Our elderly care guides provide comprehensive advice surrounding all areas of elderly living and care, including the different types of care homes and common care alternatives, how best to care for an elderly loved one, how to find and choose a care home, care needs assessments, what to take when moving into a care home and much, much more.
When moving into a care home or similar care facility, our friendly team of care experts can support you or your loved one every step of the way on this journey.
When caring for elderly parents, you'll want to give them the best possible support. This guide contains tips and advice for providing an amazing level of care.
From April 2024, the Carer’s Leave Act will come into effect, meaning employees who provide long-term care can get up to one week’s unpaid leave per year.
In a luxury care home, your loved one will enjoy a stylish setting and state-of-the-art facilities. We’ve gathered 11 of the best luxury care homes in the UK.
There are numerous types of care to choose from. We've explained the different care homes and home care options for older adults, along with alternatives.
A care needs assessment works out what kind of care you or your loved one requires. Here, we’ve explained how to arrange an assessment and what it involves.
If you’re over 60 years old, you may be eligible for public transport concessions, including a free bus pass, Senior Railcard or London Freedom Pass.
Here's our guide to help you choose a care home, including questions to ask when viewing a care home and the steps you should take to make your decision.
Living in a care home with a wonderful garden will benefit your loved one’s wellbeing. That’s why we’ve rounded up the UK's best care homes with gardens!
Through adult day care, you'll take part in meaningful activities within comfortable surroundings. Here's how you can use our service to find a day care centre.
In health and social care, we have a duty of care to protect others from potential harm. Here, we’ve explained what duty of care is and why it’s important.
Social housing provides some of the most affordable homes in the UK. Learn more about social housing, including whether you’re eligible and how to apply.
The Care Inspectorate Wales is the regulator of social care (including care homes) and childcare in Wales. Learn more about the services they regulate here.
Keeping track of the medication you take can be tricky. This is where dosette boxes come in. They make it much easier to properly organise these medicines.
A Lasting Power of Attorney allows people to make decisions on your behalf. Here, we’ve explained exactly what a Lasting Power of Attorney is and how they work.
We’ve highlighted some of the most promising care homes that have recently opened or are due to open at some point in 2024, including when they'll be opening.
Social care supports disadvantaged adults, older adults or children. Social care can include things like personal care, social work and emotional support.
A Disabled Facilities Grant ensures the needs of disabled people are met in their day-to-day home life. These grants are available throughout most of the UK.
There are 5 stages of palliative care that can take place over several years. Understanding each stage will help you decide how to best put care into place.
Person-centred care is about making sure people who use care services are at the centre of everything, with their individual circumstances considered.
If you have a mobility-limiting health condition, you may be eligible for a Blue Badge. This allows you to park nearer to your destination to make life easier.
If you care for someone, a carer’s assessment looks at what help can make life easier. This assessment is for carers of people who are disabled, ill or elderly.
Pet therapy is a form of therapy that treats various physical and emotional needs. It uses specially trained animals to provide comfort and companionship.
Sometimes, a person can leave the hospital but isn't well enough to go home. Instead, they may enter a nursing care home through a Discharge to Assess pathway.
Postoperative care is the care that you receive after a surgical procedure. We've explained what postoperative care at home and in the hospital is.
Companionship care services provide support for those who can still live independently within their own homes, but could do with some extra social interaction.
Palliative care offers support to people with a terminal illness. This type of personalised care aims to make people feel supported and comfortable.
Where do you stay when recovering from an illness and home care or a hospital stay aren't viable options? This is where convalescent care homes come in.
We have a range of dementia care homes that support people with dementia. Here, we’ve highlighted fourteen of the best dementia homes in the UK.
There are around 564,000 care home beds across 17,600 care homes in the United Kingdom. A large number of these homes sit within care home groups/providers.
We have a range of care homes for people with mental health conditions. Here, we’ve highlighted nine of the best care homes for mental health in the UK.
The Care Inspectorate regulates and inspects Scottish care services to ensure they’re up to scratch. Learn more about the Care Inspectorate here.
Care homes for young adults can support various needs, including physical and learning disabilities. Here are eight of the best care homes for young adults.
Many homes across the UK offer care for couples so they can stay together. We've highlighted 10 of the very best care homes for couples in the UK.
If you're looking for a care home that focuses on Alzheimer's then we’ve got you covered with eleven of the best Alzheimer’s care homes in the UK.
If you feel like you need a break from caring, a respite care home can help. To simplify this search, we’ve picked 14 of the best respite care homes in the UK.
Only 3.5% of care homes in England are rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission. Here are 9 amazing 'Outstanding' rated care homes in England.
Many residential and nursing care homes across the UK welcome people with various learning disabilities. Here are five Lottie learning disability homes.
EMI stands for Elderly Mentally Infirm and refers to care home residents with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. EMI units offer specialist care.
Personal care refers to any personal form of support and includes tasks that are essential for daily living like bathing, getting dressed and preparing meals.
Advocates in health and social care will support you through complex processes, including arranging a needs assessment and organising your personal budget.
To ensure care providers offer an excellent level of support, the NHS introduced the six C’s of care. Learn more about these and why they're important here.
As we age, regular exercise becomes more important, as staying active can fend off things like heart disease. Here are some amazing gentle exercises!
Good nutrition is essential for everyone's health. Elderly nutrition is even more important though, as maintaining a healthy diet can help with health problems.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is England’s independent regulator of health and social care. The CQC ensures excellent care is provided to residents.
Independence is key to helping the elderly maintain a good quality of life. It’s crucial then that care services are able to promote independence in care.
Whether you’ve been looking after a family member for a while now or you’re just starting out, our article will explain how best to care for your loved one.
As we get older, our ability to deal with hot weather diminishes. When looking after an elderly loved one, you should know the symptoms of dehydration.
Care homes can improve the health and wellbeing of their residents through meaningful activities that improve quality of life and provide structure.
A care package for the elderly lists the services and equipment required to meet somebody’s needs. This care package will be created as part of a care plan.
Respite care is a short-term solution where a different carer takes over your responsibilities. Learn about emergency respite care and taking a break from care.
Warm weather is a chance for many to enjoy the outdoors. Spending time outdoors can be valuable for health. However, too much heat poses a risk to the elderly.
Memory care provides housing and 24/7 care for those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Learn what memory care is and its benefits.
We’ve explained what a care home is and the different types, how to choose a care home, how much they cost and what they're like to live in.
In this article, we’ve looked at whether or not you can take pets into a care home, the benefits of pets for elderly people and how to find a pet-friendly home.
From home furnishings to your favourite music, there are endless ways to make your care home room feel cosy and familiar. Here are our top tips.
We've taken a look at what happens to your state pension when you enter a care home, along with other benefits that you may receive.
Also known as extra-care housing, assisted living allows you to remain independent whilst receiving various levels of personal care.
We've examined equality and diversity within care homes. Discover the legal requirements for providers and ways to aid inclusion and help residents thrive.
Volunteers play a key role in elderly care. Check out this article if you're interested in volunteering with the elderly but aren't sure where to start.
Care homes have numerous health and safety regulations in place to protect residents from harm. So what are these potential care home hazards? Find out here.
In a care home, it's important that fire safety procedures are in place. This article explains these procedures, prevention methods and handling emergencies.
In a care home, the term 'dignity' is one that often crops up. But do we understand the true meaning of dignity in care?
In order to safely store medicine within a care home, staff need to be provided with a wide range of information. Here's how medication should be stored.
Being a care assistant in a care home involves a wide range of tasks and responsibilities. It's a challenging yet extremely rewarding job. Learn more here.
We've explored independent living and how it can help older or disabled people to live full and free lives.
Are you considering opening a care home? Our guide talks you through this challenging yet rewarding process; from start-up costs to the current level of demand.
Retirement living promotes a safe, independent and sociable environment for retirees. You can enjoy some amazing facilities, all within one community.
Care home managers are responsible for running a care home in accordance with laws and regulations, including that of the Care Quality Commission.
We've taken a look at some of the very best care homes that the UK has to offer. If you're looking for care, then be sure to check out these homes.
While we hope you never find cause to complain about your care home experience, it's best to be prepared if you do need to make a complaint. Learn more here.
Though care homes have an old-fashioned reputation, the reality has left this stereotype in the dust. Here's a flavour of what living in a care home is like.
As life expectancy increases, excellent elder care services are needed to accommodate this ageing population. Here are the countries with the best elderly care.
There are several types of care homes, including privately owned, council-owned and charity-run care homes. We've explained the types of care home ownership.
Your loved one going into a care home can be a difficult experience for all involved. This article offers advice on every step of the process.
How do TV licences work in a care home and do you need to get one? Check out our guide to TV licences in a care home and get all the information you'll need.
It's not uncommon for people to move into a care home and find themselves feeling unhappy in their new surroundings. Learn about changing care homes here.
Things tend to go smoother in life when you have a plan - and your elderly care is no exception. Care plans highlight the level of support a person requires.
Medication is an important part of care home life. The administration of medicine must always be done carefully while adhering to the proper guidelines.
While care homes and nursing homes seem similar at first glance, there are several key differences. One will likely be better placed to meet your care needs.
Within a care home, catering staff must take the utmost care to ensure that cooking and food preparation areas are kept clean and germ-free.
A good care home will have several types of employees; from front-of-house staff to caterers, nurses, care workers, activity coordinators and managers.
Nursing care is designed to help people with limited mobility, physical disabilities, complex medical conditions or those in the advanced stages of an illness.
All organisations need policies and procedures in place to ensure that the correct processes are adhered to - with a care home being no different.
As we age, we become more prone to catching infections and diseases, some of which can be caused by poor hygiene, unclean environments and a bacterial build-up.
To make care home life as fun and sociable as possible, homes will offer regular activities. These activities are often run by an activity coordinator.
Although memory and brain function can decline over time, playing certain games will exercise your mind and reduce cognitive decline.