Jubilee Jubilations

What a glorious weekend of celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee!
It is not often that the whole nation celebrates a nonagenarian, but with Captain Tom’s fundraising, David Attenborough’s second knighthood, and of course the Queen’s Jubilee, we are being inspired to consider our nineties as a new age of opportunity and accomplishment. We are continually inspired by the many people living in Huntington House who have also achieved amazing things in their nineties.
  • A Lady (with a capital ‘L’) of ninety-five has recently self-published a book of her artwork and poetry, much of which has been created while living in the care home.
  • Another person of ninety knits and donates enough tiny woollen hats to supply most of the neonatal services at University College London Hospitals.

Celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee alongside such inspiring women of a similar age to Queen Elizabeth II, made it an empowering party for everyone in attendance; an opportunity to shake off the labels often associated with being ‘old’ and to shout about the contributions everyone can make in the world regardless of age or indeed gender and any other characteristic for that matter.

Jubilee Jubilee

HH Lounge

 

 

Long live the Queen, and even longer may we respect the valuable contributions of nonagenarians the world over.

How do you choose the right type of Care Home?

For many people, it is not until you find yourself in the situation where, either a close relative or you need greater support with personal care, that the question “What types of care homes are available?” needs answering.

If you then find yourself overwhelmed with the multiple and varied choices you can have to receiving care and support, you are certainly not alone.

Thankfully there are several independent practical guides and resources online, which we can recommend to explain the options available and provide practical tips on choosing the right type of care.

What is the difference between a care home and a nursing home?

The AgeUK website is a good place to start your research, so you can be clear what the differences are between a care home and a nursing home and how these relate to people living with Dementia.

Age UK offer an overview of the main types of care provision and an independent view of the options available.

  • Care Homes – is the most commonly used phrase when referring to services such as ‘providing personal care, such as washing, dressing, taking medication and going to the toilet. They may also offer social activities such as day trips or outings’.
  • Nursing Homes – (or Care Homes with nursing) ‘provide personal care as well as assistance from qualified nurses. Sometimes called care homes with nursing.’
  • Care Homes with dementia care – ‘designed to make people with dementia feel comfortable and safe’
  • Nursing Homes with Dementia Care – whilst not currently covered by Age UK on their website, this is a specialist category of care for those living with Dementia that we would also include given our experience at Langham Court where we are able to offer our residents bespoke nursing care aligned to their personal needs.

 

How do I choose a Residential Care Home?

Before starting on your journey to creating a shortlist of prospective homes, we would always recommend talking to a professional, such as a GP to help establish the right approach to care needed for yourself or a loved one.

A needs assessment is, however, only part of the process to choosing the right home.   The style of home you select is a very important decision when it comes to making the move into Residential Care of any genre.

There are several national chains of Residential care providers in the UK, many offering a hotel or concierge style experience for residents at their properties.  With smaller regional chains offering their own models of care, by comparison at The Huntington and Langham Estate, as we are a family owned and run home, we are passionate that we offer just that –  a family home from home for all our residents.

Everyone’s approach to how they like to live is personal, which is why we encourage our prospective residents, along with their families to visit us and spend time familiarising themselves in our home.  Quite often it’s the moment people step through the door that they know it’s right.  Just like buying a new house, it’s the location, outlook, decoration, and layout which create those first impressions.

With so many properties and models of care available, Carehome.co.uk is a good source of information, offering a comprehensive directory of over 17,000 homes across the UK.  Their website makes it easy to search by location and type of care.   Featuring reviews and awards, also offering comprehensive details of each property and a rating for comparison.

 

What makes a good Care Home or Nursing Home?

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are the main regulatory body of all health and social care providers the nation over.

Carrying out inspections of all properties they are a good source of information about the standard of care you should expect to receive, rating the 5 set categories of: Safe / Effective / Caring / Responsive and Well-led.

We go beyond these categories to focus on a person centred care approach, partnering with Meaningful Care Matters to provide a meaningful experience for our residents everyday allowing them to be “Free To Be Me” each and every day.  All of our team are conscious of doing the right thing “in the moment” for our residents, rather than be constrained by schedules or processes.

Adopting the Butterfly and Dragonfly approaches to care, we believe we are able to improve the quality of life and lived experiences for all in our care.

 

What are the options to fund care homes or self-funding your long term care?

3 useful links to begin your research into the funding of care are listed below.  Talking to a local solicitor or accountant can also be a good source of information as they will often be supporting others take the most effective approach to funding care.

We would also be happy to share our knowledge of options for funding for anyone considering becoming a resident at The H&L Estate.

 

We are here to help you make the right choices

Whilst choosing the right care home or nursing home can seem daunting, with lots of things to be taken into consideration, there is lots of help available and a willingness to help.  After all we are all #GladToCare.

Please do get in touch with us if you would like to visit The Huntington & Langham Estate, the kettle is always on!

Advice For Handling A Dementia Diagnosis In A Loved One

When your loved one receives a dementia diagnosis, the world can suddenly feel upside down and out of kilter. Here, Charlie Hoare, Managing Director at Huntington & Langham Estate in Hindead, gives advice on handling a dementia diagnosis in a loved one.

Dementia Is A Journey

Dementia is a journey. It often starts in a dark, hostile place with a flimsy leaflet as a map and everyone assuming you know which way up to hold it. But you are not alone on this journey; there are various people and organisations that can be your companions along the way.

If you feel lost already, Alzheimer’s Society is a good place to start. Their website maps out all you need to know about dementia – from ‘signs and symptoms’ to an online shop with a whole host of helpful items, such as Velcro clothes by The ABLE Label that promote dignity and independence.

Understanding Dementia Can Be Overwhelming

Be wary of information overload though. Dementia is a huge topic that even dedicated researchers do not fully understand yet. If you do become overwhelmed, the brilliantly named Dementia Adventure has an invaluable free online dementia skills session called Mood & Motivation. You must attend their ‘Thinking Differently About Dementia’ first, but once you have, you will be scouring their website for other sessions to attend, not to mention their supported holidays.

Dementia Home Care Or A Dementia Care Home?

At some point you will decide how best to look after your loved one; either as an unpaid carer or enlisting the help of home care or a care home. Either way, you will likely feel a huge sense of responsibility for them, not to mention all the emotions that come along for the ride – guilt, loss, frustration, stress. There are no two ways about it, you need to look after yourself as well. This is easier said than done when you are also juggling the endless demands of your own life, but coaching is a concept that could help.

Coaching For Unpaid Carers

Coaching is currently growing in popularity way beyond the realms of sport where it is most associated with specialist coaches for eating, sleeping, and every other aspect of life. Coaching For Unpaid Carers is a refreshing resource that aims to empower people to live the life they choose. The ‘Stress Buster’ video on their website is worth a watch. But there are many local lifestyle coaches that may be able to support you. Aim to find a recommendation or contact a reputable agency.

Specialist Dementia Care Homes

Finally, there are specialist dementia care homes for any crises along your journey. In our experience at Langham Court, and despite promises they may have made to their loved ones, people either contact us at the beginning of their journey for reassurance that help is at hand when needed, or when they have reached a crossroads in their care due to a hospital admission, an incident at home or a discussion about the end of life with their GP or other family members.

Moving Into Care Is Not The End

People often feel as though moving into a care home is the end of their journey, but good care homes will work with you rather than replace you. For some it marks the beginning of a new journey, one where they remain part of the care provided but regain their relationship with their loved one. But everyone’s journey is unique, and you must find the support that suits you.

Charlie Hoare is the Managing Director of the Huntington & Langham Estate, which includes specialist dementia home, Langham Court. A fully accredited Butterfly model care home, Langham Court puts the individual at the heart of all of its decision making, ensuring both the home environment and care is tailored to care recipients’ personal preferences and needs.

If you’d like to discover more about Langham Court, please contact us

Butterfly Care at Langham Court

Langham Court is our specialist dementia care home in Hindhead, Surrey. We are a specialist dementia care home as we are accredited for using the butterfly approach.

You may wish to read our article on How To Spot A Specialist Dementia Care Home.

 Butterfly Accredited Care

At Langham Court, we are fully accredited as a Butterfly Home. The accreditation is provided by Meaningful Care Matters.  You can read more about Butterfly Care here.

 Butterfly Care Training

All our members of the Langham Court Team are trained and practiced in the Butterfly Approach.

It’s important we provide a continuous professional development structure for our staff, which includes Butterfly care refreshment training.

As part of our recent Butterfly care training in November 2021, we spent some time to create and agree to a list of very important “Wills and Wonts” at Langham Court.

This is our mantra at Langham Court. Please take time to read.

WE WILL

  • Smile
  • Be friendly and open
  • Be kind
  • Offer respect
  • Listen
  • Show people they matter
  • Give choices as to how people will spend their day
  • Be caring and loving
  • Engage and interact with people
  • Help people feel loved and appreciated
  • Take time to find out individuals’ favourite foods and offer these – “I’ve brought you some of the chocolate you like.”
  • Bring laughter and fun
  • Be approachable
  • Let people lie in and stay in bed if that’s where they want to be
  • Offer affectionate touch – taking my hand or touching my shoulder
  • Show kindness and consideration – “I saw this and thought of you”
  • Spend time chatting and getting to know people
  • Tell stories about our lives which might spark interest and conversations
  • Talk to me first and ask before doing a task
  • Support people to do the things people used to enjoy doing
  • Give those who loved their pets contact with animals
  • Bring some excitement – “Shall we go outside for an adventure?”

WE WILL NOT

  • Shout – talk with a loud voice
  • Ignore people
  • Be task focused and not talk to people
  • Tell people what to do
  • Show anger to people or be aggressive
  • Treat someone like they are stupid
  • Use harsh language or commands
  • Tell people when to go to bed
  • Leave people in bed all day
  • Wake people up when they don’t want to
  • Speak to someone like they are a child
  • Do things to people without telling them what is happening
  • Talk about someone in front of them
  • Make people feel they are not included or listened to
  • Put people down and disregard feelings
  • Label people
  • Say “That’s not good for you” or “That’s not safe”
  • Stop people from eating the things they enjoy.
  • Make people eat when they aren’t hungry
  • Force people to do things they’ve disliked all their life

 

To find out more about our Butterfly care at Langham Court, click here

 

 

 

How To Spot A Specialist Dementia Care Home

Many care homes provide dementia care, but there is a difference between care homes that accept people with dementia and specialist dementia care homes. The former might have some signage dotted around to help people orientate themselves. The latter will have a robust culture of care, usually implemented as a care model, which is seen in every interaction between the staff and residents.

The Butterfly Approach

Ever since Langham Court opened in 2013 it has been an accredited Butterfly home. The Butterfly approach is a care model that focuses on enabling people to be ‘Free to be me’. In essence, Langham Court encourages people to express their feelings in ways that traditional care homes often ignore or attempt to control.

Butterfly Home Audit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_iJyX_x0m8

A Butterfly audit, which is required for accreditation, identifies a sliding scale of 5 different types of care interactions – meaningful, positive, neutral, negative, and controlling. The majority of care homes that are audited have 70% of interactions (between staff and residents) in the neutral, negative and controlling categories. To be an accredited Butterfly home, 70% of interactions must be in the meaningful and positive categories. 

Positive Interactions Versus Negative Interactions

Examples of these types of interaction can be found in everyday occurrences, such as something as simple as making toast.

  • A meaningful interaction might be a carer asking what you would like on your toast, sitting next to you while spreading your preferred choice, and reminiscing about how the smell of toast reminds them of their childhood.
  • A positive interaction would perhaps look similar to one you might have experienced at a hotel breakfast buffet. Well, a decent one anyway, where a waiter gives you a choice, a smile and a bit of small talk, but doesn’t sit down and join you.
  • A neutral interaction is the bad buffet equivalent where something you ordered on a tick sheet the night before is plonked down in front of you with little or no personal interaction.
  • A negative interaction might involve being encouraged to wait until lunch because it is getting late. The intention might be good, so as to not spoil your appetite, but it is denying you choice and independence.
  • A controlling interaction could be denying you toast altogether due to already having had some, and perhaps talking over you to another member of staff saying that you’re always asking for toast when you’ve already had some.

Limiting interactions to neutral, negative and controlling tends to go one of two ways. People either become compliant and withdrawn or frustrated and annoyed. People with dementia, whose ability to control these emotions has been lost, either become upset and depressed or irritable and aggressive, and can become labelled by these behaviours forever.

The Approach of The Carer Influences Behaviour In Dementia Patients

Professor Tom Kitwood, whose core principles of person-centred care helped shape the Butterfly approach, identified that it is not necessarily the dementia that causes people to display challenging behaviour but the approach of the people caring for them. This is why Butterfly homes, with a majority of positive and meaningful interactions, have such successful outcomes for people with dementia, especially those who may have previously been labelled ‘aggressive’.

It does not necessarily mean that people stop displaying such behaviours. We all get frustrated from time to time, and having dementia presents a whole host of situations that almost anyone would find frustrating. But Butterfly homes see these behaviours as a form of communication rather than a reflection of someone’s personality.

Butterfly Homes Use An Emotional Risk Assessment Tool

A common occurrence of such behaviours can be while providing personal care, which is necessary to prevent infections but can be incredibly upsetting for people with dementia. When clinical care needs to be carried out there is a risk that keeping someone safe comes at a cost to their wellbeing. In these situations, Butterfly homes often use an emotional risk assessment tool to make sure clinical and emotional care are balanced, and such care is provided for the person, not just their condition.

An emotional risk assessment might look at how frequently personal care is required and what time of day it is provided rather than fitting it in with the daily routine of the home when it suits the staff rather than the resident. If this doesn’t work, and personal care causes distress regardless, Butterfly homes might allocate a different member of staff to the one providing the physical care to visit the person afterwards to support them emotionally.

It is this emphasis on emotional care and meaningful interactions that all specialist dementia care homes should have. If you are looking for a specialist dementia care home, simply spend a minute or two observing a lounge or day area, and count the different types of interaction, as outlined above.

If you’d like to learn more about our Butterfly Home Langham Court, please click here

To see if there is a Butterfly home near you, check the map at the link below.

https://meaningfulcarematters.com/partners/

 

 

Highly Commended Care in Surrey: Praise in three award categories at the Great British Care Awards!

Huntington & Langham Estate has been highly commended at the Great British Care Awards.

The inaugural awards evening for the South East took place at the Hilton Hotel, Brighton on the 6th November.  The prestigious awards are a series of regional events across the UK that bring together the statutory, private and voluntary sectors to celebrate the elitism of teams and individuals who have demonstrated excellent care.

Huntington & Langham Estate were highly commended at the awards ceremony for a total of three categories: The Care Employer Award and The Dignity in Care Award, while Registered Manager for Huntington House, Maggie Cain, was highly commended for The Care Home Registered Manager Award.

The commendation to Huntington & Langham Estate for The Care Employer Award was in recognition of the compassion and investment in its people, with the awards body commenting, “They invest time in their people and this is demonstrated by their long serving employees. This investment is filtered down to the people who live in their homes not only from the quality of care provided, but also enabling a continuum of care”.

Huntington & Langham Estate was meritorious in the category for The Dignity in Care Award, the judges commenting, “Huntington & Langham’s person-centred approach is at its core, with a clear passion and drive to provide meaningful care. They strive to nurture dignity and privacy throughout their services, placing residents at the heart of everything they do”.

The Care Home Registered Manager Award pays tribute to managers with demonstrable talent to lead and motivate their teams to provide extraordinary care in extraordinary environments. The judges said, “Maggie has installed a real family ethos into her team, supporting them and encouraging them to flourish. The Dementia Care Matters initiative is ground breaking and a massive achievement”.

Charlie Hoare, Managing Director at Huntington & Langham estate comments, “To be recognised for a single award by such an elite body as The Great British Care Awards is an honour, but to be highly commended for a total of three categories is an absolute testament to the hard work and dedication of the extraordinary people I am proud to call my team. The Great British Care Awards celebrate the very best people and teams in the care industry; the standard is elite and we are therefore delighted to be recognised among the very elite of care teams and individuals in the country”.

To discover more about Huntington & Langham Estate and our two award-winning care homes, take a look around our website

To book a visit, please contact us

 

 

 

Professional Elderly Care in Surrey: Celebrating Our Award Shortlistings!

At our professional elderly care home in Surrey, we’re delighted to share some news with you!

 

This month, we’re celebrating our shortlisting in several categories in the regional Great British Care Awards, as well as at a national level in the Caring UK awards — two of the care sector’s leading forms of recognition.

 

Recognising Professional Elderly Care: The Awards

We’ve been shortlisted in four categories at the Great British Care Awards, including The Care Home Registered Manager Award for Maggie, who oversees Huntington House, as well as the The Dignity in Care Award, The Care Employer Award and The Care Team Award.

 

We’re also shortlisted at a national level in the Caring UK Awards, with our team at Langham Court gaining recognition for their hard work in dementia care. 

 

The format of the Great British Care Awards sees them celebrate the achievements of regional professional elderly care services, before the regional winners then compete at a national level – so this is an incredibly exciting opportunity for all at the estate!

 

Professional Elderly Care - Cosy living room at Huntington House in Surrey

 

Professional Elderly Care: Reflecting on the Past Year

The past couple of years has been incredibly difficult for everyone in the healthcare sector – so to be recognised at this point in time truly is an achievement.

 

Charlie, our director, said: “Being shortlisted in a leading industry award is always something to celebrate, but to be shortlisted in five separate categories really is fantastic and the team here are delighted. Everyone has worked so hard in the last 18 months to overcome the challenges of the pandemic, so to receive recognition for the services we’ve been providing during that time is a really wonderful feeling and we’re enormously excited at the prospect of winning.”

 

The Great British Care Awards will take place on the 6th November at the Hilton Hotel in Brighton — with the Caring UK Awards following later in the year on the 2nd December at an awards ceremony, hosted by Emmerdale actor Dean Andrews, at The Athena in Leicester.

 

Both events intend to celebrate those who have gone above and beyond in the care industry and will offer the opportunity for care providers across the UK to reflect on their resilience throughout the pandemic.

 

Charlie added: “The interviews that have occurred as part of the award shortlistings offered a moment of reflection for all the positives that we, as a team, have achieved during 18 months of dealing with almost relentless challenges. It’s so important to take stock at times like this, and whether or not we win, I am immensely grateful to have had everyone at the estate by my side through the ups and downs of the pandemic.

 

Countryside exterior at Huntington and Langham Estate in Surrey

 

“Our team have done a magnificent job under the most trying of circumstances to deliver consistently excellent care throughout the pandemic and it’s all thanks to their hard work and dedication that we’re in the running. So I’d like to say a huge thank you to them for their efforts, and in particular, Maggie and Anita who have done a tremendous job in managing their respective teams. Fingers crossed for the win!”

 

At the estate, we’d like to thank everyone who has supported us so far throughout our journey. Without our wonderful residents, family members and dedicated staff, we certainly wouldn’t have made it this far. 

 

If you’d like to find out more about our professional elderly care home, please do browse our website.

 

Alternatively, to book a tour today, please contact a member of our team.

Art Therapy Activities: 5 Activities to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Do you enjoy trying new art therapy activities?

 

Designed to encourage creativity and innovation, arts and crafts provide a means to express your thoughts and feelings in an imaginative way. The therapeutic act of putting pen to paper or brush to canvas can help to improve mental health – from reducing anxiety to boosting happiness.

 

In this week’s blog, we’re taking a look at a few activities you can try at home to bring your inner creative to the surface and reduce stress:

 

Art Therapy Activities: Make a Mandala

Originating in Asia, mandalas are an amalgamation of symbols commonly used in relaxation practice. Typically used as a focal point, many like to use mandalas as meditation guides as part of their spiritual endeavours.

 

Mandalas can be as beautiful as you would like them to be; there are so many variations when it comes to colour, patterns and shapes. 

 

They can be incorporated into art therapy in a variety of ways – and whilst they help to open your mind in a creative way, they’re great for encouraging mindfulness and conscious breathing as you appreciate the simple beauty of combined colours and shapes.

Art Therapy Activities: making a mandala

From colouring to drawing, painting and crocheting, you can enjoy creating your own mandala in a variety of ways. If you like colouring and/or painting, try searching the internet or your local bookshop for a colouring-by-numbers mandala pattern. 

 

Alternatively, if you enjoy crocheting, there are plenty of patterns available online where you can make your own colourful mandalas to display around your home.

 

Freehand Painting and/or Scribbling

Here, we encourage you to take ‘freehand’ as literally as you so please.

 

Whether you’d like to paint a recreation of your favourite landscape, or simply splatter paint onto a canvas for a colour explosion, painting is an incredibly therapeutic activity – so it’s always open to interpretation.

 

Scribbling is great, too – particularly for those who are looking to relieve any stress they may be feeling. Try choosing a handful of colouring pencils and simply creating a rainbow of colour on a piece of paper, with no real direction or intention. Following this, try turning your creation into something recognisable; draw over the top of it with a pencil, for example, to create a scene/person/memory that springs to mind.

 

Art Therapy Activities: Create a Nature-Inspired Piece

Taking any opportunity to connect with the nature around you can help to relieve stress and anxiety on a daily basis.

 

Try heading out to your nearest countryside spot – whether that’s your garden or a local park. Take a mindful approach whilst walking around, and collect any items that grab your attention – whether that’s a leaf shaped in a particularly interesting way, or a beautifully autumnal pine cone. On your return, think about the ways that you can get creative with your items – perhaps you can create a seasonal piece of artwork, or you could create some festive decorations to display around your home.

Art Therapy Activities: collection of natural materials

Make Your Own Terrarium

Do you enjoy growing your own plants?

 

If so, why not have a go at creating your very own terrarium? Think of it as a miniature garden; encased in glass, terrariums commonly feature a mixture of plants, ornaments and accessories, all compact inside a jar.

 

Gardening – no matter how you choose to do it – is known to have a variety of positive mental and health benefits, from stress relief to improving fine motor skills.

 

Starting with a glass vessel of your choice, layer the bottom with stones and gravel to create drainage holes. You can then top this with a thick layer of soil, before adding in your plants and accessories of choice. These should be small enough so that you can fit in a healthy variety.

Making a terrarium

Don’t forget to water your terrarium each week to keep it healthy!

 

Take a look at this article for an in-depth tutorial. Alternatively, take a look at our previous blog for some gardening tips and tricks.

 

Art Therapy Activities: Make a Personalised Collage

Expressive art is a great activity for channeling your emotions and learning more about yourself.

 

Why not try creating your very own collage? You can personalise it as much as you wish, and get as creative as you please.

 

Take some time to gather together your favourite items – whether that’s magazine cut-outs, items you’ve saved from your childhood, photographs, textures/colours you like and meaningful quotes – and arrange them onto a canvas, before sticking them down. You can arrange them in a particular order if you wish, or overlap them in a way that looks aesthetically pleasing. You have free reign to do whatever you wish; it’s important to take this opportunity to channel your thoughts and feelings in a creative way!

 

At Huntington and Langham Estate, we love encouraging our residents to engage in fun, interactive art therapy activities that allow them to express themselves in imaginative ways.

 

Keen to share some of your own art therapy activities with us? We’d love to hear from you!

Alternatively, if you’d like to find out more about our care or book a tour, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.

Whilst you’re here, why not take a look at our previous blog which focuses on eye yoga exercises?

5 Eye Yoga Exercises to Boost Your Eye Health

Have you ever tried eye yoga exercises?

 

If you’re an avid reader, you regularly watch TV or you spend a lot of your time looking at a screen, you’ll likely be familiar with eye strain.

 

It’s something that many of us experience, particularly as we are so often presented with new means of entertainment and virtual communication.

 

Our eyes are always working hard – so it’s important that we take the time to give them some attention.

 

In this week’s blog, we’re taking a look at some of the best eye yoga exercises to help strengthen your eye muscles:

Woman putting her fingers to her head in outdoor environment - eye health

  • The Pen: Convergence

This exercise, featured on the Specsavers website, involves holding a pen or pencil at arm’s length before focusing your gaze on it.

 

Named ‘Convergence to a Pen’, the next step of this exercise requires you to slowly move the pen towards your nose, ensuring that it remains clear in your vision.

 

Practised regularly, this exercise aims to strengthen your eye muscles and improve your focus.

 

Visit the Specsavers website to see the full exercise.

 

  • Focus Shifting

Focus shifting helps to train your eye muscles to focus, strengthening them and helping to prevent eye strain. 

 

This exercise involves holding your thumb out in front of you, at arm’s length, and slowly moving it from side to side whilst you follow it with your gaze.

 

Take a look at the Healthline website to read the exercise in full.

 

  • Eye Yoga Exercise: Fast Blinking

Another eye yoga exercise to try is fast blinking.

 

For 10 seconds, blink as fast as you can and then hold your eyes closed for a few seconds. This exercise can help to cleanse the surface of your eye and get rid of debris.

 

  • Eye Yoga Exercise: Switching Directions

The next step in your eye yoga routine is to close your eyes and move them in different directions.

 

Moving your eyes to the left, right, and then up and down can help to strengthen the muscles behind your eyes. It’s also been suggested that this exercise can help to boost short-term memory.

 

For visual tutorials of the above two exercises, watch this video.

 

  • Near-to-Distant Viewing

This exercise helps to train your eyes in shifting from close-up to distant vision. 

 

After finding two points of focus (one close to you and one further away), use two breathing cycles to focus on one object before moving on to the next one. Try this for ten cycles each time.

 

For an in-depth tutorial, take a look at this article by Harpers Bazaar.

Woman holding glasses infront of her face - eye health

Don’t forget to give your eyes rest in between exercises. You can also find a few different variations of the above exercises online; take a look at this article by Vogue, for example.

 

Try incorporating meditative practises into your eye yoga exercises, too. There are plenty of opportunities to slow down your breath, breathe from the diaphragm and increase your awareness of it as you try new exercises. For example, during the convergence exercise, try breathing in as you move the pen closer to your nose, and then breathing out as you move it away.

 

At Huntington and Langham Estate, we’re passionate about providing professional and compassionate care to our community and taking every opportunity to boost our residents’ mental and physical health.

 

If you’d like to find out more about our services, please contact a member of our team or take a look at our website.

 

Why not take a look at our previous blog to discover 5 benefits of seeking professional dementia care?

Support for Dementia: 5 Benefits of Seeking Professional Dementia Care

Has your loved one been diagnosed with dementia?

 

Support for dementia is important for anyone going through the experience – from the dementia patient themselves to their family members and friends.

 

Although many people living with dementia have similar symptoms, no two experiences are the same. Some people may feel more comfortable at home with a live-in carer, whilst others benefit from the support offered in a professional care environment.

 

From safety to family-centred care, in this week’s blog, we’re taking a closer look at the benefits of an experienced care environment in dementia care:

Support for dementia: Elderly lady sat in chair smiling and holding hands with carer

Support For Dementia: Avoid Caregiver Burnout

If your loved one has received a dementia diagnosis, you may decide to care for your loved one in their own home – and if you have a busy schedule, you might seek the support of a live-in carer.

 

For many, this option is great for the first stages of dementia. It enables the individual to remain in their own home, whilst receiving professional support when they need it.

 

As the condition progresses, however, your loved one is likely to require much more frequent and specialist support. Like many at this stage, you’ll likely be juggling your personal responsibilities with your caregiving duties – and when endured over time, this can lead to physical and mental burnout.

 

Whether you wish to seek respite care or permanent live-in care, a professional setting allows your loved one to live in a safe, secure environment with a personalised care plan, relieving you of your responsibilities and offering your loved one the chance to make new friends. 

 

It’s also a means of allowing you to reserve your energy for family visits, meaning you can show up as your best self and spend quality time with your loved one.

Support For Dementia: Elderly lady holding hands with young lady at home

Your Loved One Will Receive Specialist Care Tailored to Their Needs

Combining years of experience with a family-oriented ethos, professional carers use their knowledge and compassion to create a personal care plan for each resident.

 

Each care plan is designed to enable residents to live as independently as possible, whilst incorporating their medical needs and dietary requirements.

 

At Huntington and Langham Estate, we involve our residents and family members in the creation of their care plans, ensuring that each detail is tailored to their personal needs, desires and preferences.

 

Support For Dementia: Peace of Mind With Exceptional Safety and Security

In a residential care setting, you can rest in the reassurance that safety and security are never compromised.

 

Ensuring that residents feel safe should always be a top priority in any care home, as it’s an important part of living with peace of mind and developing trusting relationships with staff members.

 

Family-Centred Care at a Home-from-Home

At Huntington and Langham Estate, we’re passionate about providing family-centred care to our residents and their families.

 

Family-centred care focuses on involving each residents’ family members throughout their care journey. At the estate, we’re also keen on involving family members in our everyday lives, as well as looking into our residents’ heritage and backgrounds to enhance their personal experiences with us.

Elderly lady laughing with young carer in residential care setting

Carers Can Professionally Track Your Loved One’s Progress

Dementia is a progressive condition, and as such, it requires regular monitoring.

 

In a professional care environment, your loved one can be monitored throughout the day and night – with any changes assessed against their personal care plan. This then shapes their care moving forward, ensuring that the care they receive is up-to-date and in-line with their condition.

 

If you’d like to find out more about how we provide support for dementia, don’t hesitate to speak to a member of our team.

 

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