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Providing clients with the highest quality of home and domiciliary care services, tailored to their personal needs and requirements, Sova Healthcare has been growing over the last year. As a result, and in order to expand the areas we can offer our care services to, we have decided to open new offices in Birmingham to offer the best Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Night Care and other services to the Birmingham and West Midlands.

Home & Domiciliary Care Services in Birmingham

In our experience, the Birmingham area has sometimes been lacking in providing personal, high quality care to the elderly. In fact, earlier this year the City Council was accused of being heartless when finding care home placements for the elderly with an ‘eBay-style auction’ system. This system, which is said to take the humanity out of care, has brought a sharp rise in safeguarding issues in the region and has been called 'broken', leading to a system from which ‘our elderly are suffering’. 

Sova Healthcare is different. We offer a range of home care services that all have one thing in common, which is our absolute priority of putting the clients first. Our home carers and assistants, specialising in Alzheimer's, Dementia and other types of care services, are all highly trained towards providing clients with the most personalised, understanding and professional care and support, while also always ensuring that their independence isn't being taken away. Indeed, we pride ourselves on helping our clients to maintain their independence and freedom to enable them to enjoy their golden years as much as possible, while also ensuring peace of mind for relatives and loved ones. 

We will soon be opening our new offices in Birmingham, providing the area with a range of personalised home and domiciliary care services.

To find out more about the various home care and domiciliary care services we offer, download our brochures or get in touch with a member of our friendly team.


What is Live-in Care? 


Live-in care is a type of personalised care service where the carer lives at the client’s home, providing them with support and companionship in the comfort of their own house and with familiar surroundings. 

If you chose to opt for live-in care services, you would have a carer on hand at all times, providing you with professional healthcare, along with assistance for bathing and other everyday tasks. Your live-in carer will also be able to assist you throughout the night if needs be, ensuring you get a peaceful and comfortable nights sleep. 

Are live-in Care Services Right for You? 


If you’re someone who values your independence, yet is aware that as you get older you need more help and support for daily tasks, live-In care services are probably right for you. If you need more assistance with activities such as bathing, cooking and cleaning, a 24h live-in carer will be able to fully support you, ensuring that you do not burden yourself with too many chores and that you avoid any accidents. 

If you require around the clock 24 hour care, this doesn’t have to mean moving out of your home. If you choose domiciliary care services such as live-in care, your own personal carer would be able to provide you with the very best care for all required tasks, from administering medication and assisting with domestic duties, to providing you with companionship and ensuring that your quality of life is not affected. 

In addition, this type of home care service is entirely personalised, which means that your carer would work to your timetable and adjust to your lifestyle, in order to ensure a seamless transition for you and your loved ones. Live-in care also ensures the very highest quality of service, as you will get to know one another and develop a close and understanding relationship.

Unlike other types of specialist care services, live-in care has the benefit of providing clients with invaluable companionship; as well as someone who can assist you with medication, bathing and domestic tasks, you can find a friend in your carer. Your carer will be someone who can support you, with whom you can share all your thoughts and feelings, building a bond of trust and true friendship. 

If you’re interested in how Sova Healthcare can provide you with the very best live in care services, you can download our brochure for more information, or contact us today to further discuss your needs and requirements. 

It is estimated that there are currently more than 850,000 people in Britain living with dementia, and that this number will reach 1 million by 2025. Dementia is a problem that's not going away any time soon. This is why we strive to continue finding the best ways to live with dementia.


How to cope with memory problems


People diagnosed with early stages of dementia and those who are yet to be diagnosed will start to experience problems with their memory and start becoming more forgetful. There are a number of methods that can help train and strengthen your memory to help you cope with these problems.

Memory Aids 


One tactic is to use memory aids. This could be a device like your mobile phone or a digital organiser, something where you can set reminders for yourself. This could be big events like doctor’s appointment or simple everyday tasks, like reminders to take medication. 

Ideally, it would be something that is synchronised to a similar device of a caregiver or carer who can add events and notes for you.

Memory Games & Strategies 


Dementia can affect your memory in unpredictable and unexpected ways. At earlier stages, it could target small specific events and memories that sufferers would struggle to remember without prompting. There are a number of small memory games and strategies that can help you. 

A common method is rhyming or associating that particular memory or piece of information with something else. When you struggle to remember that specific memory, think of that associated object or word to help prompt yourself. 

Keep a Diary 


Simply keeping a diary of your thoughts and plans can help. It helps you keep track of past events, what has happened or why something is different at home, in order reassure you. 

Keep Active


As simple as this might seem, keeping active can help keep your memory and alert as well as helping keep your spirits high.

How to remain independent


Naturally, people would prefer to remain living in their own homes and remain independent rather than being taken into care. Just because you have dementia, this does not mean that is no longer possible. 

Home Care


One way of helping you remain at home and independent is having home care services. This is where a nurse or carer makes visits to your home, helping you with your medication, treatment and day to day household chores as well as checking that you’re well. Due to the prominence of Dementia, specialised services are now become more available.

How to manage your finances


An important aspect of your life that needs to be looked after if you want to remain independent is your financial affairs. 

Direct Debits


It is advised that you set up your bills to be paid automatically by direct debit, so you don’t miss your payments and have your utilities cut off. Especially during the winter, the last thing you’d want is to have your heating cut off. 

Appointeeship Services


An appointeeship is where a third party person is brought in to help you manage your financial affairs. They would make sure your bills are paid, help you with budgeting and, if you’re on benefits, ensure you’re still receiving them. This service can help you organise your affairs to prevent any financial issues.

Dementia support groups & sharing


When you’ve recently been diagnosed with dementia, you will instantly feel very alone but you’re not and should not shut yourself away. 

There are a number of support groups across the country which meet up regularly and share with each other, this is important. Getting out, meeting people and sharing your experiences can significantly help you when living with dementia. This keeps you active and reassures you that you’re not alone. Depression and mood swings can affect people with dementia, and one of the causes for this is isolation. The best thing about these support groups is that they will not turn you away. 

If you’re interested to learn how Sova Healthcare can help you remain independent and help you through dementia, you can download our brochure for more information, or get in touch with a member of our friendly team to discuss how we can best help you and your loved ones.
elderly care

Healthcare and nursing care providers often talk about ‘home care’ and ‘domiciliary care’, but what are they exactly, and how to the various services differ?

In short, home care is all about enabling your loved ones to remain in their homes instead of moving into a nursing home, by having professional carers and nurses visit them to support them at home. This involves help with everyday tasks, errands, and even financial matters.

What are the benefits of Home Care?


Choosing home care over a care home will benefit clients in many ways:
  • Independence - Depending on the care service and your requirements, home care will enable clients to remain independent in their homes. 

  • Care - Home care still means high quality, professional care from administering medication to assisting in therapies and helping with running errands. 

  • Support - Whether a client is recovering from an illness or a stay in hospital, home care can help facilitate this transition, as well as helping manage finances, and everyday domestic tasks. 

  • Companionship - Home carer can provide clients with social companionship, not only checking if they’re well but also developing a true and caring friendship. 

  • Peace of Mind - Knowing that one of our home carers is visiting a loved one, will give you peace of mind that they are in good health and well looked after while living independently. 

When do you Need Home Care? 


This is difficult to answer as every person is different. Relatives, loved ones and health professionals are undoubtedly the best people to rely upon, when deciding whether home care services are necessary. Here are examples that can help you to determine whether someone might benefit from receiving home care:

  • Illness - Perhaps you have a loved one who is battling a long term illness, and requires a lot of support and care. In this case, domiciliary care could help them to perform daily tasks, making their everyday life as enjoyable as possible.

  • Disability & Mental Health - If your loved one has a disability or mental health issues, complex home care services could be a solution to providing care and support while allowing them to live independently. 

  • Returning from Hospital - Someone who’s returning from hospital after an operation or recovering from an illness requires additional care and support, which can be provided with hospital to home care by helping them to transition back to their normal lives. 

  • Dementia & Alzheimer's - Unfortunately, people diagnosed with these diseases can lose the ability to perform simple tasks and look after themselves, but specialised Alzheimer’s care services can provide a lifeline for them. 

  • Old Age - Elderly care services are designed for clients who are getting older, and could use some support and help with their day to day lives. 

What are the different types of Home Care Services? 


A wide range of home care services exist, depending on the nature of the additional support that you or a loved one require. It is, however, essential that this service is tailored to personal needs and requirements. This ensures that that the care service fits around existing daily routines to provide support without disrupting habits.

Here are some of the home care services available: 
  • Domiciliary Care - This is a personal care service for clients battling disability or illness, who struggle with bedroom mobility, bathing, household tasks and more. 

  • Palliative Care - This kind of care is a type of end-of-life care service, helping people who have been diagnosed with life-threatening or terminal illnesses, while providing emotional care and support. 

  • Hospital to Home Care - After being discharged from hospital after an injury or illness it can be challenging to return to your regular life. This service is all about helping clients recover, re-adjust and transit back into their old habits. 

  • Live-In Care - As your loved ones get older, they might find that their needs become complex and need 24 hour care. Having live-in care can be what they need, allowing them to stay in their own homes and out of a care home. 

  • Night Care - This type of home care service provides clients with support throughout the night, as well as being by their side when falling asleep or waking up. 

  • Alzheimer’s Care - Our clients who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease require specialist care from professional carers, who are aware of the many and complex challenges of such disease. This enables them to provide the best and most comprehensive care service. 

  • Dementia Care - Dementia is a cruel illness which can effect anyone and requires specialist care. Similarly to Alzheimer’s, is is a complex illness affecting clients in many different ways.

  • Social Companionship Care - This is more about providing companionship and assistance with day to day household chores to clients, making their everyday life easier. 

How Much Does Home Care Cost? 


The cost of home care can vary greatly, depending on the type of care service, the region you live in and other factors.. From our experience in the industry, home care can cost between £12 per hour to £25 per hour, although again, this can vary greatly depending on the individual. 

If you want to know more about our home care services, you can download our brochures from our website. You can also or get in touch with us to talk to one of our experienced advisors, and find out how home care can be tailored for you.
alzheimer's disease

The fight against Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia is an ongoing battle, but this year we've seen some major breakthroughs in research as we come closer to a cure. 

Since the first case was diagnosed over a century ago by Dr. Alois, Alzheimer, our understanding of this disease has evolved greatly. It was not so long ago that people assumed Alzheimer’s and Dementia could simply occur in old age; it’s only in recent times that we have learnt that this is not the case. With predictions that over 150 million people worldwide will suffer from Alzheimer’s in the next 20 years, 2015 has been a big year with significant triumphs and advancements in the fight against Alzheimer’s. 

Alzheimer’s Blood Test Could Give Early Diagnosis 


British researchers have developed a test to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in its earliest stages, before any physical symptoms are visible. 

This is recognized through ‘markers’ in a patient’s blood, which are different from those seen in healthy people. This research was conducted at the University of Nottingham, and researchers are now developing a quick and easy test to be performed in clinics. 

This early diagnosis can give potential sufferers a chance to change aspects of their diet and lifestyle, as well as starting treatment earlier in order to stem the disease. 

Miniature Brain-in-a-Dish can Help Advance Alzheimer’s Research 


Rene Anand, Professor of Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology at Ohio State University, and a research team have developed an organoid that looks like a miniature human brain. 

This miniature human brain has been grown ethically through the use of human skin cells, and coaxed into developing to resemble that of a 5 month old fetus. Not only could this open up new avenues of testing in the pursuit towards finding a cure, but it could also remove the need to use rats and mice in order to conduct research, a practice which is considered by most to be outdated and unethical.

Virtual Reality Maze ‘Predicts Alzheimer’s Disease’ 


A study suggests that Alzheimer’s disease can be detected years before any physical symptoms are made apparent, through the use of a virtual reality test. People aged 18 to 30, an age group that is unlikely to be worried about Alzheimer’s disease, were are asked to navigate through a virtual maze in order to test the function of certain brain cells. 

This study, led by Lukas Kunz of the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Disease in Bonn, showed results which could "provide a new basic framework for preclinical research on Alzheimer’s disease", and "provide a neurocognitive explanation of spatial disorientation in Alzheimer’s disease.” While it is far from certain that the young people in this study will go on to develop Alzheimer’s, characterising early brain changes associated with genetic risk factors is vital, in helping researchers better understand why some people are more likely be at risk of developing the disease in later life. 

Government Pledges £300m on Dementia Research 


Earlier this year, the government pledged more that 300 million pounds worth of research into dementia, as well as providing additional training for NHS workers on how to care for people suffering with Dementia. 

Prime Minister, David Cameron has described the disease as “one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime”. As well as pledging funds to research and Alzheimer’s care, the government is also said to be setting up separate multi-million pound investment schemes, to discover new drugs and treatments in order to slow the onset of the disease, progressing towards a cure by 2025. 

This might not be a huge medical breakthrough, but considering Alzheimer’s and Dementia are one of the most underfunded research areas in medicine, this is a significant step in the right direction. 

Alzheimer’s Researchers Find Molecule That Delays Onset of Disease 


Earlier this year, a research team at the University of Cambridge found evidence to suggest that an isolated, crucial molecule secreted naturally by the human body, could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. 

This study performed on mice, showed that the molecule referred to as a ‘housekeeping’ molecule, can stop the process in the brain that leads to common forms of Dementia. The substance works by slowing the build of up of protein clips in the brain, which typically appear years before symptoms such as memory loss arise. 

Although the research still has some progress to make, notably towards converting this discovery into a drug, this could potentially be the most important breakthrough since the first diagnosis. 
Samuel Cohen, who led the study, revealed these findings in an enlightening Ted Talk, stating that they have “come up with a general strategy that could work.”

While 2015 has brought with it a number of small victories in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, we are far from finished. It is a disease which affects approximately 850,000 people living in the UK alone, and doctors are predicting that the number will grow in coming years. 

We at Sova Healthcare can see the damage and strain such diseases can cause families, which is why we strive to to provide you with the best Alzheimers home care and support services. We understand how cruel this disease can be, and that’s why our staff are highly trained and experienced in caring for your loved ones as they learn how to live with Alzheimer’s. You can download our brochure for more information, or get in touch with a member of our friendly team to discuss how we can best help you and your loved ones.