Articles and Advice

Read about all things homecare below, including the latest care industry articles, advice, and company announcements, curated by the Cavendish Homecare Team.

   

May 17, 2022 Dementia Care

The Different Types of Dementia Care

In-home care for dementia This is often the first port of call when looking for additional help with dementia care. Home care is akin to a regular check-in with a qualified carer or nurse. This is most helpful in the initial stages of dementia, […]

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May 17, 2022 Dementia Care

Important tips for dementia caregivers

Caring for someone living with dementia can be a long, stressful, and intensely emotional journey. As there is currently no cure for dementia, it is often the care and support that makes the biggest difference to a loved one’s quality of life. However, caregiving can […]

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April 6, 2022 Dementia Care

Caring for a relative with Dementia

Did you know that there are currently up to 1 million people living with dementia in the UK? More than half of these people need help from a registered carer. More often than not, this carer will be a close family member. Although it […]

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March 23, 2022 Dementia Care

When should someone with Dementia receive 24-hour care?

Common questions you may ask are: When is the right time for someone with dementia to receive 24-hour care? How do you make this decision? Who should make this decision? These are tricky and tough decisions to make, both for practical and emotional reasons. […]

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March 10, 2022 Dementia Care

Reasons why music boosts brain activity

Five Reasons Why Music Boosts Brain Activity Music can evoke emotion even in the most advanced people living with Dementia. By paring music with every day activities, people living with Dementia can develop a rhythm that helps them recall the memory of that activity, […]

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March 10, 2022 Dementia Care

How to care for someone with Dementia

With the general population living longer, it’s predicted that by 2040 there will be 1.6 million people living with dementia in the UK. Around 85% of those are based in England, almost 6x higher than Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland combined. It is highly […]

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February 24, 2022 Alzheimer’s Care

Supporting a person living with dementia in cold weather

Make sure they’re dressed appropriately People with dementia won’t always remember to dress appropriately for colder weather. It is important to make sure they are wearing the right clothes and cover all exposed skin. Ensure the person has a hat and scarf on and […]

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January 24, 2022 Alzheimer’s Care

Tips for coping with Sundowning

Sundowning is a term used for changes in behaviour that occur in the evening, around dusk. Some people who have dementia experience a growing sense of agitation or anxiety at this time.  What is sundowning? People living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia may experience sleeping problems or […]

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January 18, 2022 Dementia Care

Simple dementia care anyone can give

Below are some ideas for simple dementia care that anyone can provide – no expertise is required. Help with everyday tasks Although dementia is commonly associated with memory problems – other symptoms like difficulty concentrating, planning and judging distances are frequently experienced. Moods and […]

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November 22, 2021 Dementia Care

How can Dementia affect sleep?

Common Sleep Problems Insomnia – Insomnia is a common problem for people living with dementia. It can result in the person not getting enough good-quality sleep. The person may be struggling with pain or discomfort, have other health conditions that make sleep more difficult […]

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November 5, 2021 Dementia Care

Project ECHO

What is Project ECHO? Project ECHO is a distance learning methodology that breaks down hierarchies of specialist knowledge by creating virtual knowledge-sharing networks. The project uses a ‘learning loop’ approach; specialist teams and local providers learn from each other by collaboratively problem-solving real-time experiences […]

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October 22, 2021 Dementia Care

Apps that empower people living with dementia

Mindmate– Help keep the mind and body fit Mindmate is a digital app which offer a daily activities plan to help keep a person’s mind and body fit. The app was built with the Finger study in mind, which explains that the right combination […]

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October 14, 2021 Dementia Care

Outside activities for people living with dementia

Firstly it is important to incorporate activities that your loved one or friend would enjoy and have enjoyed all of their lives. Check with their doctor to make sure it is safe for your loved one to participate in the type of activities you […]

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September 13, 2021 Dementia Care

What is Vascular Dementia?

Vascular dementia is a common type of dementia caused by reduced blood flow to the brain. It’s estimated to affect around 150,000 people in the UK. About 5% to 10% of people with dementia have vascular dementia alone. Symptoms Vascular dementia can start suddenly […]

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August 4, 2021 Dementia Care

Communicating with someone with dementia

Here is a list of advice to follow to facilitate communication: Make sure you establish eye contact. You should also lower yourself to the person’s eye level and talk to them at a respectful distance. This is to avoid intimidating them. Keep your tone […]

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May 27, 2021 Dementia Care

What is Lewy Body Dementia?

There are over 400 different types of dementia. Following Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia is Lewy body dementia. Experts believe that this form of the disease accounts for 10 to 15 percent of all dementia cases. Similar to other forms of dementia, LBD is […]

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May 7, 2021 Dementia Care

Time for a Cuppa – Dementia UK

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit families facing dementia hard. Admiral Nurses support families through some of the most challenging days. With support groups and centres closed, Admiral Nurse have often been looking after a person with dementia on their own, 24 hours a day.  […]

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April 23, 2021 Dementia Care

Playlist for Life – Music and Dementia Charity

As dementia develops over time, different parts of the brain are affected and so will different aspects of a person’s life and abilities. Common areas that may become difficult include memory, someone’s sense of time and space, language and communication. Playlist for Life Playlist […]

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March 29, 2021 Dementia Care

Engaging Activities for a loved one living with Dementia

Living with dementia doesn’t mean your loved one has to stop doing the things they enjoy. There are all sorts of activities – physical, mental, social and creative – that help your loved one live well with dementia and improve wellbeing. Furthermore, if you […]

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December 22, 2020 Dementia Care

Making your home Dementia friendly

At Cavendish Homecare we can help support you and your loved ones with our expertise in delivering Dementia care at home. The way your home is designed and laid out can have a big impact on a loved one with dementia. It’s important to […]

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November 27, 2020 Dementia Care

Best clocks for loved one’s living with Dementia

Dementia symptoms may include problems with: memory loss thinking speed mental sharpness and quickness language, such as using words incorrectly, or having trouble speaking understanding judgement mood movement difficulties doing daily activities Why is the correct clock important? A dementia user-friendly clock can help […]

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October 9, 2020 Dementia Care

Supporting a loved one with Late Stage Dementia

The progression of dementia Dementia is a progressive condition. This means it will get worse over time due to the damage to the loved one’s brain, and this will have a big impact on their mental abilities, including memory and communication. It is important […]

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September 18, 2020 Dementia Care

What factors can raise or lower Dementia risk?

According to the NHS, Dementia refers to a group of symptoms associated with the gradual decline of the brain and its abilities. Symptoms include problems with memory loss, language and thinking speed. Around 65% of the risk of developing Dementia is due to factors […]

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July 28, 2020 Dementia Care

Obesity link to Dementia

What is Obesity?  The World Health Organisation defines obesity as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a health risk. A person with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or more than 25 is considered overweight. To calculate your BMI, you would take […]

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March 6, 2020 Alzheimer’s Care

Wearable technology detecting Alzheimer’s

There has been rapid growth in the market for smart watches and Fitbits. From counting your steps to tracking how much sleep you are getting each night, the metrics we can measure are expanding. Edon (Early detection of Neurodegenerative diseases) is spearheading a project […]

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February 21, 2020 Alzheimer’s Care

Questions children ask about dementia

Why do they not recognise me? Why is she angry with me? What is Dementia? A child’s interaction has been proven to have many benefits to people living with dementia. Their energy, engagement and smiling behaviour provide a positive environment with more conversations. However, […]

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