor and outdoor large floor tiles and open plan spacial design all contribute to us feeling more connected to our garden. However, there is one big change you can make to your home so that you have quick and easy visual and physical access to your garden. That big change, is patio doors. But which patio doors are right for your home? There are so many to choose from, it can be quite daunting choosing a set that will suit your decor and style. If you want a little head start in your quest for the perfect set of patio doors for your home, read these great tips and you'll have a gorgeous home to garden addition to your property in no time: Keep It Consistent It is aesthetic suicide to add doors that do not match your windows or other doors. Match the style at least, and if there is a glass pattern, you might want to match that as well, although that isn't as important. Keep It Eco-Friendly The glass should all be up to EU standards when it comes to being eco-friendly. This is important for your home comfort too, as large glass doors like patio doors can let out a lot of heat if the glass is not properly thermal. Thin safety and use non slip tiles. Keep It Professional It is so important that you consult a professional about the door fitting, especially if you don't have the doors fitted yet and only have the raw wall. You'll be affecting the structure of the home, and a large part of how it looks and functions. Patio doors isn't a part of renovation you should be looking to cut corners with. Keep It Practical You can get all kinds of patio doors and it is important to choose a type that suits your lifestyle. Sliding doors tend to work for everyone but you might want one you can lock open, as the sliding mechanism can be a concern to parents of children tall enough to operate the door. You may also want minimal glass or cleaning if you have a busy family life. Keep It In Budget Patio doors are in investment so they will never really be cheap. However, you can set a budget for your doors so that you aren't swayed by sales tactics or doors that will put you into debt. Remember to account for fitting and any extras. You may want to get a few companies round to give you quotes and some catalogues so that you have a more realistic idea of your options. If you have to remove the wall and start from scratch there could be extra costs for structural changes and working around building problems that crop up. Remember, getting patio doors is a really great investment and as long as you plan well, research well and choose your patio door company well, you'll have an amazing addition to your home decor to enjoy for years to come.        
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  • 11 Jul 2018
    Read tips and tricks on taking a space in your home and turning it into an ideal place to relax and study when exam time comes along.   Whether you are studying at university, you have a big exam coming up or you're sorting out a big work presentation, having somewhere quiet and minimalist to focus on your task is so important. It may seem like a huge task if your house is already set up where every space seems 'allocated', but you can easily set something up over a weekend or even in one evening depending on how prepared the space already is. Follow these steps to get the perfect study set up in your home: Pick a Location Choose somewhere quiet, somewhere where there is space for a desk and where you have ventilation and both natural and artificial light. It could be in your summer house, your spare room, even in the corner of your living room. As long as it provides you with a quiet area to study, it can be wherever you choose. Declutter the Space You need to move the items currently in the space you want to use to study. You may wish to simply move them into another area of the home, to place them in your self-storage unit, or to completely declutter and sell them or give them to charity. Try to make enough space for a desk and chair so that you have the desk to dedicate to study materials. Decorate the Space An inviting study space is much more likely to get you to concentrate and to study in the first place than somewhere cluttered and uninspiring. Think neutral, minimalist and fresh. You don't want anything too distracting so you can focus on the task in hand. Comfort is another important focus so that you feel able to stay in the space for long periods of time. Add Smart Furniture You'll want to add smart furniture to the space so it is as efficient as possible, especially if it is part of the rest of a room like the living room. Perhaps you have some suitable furniture in your self-storage unit you could use. Alternatively visit space and storage efficient shops for furniture that makes the most of the space you are using. Add Something Personal Add some plants, pictures or other personal touches that make the space special to you. You could add a beanbag or blankets to turn it into a reading and relaxation space if you enjoy spending time there, which works very well if you've been using a spare room as it utilises the space further. Plan to Make Your Study Space This Weekend If you know you need a study space but you've been putting off setting it up, make this weekend the time that you spend making the perfect space to concentrate and get things done. With a little decluttering and careful furniture placement, you'll be studying hard in your new study space in no time.        
    106 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Read tips and tricks on taking a space in your home and turning it into an ideal place to relax and study when exam time comes along.   Whether you are studying at university, you have a big exam coming up or you're sorting out a big work presentation, having somewhere quiet and minimalist to focus on your task is so important. It may seem like a huge task if your house is already set up where every space seems 'allocated', but you can easily set something up over a weekend or even in one evening depending on how prepared the space already is. Follow these steps to get the perfect study set up in your home: Pick a Location Choose somewhere quiet, somewhere where there is space for a desk and where you have ventilation and both natural and artificial light. It could be in your summer house, your spare room, even in the corner of your living room. As long as it provides you with a quiet area to study, it can be wherever you choose. Declutter the Space You need to move the items currently in the space you want to use to study. You may wish to simply move them into another area of the home, to place them in your self-storage unit, or to completely declutter and sell them or give them to charity. Try to make enough space for a desk and chair so that you have the desk to dedicate to study materials. Decorate the Space An inviting study space is much more likely to get you to concentrate and to study in the first place than somewhere cluttered and uninspiring. Think neutral, minimalist and fresh. You don't want anything too distracting so you can focus on the task in hand. Comfort is another important focus so that you feel able to stay in the space for long periods of time. Add Smart Furniture You'll want to add smart furniture to the space so it is as efficient as possible, especially if it is part of the rest of a room like the living room. Perhaps you have some suitable furniture in your self-storage unit you could use. Alternatively visit space and storage efficient shops for furniture that makes the most of the space you are using. Add Something Personal Add some plants, pictures or other personal touches that make the space special to you. You could add a beanbag or blankets to turn it into a reading and relaxation space if you enjoy spending time there, which works very well if you've been using a spare room as it utilises the space further. Plan to Make Your Study Space This Weekend If you know you need a study space but you've been putting off setting it up, make this weekend the time that you spend making the perfect space to concentrate and get things done. With a little decluttering and careful furniture placement, you'll be studying hard in your new study space in no time.        
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  • 11 Jul 2018
    Find out about kitchen worktops and what you need to be looking out for to ensure your kitchen is as functional and beautiful as possible. Worktops in a kitchen get a lot of use. Just think about how scraped, banged, leaned on and generally abused they get on a daily basis: they really are the workhorse of the heart of the home - the kitchen. They also take up a lot of space, so visually they have a big impact on how a kitchen looks. Because they are so important, it is a good idea to give a lot of thought and consideration to your kitchen worktops before you choose them. Take a look at these questions to help you get the best worktops for the heart of your home: How Much Do You Want to Spend? Kitchen worktops can be really cheap, really expensive and everything in between. Laminates tend to be the most cost effective choices, whereas complete granite slabs are pricey. When you think about how much you want to spend, think about longevity and durability. Cheaper worktops could be false economy, and it might pay to invest in more durable worktop materials. You can always mix and match your materials as well if you want to. Using white porcelain tiles in some places, more durable stone slabs in other places: you can create a beautiful look combining materials. Do You Want To Fit It? If you are fitting the kitchen and you are inexperienced you may wish to use materials that are less costly to replace should you go wrong. If you are concerned about fitting the worktops, then it might be worth getting a kitchen fitter to fit the entire kitchen. They are professionals in this area of work and if you are spending thousands on a kitchen, it might be worth spending that bit more to get it fitted properly so the finished product is everything you wanted it to be. How Do You Want It To Look? Take some time to browse all of the different options you have out there. Try to ignore current trends and instead think about the look of your house, the feel of your house, and think about how your kitchen needs to operate in a family home. Kitchens aren't something most people look to replace often, so, ideally it needs to be timeless and aesthetically pleasing for years to come. What Material Do Is Right For You? The material you choose to use for your worktop is so important and has a huge effect on cost, feel, aesthetics and durability. There are lots of different materials you can use for kitchen worktops including:  -       Tile - not commonly used at the moment as people tend to opt for seamless surfaces, but white porcelain tiles can look attractive and work well on the less used areas of the kitchen. -       Hardwood - Warm and full of character, hardwood is a strong choice and sustainable options are better for eco-conscious customers. -       Composite - Composite worktops are made from a natural stone, and engineered stone. It is highly durable and comes in a wide variety of colours and tones. -       Granite - Granite is costly but very attractive and luxurious, and will last for a long time if looked after. -       Laminate - Laminate is the cheapest option for worktops and comes in a huge variety of colours and wood and granite effects. -       Corian - Corian is very modern and solid, and tends to be used in a lot of the most modern kitchen designs. -       Stainless steel - Stainless steel is hard wearing and looks modern and attractive. It is a good choice for kitchens that are in ultra-modern houses.  Remember to take your time when looking at worktops for your kitchen. There will always be offers on and money-off and the chances are once you know the worktop you need, you will be able to wait and get it with a discount or promotional price. The most important thing is to take your time when choosing, because a kitchen is an investment and the worktops are so central to the whole room, the material and look you choose will have a huge impact on the end result.        
    87 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Find out about kitchen worktops and what you need to be looking out for to ensure your kitchen is as functional and beautiful as possible. Worktops in a kitchen get a lot of use. Just think about how scraped, banged, leaned on and generally abused they get on a daily basis: they really are the workhorse of the heart of the home - the kitchen. They also take up a lot of space, so visually they have a big impact on how a kitchen looks. Because they are so important, it is a good idea to give a lot of thought and consideration to your kitchen worktops before you choose them. Take a look at these questions to help you get the best worktops for the heart of your home: How Much Do You Want to Spend? Kitchen worktops can be really cheap, really expensive and everything in between. Laminates tend to be the most cost effective choices, whereas complete granite slabs are pricey. When you think about how much you want to spend, think about longevity and durability. Cheaper worktops could be false economy, and it might pay to invest in more durable worktop materials. You can always mix and match your materials as well if you want to. Using white porcelain tiles in some places, more durable stone slabs in other places: you can create a beautiful look combining materials. Do You Want To Fit It? If you are fitting the kitchen and you are inexperienced you may wish to use materials that are less costly to replace should you go wrong. If you are concerned about fitting the worktops, then it might be worth getting a kitchen fitter to fit the entire kitchen. They are professionals in this area of work and if you are spending thousands on a kitchen, it might be worth spending that bit more to get it fitted properly so the finished product is everything you wanted it to be. How Do You Want It To Look? Take some time to browse all of the different options you have out there. Try to ignore current trends and instead think about the look of your house, the feel of your house, and think about how your kitchen needs to operate in a family home. Kitchens aren't something most people look to replace often, so, ideally it needs to be timeless and aesthetically pleasing for years to come. What Material Do Is Right For You? The material you choose to use for your worktop is so important and has a huge effect on cost, feel, aesthetics and durability. There are lots of different materials you can use for kitchen worktops including:  -       Tile - not commonly used at the moment as people tend to opt for seamless surfaces, but white porcelain tiles can look attractive and work well on the less used areas of the kitchen. -       Hardwood - Warm and full of character, hardwood is a strong choice and sustainable options are better for eco-conscious customers. -       Composite - Composite worktops are made from a natural stone, and engineered stone. It is highly durable and comes in a wide variety of colours and tones. -       Granite - Granite is costly but very attractive and luxurious, and will last for a long time if looked after. -       Laminate - Laminate is the cheapest option for worktops and comes in a huge variety of colours and wood and granite effects. -       Corian - Corian is very modern and solid, and tends to be used in a lot of the most modern kitchen designs. -       Stainless steel - Stainless steel is hard wearing and looks modern and attractive. It is a good choice for kitchens that are in ultra-modern houses.  Remember to take your time when looking at worktops for your kitchen. There will always be offers on and money-off and the chances are once you know the worktop you need, you will be able to wait and get it with a discount or promotional price. The most important thing is to take your time when choosing, because a kitchen is an investment and the worktops are so central to the whole room, the material and look you choose will have a huge impact on the end result.        
    Jul 11, 2018 87
  • 13 Jun 2018
      It is understandable that many people worry about how they will manage both physically and financially as they get older. Nobody wants to be living in poverty in their old age and most of us would like to think we will be able to leave something to our children when we go. But with so many people living longer because of medical advances the cost of care for elderly people is now becoming a big issue that everyone should be aware of so that they can plan ahead for the costs (and also so they can be involved in the decision making on the type of care they would prefer). There are many options to funding care in old age and in the UK the government will pay for care if you do not have the means to do so yourself. But is you do have a significant amount of savings or a valuable home then you really should plan ahead for the cost of care. Choose the care option that is best for you Before you can start to plan for how you will pay for care you need to know what care option will suit you best. Although residential care homes are the most common option there is growing awareness of another option: live-in care or homecare, according to The Live-in Care Hub. With the growing awareness of live-in care more and more people are choosing this for themselves or for an elderly relative as an option where the person needing care can stay in familiar surroundings and have the consistency of the same one or two carers all the time. It is also a more rewarding role for those becoming a carer. Take advice Once you now what care option will be most suitable you can then plan for the financial side – and there are certainly financial challenges caring for the elderly so it pays to be prepared. Some people choose to get some advice from an independent financial adviser (IFA) if they already know one they trust. An IFA can help you create a payment plan for privately funding (self-funding) care in a simple and straightforward way. Be prepared The average cost of care for an elderly person can vary enormously. It not only depends on the level of care you might need but also on the type of care and even the area where you live. So investigate your options and compare your options once you have made a decision about the type of care you might need and how much you can afford to pay. Many people are shocked by how expensive the actual cost of elderly care is but it is better to know now and have some time to plan and prepare than leave it until the last minute. Some people will have to use savings and/or income to pay for elderly care and some may consider selling their home but this is a serious step and not one to take lightly. Government support If you do not have much in the way of savings and either don't own a property or still have a partner living there then the state will pay for your care. But state-funded care limits your choices of type and style of care and it is unlikely that state-funded care would offer the option of live-in care.
    219 Posted by Anna Preston
  •   It is understandable that many people worry about how they will manage both physically and financially as they get older. Nobody wants to be living in poverty in their old age and most of us would like to think we will be able to leave something to our children when we go. But with so many people living longer because of medical advances the cost of care for elderly people is now becoming a big issue that everyone should be aware of so that they can plan ahead for the costs (and also so they can be involved in the decision making on the type of care they would prefer). There are many options to funding care in old age and in the UK the government will pay for care if you do not have the means to do so yourself. But is you do have a significant amount of savings or a valuable home then you really should plan ahead for the cost of care. Choose the care option that is best for you Before you can start to plan for how you will pay for care you need to know what care option will suit you best. Although residential care homes are the most common option there is growing awareness of another option: live-in care or homecare, according to The Live-in Care Hub. With the growing awareness of live-in care more and more people are choosing this for themselves or for an elderly relative as an option where the person needing care can stay in familiar surroundings and have the consistency of the same one or two carers all the time. It is also a more rewarding role for those becoming a carer. Take advice Once you now what care option will be most suitable you can then plan for the financial side – and there are certainly financial challenges caring for the elderly so it pays to be prepared. Some people choose to get some advice from an independent financial adviser (IFA) if they already know one they trust. An IFA can help you create a payment plan for privately funding (self-funding) care in a simple and straightforward way. Be prepared The average cost of care for an elderly person can vary enormously. It not only depends on the level of care you might need but also on the type of care and even the area where you live. So investigate your options and compare your options once you have made a decision about the type of care you might need and how much you can afford to pay. Many people are shocked by how expensive the actual cost of elderly care is but it is better to know now and have some time to plan and prepare than leave it until the last minute. Some people will have to use savings and/or income to pay for elderly care and some may consider selling their home but this is a serious step and not one to take lightly. Government support If you do not have much in the way of savings and either don't own a property or still have a partner living there then the state will pay for your care. But state-funded care limits your choices of type and style of care and it is unlikely that state-funded care would offer the option of live-in care.
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  • 13 Jun 2018
    Certain major events in all of our lives are a significant expense such as a wedding. buying a home or raising a family. These are often things that we will save up for and plan for in advance. But when it comes to our so-called Golden Years we are not so well prepared – either financially or in terms of the decisions that must be made on the type of care we would wish for. An explanation for this lack of preparation for perhaps once of the most important periods of our lives is that we don't want to have to think about getting old and frail, and needing a carer. Quite often one partner simply becomes the carer of the other in a long-term relationship without any specific recognition of that fact. But what if you don't have a live-in partner or they have passed away by the time you need care? Understandably when you require care that cannot be provided by a partner or relative it is going to come at a high cost so it makes sense in all sorts of ways to plan for those costs; not least so you don't have to sell your home to pay for care costs. Plan ahead Find out what your care options are before you do anything else – it is never too early to start looking to avoid the situation where you have to make a rushed decision. Did you know, for instance, as we found out from The Live-in Care Hub, that there is such a thing as live-in care (or homecare) where a carer come sto live in your home to provide for all your needs? This is an increasingly popular alternative to a residential care home but one that not everyone even knows exists. Speak to other people when considering your care options – especially if you already know someone in a care home or who is becoming a carer. That way you can weigh up the advantages and disadvantages for yourself based on the honest opinion of people you already know. Don't underestimate the cost of care Many people do not understand both the costs and the rules surrounding government funding for elderly care so make sure you are not one of those people. What you might have to pay for care will depend on individual circumstances – both financially and medically. Some medical conditions requiring specialist nursing care may be eligible for government funding whilst others may not. Make sure you know the rules and regulations and keep up to date with them in case they change. A residential care home and full-time live-in home care services cost approximately the same, although costs can vary according to individual needs and even the area you live in. Funding If you already know that you will have to pay for your own elderly care (usually because you have a certain amount of savings and income) then it is essential to plan your care properly so that if you chose, for instance, live-in care you know that you can continue to pay for it for as long as you need to.
    206 Posted by Anna Preston
  • Certain major events in all of our lives are a significant expense such as a wedding. buying a home or raising a family. These are often things that we will save up for and plan for in advance. But when it comes to our so-called Golden Years we are not so well prepared – either financially or in terms of the decisions that must be made on the type of care we would wish for. An explanation for this lack of preparation for perhaps once of the most important periods of our lives is that we don't want to have to think about getting old and frail, and needing a carer. Quite often one partner simply becomes the carer of the other in a long-term relationship without any specific recognition of that fact. But what if you don't have a live-in partner or they have passed away by the time you need care? Understandably when you require care that cannot be provided by a partner or relative it is going to come at a high cost so it makes sense in all sorts of ways to plan for those costs; not least so you don't have to sell your home to pay for care costs. Plan ahead Find out what your care options are before you do anything else – it is never too early to start looking to avoid the situation where you have to make a rushed decision. Did you know, for instance, as we found out from The Live-in Care Hub, that there is such a thing as live-in care (or homecare) where a carer come sto live in your home to provide for all your needs? This is an increasingly popular alternative to a residential care home but one that not everyone even knows exists. Speak to other people when considering your care options – especially if you already know someone in a care home or who is becoming a carer. That way you can weigh up the advantages and disadvantages for yourself based on the honest opinion of people you already know. Don't underestimate the cost of care Many people do not understand both the costs and the rules surrounding government funding for elderly care so make sure you are not one of those people. What you might have to pay for care will depend on individual circumstances – both financially and medically. Some medical conditions requiring specialist nursing care may be eligible for government funding whilst others may not. Make sure you know the rules and regulations and keep up to date with them in case they change. A residential care home and full-time live-in home care services cost approximately the same, although costs can vary according to individual needs and even the area you live in. Funding If you already know that you will have to pay for your own elderly care (usually because you have a certain amount of savings and income) then it is essential to plan your care properly so that if you chose, for instance, live-in care you know that you can continue to pay for it for as long as you need to.
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  • 13 Jun 2018
      The first thing most people assume about caring for the elderly when they can no longer manage on their own is that the main option is a residential care homes. Elderly people often feel they will be “shipped off” to a communal home and have to leave all their valued possessions behind and live their final days in one room. Residential care home can be very nice with lovely communal areas and gardens but nevertheless they are still not the same as your own home with friends and neighbours nearby. And if you have a pet you certainly won't be able to take a pet to a care home. But there is another, increasingly popular option, and that is live-in care of home care as it is sometimes known. Live-in care or homecare is just one of a range of care services available in the UK for old people so it is good to be aware of what all the care options are so when the time comes and you or your elderly relative requires help then the right choice can be made. Residential care homes Care homes are most well-known type of care available in the UK for senior people who need help with the everyday tasks of life. There is a wide range of care homes across the UK varying in size, type and cost so there is something to suit all budgets. Care homes can be a good choice for many people as it provides a type of community with shared activities and being able to eat in communal dining rooms. They may also be the best option for people who need high levels of care, especially when nursing care is required or when there are particular needs such as for dementia sufferers. Live-in care Live-in care or homecare, as it is also known, is a care option that is only just starting to become more widely known although it has been around for many years. One of the main advantages of live-in care is that the person being cared for remains in their family home, which is often a place they have lived for many, many years with all its valued possessions and treasured memories. Live-in care is a suitable option even when someone requires specialist nursing care as the live-in carer can organise other help to come to the house as required. A live-in carer moves into the family home and caters for all care needs but also provides companionship and a sense of security for the elderly person. Those who are becoming a carer as their career are well-trained to offer stability and consistency that can quite simply mean the elderly person is happier and more relaxed and many a firm friendship has been forged with a carer. It is much easier for a live-in carer to know the likes and dislikes of the elderly person as they can focus all their attention on caring for that one person, which is very unlike what happens in care homes.
    263 Posted by Anna Preston
  •   The first thing most people assume about caring for the elderly when they can no longer manage on their own is that the main option is a residential care homes. Elderly people often feel they will be “shipped off” to a communal home and have to leave all their valued possessions behind and live their final days in one room. Residential care home can be very nice with lovely communal areas and gardens but nevertheless they are still not the same as your own home with friends and neighbours nearby. And if you have a pet you certainly won't be able to take a pet to a care home. But there is another, increasingly popular option, and that is live-in care of home care as it is sometimes known. Live-in care or homecare is just one of a range of care services available in the UK for old people so it is good to be aware of what all the care options are so when the time comes and you or your elderly relative requires help then the right choice can be made. Residential care homes Care homes are most well-known type of care available in the UK for senior people who need help with the everyday tasks of life. There is a wide range of care homes across the UK varying in size, type and cost so there is something to suit all budgets. Care homes can be a good choice for many people as it provides a type of community with shared activities and being able to eat in communal dining rooms. They may also be the best option for people who need high levels of care, especially when nursing care is required or when there are particular needs such as for dementia sufferers. Live-in care Live-in care or homecare, as it is also known, is a care option that is only just starting to become more widely known although it has been around for many years. One of the main advantages of live-in care is that the person being cared for remains in their family home, which is often a place they have lived for many, many years with all its valued possessions and treasured memories. Live-in care is a suitable option even when someone requires specialist nursing care as the live-in carer can organise other help to come to the house as required. A live-in carer moves into the family home and caters for all care needs but also provides companionship and a sense of security for the elderly person. Those who are becoming a carer as their career are well-trained to offer stability and consistency that can quite simply mean the elderly person is happier and more relaxed and many a firm friendship has been forged with a carer. It is much easier for a live-in carer to know the likes and dislikes of the elderly person as they can focus all their attention on caring for that one person, which is very unlike what happens in care homes.
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  • 13 Jun 2018
      Caring for elderly family members used to quite simply be the role of the younger family members when our communities were more close-knit than they are today. Elderly parents would often live with their adult children in their homes – it was quite normal and grand children would grow up in the same home as their grand parents. But In today’s changing society the situation is very different because the younger generation have often moved away from where they grew up – they go off to university and then make their homes elsewhere often in a bigger town or city. This may not be through choice as some adults are priced out of their home areas as housing costs have increased drastically in many arts of the UK. Do when different generations of families no longer live in the same area communities are much less united. And if you live a long way from your parents who will care for them when they get older and less able to cope on their own? People are living to a much older age now thanks to medical advances and an awareness of leading a healthy lifestyle – they are much more active than earlier generations – well into their 70's and 80's often. The downside to living a longer life is that these elderly people often require care with everyday tasks. Medically they might be quite well but bodies still get older and are less able to climb the stairs or perform simple tasks like bathing or cooking and cleaning. As well as physical limitations many elderly people suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, which can have a serious effect on a person’s ability to look after themselves. Be pro-active about care options It is a good idea to look into care options sooner rather than later – don't wait until there is a crisis situation when you will have to make a quick decision which may not necessarily be the best decision for your elderly relative. Many illnesses that affect mobility and other functions reveal symptoms and can be diagnosed long before they become a problem so it is possible to plan for care well in advance. And it is certainly possible to raise the issue and have afrank discussion about it with your relative – it's just that most people tend not to. Yet elderly relatives may want to be involved in researching care options – they may not even be aware that there are alternatives to the typical residential care home. How many people, for example, know that you can have a live-in carer come and live in your own home and look after you there? This is called home care or live in care and the people who choose this as a career find that becoming a carer is more rewarding than working in a residential care home. Live-in care or home care means that a person can stay in familiar surroundings, with all their own possessions; they can keep any pets they may have and will remain close to friends and neighbours. They can eat when they like and what they like – sit in their own garden and even work in their own garden if their health is up to it. Live-in care is a little know option but a life-changing one for many elderly people.
    280 Posted by Anna Preston
  •   Caring for elderly family members used to quite simply be the role of the younger family members when our communities were more close-knit than they are today. Elderly parents would often live with their adult children in their homes – it was quite normal and grand children would grow up in the same home as their grand parents. But In today’s changing society the situation is very different because the younger generation have often moved away from where they grew up – they go off to university and then make their homes elsewhere often in a bigger town or city. This may not be through choice as some adults are priced out of their home areas as housing costs have increased drastically in many arts of the UK. Do when different generations of families no longer live in the same area communities are much less united. And if you live a long way from your parents who will care for them when they get older and less able to cope on their own? People are living to a much older age now thanks to medical advances and an awareness of leading a healthy lifestyle – they are much more active than earlier generations – well into their 70's and 80's often. The downside to living a longer life is that these elderly people often require care with everyday tasks. Medically they might be quite well but bodies still get older and are less able to climb the stairs or perform simple tasks like bathing or cooking and cleaning. As well as physical limitations many elderly people suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, which can have a serious effect on a person’s ability to look after themselves. Be pro-active about care options It is a good idea to look into care options sooner rather than later – don't wait until there is a crisis situation when you will have to make a quick decision which may not necessarily be the best decision for your elderly relative. Many illnesses that affect mobility and other functions reveal symptoms and can be diagnosed long before they become a problem so it is possible to plan for care well in advance. And it is certainly possible to raise the issue and have afrank discussion about it with your relative – it's just that most people tend not to. Yet elderly relatives may want to be involved in researching care options – they may not even be aware that there are alternatives to the typical residential care home. How many people, for example, know that you can have a live-in carer come and live in your own home and look after you there? This is called home care or live in care and the people who choose this as a career find that becoming a carer is more rewarding than working in a residential care home. Live-in care or home care means that a person can stay in familiar surroundings, with all their own possessions; they can keep any pets they may have and will remain close to friends and neighbours. They can eat when they like and what they like – sit in their own garden and even work in their own garden if their health is up to it. Live-in care is a little know option but a life-changing one for many elderly people.
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  • 10 May 2018
    By their very nature sales forecasts can be something of an inaccuracy but there are some things that you can do to make sure that you are forecasting your sales as accurately as possible. As part of a critical management strategy you need to make sure that you have a system of sales forecasting in place as well as robust sales management training. The inexact nature of sales forecasting can make it tricky, but the trick is of course to know which direction things went wrong in and then turn your sales forecasts into an accurate picture of how your business is in fact doing Separate numbers It is widely believed that you should use one set of numbers to show the truth of how your business is doing, but this is a misconception. However, using multiple forecasts is the best way forward and will give you a far more accurate picture. Sales teams benefit from forecasts that are designed to meet a specific number whilst product management are more likely to be interested in a forecast that looks at a specific product. The only time that these different forecasts need to be put together are when someone at the top of the company wants to look at the overall picture. Make time to update Your forecasts are only going to work in your favour if you put the time into working on them, and this means making the time to keep tabs on them. You need to make sure that you set aside regular amounts of time to review your forecasts; this will help you identify any areas of potential issues before they have a major impact on your sales as a whole. Be flexible You can’t use just one single test when it comes to tracking all the information relating to all of your sales. You need to be able to develop a sales process that can adapt and modify itself to your targets as conditions change. In order to do this, you need to make sure that not only do you ensure that your sales forecasts are updated on a regular basis but also that you have a good understanding of all aspects of your sales system including the history of any individual sales person, product delivery and customer history. The more you understand the easier it is to make a better and more accurate assessment of your sales forecasts. Don’t make it too complicated It’s very easy to start adding complex projections and maths to your forecasting but there really is no need and in the long run it isn’t really going to help you to produce a more accurate sales forecast. You need to understand what you are looking at, and you need these figures to be understood by the other employees within your company, so sometimes simple is definitely better. There are specific software programs that can really help you to make your forecasts easier to understand and more accurate, building up a better picture of what is really going on within your business.
    94 Posted by Anna Preston
  • By their very nature sales forecasts can be something of an inaccuracy but there are some things that you can do to make sure that you are forecasting your sales as accurately as possible. As part of a critical management strategy you need to make sure that you have a system of sales forecasting in place as well as robust sales management training. The inexact nature of sales forecasting can make it tricky, but the trick is of course to know which direction things went wrong in and then turn your sales forecasts into an accurate picture of how your business is in fact doing Separate numbers It is widely believed that you should use one set of numbers to show the truth of how your business is doing, but this is a misconception. However, using multiple forecasts is the best way forward and will give you a far more accurate picture. Sales teams benefit from forecasts that are designed to meet a specific number whilst product management are more likely to be interested in a forecast that looks at a specific product. The only time that these different forecasts need to be put together are when someone at the top of the company wants to look at the overall picture. Make time to update Your forecasts are only going to work in your favour if you put the time into working on them, and this means making the time to keep tabs on them. You need to make sure that you set aside regular amounts of time to review your forecasts; this will help you identify any areas of potential issues before they have a major impact on your sales as a whole. Be flexible You can’t use just one single test when it comes to tracking all the information relating to all of your sales. You need to be able to develop a sales process that can adapt and modify itself to your targets as conditions change. In order to do this, you need to make sure that not only do you ensure that your sales forecasts are updated on a regular basis but also that you have a good understanding of all aspects of your sales system including the history of any individual sales person, product delivery and customer history. The more you understand the easier it is to make a better and more accurate assessment of your sales forecasts. Don’t make it too complicated It’s very easy to start adding complex projections and maths to your forecasting but there really is no need and in the long run it isn’t really going to help you to produce a more accurate sales forecast. You need to understand what you are looking at, and you need these figures to be understood by the other employees within your company, so sometimes simple is definitely better. There are specific software programs that can really help you to make your forecasts easier to understand and more accurate, building up a better picture of what is really going on within your business.
    May 10, 2018 94