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NHS to Provide Bionic Eyes

December 22, 2016 11:21 am

10 patients with an inherited form of blindness with be given ‘bionic eyes’ courtesy of the NHS. The bionic eye is a retinal implant which interprets images captured by a miniature video camera worn on a pair of glasses. The treatment with start in 2017 with five patients being treated at Moorfields Eye Hospital and five at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. For one year they will be monitored to see how they get on in everyday life. Professor Paulo Stanga, from Manchester hospital, has been involved with ongoing trials of the Argus II Bionic Eye and is said to be delighted with this latest development. The bionic eye has made a life-changing impact in trials with retinitis pigmentosa patients. One...

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Festive Fun at Home Care Preferred

December 15, 2016 11:11 am

The Home Care Preferred Office got well and truly in the festive spirit this week when we spent ‘Christmas morning’ with our work family. Festive garments were adorned, carols were played and many a mince pie and cake was consumed. It was a lovely opportunity to sit down and celebrate all Home Care Preferred has achieved this year, and to thank each other with Secret Santa gifts – all of which were very gratefully received. The Office Team are just a very small part of Home Care Preferred and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Support Assistants for the incredible work they do enabling and supporting our clients year round – they are the...

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Home Care Preferred’s Annual Christmas Awards

December 12, 2016 5:24 pm

Saturday 10th of December marked another evening of celebrations for Home Care Preferred. To welcome in the festive season, and celebrate the hard work of our brilliant team and the wider community, Home Care Preferred hosted its second annual awards ceremony. The ceremony recognised members of our own team as well as local figures in the community who are striving to make Enfield and the surrounding area a better, more inclusive, place. The nominees were voted for by their fellow colleagues, service users and their families, as well as healthcare professionals and prominent figures in the local community. The feedback we received was both lovely and moving. Our annual get together was kicked off by the inspiring Mr Javed Moore...

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Coping with dementia at Christmas

December 7, 2016 5:11 pm

Christmas can be a stressful time if you are caring for a person with dementia. You’ll want to do your best to care for them and make sure they enjoy the festive break, but it’s important not to wear yourself out in the process. The change in routine and influx of noise and people can be overwhelming, but there are ways you can minimise the disruption and ensure they still feel safe and secure. As lovely as it is to bring your loved one to your home to share in the festivities, being taken out of their usual surroundings can upset and disorientate an individual living with dementia. If you find this is often the case with your loved one...

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Home Care Product of The Day

December 1, 2016 10:57 am

A Home Care Preferred shop is a place where clients can receive advice on a catalogue of over 6,000 Daily Living Equipment items. A comprehensive selection of products designed to promote better independence, personal comfort and safety both in and around the home. Our highly experienced and knowledgeable Retail and Product Manager, Solly Gul, has given us his top product of the day: Medley Ergo Profiling Bed This Medley Ergo Profiling Bed comes with wooden side rails. All the Medley Ergo profiling beds are the perfect balance of budget, functionality and quality requirements. In essence, they offer cost effective patient care. They are also easy to transport and assemble. The four-sectioned profiling mattress support allows for a range of height combinations, tilt functions and back...

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Leonard Cohen’s Death Highlights Fatal Risk of Falls

November 30, 2016 5:24 pm

The manager of  Leonard Cohen announced that the cause of the singer-songwriters death was due to a fall, which led  to him passing away in his sleep. Our population is steadily living longer and longer, and falls are a common cause of hospital admissions in later life. Not only can they result in bruises, breaks and a knock in confidence, falling is actually the leading cause of accidental cause of death in the elderly. Falls can be dangerous due to a variety of short and long term risks.Short term, falls that involve trauma to the head can cause life-threatening  bleeding. Broken bones have their own risk decreasing mobility and, depending on the area of the break, lung embolisms in which...

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Elderly people who exercise ‘live five years longer’

November 29, 2016 5:15 pm

Studies last year found regular exercise in old age has as powerful an effect on life expectancy as giving up smoking. The analysis of 5,700 elderly men in Norway showed those doing three hours of exercise a week lived around five years longer than the sedentary. Julie Ward, from The British Heart Foundation, has said: “Regular physical activity, whatever your age, is beneficial for your heart health and ultimately can help you live longer. “However, our latest statistics show that nearly half of people in the UK do no moderate exercise whatsoever – a rate higher than many European countries. “Our message is that every 10 minutes counts and that making simple, more active changes to your daily routine can...

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10 Must-Have Conversations With Elderly Parents

November 28, 2016 3:55 pm

While our parents are still in good health it can be very easy to not discuss difficult yet vital subjects with them. Planning for the future is crucial to ensure your parents future care wishes are taken into account, and that they have the opportunity to express these wishes while they are able to do so, and in good time to put them in place when the time comes. The team at My Ageing Parent have compiled a list of the ten questions you and your loved ones should be asking. Have they thought about how to keep active and busy ? Many of our parents have active, busy lives. But for those retiring a huge part of their life that...

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Home Care Preferred Black Friday Deals

November 24, 2016 1:25 pm

Home Care Preferred’s Product & Retail Manager Solly Gul gives us his pick of our best Black Friday deals, make sure you head to 49 Station Road from 9:30am on wards to bag yourself the best bargains for your loved ones, just in time for Christmas. Garden Kneeler Assists user to stand from kneeling position when gardening. * Helps you to kneel comfortably whilst gardening * Enables you to get up from a kneeling position more easily * Soft padded seat with supportive steep arms * Helps to minimise back ache     RRP 37.00 Reduced to £ 13.00   Cosyfeet Hosiery Light Support Tights Soft-hold Box (three pairs) £ 15.50 Buy one box get one free. Extra Roomy Everyday...

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Study Finds Older People Want To Live In Own Homes

November 24, 2016 1:06 pm

A new study has found that the majority of older people want to stay living in their own homes particularly because they like the location of their home. The report also says there is a gap in the housing and support options for older people, between remaining at home and going into a nursing home. This unfilled gap represents a potential housing market worth up to£25 billion. It says other housing options, with varying degrees of care built in, will be needed for a growing ageing population. The report says the proportion of the population aged over 65 will increase from the current figure of 13 per cent to 25 per cent by 2046, while the number of over-80s is...