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Community Care: 5 Selfless Acts to Boost Camaraderie

When was the last time you showed a random act of kindness for your community?



Community care is important for making and maintaining meaningful relationships with the people around you.



Just as you would incorporate self-care into your daily routine, it’s just as vital to incorporate community care too.



In our article, discover just a few of the selfless acts you can do to boost camaraderie and improve the lives of others:



Call a Friend



The events of 2020 helped many of us to understand the true importance of relationships and connections. Being isolated from our loved ones was a strange and difficult experience. Since lockdown restrictions have started easing, many of us have begun treasuring the time we now get to spend with our friends and family and have to come to appreciate them much more.



To help our residents better cope with the consequences of the pandemic, at our homes, we invited them to engage with their loved ones via video call and phone call.



As the world continues to return to normality, try to think about those who may still be lonely; why not give them a call? Perhaps you have an elderly relative who lives in a care home, or have a friend who lives far away; these people may be in need of more frequent contact and support. Take some time to give them a call and let them know you’re thinking of them to help raise their spirits and remind them that they’re not alone.



Check in With Your Neighbour



How many elderly neighbours do you have that are lonely and isolated? Perhaps you could take some time each week to check in on them.



Offering to pick up some shopping, help with some chores, or collect their prescriptions are great ways of boosting camaraderie and showing support in your community.



You could also create a group in your area, in which you phone/check-in on those who may be in need of some neighbourly assistance.



Volunteer in Your Community



Community care can involve volunteering your services to support others in your community, such as helping out at the local food bank.



Many families have felt the financial effects of the pandemic and are utilising the help that food banks offer. Why not get involved and help serve those in need? You’ll feel great knowing that your community care work is helping to benefit those in your area.



You could also organise a litter picking day. A fresh, clean environment will help improve the whole community and bring people together to help make it a better place. You could also take steps to help eliminate litter in the first place, by encouraging recycling in the community. The local schools may get involved with encouraging children to make posters to put up around the community to discourage people from leaving behind their waste, too.



Send a Gift



Sending a gift is a wonderful way to let someone know you’re thinking of them. This doesn’t have to be a grand gesture; it could be some hand-picked flowers for a neighbour, or a box of chocolates for someone you feel needs a pick-me-up.



You could even remain anonymous and leave a little ‘thank you’ note for someone who you feel has been a pillar of support in the community. This could be the beginning of a new community trend!



Pay it Forward



‘Paying it forward’ refers to the act of paying for the person behind you in a queue - so, when they arrive at the checkout, they are presented with an unexpected surprise.



This works well in a coffee shop; for example, if you're ordering a coffee for yourself, you can request to pay for the order behind you in addition to your own. You never know how someone’s day is going, or how they may be feeling, so a random act of kindness like this could benefit them in ways you wouldn’t expect.



Why not read our previous blog to find out about when local students sent us kindness postcards? Alternatively, if you'd like to find out more about our care, please contact a dedicated member of our team.

15th June

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Communication Aids For Dementia: 5 Ways to Improve Quality of Life

Are you looking for ways to communicate effectively with your loved one?



When a loved one receives a dementia diagnosis, it can be a daunting reality to face. Take a look at our list of communication aids for dementia to help ensure you maintain effective communication with your loved one throughout this difficult time:



Use Visual Aids



If your loved one is going to remain in their own home, there are a few communication aids for dementia that you can try in order to help them retain their independence and live safely.



Visual aids around the house can serve as reminders to help your loved one achieve daily tasks, such as remembering the location of important items or switching the oven off.



These can be in the form of notes or posters at each point to help them remember these vital actions. You can also put a list of important numbers on the wall by the telephone for them, as phonebooks may get misplaced.



Enlist the Help of a Home Care Assistant



It’s advisable to arrange home care visits for your loved one if they choose to stay in their home.



Having set times for someone to check in with them can provide peace of mind for you and your loved one, as well as ensuring a professional level of communication. This is helpful for monitoring the progression of their dementia, whilst providing an invaluable sense of companionship in your absence.



A home care assistant can pop in once a week, for a couple of hours a day, or they can live in, depending on your loved one’s needs. In addition to offering a friendly face, professional carers can help with a wide array of day-to-day tasks and activities - such as washing, dressing, feeding, and administering medication.



Use the Dementia Dictionary



The Dementia Dictionary is a useful tool, not only for finding new ways to communicate with your loved one, but also understanding the new ways in which they communicate with you.



It’s an online service where you can translate your loved one’s behaviours, actions, noises, and body language into the dementia-specific language, so you can gain a better understanding.



The dictionary is continuously developed with new descriptions of behaviours, and its dementia interpreters also run a networking platform where they offer advice and support, should you need it.



Install a Technology Assistant



Technology assistants and apps, such as the Alexa Care Hub, can provide your loved one with audible reminders for essential tasks such as appointments, phone calls, and taking medicine.



They can connect to smart devices within the home so, for example, your loved one could use Alexa to adjust the heating. Your loved one can also use the hub for listening to music or audiobooks, as well as assistance with everyday tasks such as cooking and creating to-do lists/shopping lists.



They’re user-friendly, making it easy for your loved one to remain as independent as possible in their own home.



Keep a Scrapbook



Scrapbooking offers a brilliant outlet for personalisation and expression. It's also a valuable tool for preserving special memories.



Bring copies of photographs of family and friends - both past and present - and help your loved one cut and glue them into a scrapbook. Don't forget to write down the names of each person and descriptions of the scene; it'll help jog your loved one's memory and provide valuable insight for future generations.



During each visit, you can add more to the scrapbook as a way of spending quality time with your loved one, as well as creating a beautiful keepsake. It's an effective way of providing stimulation, whilst also improving fine motor and cognitive skills.



It can be upsetting and frustrating when your loved one begins to forget special memories, but you can use this time to record the experiences they do remember in the scrapbook.



Here at Wellbeing Care, we understand that a dementia diagnosis is a difficult path to navigate for all involved. The next time you're with your loved one, give some of these communication aids for dementia a try.



For further ways to help your loved one, visit our previous blog to discover the essential food groups for optimal health in older adults. If you’d like more information or support, contact a dedicated member of our team.

13th May

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Senior Living in Suffolk | An Aquatic Delivery

Recently, at our home for senior living in Suffolk, we arranged a special surprise for our residents.



We received a very generous donation, and after putting a lot of thought into how we could put it to good use, we decided to install an aquarium at St George’s!



The donation was made by the wonderful family of John Bird, a much-loved resident who sadly passed away in January.



We felt there was no better way to honour his memory; John loved tropical fish and kept them himself for 15 years, so it felt fitting to house tropical fish in the aquarium.



Installing Our Aquarium



John is very much missed in our care home, so we’re extremely grateful to his family for enabling us to install this amazing sensory experience for our residents, which will also serve as a wonderful reminder of him.



We are also grateful to our local aquatics shop, International Tropics who, when they heard of our plans to install an aquarium, kindly stepped in to donate an array of colourful artificial plants and tropical fish.



The Benefits of Animal Therapy



We hope that the aquarium will provide residents with a pleasant and calming sensory experience, as well as a suitably tranquil way of remembering John who, although only a resident for a short period, had become a much-loved member of our family.



John’s wife, Cynthia, said: “I’m so pleased that St George’s chose to use the donation to buy an aquarium for the home. John would have been over the moon, too, as he used to keep tropical fish himself for about 15 years. He enjoyed watching them swim around and found it incredibly relaxing.”



Studies show that observing fish can have a positive impact on physical and mental health and that ‘aquarium therapy’ can improve the mood, alertness, appetite, and temperament of people living with dementia. At our home for senior living in Suffolk, we’ve already started seeing the positive effects the fish are having on our residents, who are all delighted with the new addition to our communal lounge.



Joy Henshaw, our registered manager here at St George’s, said: “Our residents have taken to the new aquarium well - some have even got involved with naming the fish! As someone who was fond of fish himself, the aquarium is the perfect way of honouring John and we’re very grateful to his family for their donation, which enabled us to buy the tank.



“We’d also like to say a huge thank you to International Tropics, who were so generous with supplying plants and fish for the aquarium. It’s a lovely addition to the home and will bring joy to our residents for many years to come.”



We’re looking forward to seeing our residents enjoy the company of their fellow aquatic friends at our facility for senior living in Suffolk. Take a look at our previous blog for further insight into our dementia care methods.



Contact us for more information about our option for senior living in Suffolk.

20th April

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Nutrition For Older Adults: 5 Essential Food Groups For Optimal Health

Does your loved one enjoy a healthy, balanced diet? As we age, our needs regarding food change according to our body processes. In celebration of National Nutrition Month, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the most nutritious food groups for older adults:

Eat the Rainbow

Sticking to the age-old mantra of ‘eat the rainbow’ is a great way to check your plate is working to provide you with the best sources of nutrition. Include a variety of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables to ensure your body is getting a wide range of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Remember to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day, and choose a variety of each for maximum health benefits. Beetroot alone, for example, can offer you fibre, vitamins A and C, folic acid, iron and calcium. Spinach is another brilliant example, as it contains magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamin A and a whole host of other nutrients. You could try making a brightly coloured fruit/vegetable salad, which you can easily prepare and store in airtight containers for a ready-made healthy snack each day!

Switch to Whole Grains

Swap white carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, and rice for whole grains for a healthier alternative. Fibre-rich diets are essential to keep your digestive system working optimally as you get older. High-fibre foods can help you feel fuller for longer since they are a good source of slow-release energy. They also expand when mixed with liquid - so drinking water at the same time can further help you feel satiated. Fibre is also great for regulating blood sugar levels and reducing high cholesterol. From swapping white rice to brown to adding more beans to your diet, there are a variety of ways you can incorporate more fibre into your diet to ensure your body functions optimally.

Include Dairy Products in Your Diet

Dairy provides a generous helping of calcium and vitamin D, both of which help keep bones strong and healthy. As you get older, this is essential for bone health, reducing the risk of fractures and breaks. Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt all help to increase bone density and keep you fit and healthy.

Opt For Protein-Rich Foods

Red meats and processed meats are high in saturated fat, which is linked to the onset of a number of health conditions - from high cholesterol to bowel cancer. Limit your intake of processed meats, and swap them for leaner cuts of meat and fish to ensure you get the full benefits with fewer risks. Chicken, turkey, salmon and tuna are all excellent sources of protein. Protein is essential as it can improve muscle tone and strength, aid weight loss by reducing cravings, and boost your metabolism. Plant-based protein options are great for meat-free days, as well as a healthy accompaniment to meat and fish dishes. Lentils, chickpeas, nuts, beans and legumes are all delicious examples - and can be incorporated into the diet in so many ways. You could try adding edamame beans to salads and stir-fries, roasting spice-infused chickpeas for a snack, or substitute meat for tofu as a delicious way to increase your protein consumption.

Spice up Your Dish

Herbs and spices can be easily incorporated into a variety of dishes, and have some incredible health benefits. To name just a few: turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, sage can improve brain function and memory, and cinnamon can help lower your blood sugar levels. Cooking with herbs and spices, or even putting some cinnamon on your morning porridge, can do wonders for your body, and are an essential part of nutrition for older adults. At Wellbeing Care, offering nutritional meals is something we’re passionate about. Browse our website for more information about the care we offer.

19th April

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Residential Care vs Assisted Living: Which is Best For Your Loved One?

When it comes to care, everyone’s needs are different - so how do you know which care service to choose?



In this article, we’re looking at the benefits of residential care vs assisted living to help you make the right decision for your loved one.



Having a good understanding of their needs and speaking to their healthcare provider may also prove useful so that when it comes to choosing a care service, you can be assured you’re choosing the right level of care.



Keep reading to find out which type of care would better suit your loved one...



What is Residential Care?



Residential care combines seamless care with a comforting home-from-home. Care recipients usually have their own rooms with shared spaces in which to socialise with friends and engage in fun activities.



Most often, an on-site coordinator will design an activities calendar to help stimulate residents and build their fine and gross motor skills. Gardening, crafts, and baking are a few popular choices that help to encourage physical and mental activity.



Care professionals are on-site 24-hours-a-day in residential care facilities and work with the resident and their family members to create a person-centred tailored care plan, designed to meet their individual needs. Readily equipped for an array of requirements, such as ramps, handrails, non-slip flooring, and fitted alarm systems throughout, your loved one will be able to retain their independence as much as possible in a safe and secure environment.



Meal plans are curated to meet elderly nutritional needs and can be tailored for individual dietary requirements. Your loved one can choose to eat in the shared dining room with friends, in the garden on a warm day, or even in the comfort of their own room.



What is Assisted Living?



In assisted living environments, a carer typically visits care recipients in the comfort of their own home to support them with day-to-day living. The care can be tailored to support a variety of needs - from minimal assistance with everyday tasks, such as washing and dressing to a full-time care plan.



Being in their familiar surroundings can be beneficial to your loved one’s memory and wellbeing, and with special home adaptations to make their everyday living easier and safer - such as stairlifts and handrails - your loved one will be able to retain their independence for as long as possible.



Residential Care vs Assisted Living: Which is Best For Your Loved One?

Having looked at the benefits of both residential care and assisted living, you now need to decide, based on your loved ones’ individual needs, which you feel would be best. Residential care would be more suited to your loved one if they perhaps live alone and are in need of a higher, or more regular, level of care. Assisted living may be more suited if they are keen to retain maximum independence and feel they would be more comfortable in their familiar surroundings, or they require professional care less frequently. For further insight, take a look at our care choices page. Alternatively, read our previous blog on dementia care for further information on specialist care options.

14th April

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We Received Kindness Postcards! | Care Home in Lowestoft

It’s been a tough year for everyone - and our residents at our care home in Lowestoft have certainly felt the effects of the lockdown. So, when students of East Coast College created and sent ‘kindness postcards’ in a bid to raise spirits and spread smiles, you can only imagine how delighted our residents were! The kindness postcards included drawings, motivational quotes, and heartfelt messages designed to spread smiles during isolation. Amongst the 30 handmade postcards sent to our care home in Lowestoft were messages of reassurance, encouragement, and appreciation, as well as wishes of sunshine and happiness for all. The local students, aged 16-18, had spent time with our residents prior to the pandemic as part of their work experience and had enjoyed bonding with them. Discussing the project, Carrie Doddington, a tutor at East Coast College, said: “The last 12 months have been difficult for everybody, but especially so for care home residents who have been unable to see their family for long periods. Our students wanted to do whatever they could to spread some smiles, so they came up with the postcard project, which we hope will help keep spirits high at The Dell.” Pupil Chloe Peters (aged 16), who came up with the idea, said: “The residents at The Dell are very special to us. We’ve been lucky enough to spend time with them in the past and they were always so welcoming and friendly; smiling, singing, and offering to tell us stories about their lives. Although we can’t visit at the moment, we wanted them to know that they're in our thoughts and we hope that by receiving one of our postcards, they'll know how loved and appreciated they are”. Daniella Penedo, our assistant manager at the day centre, said: “For the staff and pupils at East Coast College to think of us as recipients for their kindness postcards is wonderful. The residents have been blown away by the lovely gesture, and to know that someone has taken the time out of their day to send loving thoughts, has made them feel very special. We’re very grateful to East Coast College, as well as other members of the public, who've helped ensure our residents feel connected to the local community at this time of isolation.” Following the success of the postcards, the students are now working on their next project, which will see them create a ‘Happy Memories’ jigsaw puzzle for the residents to enjoy at our care home in Lowestoft. We can’t wait to receive them! We were delighted to be included in such a wonderful project, and we’re incredibly grateful to the students for their efforts in spreading a little sunshine throughout our home. Hopefully, it won’t be long until we can welcome them back to visit in person! If you’d like to find out more about us and our care, take a few minutes to browse our website. Alternatively, take a look at our previous article to read more about our vaccine journey.

19th March

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Community Care: 5 Selfless Acts to Boost Camaraderie

When was the last time you showed a random act of kindness for your community?



Community care is important for making and maintaining meaningful relationships with the people around you.



Just as you would incorporate self-care into your daily routine, it’s just as vital to incorporate community care too.



In our article, discover just a few of the selfless acts you can do to boost camaraderie and improve the lives of others:



Call a Friend



The events of 2020 helped many of us to understand the true importance of relationships and connections. Being isolated from our loved ones was a strange and difficult experience. Since lockdown restrictions have started easing, many of us have begun treasuring the time we now get to spend with our friends and family and have to come to appreciate them much more.



To help our residents better cope with the consequences of the pandemic, at our homes, we invited them to engage with their loved ones via video call and phone call.



As the world continues to return to normality, try to think about those who may still be lonely; why not give them a call? Perhaps you have an elderly relative who lives in a care home, or have a friend who lives far away; these people may be in need of more frequent contact and support. Take some time to give them a call and let them know you’re thinking of them to help raise their spirits and remind them that they’re not alone.



Check in With Your Neighbour



How many elderly neighbours do you have that are lonely and isolated? Perhaps you could take some time each week to check in on them.



Offering to pick up some shopping, help with some chores, or collect their prescriptions are great ways of boosting camaraderie and showing support in your community.



You could also create a group in your area, in which you phone/check-in on those who may be in need of some neighbourly assistance.



Volunteer in Your Community



Community care can involve volunteering your services to support others in your community, such as helping out at the local food bank.



Many families have felt the financial effects of the pandemic and are utilising the help that food banks offer. Why not get involved and help serve those in need? You’ll feel great knowing that your community care work is helping to benefit those in your area.



You could also organise a litter picking day. A fresh, clean environment will help improve the whole community and bring people together to help make it a better place. You could also take steps to help eliminate litter in the first place, by encouraging recycling in the community. The local schools may get involved with encouraging children to make posters to put up around the community to discourage people from leaving behind their waste, too.



Send a Gift



Sending a gift is a wonderful way to let someone know you’re thinking of them. This doesn’t have to be a grand gesture; it could be some hand-picked flowers for a neighbour, or a box of chocolates for someone you feel needs a pick-me-up.



You could even remain anonymous and leave a little ‘thank you’ note for someone who you feel has been a pillar of support in the community. This could be the beginning of a new community trend!



Pay it Forward



‘Paying it forward’ refers to the act of paying for the person behind you in a queue - so, when they arrive at the checkout, they are presented with an unexpected surprise.



This works well in a coffee shop; for example, if you're ordering a coffee for yourself, you can request to pay for the order behind you in addition to your own. You never know how someone’s day is going, or how they may be feeling, so a random act of kindness like this could benefit them in ways you wouldn’t expect.



Why not read our previous blog to find out about when local students sent us kindness postcards? Alternatively, if you'd like to find out more about our care, please contact a dedicated member of our team.

15th June

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Communication Aids For Dementia: 5 Ways to Improve Quality of Life

Are you looking for ways to communicate effectively with your loved one?



When a loved one receives a dementia diagnosis, it can be a daunting reality to face. Take a look at our list of communication aids for dementia to help ensure you maintain effective communication with your loved one throughout this difficult time:



Use Visual Aids



If your loved one is going to remain in their own home, there are a few communication aids for dementia that you can try in order to help them retain their independence and live safely.



Visual aids around the house can serve as reminders to help your loved one achieve daily tasks, such as remembering the location of important items or switching the oven off.



These can be in the form of notes or posters at each point to help them remember these vital actions. You can also put a list of important numbers on the wall by the telephone for them, as phonebooks may get misplaced.



Enlist the Help of a Home Care Assistant



It’s advisable to arrange home care visits for your loved one if they choose to stay in their home.



Having set times for someone to check in with them can provide peace of mind for you and your loved one, as well as ensuring a professional level of communication. This is helpful for monitoring the progression of their dementia, whilst providing an invaluable sense of companionship in your absence.



A home care assistant can pop in once a week, for a couple of hours a day, or they can live in, depending on your loved one’s needs. In addition to offering a friendly face, professional carers can help with a wide array of day-to-day tasks and activities - such as washing, dressing, feeding, and administering medication.



Use the Dementia Dictionary



The Dementia Dictionary is a useful tool, not only for finding new ways to communicate with your loved one, but also understanding the new ways in which they communicate with you.



It’s an online service where you can translate your loved one’s behaviours, actions, noises, and body language into the dementia-specific language, so you can gain a better understanding.



The dictionary is continuously developed with new descriptions of behaviours, and its dementia interpreters also run a networking platform where they offer advice and support, should you need it.



Install a Technology Assistant



Technology assistants and apps, such as the Alexa Care Hub, can provide your loved one with audible reminders for essential tasks such as appointments, phone calls, and taking medicine.



They can connect to smart devices within the home so, for example, your loved one could use Alexa to adjust the heating. Your loved one can also use the hub for listening to music or audiobooks, as well as assistance with everyday tasks such as cooking and creating to-do lists/shopping lists.



They’re user-friendly, making it easy for your loved one to remain as independent as possible in their own home.



Keep a Scrapbook



Scrapbooking offers a brilliant outlet for personalisation and expression. It's also a valuable tool for preserving special memories.



Bring copies of photographs of family and friends - both past and present - and help your loved one cut and glue them into a scrapbook. Don't forget to write down the names of each person and descriptions of the scene; it'll help jog your loved one's memory and provide valuable insight for future generations.



During each visit, you can add more to the scrapbook as a way of spending quality time with your loved one, as well as creating a beautiful keepsake. It's an effective way of providing stimulation, whilst also improving fine motor and cognitive skills.



It can be upsetting and frustrating when your loved one begins to forget special memories, but you can use this time to record the experiences they do remember in the scrapbook.



Here at Wellbeing Care, we understand that a dementia diagnosis is a difficult path to navigate for all involved. The next time you're with your loved one, give some of these communication aids for dementia a try.



For further ways to help your loved one, visit our previous blog to discover the essential food groups for optimal health in older adults. If you’d like more information or support, contact a dedicated member of our team.

13th May

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Senior Living in Suffolk | An Aquatic Delivery

Recently, at our home for senior living in Suffolk, we arranged a special surprise for our residents.



We received a very generous donation, and after putting a lot of thought into how we could put it to good use, we decided to install an aquarium at St George’s!



The donation was made by the wonderful family of John Bird, a much-loved resident who sadly passed away in January.



We felt there was no better way to honour his memory; John loved tropical fish and kept them himself for 15 years, so it felt fitting to house tropical fish in the aquarium.



Installing Our Aquarium



John is very much missed in our care home, so we’re extremely grateful to his family for enabling us to install this amazing sensory experience for our residents, which will also serve as a wonderful reminder of him.



We are also grateful to our local aquatics shop, International Tropics who, when they heard of our plans to install an aquarium, kindly stepped in to donate an array of colourful artificial plants and tropical fish.



The Benefits of Animal Therapy



We hope that the aquarium will provide residents with a pleasant and calming sensory experience, as well as a suitably tranquil way of remembering John who, although only a resident for a short period, had become a much-loved member of our family.



John’s wife, Cynthia, said: “I’m so pleased that St George’s chose to use the donation to buy an aquarium for the home. John would have been over the moon, too, as he used to keep tropical fish himself for about 15 years. He enjoyed watching them swim around and found it incredibly relaxing.”



Studies show that observing fish can have a positive impact on physical and mental health and that ‘aquarium therapy’ can improve the mood, alertness, appetite, and temperament of people living with dementia. At our home for senior living in Suffolk, we’ve already started seeing the positive effects the fish are having on our residents, who are all delighted with the new addition to our communal lounge.



Joy Henshaw, our registered manager here at St George’s, said: “Our residents have taken to the new aquarium well - some have even got involved with naming the fish! As someone who was fond of fish himself, the aquarium is the perfect way of honouring John and we’re very grateful to his family for their donation, which enabled us to buy the tank.



“We’d also like to say a huge thank you to International Tropics, who were so generous with supplying plants and fish for the aquarium. It’s a lovely addition to the home and will bring joy to our residents for many years to come.”



We’re looking forward to seeing our residents enjoy the company of their fellow aquatic friends at our facility for senior living in Suffolk. Take a look at our previous blog for further insight into our dementia care methods.



Contact us for more information about our option for senior living in Suffolk.

20th April

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Nutrition For Older Adults: 5 Essential Food Groups For Optimal Health

Does your loved one enjoy a healthy, balanced diet? As we age, our needs regarding food change according to our body processes. In celebration of National Nutrition Month, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the most nutritious food groups for older adults:

Eat the Rainbow

Sticking to the age-old mantra of ‘eat the rainbow’ is a great way to check your plate is working to provide you with the best sources of nutrition. Include a variety of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables to ensure your body is getting a wide range of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Remember to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day, and choose a variety of each for maximum health benefits. Beetroot alone, for example, can offer you fibre, vitamins A and C, folic acid, iron and calcium. Spinach is another brilliant example, as it contains magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamin A and a whole host of other nutrients. You could try making a brightly coloured fruit/vegetable salad, which you can easily prepare and store in airtight containers for a ready-made healthy snack each day!

Switch to Whole Grains

Swap white carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, and rice for whole grains for a healthier alternative. Fibre-rich diets are essential to keep your digestive system working optimally as you get older. High-fibre foods can help you feel fuller for longer since they are a good source of slow-release energy. They also expand when mixed with liquid - so drinking water at the same time can further help you feel satiated. Fibre is also great for regulating blood sugar levels and reducing high cholesterol. From swapping white rice to brown to adding more beans to your diet, there are a variety of ways you can incorporate more fibre into your diet to ensure your body functions optimally.

Include Dairy Products in Your Diet

Dairy provides a generous helping of calcium and vitamin D, both of which help keep bones strong and healthy. As you get older, this is essential for bone health, reducing the risk of fractures and breaks. Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt all help to increase bone density and keep you fit and healthy.

Opt For Protein-Rich Foods

Red meats and processed meats are high in saturated fat, which is linked to the onset of a number of health conditions - from high cholesterol to bowel cancer. Limit your intake of processed meats, and swap them for leaner cuts of meat and fish to ensure you get the full benefits with fewer risks. Chicken, turkey, salmon and tuna are all excellent sources of protein. Protein is essential as it can improve muscle tone and strength, aid weight loss by reducing cravings, and boost your metabolism. Plant-based protein options are great for meat-free days, as well as a healthy accompaniment to meat and fish dishes. Lentils, chickpeas, nuts, beans and legumes are all delicious examples - and can be incorporated into the diet in so many ways. You could try adding edamame beans to salads and stir-fries, roasting spice-infused chickpeas for a snack, or substitute meat for tofu as a delicious way to increase your protein consumption.

Spice up Your Dish

Herbs and spices can be easily incorporated into a variety of dishes, and have some incredible health benefits. To name just a few: turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, sage can improve brain function and memory, and cinnamon can help lower your blood sugar levels. Cooking with herbs and spices, or even putting some cinnamon on your morning porridge, can do wonders for your body, and are an essential part of nutrition for older adults. At Wellbeing Care, offering nutritional meals is something we’re passionate about. Browse our website for more information about the care we offer.

19th April

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Residential Care vs Assisted Living: Which is Best For Your Loved One?

When it comes to care, everyone’s needs are different - so how do you know which care service to choose?



In this article, we’re looking at the benefits of residential care vs assisted living to help you make the right decision for your loved one.



Having a good understanding of their needs and speaking to their healthcare provider may also prove useful so that when it comes to choosing a care service, you can be assured you’re choosing the right level of care.



Keep reading to find out which type of care would better suit your loved one...



What is Residential Care?



Residential care combines seamless care with a comforting home-from-home. Care recipients usually have their own rooms with shared spaces in which to socialise with friends and engage in fun activities.



Most often, an on-site coordinator will design an activities calendar to help stimulate residents and build their fine and gross motor skills. Gardening, crafts, and baking are a few popular choices that help to encourage physical and mental activity.



Care professionals are on-site 24-hours-a-day in residential care facilities and work with the resident and their family members to create a person-centred tailored care plan, designed to meet their individual needs. Readily equipped for an array of requirements, such as ramps, handrails, non-slip flooring, and fitted alarm systems throughout, your loved one will be able to retain their independence as much as possible in a safe and secure environment.



Meal plans are curated to meet elderly nutritional needs and can be tailored for individual dietary requirements. Your loved one can choose to eat in the shared dining room with friends, in the garden on a warm day, or even in the comfort of their own room.



What is Assisted Living?



In assisted living environments, a carer typically visits care recipients in the comfort of their own home to support them with day-to-day living. The care can be tailored to support a variety of needs - from minimal assistance with everyday tasks, such as washing and dressing to a full-time care plan.



Being in their familiar surroundings can be beneficial to your loved one’s memory and wellbeing, and with special home adaptations to make their everyday living easier and safer - such as stairlifts and handrails - your loved one will be able to retain their independence for as long as possible.



Residential Care vs Assisted Living: Which is Best For Your Loved One?

Having looked at the benefits of both residential care and assisted living, you now need to decide, based on your loved ones’ individual needs, which you feel would be best. Residential care would be more suited to your loved one if they perhaps live alone and are in need of a higher, or more regular, level of care. Assisted living may be more suited if they are keen to retain maximum independence and feel they would be more comfortable in their familiar surroundings, or they require professional care less frequently. For further insight, take a look at our care choices page. Alternatively, read our previous blog on dementia care for further information on specialist care options.

14th April

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We Received Kindness Postcards! | Care Home in Lowestoft

It’s been a tough year for everyone - and our residents at our care home in Lowestoft have certainly felt the effects of the lockdown. So, when students of East Coast College created and sent ‘kindness postcards’ in a bid to raise spirits and spread smiles, you can only imagine how delighted our residents were! The kindness postcards included drawings, motivational quotes, and heartfelt messages designed to spread smiles during isolation. Amongst the 30 handmade postcards sent to our care home in Lowestoft were messages of reassurance, encouragement, and appreciation, as well as wishes of sunshine and happiness for all. The local students, aged 16-18, had spent time with our residents prior to the pandemic as part of their work experience and had enjoyed bonding with them. Discussing the project, Carrie Doddington, a tutor at East Coast College, said: “The last 12 months have been difficult for everybody, but especially so for care home residents who have been unable to see their family for long periods. Our students wanted to do whatever they could to spread some smiles, so they came up with the postcard project, which we hope will help keep spirits high at The Dell.” Pupil Chloe Peters (aged 16), who came up with the idea, said: “The residents at The Dell are very special to us. We’ve been lucky enough to spend time with them in the past and they were always so welcoming and friendly; smiling, singing, and offering to tell us stories about their lives. Although we can’t visit at the moment, we wanted them to know that they're in our thoughts and we hope that by receiving one of our postcards, they'll know how loved and appreciated they are”. Daniella Penedo, our assistant manager at the day centre, said: “For the staff and pupils at East Coast College to think of us as recipients for their kindness postcards is wonderful. The residents have been blown away by the lovely gesture, and to know that someone has taken the time out of their day to send loving thoughts, has made them feel very special. We’re very grateful to East Coast College, as well as other members of the public, who've helped ensure our residents feel connected to the local community at this time of isolation.” Following the success of the postcards, the students are now working on their next project, which will see them create a ‘Happy Memories’ jigsaw puzzle for the residents to enjoy at our care home in Lowestoft. We can’t wait to receive them! We were delighted to be included in such a wonderful project, and we’re incredibly grateful to the students for their efforts in spreading a little sunshine throughout our home. Hopefully, it won’t be long until we can welcome them back to visit in person! If you’d like to find out more about us and our care, take a few minutes to browse our website. Alternatively, take a look at our previous article to read more about our vaccine journey.

19th March

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Community Care: 5 Selfless Acts to Boost Camaraderie

When was the last time you showed a random act of kindness for your community?



Community care is important for making and maintaining meaningful relationships with the people around you.



Just as you would incorporate self-care into your daily routine, it’s just as vital to incorporate community care too.



In our article, discover just a few of the selfless acts you can do to boost camaraderie and improve the lives of others:



Call a Friend



The events of 2020 helped many of us to understand the true importance of relationships and connections. Being isolated from our loved ones was a strange and difficult experience. Since lockdown restrictions have started easing, many of us have begun treasuring the time we now get to spend with our friends and family and have to come to appreciate them much more.



To help our residents better cope with the consequences of the pandemic, at our homes, we invited them to engage with their loved ones via video call and phone call.



As the world continues to return to normality, try to think about those who may still be lonely; why not give them a call? Perhaps you have an elderly relative who lives in a care home, or have a friend who lives far away; these people may be in need of more frequent contact and support. Take some time to give them a call and let them know you’re thinking of them to help raise their spirits and remind them that they’re not alone.



Check in With Your Neighbour



How many elderly neighbours do you have that are lonely and isolated? Perhaps you could take some time each week to check in on them.



Offering to pick up some shopping, help with some chores, or collect their prescriptions are great ways of boosting camaraderie and showing support in your community.



You could also create a group in your area, in which you phone/check-in on those who may be in need of some neighbourly assistance.



Volunteer in Your Community



Community care can involve volunteering your services to support others in your community, such as helping out at the local food bank.



Many families have felt the financial effects of the pandemic and are utilising the help that food banks offer. Why not get involved and help serve those in need? You’ll feel great knowing that your community care work is helping to benefit those in your area.



You could also organise a litter picking day. A fresh, clean environment will help improve the whole community and bring people together to help make it a better place. You could also take steps to help eliminate litter in the first place, by encouraging recycling in the community. The local schools may get involved with encouraging children to make posters to put up around the community to discourage people from leaving behind their waste, too.



Send a Gift



Sending a gift is a wonderful way to let someone know you’re thinking of them. This doesn’t have to be a grand gesture; it could be some hand-picked flowers for a neighbour, or a box of chocolates for someone you feel needs a pick-me-up.



You could even remain anonymous and leave a little ‘thank you’ note for someone who you feel has been a pillar of support in the community. This could be the beginning of a new community trend!



Pay it Forward



‘Paying it forward’ refers to the act of paying for the person behind you in a queue - so, when they arrive at the checkout, they are presented with an unexpected surprise.



This works well in a coffee shop; for example, if you're ordering a coffee for yourself, you can request to pay for the order behind you in addition to your own. You never know how someone’s day is going, or how they may be feeling, so a random act of kindness like this could benefit them in ways you wouldn’t expect.



Why not read our previous blog to find out about when local students sent us kindness postcards? Alternatively, if you'd like to find out more about our care, please contact a dedicated member of our team.

15th June

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Communication Aids For Dementia: 5 Ways to Improve Quality of Life

Are you looking for ways to communicate effectively with your loved one?



When a loved one receives a dementia diagnosis, it can be a daunting reality to face. Take a look at our list of communication aids for dementia to help ensure you maintain effective communication with your loved one throughout this difficult time:



Use Visual Aids



If your loved one is going to remain in their own home, there are a few communication aids for dementia that you can try in order to help them retain their independence and live safely.



Visual aids around the house can serve as reminders to help your loved one achieve daily tasks, such as remembering the location of important items or switching the oven off.



These can be in the form of notes or posters at each point to help them remember these vital actions. You can also put a list of important numbers on the wall by the telephone for them, as phonebooks may get misplaced.



Enlist the Help of a Home Care Assistant



It’s advisable to arrange home care visits for your loved one if they choose to stay in their home.



Having set times for someone to check in with them can provide peace of mind for you and your loved one, as well as ensuring a professional level of communication. This is helpful for monitoring the progression of their dementia, whilst providing an invaluable sense of companionship in your absence.



A home care assistant can pop in once a week, for a couple of hours a day, or they can live in, depending on your loved one’s needs. In addition to offering a friendly face, professional carers can help with a wide array of day-to-day tasks and activities - such as washing, dressing, feeding, and administering medication.



Use the Dementia Dictionary



The Dementia Dictionary is a useful tool, not only for finding new ways to communicate with your loved one, but also understanding the new ways in which they communicate with you.



It’s an online service where you can translate your loved one’s behaviours, actions, noises, and body language into the dementia-specific language, so you can gain a better understanding.



The dictionary is continuously developed with new descriptions of behaviours, and its dementia interpreters also run a networking platform where they offer advice and support, should you need it.



Install a Technology Assistant



Technology assistants and apps, such as the Alexa Care Hub, can provide your loved one with audible reminders for essential tasks such as appointments, phone calls, and taking medicine.



They can connect to smart devices within the home so, for example, your loved one could use Alexa to adjust the heating. Your loved one can also use the hub for listening to music or audiobooks, as well as assistance with everyday tasks such as cooking and creating to-do lists/shopping lists.



They’re user-friendly, making it easy for your loved one to remain as independent as possible in their own home.



Keep a Scrapbook



Scrapbooking offers a brilliant outlet for personalisation and expression. It's also a valuable tool for preserving special memories.



Bring copies of photographs of family and friends - both past and present - and help your loved one cut and glue them into a scrapbook. Don't forget to write down the names of each person and descriptions of the scene; it'll help jog your loved one's memory and provide valuable insight for future generations.



During each visit, you can add more to the scrapbook as a way of spending quality time with your loved one, as well as creating a beautiful keepsake. It's an effective way of providing stimulation, whilst also improving fine motor and cognitive skills.



It can be upsetting and frustrating when your loved one begins to forget special memories, but you can use this time to record the experiences they do remember in the scrapbook.



Here at Wellbeing Care, we understand that a dementia diagnosis is a difficult path to navigate for all involved. The next time you're with your loved one, give some of these communication aids for dementia a try.



For further ways to help your loved one, visit our previous blog to discover the essential food groups for optimal health in older adults. If you’d like more information or support, contact a dedicated member of our team.

13th May

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Senior Living in Suffolk | An Aquatic Delivery

Recently, at our home for senior living in Suffolk, we arranged a special surprise for our residents.



We received a very generous donation, and after putting a lot of thought into how we could put it to good use, we decided to install an aquarium at St George’s!



The donation was made by the wonderful family of John Bird, a much-loved resident who sadly passed away in January.



We felt there was no better way to honour his memory; John loved tropical fish and kept them himself for 15 years, so it felt fitting to house tropical fish in the aquarium.



Installing Our Aquarium



John is very much missed in our care home, so we’re extremely grateful to his family for enabling us to install this amazing sensory experience for our residents, which will also serve as a wonderful reminder of him.



We are also grateful to our local aquatics shop, International Tropics who, when they heard of our plans to install an aquarium, kindly stepped in to donate an array of colourful artificial plants and tropical fish.



The Benefits of Animal Therapy



We hope that the aquarium will provide residents with a pleasant and calming sensory experience, as well as a suitably tranquil way of remembering John who, although only a resident for a short period, had become a much-loved member of our family.



John’s wife, Cynthia, said: “I’m so pleased that St George’s chose to use the donation to buy an aquarium for the home. John would have been over the moon, too, as he used to keep tropical fish himself for about 15 years. He enjoyed watching them swim around and found it incredibly relaxing.”



Studies show that observing fish can have a positive impact on physical and mental health and that ‘aquarium therapy’ can improve the mood, alertness, appetite, and temperament of people living with dementia. At our home for senior living in Suffolk, we’ve already started seeing the positive effects the fish are having on our residents, who are all delighted with the new addition to our communal lounge.



Joy Henshaw, our registered manager here at St George’s, said: “Our residents have taken to the new aquarium well - some have even got involved with naming the fish! As someone who was fond of fish himself, the aquarium is the perfect way of honouring John and we’re very grateful to his family for their donation, which enabled us to buy the tank.



“We’d also like to say a huge thank you to International Tropics, who were so generous with supplying plants and fish for the aquarium. It’s a lovely addition to the home and will bring joy to our residents for many years to come.”



We’re looking forward to seeing our residents enjoy the company of their fellow aquatic friends at our facility for senior living in Suffolk. Take a look at our previous blog for further insight into our dementia care methods.



Contact us for more information about our option for senior living in Suffolk.

20th April

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Nutrition For Older Adults: 5 Essential Food Groups For Optimal Health

Does your loved one enjoy a healthy, balanced diet? As we age, our needs regarding food change according to our body processes. In celebration of National Nutrition Month, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the most nutritious food groups for older adults:

Eat the Rainbow

Sticking to the age-old mantra of ‘eat the rainbow’ is a great way to check your plate is working to provide you with the best sources of nutrition. Include a variety of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables to ensure your body is getting a wide range of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Remember to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day, and choose a variety of each for maximum health benefits. Beetroot alone, for example, can offer you fibre, vitamins A and C, folic acid, iron and calcium. Spinach is another brilliant example, as it contains magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamin A and a whole host of other nutrients. You could try making a brightly coloured fruit/vegetable salad, which you can easily prepare and store in airtight containers for a ready-made healthy snack each day!

Switch to Whole Grains

Swap white carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, and rice for whole grains for a healthier alternative. Fibre-rich diets are essential to keep your digestive system working optimally as you get older. High-fibre foods can help you feel fuller for longer since they are a good source of slow-release energy. They also expand when mixed with liquid - so drinking water at the same time can further help you feel satiated. Fibre is also great for regulating blood sugar levels and reducing high cholesterol. From swapping white rice to brown to adding more beans to your diet, there are a variety of ways you can incorporate more fibre into your diet to ensure your body functions optimally.

Include Dairy Products in Your Diet

Dairy provides a generous helping of calcium and vitamin D, both of which help keep bones strong and healthy. As you get older, this is essential for bone health, reducing the risk of fractures and breaks. Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt all help to increase bone density and keep you fit and healthy.

Opt For Protein-Rich Foods

Red meats and processed meats are high in saturated fat, which is linked to the onset of a number of health conditions - from high cholesterol to bowel cancer. Limit your intake of processed meats, and swap them for leaner cuts of meat and fish to ensure you get the full benefits with fewer risks. Chicken, turkey, salmon and tuna are all excellent sources of protein. Protein is essential as it can improve muscle tone and strength, aid weight loss by reducing cravings, and boost your metabolism. Plant-based protein options are great for meat-free days, as well as a healthy accompaniment to meat and fish dishes. Lentils, chickpeas, nuts, beans and legumes are all delicious examples - and can be incorporated into the diet in so many ways. You could try adding edamame beans to salads and stir-fries, roasting spice-infused chickpeas for a snack, or substitute meat for tofu as a delicious way to increase your protein consumption.

Spice up Your Dish

Herbs and spices can be easily incorporated into a variety of dishes, and have some incredible health benefits. To name just a few: turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, sage can improve brain function and memory, and cinnamon can help lower your blood sugar levels. Cooking with herbs and spices, or even putting some cinnamon on your morning porridge, can do wonders for your body, and are an essential part of nutrition for older adults. At Wellbeing Care, offering nutritional meals is something we’re passionate about. Browse our website for more information about the care we offer.

19th April

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Residential Care vs Assisted Living: Which is Best For Your Loved One?

When it comes to care, everyone’s needs are different - so how do you know which care service to choose?



In this article, we’re looking at the benefits of residential care vs assisted living to help you make the right decision for your loved one.



Having a good understanding of their needs and speaking to their healthcare provider may also prove useful so that when it comes to choosing a care service, you can be assured you’re choosing the right level of care.



Keep reading to find out which type of care would better suit your loved one...



What is Residential Care?



Residential care combines seamless care with a comforting home-from-home. Care recipients usually have their own rooms with shared spaces in which to socialise with friends and engage in fun activities.



Most often, an on-site coordinator will design an activities calendar to help stimulate residents and build their fine and gross motor skills. Gardening, crafts, and baking are a few popular choices that help to encourage physical and mental activity.



Care professionals are on-site 24-hours-a-day in residential care facilities and work with the resident and their family members to create a person-centred tailored care plan, designed to meet their individual needs. Readily equipped for an array of requirements, such as ramps, handrails, non-slip flooring, and fitted alarm systems throughout, your loved one will be able to retain their independence as much as possible in a safe and secure environment.



Meal plans are curated to meet elderly nutritional needs and can be tailored for individual dietary requirements. Your loved one can choose to eat in the shared dining room with friends, in the garden on a warm day, or even in the comfort of their own room.



What is Assisted Living?



In assisted living environments, a carer typically visits care recipients in the comfort of their own home to support them with day-to-day living. The care can be tailored to support a variety of needs - from minimal assistance with everyday tasks, such as washing and dressing to a full-time care plan.



Being in their familiar surroundings can be beneficial to your loved one’s memory and wellbeing, and with special home adaptations to make their everyday living easier and safer - such as stairlifts and handrails - your loved one will be able to retain their independence for as long as possible.



Residential Care vs Assisted Living: Which is Best For Your Loved One?

Having looked at the benefits of both residential care and assisted living, you now need to decide, based on your loved ones’ individual needs, which you feel would be best. Residential care would be more suited to your loved one if they perhaps live alone and are in need of a higher, or more regular, level of care. Assisted living may be more suited if they are keen to retain maximum independence and feel they would be more comfortable in their familiar surroundings, or they require professional care less frequently. For further insight, take a look at our care choices page. Alternatively, read our previous blog on dementia care for further information on specialist care options.

14th April

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We Received Kindness Postcards! | Care Home in Lowestoft

It’s been a tough year for everyone - and our residents at our care home in Lowestoft have certainly felt the effects of the lockdown. So, when students of East Coast College created and sent ‘kindness postcards’ in a bid to raise spirits and spread smiles, you can only imagine how delighted our residents were! The kindness postcards included drawings, motivational quotes, and heartfelt messages designed to spread smiles during isolation. Amongst the 30 handmade postcards sent to our care home in Lowestoft were messages of reassurance, encouragement, and appreciation, as well as wishes of sunshine and happiness for all. The local students, aged 16-18, had spent time with our residents prior to the pandemic as part of their work experience and had enjoyed bonding with them. Discussing the project, Carrie Doddington, a tutor at East Coast College, said: “The last 12 months have been difficult for everybody, but especially so for care home residents who have been unable to see their family for long periods. Our students wanted to do whatever they could to spread some smiles, so they came up with the postcard project, which we hope will help keep spirits high at The Dell.” Pupil Chloe Peters (aged 16), who came up with the idea, said: “The residents at The Dell are very special to us. We’ve been lucky enough to spend time with them in the past and they were always so welcoming and friendly; smiling, singing, and offering to tell us stories about their lives. Although we can’t visit at the moment, we wanted them to know that they're in our thoughts and we hope that by receiving one of our postcards, they'll know how loved and appreciated they are”. Daniella Penedo, our assistant manager at the day centre, said: “For the staff and pupils at East Coast College to think of us as recipients for their kindness postcards is wonderful. The residents have been blown away by the lovely gesture, and to know that someone has taken the time out of their day to send loving thoughts, has made them feel very special. We’re very grateful to East Coast College, as well as other members of the public, who've helped ensure our residents feel connected to the local community at this time of isolation.” Following the success of the postcards, the students are now working on their next project, which will see them create a ‘Happy Memories’ jigsaw puzzle for the residents to enjoy at our care home in Lowestoft. We can’t wait to receive them! We were delighted to be included in such a wonderful project, and we’re incredibly grateful to the students for their efforts in spreading a little sunshine throughout our home. Hopefully, it won’t be long until we can welcome them back to visit in person! If you’d like to find out more about us and our care, take a few minutes to browse our website. Alternatively, take a look at our previous article to read more about our vaccine journey.

19th March