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End of life care - Taking control

Posted on: 26/08/2016

End of life care - Taking control

Thinking about the end of yours or a loved one’s life can be an emotive and difficult subject, but once broached many people feel that taking control of their end of life care and what happens after they die makes them feel much better, and enables them to make the most of the time they have left.

End of life care provides support for people who are in the last few months or years of their life. The purpose is to help people live as well as possible until they die and to enable them...

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A Guide to Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on: 25/08/2016

A Guide to Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimers disease is often thought of as a disease of older people, but around 4% of people with the disease are under 65. It usually affects people in their 40s, 50s and early 60s.

Alzheimers disease develops when proteins build up in the brain to form structures called 'plaques' and 'tangles'. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia in younger people and may affect 30 to 35 per cent of younger people with dementia. 

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A Better Approach to Managing Urgent Care

Posted on: 24/08/2016

A Better Approach to Managing Urgent Care

In March 2015 the NHS confederation, a membership organisation that speaks for the whole health care system, commissioned a study looking at the challenges of providing urgent care for our ageing population. It brings together experts from across the care system, who have a shared purpose of making care better for older people. The aim of the Commission was to produce guidance for people involved in designing care for older people.

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Anti Inflammatory Drug connected with Alzheimer’s treatment

Posted on: 23/08/2016

Anti Inflammatory Drug connected with Alzheimer’s treatment

Could an Anti Inflammatory Drug Hold the Key to Effective Treatment for Alzheimer’s? 

Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK, with Alzheimer’s disease accounting for 62% of people diagnosed. There is currently no known cure, and the disease costs the UK economy £30,000 per person affected per year. 

Some of the recent research has focussed on a link between...

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Homecare for people with disabilities

Posted on: 06/07/2016

Homecare for people with disabilities

Homecare services are often associated with elderly people, but can often help people living with physical or learning disabilities to live independently. 

Homecare may be helpful for people who need: 

. Personal care, such as washing or dressing

. Housekeeping or domestic work

. Cooking...

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Choosing the right type of Care

Posted on: 29/06/2016

Choosing the right type of Care

Choosing the right care for you and your loved one can be a daunting and emotional process.  

The long-term costs of care can be significant, and planning for our future or for the care of our loved ones is important. The Care Act 2014 makes clear that local authorities must provide or arrange services that help to prevent people developing care and support needs, or delay people deteriorating to the point where they...

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Dementia - a quick guide

Posted on: 22/06/2016

Dementia - a quick guide

Dementia is an umbrella term to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is diseased. There are many different forms but around 95% of people have one of the four main types. In this post we will look at the types, causes and symptoms and some of the treatments that are available. 

Although dementia is at present incurable, it is possible for people with dementia to live happy lives for many years with a coordinated approach to...

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The UKHCA: helping homecare providers stay ahead of the game

Posted on: 02/06/2016

The UKHCA: helping homecare providers stay ahead of the game

We hear a lot in the media about the CQC's (Care Quality Commission) scrutiny over care providers - but many home care providers including Expertise Homecare subscribe voluntarily to the strict guidelines set out by the UKHCA.

The United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd (UKHCA) is the professional association of home care providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors. UKHCA helps organisations that provide...

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Don't delay in seeking a diagnosis for dementia

Posted on: 01/06/2016

Don't delay in seeking a diagnosis for dementia

The 15th- 21st may marked dementia awareness week 2016. To help combat the numerous myths and misunderstandings about the disease The Alzheimer's Society has commissioned a survey to investigate people's fears about the disease. 

The research revealed that over half (56%) of people delay seeking a dementia diagnosis for up to a year or more and 62% of those surveyed feared that positive diagnosis would mean their life...

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Only as old as you feel?

Posted on: 18/05/2016

Only as old as you feel?

We often hear talk about the UK having an "ageing population" which of course is absolutely true. In the 1900s only 4% of the population was 60 or over. Nowadays there are increasing numbers working well into their 60s, and half the children who were born at the millennium will live to see 100.

The New England centenarian study is a US based research project which looks into the factors affecting longevity. Running since 1995 it has concluded...

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The growing appeal of the silver screen

Posted on: 27/04/2016

The growing appeal of the silver screen

Films are loved by many people, including older people, and this is something that is increasingly being recognised by cinemas and film producers. 

Independents and giants such as Odeon in the cinema world have offered "Silver cinema" screenings for the over 55s for some time, with reduced price tickets and a cup of tea thrown in. It's not only cinemas but also film producers that have cottoned on that older audiences...

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Social interaction "As part of a healthy lifestyle"

Posted on: 25/04/2016

Social interaction

New evidence has emerged which connects loneliness and social isolation with a 30% increased risk of stroke or coronary artery disease. It has previously been linked to poor immune systems and high blood pressure. 

Research indicates that the impact of loneliness on the body is similar to those who suffer from anxiety or have stressful jobs. Researchers from the University of York, University of Liverpool and Newcastle University...

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What is love?

Posted on: 18/04/2016

What is love?

Love is surely what sets humans apart as a species. That complex all- consuming feeling of falling for another person. The physical and emotional torment that love can bring. We mostly associate love with the young and beautiful, but of course love lost and found can affect older people as much, if not more than the young. An exhibition called Love Lived, explores stories about love and loss with 14 people aged over 70 is currently running online and at Broadgate Tower in...

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Growing Concerns

Posted on: 30/03/2016

Growing Concerns

The UK is often described as a nation of gardeners, but could more be done to help older people with care needs, particularly those who may once have enjoyed gardening, to access gardens and gardening? 

The benefits of horticulture to people are well documented. As well as the obvious health advantages associated with physical activity and exercise, gardening is known to help tackle stress and depression. And a number...

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The dangers of malnutrition 

Posted on: 16/03/2016

The dangers of malnutrition 

Homecare as opposed to residential care for older people with care needs can have huge advantages. Done well it can help maintain independence, allow a person to remain in familiar surroundings (which can be especially important for those suffering from dementia), and can enable that person to stay a part of society with a diverse age structure. 

But there can also be dangers. According to Carers UK, 60% of carers worry about the...

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The value of arts and culture

Posted on: 02/03/2016

The value of arts and culture

The results of a survey commissioned by the Arts Council and published in January 2016 show that access to arts and culture can have a big impact on the happiness of older people, and could potentially help tackle key issues such as loneliness and isolation.

76% of older people say that arts and culture is important in making them feel happy and over half of those surveyed also say that arts and culture are important in helping them to feel healthy, get out and about, meet other people...

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Being social

Posted on: 25/02/2016

Being social

We tend to think about social media as being the exclusive domain of young people, but research shows that it is of increasing benefit to older people, a trend that can surely only increase as time goes on?

One in seven of people aged 65 or older now use social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

But what are the benefits?

Social media has the potential to help with social inclusion, particularly for those that live alone or are less mobile. It can help to connect people...

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Local council homecare failing older and Vulnerable people

Posted on: 18/02/2016

Local council homecare failing older and Vulnerable people

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed that increasing numbers of council checks on elderly or disabled people last under 15 minutes, with over one million taking just 5 minutes. Care minister Norman Lamb called for a “fundamental shift” away from the practice of “clock watch care” where councils are routinely contracting visits of 15 minutes or less. He said that there needs to be a change in the way that services are funded, and that the practice...

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Dementia friendly design

Posted on: 29/01/2016

Dementia friendly design

Dementia is the biggest health problem facing the country. About 850,000 people have it and it costs the country £26 billion. 

Dementia is what is known of as an “umbrella term” covering a multitude of brain related issues, including Alzheimers. Most forms include memory loss, personality change and an impaired ability to function. 

People living with dementia will require some level of care as their condition degenerates,...

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UK excellence in palliative healthcare

Posted on: 29/01/2016

UK excellence in palliative healthcare

End of life healthcare in the UK has been ranked as being the best in the world according to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit 

and tough new inspections have rated over 90% of English hospices judged so far as either "outstanding" or "good". 

"Hospices in England are caring for and supporting people at the end of their lives" says the Care Quality Commission...

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How does winter affect older people?

Posted on: 13/01/2016

How does winter affect older people?

As Christmas fades into the distant memory we all face the bleakness that January and February can hold. Cold, dark mornings, yet more rain, maybe it’ll even get cold. But spare a thought at this time for older people who are alone. 

 Loneliness can often be accompanied by depression, and cold wet weather, and shorter days can make it more difficult for older people to leave the house, particularly those with mobility issues. 

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What Happened To Respect For Our Elders?

Posted on: 07/01/2016

What Happened To Respect For Our Elders?

In a culture of cuts to public spending, it is perhaps unsurprising to hear that the health and social care system for older people in England is under fire. But at what cost? 

 Last month Age UK published a worrying report highlighting the implications of these cuts. Research shows that number of people aged 65 or older has increased by 18.8% since 2005 with the biggest growth in the over 85 age bracket, yet almost £2 billion has been cut from...

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Join us at one of our forthcoming Discovery Days

Posted on: 20/03/2015

Expertise Homecare is hosting two Discovery Days in Kent in the coming weeks to give potential franchisees more information about the company, its unique business model and the opportunities available to manage a successful business in the growing UK home care sector.

The free, no obligation Discovery Days will take place at Expertise Homecare HQ from 10am to 3pm on Friday 20 March and Tuesday 31 March and feature a number of short presentations that give a greater insight into Expertise...

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Expertise Homecare up to the Challenge

Posted on: 13/03/2015

Expertise Homecare has been handpicked to help launch a UK-wide campaign aimed at encouraging other SMEs and entrepreneurs to deliver much-needed improvements in the delivery of care.

Our Managing Director Natalie Richards was handpicked to deliver a presentation at the inaugural Long Term Care Revolution Challenge (LTCR) event, being held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Tuesday 24 March.

The Challenge will provide funding to help businesses kick-start and develop a new...

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What our state-of-the-art software means to you

Posted on: 19/02/2015

Expertise Homecare is spearheading the integration of the latest technology into the delivery of community care, helping to greatly increase home care standards.

A major part of our unique offering is the software platform we have developed that provides live updates for each of our customers' relatives and loved ones.

What does this mean for customers?

Expertise Homecare franchises customers can expect a higher level of care through excellent and immediate communications...

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Improving Home Care - Expertise Homecare Central & West Kent

Posted on: 02/02/2015

Improving Home Care - Expertise Homecare Central & West Kent

Residents living in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and Maidstone will have access to high-quality, high-tech home care for the first time from this month thanks to Expertise Homecare Central & West Kent.

The innovative home care company, launching on Monday, 9 February, has developed its own software and systems to streamline the delivery of care and ensure the highest standards are maintained.

Expertise Homecare is owned and operated by care specialist Natalie Richards,...

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New CQC framework will show good from bad

Posted on: 30/01/2015

Expertise Homecare welcomes the adoption of a new inspection framework by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates community adult social care services in the UK.

The new framework will focus on Key Lines of Enquiry that cover five core questions; is the service safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led?

As part of this new system, care providers will now be rated as 'inadequate', 'requires improvement', 'good' or 'outstanding'.

This replaces the previous...

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Expertise Homecare Named Most Promising

Posted on: 28/11/2014

Expertise Homecare has been named Most Promising New Business at the annual ABC Networks awards.

The innovative home care business, which launched in September, was presented with the award at an awards ceremony on Friday 24 October.

The awards success marks a fruitful first eight weeks' trading for Expertise Homecare, owned and managed by Natalie Richards, which has seen the business sell its first franchise, accept a reservation for a second territory and generate widespread...

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Expertise Homecare Makes 10/10 Decision to Partner with Reevoo

Posted on: 29/10/2014

Expertise Homecare has become the first home care company to partner with independent review service Reevoo on an ongoing basis.

The new and innovative home care company's partnership with Reevoo will enable people searching for a care provider to see regularly updated, accurate and trustworthy customer satisfaction reviews.

Reevoo will contact Expertise Homecare customers directly, collecting in-depth and impartial feedback and gauging satisfaction levels across a number of set...

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Since our launch

Posted on: 24/11/2013

At Expertise Homecare we want to offer every customer trust and transparency in the services we provide. We are thrilled to say we're the first home care company to partner with the independent on-line review service Reevoo on an ongoing basis. We intend to enable people searching for care services to see regularly updated, accurate and trustworthy customer satisfaction reviews when it matters most.

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