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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. 
 

Over one million people have now signed up to The Alzheimer's Society's groundbreaking 'Dementia Friends' initiative.

 
Dementia Friends
 
The programme originally launched two years ago, and it aims to educate the general public on what dementia is, how to spot the symptoms, and how to help those suffering from the illness, in order to eradicate the fear and isolation felt by many with the disease. The plan is working towards creating 'dementia friendly communities' with support networks across the country.
 
Winter weather
 

With the cold weather now well and truly upon us, and winter just around the corner, it's normal to feel concerned about your loved ones, particularly any elderly friends or relatives who may be living on their own through these chilly months. Although winter-related mortality fell in 2013/14, there were still over 18,000 preventable deaths in England and Wales alone, with the most vulnerable group being those aged 75 and over. So what can you do to help your loved ones to get through this time safely? 

 

At Sova we are immensely proud of our staff. A service is only as a good as the people who carry it out, and that’s why we pride ourselves on offering our service users the very best care professionals. In this new series we’re exploring some of the personal stories behind our care service, and finding out what drives our staff to do such a fantastic job.

 
 
What is your full name and job title?
Vicki Skerritt, Child and Adult Care Worker
old age care
 

At Sova Healthcare, we understand that relying on healthcare can be a stressful experience, so we want to make the process as easy as possible for you or your loved one. Financial care isn't always something that's immediately considered when someone uses care services for the first time, but we have seen hot it can make a huge difference to the well-being of our customers and their families - quite simply, we worry about the money so you don't have to.

 
Old age companionship
 
Although companionship may not seem important in terms of physical care, it plays an incredibly important part in mental well being. Having someone to talk to, and knowing that they are looking out for you, can make all the difference and give you a completely different outlook on life.
 

A good night's sleep is always important, but when we are not feeling our best, it becomes critical! It is for this reason that Sova Healthcare takes its overnight care services very seriously.


Whether you're faced with a disability, illness, or just general poor health, losing out on a good night's kip can compromise your immune system leaving you in a worse state of affairs again the next day. There is also the damaging effects on morale sleep deprivation can cause; a bad or disturbed night's rest can leave us feeling positively drained, and unable to cope with whatever the next day throws at us..
 
On Thursday 2nd October, Sova Healthcare teamed up with Rix House Care Home in Keighley, West Yorkshire (part of the Turning Point group), to host a Macmillan Coffee Morning.
 
Macmillan first started these events in 1990, and since then their annual coffee morning has raised over £113 million to become the world’s biggest such event. This year, Sova Healthcare and Rix House Care Home were happy to contribute to this great occasion. Both residents and staff thoroughly enjoyed the coffee morning and we raised a total of £121.21, which will be donated directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.
 
Sova Healthcare's Macmillan Coffee Morning
From left to right: Alastair Lodge, Paula Lodge (Project Worker), Jane Risdale (Project Worker), Rachael Shackleton (Project Worker) and Mark Downey enjoying Sova Healthcare's Macmillan Coffee Morning.
 
 

Following last week's blog post - which revealed that 46% of people believe they will have no option but to enter a residential care home in their old age - we at Sova Healthcare would like to highlight some of the ways in which elderly people can be cared for in the comfort of their own dwellings.

 

A recent study reveals that we need to think more carefully about old age and what will happen when we get there.

 
Old woman
 
It seems like old age is something of a taboo subject in modern society. We don't want to think about getting old, and so we don't talk about it - we just push it to the back of our minds and try to forget about the fact that nobody stays young forever.