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15 2018 Mar

Diabetes and Malnutrition

 

Why are so many seniors undernourished?

 

It is a sad fact that so many elderly people in Britain today are chronically underweight and undernourished. As we age we naturally become more frail and susceptible to illness we may also struggle to prepare a nutritious meal or take regular medication. As our life expectancy increases so does our vulnerability to illness, with type 2 diabetes becoming more and more prevalent.

 

Diabetes Awareness - Bridgewater Home Care

 

If a person is diagnosed with diabetes then it often requires a lifestyle change and a new routine, but if you are elderly this may be overwhelming difficult to achieve. Impaired physical functioning may make it almost impossible to make appropriate meals and snacks, test blood sugars and keep up to date with any medication. Sadly, this is leading to undernourishment and malnutrition amongst our elderly population.

 

What can we do to help?

 

If you have a loved one, or an elderly neighbour that seems to be struggling there are a few things you can to that will make a positive impact on their life.

 

• Encourage them to keep quick-acting carbohydrates nearby, as well as glucose tablets should their blood sugar level drop.
• Try setting them up with a medication dispenser.
• Set alarms to remind them to eat.
• Help get some easy to prepare nutritious meals that they can cook themselves.
• Take the time to visit and chat, elderly people living with diabetes have more instances of depression and can experience more isolation.
• Make sure they are wearing an identification bracelet that states they are diabetic.

 

Diabetes Awareness and fasting - Bridgewater Home Care

 

To raise awareness of malnutrition amongst the elderly, the team at Bridgewater Home Care have completed a five day fast to gain a deeper understanding of how it feels to be truly hungry, and to raise awareness and funds for Diabetes UK.

 

Director, Phil Eckersley, who has completed the full five day fast said, “the past five days have been a real challenge. The first two days were the most testing with strong hunger pangs but the body seemed to adjust. Over the five days I have lost over 5kg in weight, that’s 1kg each day. This really shows how important it is to ensure vulnerable people are well nourished and hydrated as the impact of this can be truly severe. I wanted to experience myself what it is like to be in a less fortunate position and I am glad to have completed the five day water only fast. I hope we can help raise awareness of the challenges faced by older people living with diabetes and older people generally who need greater care and attention to ensure they are well looked after. Bridgewater Home Care prides itself in ensuring that our Clients are well nourished, hydrated and cared for in a personalised, safe and supportive way.”

 

If you have a loved one who is struggling to cope with diabetes, isolation, malnutrition or would simply benefit from a little support, please get in touch with our home care team today on 01942 215 888.

 

28 2018 Jan

Dignity Action Day 2018

 

The 1st of February marks Dignity Action Day 2018, an opportunity for Health & Social Care workers, and members of the public to uphold people’s rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people who use care services. Dignity Action Day aims to ensure that people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given a choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.

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Our very own Gary Wells, Business Development Officer here at Bridgewater Home Care, has recently become the first Dignity Champion for the organisation. As a Dignity Champion, Gary recognises the importance of ‘The 10 Dignity Do’s’ and will ensure that these high standards of kindness and care continue to run across the board, in both Bridgewater Home Care, and within our Bridgewater Day Care Centre.

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‘The 10 Dignity Do’s’ describe the values and actions that high-quality services whom respect people’s dignity should be carrying out at all times, and they are listed here as follows.

 

1. Have a zero tolerance of all forms of abuse
2. Support people with the same respect you would want yourself or a member of your family
3. Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service
4. Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control
5. Listen and support people to express their needs and wants
6. Respect people’s right to privacy
7. Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution
8. Engage with family members and carers as care partners
9. Assist people to maintain confidence and positive self-esteem
10. Act to alleviate people’s loneliness and isolation

 

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Treating all our clients and their families with the dignity that they deserve is of the utmost importance to everyone at Bridgewater Care and we are delighted to be able to talk about this subject on Dignity Day to raise awareness of what is surely one of the most important subjects within the care industry today.

 

We hope that you have found this information useful. If you have any questions or are keen to know more about how we could help your loved ones to remain safely at home for as long as possible please do get in touch today on 01942 215 888 or email us at info@bridgewaterhomecare.co.uk

15 2017 Sep

The Importance of Good Lighting to those Living with a form of Dementia.

 

Many people are unaware of the importance of good lighting to a person living with a form of dementia. If we think carefully about this, it makes a lot of sense. Consider the significance of natural light…it doesn’t just help us to see clearly, it helps us to understand our environment, at the most basic level it helps us to tell the difference between night and day.

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Poor lighting can lead to a higher rate of trips and falls in old age, as our eyesight tends to decrease. Inappropriate lighting makes it hard to complete tasks in the home, harder to read the facial expressions of friends and loved ones, and hard to complete any activities such as puzzles or crafts. Uneven lighting can cause shadows to fall across the floor which can cause bewilderment and disorientation. Fortunately, this can be avoided by adding a few changes to the home, and being more aware of what may need to be adjusted in your loved one’s immediate environment.

 

How can we solve these problems to help your loved ones stay at home for as long possible?

 

  • Using brighter bulbs in light fittings, where safe, can help with navigation around the home. It is also a relatively quick and economical change to put in place.
  • Make use of as much daylight as you can, pulling curtains back and removing plants from window sills. Natural daylight helps to keep our circadian rhythms in check, playing a key role in influencing our sleep/wake cycles, temperature and plenty more.
  • Reducing glare from lights on television sets, tablets and other gadgets can be done by the addition of dimmer switches. Glare can be distracting and unsettling to a person living with a form of dementia.
  • Making sure that the bedroom is dark in the evening to ensure a good night’s sleep.
  • If possible, try to get your loved one outside in the mornings. Studies show that even a few minutes of cloudy daylight between spring and autumn can increase your vitamin D levels significantly, helping to strengthen bones and muscle performance.
  • The introduction of strip lights or L.E.D.’s around door frames and walkways can be more useful to older adults than a couple of dim plug in lights.

 

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We hope that you have found this information useful. If you have any questions or are keen to know more about how we could help your loved ones to remain safely at home for as long as possible please do get in touch today on 01942 215 888 or email us at info@bridgewaterhomecare.co.uk

21 2017 Jul

Find out more about the amazing benefits of joining our team & why we’ve just been voted Employer of the Year at the E3 Business Awards!

 

 

Why choose Bridgewater Home Care?

 

Bridgewater Home Care is the first-choice provider of high quality private home care, specialising in the care of vulnerable adults living with a form of dementia.

 

When applying to work for Bridgewater Home Care, experience is preferred but not essential, as we offer an exciting ongoing training and development programme.  At Bridgewater, we can assist you to achieve a QCF level 2 in Health & Social Care with many of our long-term workers being supported through their QFC level 3.

 

We provide employees the with following:

 

  • Free mandatory training
  • Flexible working patterns
  • Full holiday pay
  • Refer a friend scheme
  • Ongoing progression
  • Competitive rates of pay

 

What do our candidates need to apply?

 

  • A driving licence & access to a car
  • The availability to work alternate weekends
  • A clear DBS and criminal record
  • Satisfactory references for the last two years

 

We will expect our successful applicants to complete satisfactory paid shadowing shifts and to partake in mandatory training.

 

In a recent independent survey carried out by Smith & Henderson we received a 98% employee satisfaction rate, something we are extremely proud of.

 

So, come and join us, feel valued, be provided with up to date training, and be paid fairly for your work!

 

Bridgewater Home Care - Dementia & Alzheimer's Care

 

To enquire about becoming a part of our team call Tina on 01942 215888, Monday to Friday 9.00am – 3.30pm, for an informal chat to express your interest.  You can also send an email to tina.heaton@bridgewaterhomecare.co.uk.

 

Bridgewater Home Care provide a wide variety of services to help people live independently and improve their general well-being. If you would like to find out more about our services or would just like to chat about how we may be able to help your loved one then please get in touch with us today on 01942 215 888 or email info@bridgewaterhomecare.co.uk.

4 2017 Jul

In the UK, our summer days can feel all too fleeting so it is always great to make the most of them where possible. If your loved one is living with a form of dementia it will be important to you to help them enjoy the sunshine and share some special times together. Here at Bridgewater Home Care we’ve come up with some fun suggestions of activities that can be enjoyed in the great outdoors, as well as the many positive benefits that each activity can bring into the life of a person living with a dementia.

 

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A gentle stroll.

 

If your loved one is feeling up to it, a gentle stroll in the countryside or a park can promote feelings of peacefulness and calm. Sitting on a bench together and looking at wildlife can be a joyful experience away from the pressures of home and focusing on what is happening right at that moment. Listening to the sounds of the birds in the trees, or perhaps feeding the ducks. This activity doesn’t need to be physically strenuous, you don’t need to go far and there are many wheelchair friendly parks and gardens. If you’d like to include some reminiscence into your activity, then visiting a much-loved place from the past may be a nice idea.

 

Gardening.

 

Do you know someone who loves gardening? Gardening is a fabulous multi-sensory activity that can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors. Many people living well with dementia enjoy getting their hands dirty and the texture of soil, as well as the simple joy of planting something to enjoy. Gardening offers a space to talk whilst planting or sowing a few seeds, and can be a time to connect with your loved one, focusing on a shared task. Gardening is proven to help us relax and lower stress levels, and this is no different for a person living with a dementia. It also helps with balance, coordination and can help to improve a person’s concentration span.

 

Outdoor Puzzles.

 

Who doesn’t love a puzzle? Getting a table out in the garden and sitting in the shade to complete a jigsaw or word game can add a whole new dimension to the experience. Puzzles are a mental workout, exercising the mind and keeping it as active as possible. Jigsaws and other activities involving fine motor skills also help with dexterity. Completing a puzzle can bring feelings of satisfaction, happiness and joy to everyone. It doesn’t matter if an activity is done as a team effort if the person the activity is for feels a sense of achievement upon completion!

 

Picnics.

 

This is our favourite, there is something so lovely about eating outdoors and here in Britain we don’t get many months where this is possible! There are many therapeutic opportunities around making and enjoying a picnic for a loved one living with dementia. Preparing food together is a great activity, you can start by creating a list of what you’d like to eat and thinking about the ingredients you may need. This can be very simple, a ham sandwich for example or you can go for something more complex, depending on what feels right for your loved one and their stage of dementia. You can peel vegetables or put icing on biscuits; the list is endless. Could you make something that may encourage memories of the past? Making and sharing food has so many social benefits as well as stimulating the senses with different tastes and smells.

It is important to remember that the main goal in providing an activity for a loved one is enjoyment. Whilst adventures are lovely all our suggested summer activities can be enjoyed either in your garden or on your doorstep, there is no need to travel a long way or put yourself or your loved one under any stress or pressure to have fun. The most important thing is spending time together and enjoying the sunshine!

 

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Bridgewater Home Care provide a wide variety of services to help people live independently and improve their general well-being. If you would like to find out more about our services or would just like to chat about how we may be able to help your loved one then please get in touch with us today on 01942 215 888 or email info@bridgewaterhomecare.co.uk,

26 2017 May

How much do you know about Doll Therapy?

 

Find out how it used and why it might a help a loved one living with a form of dementia.

 

Doll therapy is a relatively new form of therapy, originating in The United States, that has opened plenty of discussion around the world.  It can be a hugely beneficial practice when done sensitively and correctly.  Doll therapy has been shown to promote feelings of calm, can lower stress levels and hugely improve the quality of life of a person with dementia.

 

If you feel like this form of therapy could be useful for your loved one it is important to consider the following points:

 

1.  Doll therapy works best in the mid stages of dementia.

 

2.  You must never physically hand a doll over to your loved one or push them into interacting with a doll, this may be confusing and make them feel pressurised.

 

3.  Leave the doll nearby, if your loved one wishes to interact with it they will in time.

 

4.  Make sure the doll is lifelike, a knitted doll or teddy won’t tap into the same desire to nurture.

 

5.  Avoid electronic dolls, ones that make noises or cry can cause confusion, upset and may cause your loved one to feel agitated.

 

 

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Recent research which is listed on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence website, and carried out by Gary Mitchell RN for his excellent book, Doll Therapy in Dementia Care, highlights the ‘proven positive impact’ that doll therapy has on the well-being of those living with a form of dementia.

 

In the past, when we traditionally lived in more extended families, grandparents would have had a greater role in spending time with a grandchild and perhaps cuddling them on their lap, so it makes sense that this form of therapy feels very natural to many people with dementia. It’s not just one for the ladies either, men have a nurturing side too.

 

Doll Therapy has not been without its critics; some people have viewed it as demeaning or felt that it is dishonest. Here at Bridgewater Home Care we feel that if done sensitively and appropriately it can be a hugely beneficial form of therapy, fulfilling a need and bringing joy into the lives of our clients. We all crave significant and meaningful attachments throughout our lives and those of us living with a form of dementia are no different.

 

If you would like to know more about Doll Therapy and how it could help your loved one, please contact us today on 01942 215888 or email info@bridgewaterhomecare.co.uk.

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