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9 Things to Never Say to a Person with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease profoundly affects not just memory, but also the way a person communicates and interacts with the world.  Understanding this shift is crucial for anyone in close contact with someone who requires Alzheimer’s Live-In Care.  It’s about more than adjusting to memory loss; it’s about relearning how to connect.  This guide aims to highlight […]

5 Dementia-Friendly Days Out in London

Life in London with a loved one who has dementia presents unique challenges, but it also opens up opportunities for joyous experiences.  This guide offers a curated list of days out for dementia patients, with outings across the capital, designed with both the needs and comforts of those with dementia and their unpaid carers in […]

Elderly Nutrition: How to Keep Elderly Individuals Healthy

Understanding the nutrition needs of elderly individuals is crucial for improving their health and well-being.  As we age, our bodies require a balance of nutrients to maintain functionality, yet many seniors face challenges in meeting their nutritional needs for the elderly.  Key nutrients often fall short in their diets, affecting everything from muscle strength to […]

9 Common Myths About Palliative Care Busted

There are often misconceptions about palliative care that often overshadow the invaluable support it provides to patients and their families.  By debunking these myths about palliative care, we aim to shed light on the true essence of palliative care and its multifaceted benefits.  Palliative care myths can dissuade individuals from seeking the compassionate care they […]

5 Care Home Alternatives For Your Loved One

Exploring care home alternatives for the care of a loved one can be a daunting task, yet it’s crucial to know that multiple options exist that cater to different needs and preferences.  This article looks into five care home alternatives, including the increasingly popular option of live-in care, respite care, specialised dementia and Alzheimer’s care, […]

9 End-of-Life Signs Hours Before Death

Towards the end of a loved one’s life, recognising the end-of-life signs becomes critically important.  This knowledge is invaluable for live-in carers, medical practitioners, and family members who are intimately involved in the care of those nearing their final moments.  Understanding these signs not only prepares us to provide the most compassionate end-of-life care possible […]

How to Build a Positive Carer-Patient Relationship

Building a strong and positive carer-patient relationship is more than just a cornerstone of effective care; it’s a bridge that connects two individuals through mutual respect, understanding, and support.  The dynamics of care are ever-evolving; the essence of a patient-carer relationship remains rooted in the principles of empathy, communication, and genuine concern for the well-being […]

How to Care for a Young Adult with a Mental Health Condition

In recent years, the spotlight on young adult mental health has intensified, revealing a critical need for enhanced support and understanding.  Whether you’re a carer, family member, or medical professional, recognising the challenges faced by young adults with mental health issues is the first step towards providing effective help for your family members.  This article […]

6 Shocking Care Statistics You Need to Know

The changing world of elderly and supportive care underscores a pressing need for awareness and understanding among live-in carers, medical practitioners, and family members.  With the demographic of ageing individuals expanding, the importance of being informed about the care environment cannot be overstated.  This article aims to highlight six startling home care statistics that illuminate […]

How to Recover From Surgery When You Live Alone

Facing surgery can be a daunting experience, especially for those living alone. The thought of managing your recovery without immediate support might seem overwhelming. Yet, with the right preparation and resources, you can navigate this period effectively, ensuring a comfortable and safe recovery in your own home. This guide aims to arm you with practical […]

Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day: Access to Live-In Care

March 21st marks a significant day in the calendar for families, carers, and advocates across the globe.  This Down Syndrome awareness day is dedicated to raising public knowledge and understanding of Down Syndrome and championing the rights of people affected by it.  As we approach World Down Syndrome Day 2024, it’s a poignant reminder of […]

How to Solve Huntington’s Disease Behavioural Problems

Huntington’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder profoundly affecting physical coordination, emotional well-being, and cognitive abilities.  As individuals navigate through these challenges, including associated Huntington’s disease personality change and Huntington’s disease behavioural problems, understanding and managing these symptoms is vital for improving the quality of life for those needing Huntington’s Disease Care.  This guide seeks […]

10 Tips for Caring for Someone with a Brain Injury

Caring for someone with a brain injury requires patience, understanding, and a well-informed approach to effectively support their recovery and daily life.  This guide aims to cover essential strategies and tips for live-in carers, including educating oneself about brain injury, promoting independence, and maintaining a positive environment.  The focus will be on practical advice that […]

5 Reasons Why Holistic Healthcare is Important

Holistic healthcare stands as a beacon of comprehensive wellness, championing an approach that treats the entire person rather than isolating symptoms or conditions.  Unlike traditional medical practices, which often focus narrowly on specific ailments, a holistic approach to healthcare encompasses a broad spectrum of care.  By integrating physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness, this method […]

How to Promote Independence in Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy

Live-in care presents an opportunity for young adults with cerebral palsy, offering a blend of support and autonomy that is essential for their growth and independence.  This unique care model allows for a personalised approach, adapting to the individual needs and aspirations of each person.  By focusing on capability rather than disability, live-in carers play […]

Is Down Syndrome a Learning Disability?

Down Syndrome, a genetic condition caused by an extra chromosome, affects approximately 1 in 800 births in the UK, making it one of the most common chromosomal disorders. While it is widely recognised for its physical characteristics, such as distinctive facial features and certain health implications, there’s another aspect that’s equally significant but often less […]

10 Ways to Help a Loved One with COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive and chronic condition that significantly impacts the lives of those diagnosed and their families.  It hampers breathing, making everyday activities challenging and often leads to a decreased quality of life.  The importance of supportive care cannot be overstated, as it plays a crucial role in managing the […]

A Guide to Adaptive Equipment for Adults with Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy affects individuals in various ways, significantly impacting the daily lives of adults living with this condition.  The right adaptive equipment is paramount in fostering greater independence and enhancing the quality of life for those affected.  From an indispensable wheelchair, which offers mobility solutions, to the array of special equipment for Cerebral Palsy designed […]

What Care is Available After Surgery?

Navigating the transition from hospital to home after surgery can be a challenging journey for many families. The road to recovery requires not only medical attention but also emotional and physical support for your loved one.  Understanding the various forms of care available can significantly ease this process, ensuring that your relative receives the best […]

How Does Down Syndrome Affect Physical Development?

Welcoming families and carers of teens and young adults with Down Syndrome, it’s essential to approach the topic of development with both warmth and expertise.  Down Syndrome, a genetic condition arising from an extra copy of chromosome 21, profoundly influences physical and cognitive development.  Understanding how Down Syndrome affects development is crucial in tailoring care […]

10 Health Conditions Commonly Associated with Down Syndrome

Navigating the complexities of care for adult children with Down Syndrome, who may also face Down Syndrome and Autism, for example, presents both rewarding and challenging journeys.  With Down Syndrome heart defects affecting a significant portion, and the increasing prevalence of Down Syndrome and dementia with age, the need for informed, compassionate, and comprehensive care […]

What is the Cost of a Live-In Carer?

When it comes to providing care for a loved one who is ageing or living with a medical condition, the choices can be overwhelming. From care homes to assisted living facilities, there are various options available, each with its own set of considerations and costs. However, one alternative that’s gaining popularity for its personalised and […]

When is the Best Time to Discuss Power of Attorney?

Discussing the prospect of power of attorney (POA) is challenging, but it is a conversation that individuals of any age should engage in.  Whether faced with Alzheimer’s, dementia, a terminal illness or a debilitating health condition, understanding the importance of POA and initiating the discussion at the right time is important.  This lasting power of […]

10 Early Signs of Dementia in Women

In the UK, around 65% of people struggling with dementia are women. Women tend to live longer than men, and since age is the most significant cause of dementia, it means they’re more likely to develop the symptoms associated with it, affecting memory and thinking. Family and friends need to recognise early signs of dementia […]

What are the Alternatives to Hospice Care?

Do you or a loved one have a terminal illness? If so, you or they will require medical, emotional, and practical support. Hospice care isn’t the only option.  Discover different types of professional end-of-life support to help manage symptoms and daily living. Palliative Care Palliative care is a specialised form of healthcare that strongly emphasises […]

Palliative Care at Home: What to Expect

Coping with a terminal illness is difficult, so it’s essential to understand how palliative care can make it easier for the individual and their family. What is Palliative Care? Palliative care is a specialised medical approach associated with alleviating pain and reducing discomfort in individuals facing severe illnesses or conditions, particularly those for whom the […]

How to Care for Cerebral Palsy in Adults

Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition that mainly impacts the brain’s control over movement. Someone with cerebral palsy may have a wide range of physical and mental health conditions. How severe the symptoms are will vary from person to person, determining the treatment they need; however, most individuals with cerebral palsy require assistance with everyday […]

Living with Down Syndrome: What Care is Available?

Down syndrome is a genetic condition caused by an additional copy of chromosome 21. Across the UK, Down syndrome is present in around one in every 1000 live births. Care and support are an absolute must for those with Down syndrome; no matter the stage of life, from newborn babies to older people, an early […]

How to Help an Individual with Depression

Depression (depressive disorder) is a mental health condition that can be very damaging; however, it often goes undiagnosed or potentially severe consequences are overlooked.  Appropriate support is integral for an individual with depression to ensure stability and healing. If your relative or friend is suffering from depression and you don’t know how to help them, […]

World Braille Day: A Beginner Guide to Learning Braille

World Braille Day, observed annually on January 4th, is a significant occasion to celebrate the profound impact of Louis Braille’s revolutionary coding system.  The importance of World Braille Day lies in its mission to raise awareness about the challenges faced by the blind and partially sighted, emphasising the role braille plays in fostering communication, education, […]

What are the 5 Stages of Palliative Care?

Palliative care is put into place to help focus on symptom control, quality of life, emotional support, and advanced care planning for an individual with a chronic disease. A palliative care plan does not mean that death is imminent. A person can have palliative care at any stage of their illness when a cure cannot […]

5 Benefits of a Live-In Carer When Recovering From a Stroke

A stroke can be a challenging thing to overcome, not just for the individual who has experienced it but also for family members. In such circumstances, a live-in carer can be a great option to consider.  A live-in carer can help alleviate stress for the stroke survivor and their family, relieving them of tasks and […]

What to do if a Family Member has been Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

Are you wondering how to deal with Alzheimer’s as a family member? Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia that affects thinking, memory and behaviour. If a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you’re probably experiencing a whole range of emotions. You will need support during this time and the correct type of […]

Dementia: 10 Signs Death Is Near

Dementia, a general term encompassing the impairment of cognitive abilities such as thinking, remembering, reasoning, and personality, takes a toll on individuals and their loved ones.  In the journey through the stages of dementia, the decline of patients can be swift, prompting the need for families to prepare for the inevitable. If you need help […]

Top 10 Qualities to Look For in a Live-In Carer

If you’re considering a live-in carer for you or a loved one, you must find one who matches your or their needs. Equally, a live-in carer must possess the right qualities, such as empathy, patience, and professionalism, ensuring you or the individual feel physically, mentally, and emotionally supported. IP Live in Care provides live-in carers […]

How to Choose the Right Level of Care for Your Relative

When you have a relative who cannot take care of all of their own needs, you want to make sure that they get the best possible help. You want to ensure that they are treated with respect and dignity and get the care that is specific to their needs.  Fortunately, different levels of care are […]

Unpaid Carers: 10 Types of Live-In Care You Need To Know About

If you are an unpaid carer, you want to do everything you can to help take care of the needs of a loved one so they remain comfortable and independent in their own home. Many types of live-in care can give general or more complex care, alleviating unpaid carers of specific responsibilities. Here, we will […]

5 Types of Support Available to Unpaid Carers

Caring for a loved one is selfless but shouldn’t compromise the caregiver’s well-being. Unpaid carers often face physical and mental strain due to the demanding nature of caregiving responsibilities. The constant physical tasks, long hours, and potential lack of breaks contribute to physical exhaustion. The emotional and psychological toll arises from the challenges of witnessing […]

How to Combat Loneliness with Live-In Carers

Elderly individuals are particularly vulnerable to isolation, especially when health challenges restrict their ability to engage with the outside world. This pervasive loneliness can be emotionally distressing and also poses significant risks to their overall well-being. In this instance, live-in carers become invaluable companions, offering more than just assistance with daily tasks. Their presence goes […]

9 Top Tips for Choosing a Live-In Care Company

Finding a suitable live-in carer is a big decision. In this blog, we’ll get to the point about what matters in the selection process. It’s not just about qualifications; it’s about finding a reliable companion who understands individual needs.  So, we will break down the essentials, offering insights on finding appropriate live-in care, whether it’s […]

Supporting Disability History Month 2023

Understanding the past is pivotal for shaping a more inclusive future, especially when supporting those with disabilities. Disability History Month, observed from November 16 to December 16, 2023, enables us to explore and remember the disability rights movement over time.  During this month, new ideas surface, influencing healthcare workers positively and reinforcing the commitment to […]

Transforming Case Management with Live-In Care Services

Live in Care for Case Managers In the realm of case management, the pursuit of providing exceptional care for individuals with complex needs is a constant challenge. However, there is an innovative solution that has the potential to revolutionise case management: live-in care services. In this article, we will explore the transformative benefits of live-in […]

What is Assisted Living for Young Adults?

Live in care is not just a service designed for older residents, with our team of assisted living carers trained in helping all those in need of either hands-on support or companionship (or both). With a range of services which cover live in care for young adults, we are trained in supporting those with physical […]

Activities for the elderly with Covid19

Coronavirus has had a big impact on how we should care for and help the elderly at home. But what happens if an older loved relative has to isolate? What are the activities for the elderly with Covid19 that they can in their own home whilst isolating? During this social isolation period, it is particularly […]

5 Myths About Old Age You Shouldn’t Believe

In society today, stereotypes of old age are rarely positive. Whether it’s helplessness, forgetfulness or loneliness, myths about ageing can have a negative impact on the wellbeing of elderly people – and are oftentimes untrue. While it’s normal to slow down slightly as we get older, ageing shouldn’t have to mean giving up the activities […]

How to Keep Elderly Cool in Hot Weather

As the weather heats up – did you know older people need to be more careful of overheating and heat stroke because their bodies can’t adjust to high temperatures as well as younger people can? Being hydrated is also extremely important for certain medications to work properly. Older people are more vulnerable in the hot […]

Supporting a Disabled Student at University

Supporting a Disabled Student at University with Live in Care or Personal Assitants (PA’s) Having a disability doesn’t need to be a barrier if you want to go to university. Whether you need support with cleaning and cooking, getting to and from lectures or just need some help taking notes, there is an abundance of […]

Concerned Dad Requires Extra Support at Home?

Does dad need extra support and care at home? Did you know after each father’s day and bank holiday, homecare services across the country see a sharp rise in call numbers? In 2020, families became even more distant than ever before. Due to COVID – 19 and continual lockdowns we left larger amounts of time […]

Why Choose Live-in Care?

As we get older, it’s normal for our health to begin to deteriorate, and many of us find ourselves needing a little extra help in our daily lives. Families are often faced with the difficult decision of whether to move their loved one into a care home or not. But there is another alternative – […]

Worried a relative is showing signs of Dementia?

Did you know that each Easter, social services departments and home care agencies across the country see a sharp spike in call numbers? Due to COVID – 19 families became even more distant than ever before and we left larger amounts of time between visits, missing the opportunity to constantly check-in on our relatives. This […]

Concerned a relative is showing signs of Dementia?

Did visiting relatives on christmas day make you worry? Are the signs of Dementia more apparent at Christmas? In 2020 families became even more distant than ever before. Due to COVID – 19 and continual lockdowns we left larger amounts of time between visits, missing the opportunity to constantly check-in on our loved ones. This […]

Winter tips for the Elderly

Each winter, one older person dies every 7 minutes from the cold. As a leading care in the home agency we understand the biggest problem for many of our elderly customers is not managing to stay warm enough in their homes. When the temperature drops, older people run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related […]

Christmas gift ideas for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Christmas time can be a difficult time for families with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. However, searching for the perfect Christmas gift for Alzheimer’s and Dementia doesn’t have to be difficult. At IP Homecare, we have years of experience caring for someone living with Dementia. To give you a helping hand we […]

Creating a Dementia Friendly Home: 7 Essential Tips

Creating a Dementia Friendly Home for individuals living with Dementia.  The design and layout of their home can significantly impact their daily life. Making simple changes around the house can create a dementia-friendly home, a substantial difference to ensuring safety and independence. In this guide, we’ll provide you with seven top tips to create a […]

Care Homes or Live-in care?

There is an alternative to care homes called Live-in care. As we reach our eighties, it’s predicted that one in three of us will experience difficulties when carrying out five or more everyday tasks, without receiving aid whilst doing so; with an increasing aging population, the rise in the demand for living in care services […]

Live-in Care and the Coronavirus Outbreak

As the country continues to hopefully come through the pandemic, our attention is still turned towards our elderly loved ones who are the group most at risk of serious illness. It is understandably a worrying time for anyone with a loved one who falls into this category, particularly if they have an underlying medical condition […]

Why Work in Care? 7 Reasons to Be a Carer

A career in the care sector is renowned for being one of the most rewarding jobs you can do, and for many good reasons. Being a carer means you are able to make a real difference to peoples’ lives on a daily basis – from cooking their favourite meal to making sure they are safe […]

What to Expect After a Hip Replacement Operation

While hip replacement surgery is becoming increasingly common in the UK, every recovery is different. This makes knowing what to expect after a hip operation difficult, with recovery time being dependent on a range of factors. These include the type of prosthetic hip you have, if any other soft tissues were affected during surgery, and […]

Making a Dementia Memory Box

Many of us have old boxes stored away that are full of memories from our past. Whether it’s mementos from a favourite holiday, photographs from when we were young or a keepsake from a significant other, these boxes act as a way for us to revisit times gone by whenever we feel like reminiscing. For […]

National Live-in Care Agency of the Year 2020

We’ve won the National Live-in Care Agency of the year award! We are delighted and proud to announce that we have won the GHP Social Care UK Live-in Care Agency of the Year 2020 award! This is a fantastic achievement and testament to all the hard work that everyone at IP Homecare puts in. This […]

Indoor Activities for People with Dementia

With the changeable weather, loved ones can spend alot of boring days cooped up inside. And for those living with Dementia, these weather conditions can exacerbate feelings of confusion, disorientation and fright (especially if your loved one is upset by storms). Rainy days can leave the best of us feeling a little down, but a […]

How to Support Someone With a Learning Disability

According to research carried out by the NHS, there are more than one million people living with a learning disability in the UK. There are many different types of learning disabilities, and each person is unique, but there are some practical tips to bear in mind when it comes to caring for someone who may […]

Do You Require Urgent Care?

Urgent Care Life is unpredictable. Sometimes, urgent care is required immediately. Did you know IP Homecare operates a fast-response urgent care service to ensure that a trained, highly experienced live-in carer can be with you within 24 hours if the need arises? Find out more about our emergency home care services today. Reasons why urgent […]

Elderly Care After Hospital Discharge

If your loved one is due to be released from hospital, you may be wondering what follow-up care after hospital discharge involves. It’s important to make sure that the right support is in place after discharge from hospital, not only so that the transition from hospital to full-time care is as smooth as possible, but […]

What Does a Live-in Carer Do?

If you’re considering care options for yourself or a loved one, you may have come across the term ‘live-in care’ – but what is live-in care? And what does a live-in carer do? At the centre of the live-in carer job description is enabling individuals who require care to continue enjoying a comfortable, safe and […]

How can Live-in Care support the NHS?

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, there has been an increase in Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) contacting nursing and residential homes in order to free up hospital beds. These homes are being asked to provide extra capacity as the NHS ramps up discharge from hospital for elderly people. At IP Homecare, we want people to know that […]

What is Muscular Dystrophy?

Muscular dystrophy is an inherited condition that gradually causes muscle weakness. It is a progressive disease, meaning that it begins by targeting one group of muscles before affecting muscles in the body more widely. While there is no known cure for muscular dystrophy, with the right treatment and care in place, symptoms can be managed […]

Care in the Community

An elderly lady we used to see out and about in the community always used to cross a busy road with her head lowered. She never looked whether the road was clear to cross and we always used to go out to ensure she was ok. Her son then visited the office, realising it was […]

Virtual Reality and Dementia

Research recently carried out by the University of Kent has found that virtual reality technology could help to improve the lives of those living with dementia. The study of virtual reality and dementia suggests that by recalling memories from the past, levels of aggression are reduced and interactions with caregivers become easier. VR can also […]

What is Independence for Older People

Independence is often something we take for granted – until we reach an older age. The challenges that arise as part of the aging process mean that elderly people often worry about losing the independence they’re used to. But what is independence for older people? We’ve outlined some of the ways you can ensure your […]

Home Adaptions for Elderly People

As we get older, it can begin to feel a little harder than usual to comfortably move around our own homes. Home adaptations for elderly people make it easier and safer to carry out everyday tasks, with some of the smallest changes making the biggest differences. From widening doorways to grab rails for stairs, we’ve […]

What is Young Onset Dementia?

Young onset dementia, also referred to as early onset dementia, is defined as dementia diagnosed under the age of 65. According to Dementia UK, there are currently an estimated 42,000 people living with young onset dementia, even though the disease is one typically associated with old age. Signs of young onset dementia Because dementia is […]

Social Activities for the Elderly: Staying Active Over 65

We’re constantly being told that staying active is the key to maintaining good health – and it’s never too late to start. From cancer to heart and circulatory diseases, physical activity can help prevent and improve a range of health conditions, meaning that keeping active in old age is crucial to remaining healthy and independent. […]

Customer Satisfaction Survey 2019

98.4% of customers are satisfied with care from IP Live in Care In order to ensure we are continually delivering the highest level of quality care. We ask all our customers to complete a customer satisfaction survey so that we can identify any areas for improvement. Thank you to all our customers who completed the […]

Community Care Live 2019

We’re delighted to be exhibiting at the Community Care Live show at the Business Design Centre in London on 15th/16th October. The show provides 2 days of CPD training and learning and covers a wide range of topics across children and family social work, adult social care and social work management. Why visit the Community […]

Keep Pets at Home with you with a Live in Carer

Growing older can sometimes be a lonely time, especially when close friends pass away or families aren’t able to  visit as much as they would like to. Some find it difficult to leave the house and participate in social activities as they get older, however there is one source of comfort that benefits our elderly […]

How to avoid doorstep scams

According to AGE UK, 85% of the victims of doorstep scams are aged 65 over. Doorstep scammers ofter target older people and they usually have the gift of the gab and will try to befriend your loved one with a convincing story. Doorstep scams can be very distressing especially for older people and the impact […]

Explaining Dementia to a Child

Having a friend or family member who is living with dementia is difficult, and everyone will have their own way of dealing with those diagnosed with it. Coping with a dementia diagnosis or finding out someone close to you has dementia is distressing – even for the most thick-skinned individuals. Explaining dementia to a child […]

Dementia Diagnosis, what next?

If your loved one has been clinically diagnosed with Dementia, there are lots of available resources to support your relative and your family at this difficult time. We’ll explain what happens after a Dementia diagnosis and how you can access the care that they need, along with some information you’ll need to think about a […]

What is sundowner’s syndrome?

Sundowner’s syndrome, or sundowning, is a type of confusion that can happen in the late afternoon and evening. It can affect people living with early on-set Alzheimer’s or Dementia, but can affect the elderly recovering from surgery in hospitals or in unfamiliar environments. Sunset is typically a time where people go through the transition after […]

What Are The Signs of a Stroke?

A stroke (sometimes referred to as a brain “attack”), occurs when the blood flow to your brain stops and the brain cells in the area begin to crash. Treatment is needed immediately to ensure you lower your chances of brain damage, disability or even death, which is why knowing the warning signs of a stroke […]

The Stroke Assembly 2019

Are you supporting a stroke survivor? Then come along to the UK Stroke Assembly at the Radisson Blu Hotel at East Midlands Airport on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd July. It’s a perfect opportunity to bring together stroke survivors and carers to talk about the things that matter to them. Providing a forum to share […]

The Alzheimer’s Show 2019

Diagnosed with Dementia? If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with Dementia then don’t forget to come along to the Alzheimer’s show on Friday 7th and Sat 8th June at the Olympia Exhibition centre in London. Get your questions answered by experienced carers and specialist professionals, in a friendly and relaxed environment. […]

A day with the Palliative Care Team

Sue Coleman, our Care Partnership Manager, was delighted to be personally invited to train and shadow alongside the palliative care team at Southend Hospital. The team consists of seven macmillan nurses and three consultants. She met with a CNS macmillan nurse and a palliative care consultant. Here’s Sue’s story… In the morning, I went along […]

How To Identify Early Signs of Dementia

Think you might have spotted possible signs of Dementia in a relative? Or maybe you’re worried that you wouldn’t know what behaviour to look out for. Here we’ll break down how to tell if a relative has Dementia, which might offer you some clarity and guidance. What are the very first signs of Dementia that […]

How to care for someone with Parkinson’s Disease

Are you caring for someone with Parkinson’s Disease? At IP Live in Care we understand how challenging the condition can be for them and those closest to them. Read our 10 top tips caring for someone with Parkinson’s Disease Look after yourself and ask for helpIt’s important that you are physically and emotionally in tip […]

How to care for someone with Muliple Sclerosis

2.3 million people in the world are affected by MS. You’re not alone. If your loved one has been diagnosed with MS, it’s natural to feel unsure how to help them or concerned about their general wellbeing and mood. We can help. Read our guide to find out what MS is, how to care for […]

Malnutrition and the elderly

It is estimated that over 3 million people in the UK are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition and over 1 million are our elderly aged 65 and over. Identifying malnutrition can be challenging as many symptoms can be interpreted as signs of ageing or develop as a result of an undiagnosed medical condition. Therefore it […]

Preventing Dementia wandering: Top 10 tips

Have you noticed that your loved one has started wandering around aimlessly during the day and night? If you’re wondering if there’s a link between Dementia and wandering the Alzheimer’s Association tells us that 60% of people who live with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease will wander about. If you’re a family member supporting your loved […]

Introductory & Managed Live-in Care Agencies: The Difference

A fully managed live-in care agency At Independent People Homecare we employ, train and supervise the carers directly. We will interview them, check references, do background and criminal record checks and will provide ongoing training. We take complete responsibility for the management of the live in care service, rather than this being the responsibility of […]

What to Do if You’re Diagnosed with Dementia

When someone is diagnosed with Dementia, there are a number of ways in which they can react. Taking in the news and then processing it can take its toll, both mentally and physically, leaving the individual feeling drained and unsure about their next steps. This reaction can also be influenced by the person’s previous experiences, […]

How private care can help with hospital discharge

Did you know last winter our NHS came under immense pressure with then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt admitting it was “probably the worst ever”. Accident and emergency services are as busy as ever, predominantly due to the growing and complex needs of our ageing population. One of the ‘bottle necks’ being securing elderly patients the […]

Are you a member of the sandwich generation?

Do you care for elderly parents and children? If you’re feeling the pressure of looking after your children and your elderly parents, you’re not alone.  Did you know, around 2.4 million people are part of what’s known as the “sandwich generation”. A generation of people in their 30s or 40s who now care for their […]

How to plan your discharge from hospital

Visiting a loved one in hospital can be traumatic and stressful. But knowing what needs to happen at the point of discharge can be equally challenging. We can help you when it comes to effective discharge planning. Here we will advise on how a discharge care plan is created and answer all your questions about […]

How to reduce your risk of falls

Anyone can have a fall, but as we become older we all become more  at risk. In fact, around one in three people over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall this year. About half of these will have more frequent falls too. Of course, there’s always the risk of broken […]

Live In Care or Care Homes

How does Live In Care compare to care homes? Did you know according to AGE UK by our late eighties, one in three of us will have difficulties undertaking five or more tasks of daily living unaided? We all know we are an ageing population and the number of older people aged eighty five and […]

What is Alzheimer’s?

Are you concerned that your loved one may be demonstrating symptoms of Alzheimer’s? We know it feels scary when the reality of your loved one having Alzheimer’s sets in. Don’t fret, we can help. Let’s talk through the early and late stages of Alzheimer’s, explain how an Alzheimer’s diagnosis might happen and how we can […]

Why Rose chose live-in care

When Rose’s family contacted us, Rose had just returned home after a spell in hospital. She was in poor health and her family really didn’t want to place her in a care home. After extensive research, a friend recommended Independent People Live in Care and after seeing profiles of 4 different Live-in Carers, they chose Andrea […]

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – what are the symptoms?

What are the early warning signs of MS? Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can cause a wide range of symptoms and can affect any part of the body. There’s no typical pattern that applies to everyone – each person with the condition is affected differently and people can have different symptoms at different times. You shouldn’t assume […]

Early warning signs of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s More than six million people are affected worldwide and according to Parkinson’s UK one in every 500 people in the UK has Parkinson’s. This equates to approximately 127,000 individuals, many of them over the age of 50, who require specialist care and support. It’s important to remember that not everyone who develops Parkinsons’s disease […]

Respite breaks for Carers

Providing ongoing care for a loved one can certainly be challenging – and, at times, exhausting. If you are responsible for the day-to-day care needs of a dependent relative or friend, the responsibility can sometimes become a little overwhelming. One of the most difficult aspects is that you can feel tied to your commitments 24 […]

How to care for someone with Dementia

At IP Homecare, we have been caring and support families living with Dementia for a number of years. We understand caring for someone living with Dementia can be both physically and mentally exhausting. It affects every part of your life and can make you feel isolated, stressed and sometimes even depressed. There is no ‘right’ […]

Meet Danielle, a Live in Carer

Describe a typical day as a Live in Carer Hi, I’m Danielle, as a Live in Carer, I live in the customer’s home’s 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. I have my own room and I don’t have to pay rent or housekeeping. My job as a Live in carer has taken me […]

What is Live in care or What is 24/7 Care?

Live in care is an affordable alternative to a care home Live in care is a relatively unknown concept and is very different to the care provided in a care home. In a care home staff work in shift patterns – this means there is not one single person specifically caring for a customer. They […]

7 Top Tips for a Live in Carer

Being a full-time or part-time carer for someone you love and live with can take its toll, not only on yourself but on your relationships and general wellbeing. As a Carer, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the other person’s life and forget about yourself at times which, when you think about […]

Music Therapy: A Holistic Approach to Dementia

With the number of people living with Dementia expected to reach 1 million by 2025, the need for effective yet accessible treatments is growing. Although Dementia is an incurable degenerative brain disease, there are a number of ways that its symptoms can be alleviated, making life more comfortable and enjoyable for the individual. One of […]

What Are The Symptoms of Parkinson’s?

We were all sad to hear that music legend Neil Diamond has cancelled the remainder of his tour after he was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. But what is Parkinson’s disease and what are the symptoms? Symptoms and signs of Parkinson’s do vary from person to person. Early signs may be mild and may go […]

Eating Tips for Those With Parkinson’s

Living with Parkinson’s can present a number of challenges that often lead to an impact on everyday life. One of the main issues those with Parkinson’s tend to face is eating, and being able to do so with ease. As with anybody, it’s important to make sure that a healthy, balanced diet is maintained. However, […]

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s disease is a common type of dementia, and it is estimated affect a total of 850,000 people in the UK alone. It has also been found that 62% of those with dementia have the disease in the form of Alzheimer’s disease. Both dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are progressive neurological diseases, which […]

How Can Technology Help Improve Your Home Care?

We live in a world where a plethora of information is available at our fingertips. With the rapid development of technology and its integration into everyday life, it’s no surprise to see that it is widely debated within society. From the accusation that technology has killed the art of the pub conversation, to the argument […]

The Benefits of Home Care

When it comes to deciding on care treatments, it’s important to find an effective care solution that fits and adapts easily into your current lifestyle. One service that does just this is home care. Whether you’re looking for emergency care or live in care, home care is a fantastic option which allows you to stay within […]

IP Homecare Staff Help Find Missing Person

Last week, Senior Carer Hayley O’Neale  at IP Homecare, Chelmsford was surprised to come across an extremely confused and distressed elderly woman called Betty, whilst on her way to work. Concerned for Betty’s welfare, Hayley’s caring instincts kicked in and she made the decision to take Betty into the IP Homecare office. Hayley said: “When […]

Hampshire Council to use Amazon to support the elderly

The local authority is trialling new software that could transform the way we care for our elderly population. With the social care crisis looming ever closer, local councils and authorities in the UK are turning to more out-of-the-box solutions to ensure the elderly population are well-looked-after. Hampshire County Council are pioneering the use of technology […]

How Do We Solve the Elderly Care Crisis?

With societies across the globe buckling under the cost of care for the elderly, what can be done to ensure future generations are provided with the support they deserve? Many have claimed that the elderly care system in the United Kingdom is heading for collapse. With inadequate funding from the government for the social reforms […]

Helping Young People Succeed At University

Live in care and PA’s for young adults A growing number of our customers are young adults with disabilities, who we’re helping to achieve their goals. One of our main aims here at IP Live in Care is to help people to live fulfilling, independent lives for as long as possible. While the majority of […]

Care Homes Can Be Lonely Places

Why Live In Care Is A Great Alternative Elderly people can find care homes lonely and isolating, and often thrive with a live in carer back in their own property. Caring for an elderly relative can be a real challenge, and when their needs increase, a care home can seem like the only remaining option.  […]

NHS Struggling With Cost Of Care

Senior Care Costs Set To Rocket Due To Increase In Dementia Cases A new report highlights the disparity between available NHS funding and the number of seniors who are likely to need care in the next 8 years. New research presented by the Lancet Public Health medical journal has shone a light on the lack […]

Live In Care Is Always The Better Option

Shocking Truth Of Standards In BUPA Care Homes Recent investigations into BUPA care homes highlight the shocking level of neglect and mistreatment in such facilities. Opt for live in care as a superior choice. When the inevitable time comes in a person’s life, where extra support is needed either with personal tasks such as bathing […]

Reduce Risk of Falls with Home Based Exercises

Improve your strength and balance to stay steady on your feet An article in the British Medical Journal found that a programme of home-based exercise can help prevent falls in the elderly. As we grow older, many of us become more prone to trips and falls, with around a third of people over 65 suffering […]

Visiting made me worry about Dementia…

Did you know after every holiday period, social services departments across the country see a sharp spike in call numbers? People call with concerns about the wellbeing of loved ones having spent time with them over bank holiday. As society changes, and families grow ever more dispersed, the time between visits can grow from weeks […]

Top Tips on Helping Someone With Dementia

Easter can cause mixed feelings for those with a loved one living with Dementia. It’s common to experience a sense of loss for the way things used to be and to feel guilty about what we think we should do or how we think we should feel. At a time when you believe you should […]

Thinking of a Career in Live In Care?

What is in Involved in Becoming a Live In Carer? If you love working with people and want to make a real difference to someone’s life, then live in care could be just the career for you. If you are a people person and want a job that will give something back to the community, […]

Sundowner’s Syndrome

Sundowners Syndrome and Live in Care – Triggers and the Management Being alive to see the sunset every day is always a cause for celebration, and most people will celebrate that within their hearts because it’s a period you get to relax from the day’s activities – a transition period from a hectic day to […]