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The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have been hard for us all. We have all been working harder to ensure our community remains safe and in the best health.
There is no denying that there are many benefits to sticking to a healthy diet. In fact, this list most certainly could be longer. Here at the Hollies, we pride ourselves in offering a wide and varied menu every day, catering to the preferences and dietary requirements of our residents.
Something that seems to be at the forefront of every mind right now is staying healthy – and that makes sense, especially now. But sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what your body and mind need in order to maintain your good health, especially in times of uncertainty when stress runs high.
It’s normal to worry for your loved ones – especially when an illness outbreak prevents you from being able to visit as frequently as your normally would. However, we came up with a few ideas that give you ways to support your loved ones in a care home, even when you can’t visit.
Physical activity has the potential to reduce inflammation and chronic disease. It can also reduce stress and levels of stress hormones within the body. This, in turn, will accelerate the circulation of disease and illness-fighting white blood cells, which can prevent cold and flu from taking hold.
Dementia is a disease that gets worse as time goes on. Gradually, communication will become more difficult and understanding conversations will become harder as well. Though their mind may be more closed off and it continually may become difficult to recognise you or their other loved ones, know that they are still the same person – their mind just now works in a different way.
Often, residential care is popular option for those that do not have the medical needs to enter a facility such as a memory care unit or a nursing home. However, this does not mean that every residential care facility is the same.
Like any other condition that you could be experiencing, symptoms for Sundowning Syndrome can range in severity. Often these symptoms are noticed in pairs – and whilst some experience them during certain times of the day, others may be more sporadic and only for 1-2 hours.
Dementia is more than just memory loss, so being realistic about the progression of the disease will help you cope with it in your loved one and will help you in being able to support them through its progression.