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Caring for a Person with Dementia

Caring for someone with Dementia can be difficult. This short guide will provide you with important information about receiving support and caring for your relative. Help with costs of care There are a number of ways to get help with the cost of caring for someone with dementia. You may qualify for a 25% reduction… Continue reading

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How Will ‘Personal Budgets’ Improve Social Care Delivery?

Personal Budgets were introduced in light of the 2014 Care Act; they are offered by councils to make sure an individual’s care needs are best met and allow those in need of care to have full control of the services they receive. Under this scheme your local authority or council will provide you with a… Continue reading

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Maintaining Friendships into Retirement

Maintaining friendships at any age can be a challenge; people change, their interests start to differ and communication becomes harder as everyday life begins to take over. Nonetheless, companionship is vital to living a full and healthy life, and this is never more true than during retirement. Companionship and friendships can become far harder to… Continue reading

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The Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

While dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK alone, the understanding of exactly what dementia means is limited. What is the fundamental difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia? The two terms are often confused when talking about the decline of one’s mental capacity. Cera helps to clarify the differences below: Dementia The NHS describes dementia… Continue reading

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How to Choose Palliative Care

Receiving a terminal diagnosis is always extremely difficult for patients and their loved ones. Palliative care focuses on helping one to deal with the diagnosis, whilst reducing the symptoms and pain that come with the illness. Patients receiving palliative care are usually cared for by trained nurses who have the qualifications to perform certain medical… Continue reading

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Supporting Those with Learning Disabilities

We all want to make sure our loved ones live the most fulfilling and happy life they can, however for those with family members who suffer from one or a variety of learning disabilities, the responsibility for helping them to live their most fulfilled life can fall solely upon your shoulders. Sometimes, making the decision… Continue reading

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Focusing on Prevention in Home Care

The NHS has strongly expressed that health services should focus on prevention, and act proactively rather than reactively. The Five Year Forward View stressed the importance of health and social care working together. However, the social care sector has been the slowest in implementing a change from reactive to proactive care. Why is the system… Continue reading

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The Cost of Bed Blocking

One of the challenges our healthcare system faces at the present moment is bed-blocking in hospitals. Bed-blocking occurs when there is a delay in medically-fit patients being discharged from hospital, due to the fact that post-hospital care cannot be organised quickly enough. The average daily cost of delayed discharge is £233. In February 2018 there… Continue reading

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The Importance of CQC Registration

There are over 8,000 domiciliary care agencies in the UK, however, not all of them are CQC-registered. CQC registration can greatly impact the transparency, and more importantly, the quality of care delivered by an agency. Agencies which are not registered often don’t accept any liability when a claim is made against them, nor are they… Continue reading