Summer arrives at Birchwood House Summer is well and truly upon us and we’ve had a fabulous time thinking of some fun activities for our residents. We understand the importance of staying active in later years – and that includes being socially active. While exercise is important for a high quality of life, the connectionsContinue reading “Summer arrives at Birchwood House!”
Self care and wellbeing at Birchwood House ‘Self care’ is a buzzword that is frequently used today, especially amongst many millennials. But what does it mean, how does it apply to elderly people – and how do we approach it here at Birchwood House? According to World Health Organisation (WHO), self care is “what people do forContinue reading “Self care and wellbeing at Birchwood House”
‘Home from Home’ Bringing personal items with you when you move into a care home, such as Birchwood House, is a simple and effective way to make it feel more like home. Photographs, paintings, books, souvenirs and small pieces of furniture all hold sentimental value it’s important to create that ‘home from home’ feeling whenContinue reading “‘Home from Home’”
Caring for residents with dementia Dementia is the leading cause of disability and dependency among the elderly. Globally, the number of people living with dementia will increase from 50 million, in 2018, to 152 million in 2050. That’s an increase of 204%. Dementia is a collective name for progressive brain syndromes – there are over 100, including vascularContinue reading “Caring for residents with dementia”
Healthy eating and nutrition at Birchwood House At Birchwood House, we understand that healthy eating plays a vital, protective role in a number of age-related conditions including cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline and can help to protect oral and dental health, and bone and joint health in later life. We also know that it’s notContinue reading “Healthy eating and nutrition at Birchwood House”
Behind the façade In 2010 American photographer, Tom Hussey, created an award-winning project ‘Reflections of the Past’ for a pharmaceutical company, to advertise their prescription medicine for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s dementia. Inspired by a WW2 veteran who said ‘I can’t believe I’m going to be 80, I feel like I just cameContinue reading “Behind the facade”
When is it time to think about a care home for loved ones? Watching loved ones struggle with the effects of old age can be devastating. While we can help by offering informal care in the home – cooking meals, grocery shopping, and general housekeeping – the reality is that caring for an ageing parentContinue reading “When is it time to think about a care home for loved ones?”
The nature and quality of care your loved one receives will have a huge impact on their health and happiness so it’s important to take the time to choose carefully. We hope these simple steps will help to steer you in the right direction.
Finding the right residential care home for an elderly loved one can be an emotional and stressful process; getting it right is crucial. Understanding the options available so you can find the best care is a good start, but it’s important to start by recognising the differences between a care home and a nursing home.