05 December 2018

Public Health England issue warning about the winter vomiting bug

  • Yesterday, Public Health England issued a warning asking those who contract norovirus during the festive season to treat their symptoms from home.The bug, which has reportedly broken out across the UK, has no known cure and is very easily spread from person to person. 

    The warning, shared on Public Health England's south east Twitter account, says: "There is no cure for the winter vomiting bug. Treat yourself at home until the symptoms pass. Going to the GP puts others at risk of infection."

    What should you do if you catch the bug?

    • Stay at home until you’re feeling better. There’s no cure for norovirus, so you have to let it run its course.
    • You don’t usually need to get medical advice unless there’s a risk of a more serious problem.
    • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration . You need to drink more than usual to replace the fluids lost from vomiting and diarrhoea – as well as water, adults could also try fruit juice and soup. Avoid giving fizzy drinks or fruit juice to children as it can make their diarrhoea worse. 
    • Take paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains.
    • Get plenty of rest.

    How do you catch the winter vomiting bug? 

    • close contact with someone with norovirus
    • touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them, then touching your mouth
    • eating food that's been prepared or handled by someone with norovirus.

    Norovirus gastroenteritis, although not a serious illness in itself, can have a severe impact in care settings. If you are a Newcross Healthcare employee, please do not go back to work until you are positive the sickness has passed. 


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30 November 2018

Enjoy the festive period: Newcross style

  • If you're a nurse or carer, you'll already know, that while others are tucking into their turkey on Christmas Day, many who work in the health and social care sectors will be on shift.

    Although, it isn't all about the main event. With all the social gatherings, decorating and the buzz the holiday brings, the run up to Christmas is one of the most enjoyable times of the year in the workplace. While there's fun to be had during this festive season, the bottom line remains the same as always: if you're looking after somebody else, you must firstly take proper care of yourself.

    To ensure you're enjoying this magical time of year mindfully and responsibly, it's time to consider the risks to ensure we make the most appropriate, client-friendly, choice as healthcare professionals. 

    Are you...

    Feeling drowsy? 

    Managing social activities and shift patterns can be challenging. However, falling asleep on shift simply isn't an option. Ensure you're adequately rested before you turn up to work, so you don't make poor decisions on the job as a result of overtiredness.

    White Bed Linen

    Getting carried away with the festivities?

    We all over indulge every once in a while, particularly at Christmastime. However, save the partying for outside of work hours and remember at all times that there are people relying on you to make important decisions regarding their care. 

    Glass of Rose Wine


    We understand that Christmas is one of the most expensive time of year, so it's understandable you might take on an extra shift or two. However, it's important that you're allowing yourself time to get enough sleep between shifts. Don't get stressed out or become run down from overworking. Allow yourself proper breaks and opportunities to rest! 

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    Not feeling the fun?

    For some, Christmas is not all it's cracked up to be. Whether it's personal, financial or problems with your family, all can seem more challenging when everyone else seems happy, giving gifts and seeing family. Your attitude and behaviour at this time as a carer for vulnerable people can make their festivities memorable. To ensure it’s memorable for all of the right reasons, take care of your wellbeing over the Christmas period and seek help and support from your branch, HR or a recognised support network if you need to.

    We do want you to make the most of the festive period and enjoy yourselves, but the key is you do this responsibly.  Please send in any photographs of your decorated branches and staff parties to marketing@newcrosshealthcare.com 

    Merry Christmas! 

29 November 2018

More Male Nurses and Carers, Please

  • Our population is ageing. The charity Anchor have warned that if current trends continue, England could face a shortfall of 718,000 care workers by 2025. In the UK currently, women make up 84% of the care workforce, men comprising a mere 16%. This figure has remained static since 2012. 

    Professor Martin Green, of Care England, said: ‘We have an ageing population and a lot of people who receive care into old age now are men. The majority of carers are women. When it comes to personal care in particular, some men prefer this to be done by a male rather than a female.’

    In this light. we reached out to Newcross Healthcare Assistant, Stephen Campbell from our Perth branch, and Nurse Bill Blair from Dundee, about their experience of working in the sector.

    What made you want to work in the care profession?

    Stephen: I started working in this profession as my grandad was diagnosed and later passed with dementia. I saw how hard it was for families dealing with this and  the staff, too, who do what they can.  I wanted to give something back. 

    Bill: I think really it was something I connected with for a long time in my life. I previously worked as an engineering manager but I decided to go in a direction where I could help people in my own unique way.The ability to add even to a small degree of quality to a persons life is a great thing and much underplayed in the understanding of nursing care. It's not all medication and pain relief and going through the motions. It's seeing a wee smile and a twinkle and nothing has to be said. No thanks are required. It's the giving and taking part to see life going on day to day.I think these are the reasons I went into nursing and all the kinds of care and support I have taken part in over the last twenty years I've never looked back.

    Do you think there should be more men working in care?

    Stephen: Of course yes. There is still the stigma that it’s a female profession, but the places I have been placed enjoy males working in this profession. A lot of residents and patients do enjoy a male company and sometimes feel safer with a male helping. 

    Bill: I think there should be more males in nursing. Often a male perspective on a situation can enhance the care and personal care that is being given, especially in the care of other males. An insight into a shave or how the local team are playing can bring an ease into conversation and reassurance from male to male. Ladies also appreciate being looked after by men. Giving a balance to nursing care I think would be a good thing.

    Why do you think there are more women than there are men working in care? 

    Stephen: Working in healthcare has always been seen as a female profession, but I’ve been doing this line of work for fifteen years now and the last maybe five years it’s been seen as both male and female because the world has moved on. 

    Bill: There has been a long tradition ever since the time of Florence Nightingale that nursing is a female-only tradition, but if you look further back, nursing - especially in the army - was male dominated. Florence changed the perception and to a very great effect improved nursing and pushed the profile of nursing. From an early age we see nurses as being female. I think it will take a few more generations to see this diminish from view.

    What aspect of your role do you enjoy most? 

    I love the fact I can make a difference to someone’s day. It can be the very smallest thing but if that has helped that person I know I’ve done something right for them. 

    What would you say to any men thinking of joining the care profession? 

    To 100% give it a try. There’s so many different aspects to working in healthcare. At times you forget you're actually working as things become so natural. 

    At Newcross, within our own healthcare workforce. we have a higher proportion of male nurses and carers than the national average, 23% of our nurses and carers are men. 

    If you're thinking about pursuing a career in healthcare, you'll find jobs on our website, here. Thanks to Bill and Stephen for their insight. 


27 November 2018

Spotting the Signs: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression which is estimated to affect around one in every fifteen people in the UK between the months of September and April.

    The exact cause isn’t fully understood, but it’s thought to be linked to reduced exposure to sunlight. It can have a significant impact on mood.

    For some people, SAD is so disabling that they cannot function in winter without continuous treatment. Others may experience a milder version called sub-syndromal SAD or 'winter blues.

    What causes SAD?

    The exact cause of SAD isn't fully understood, but it's often linked to reduced exposure to sunlight during the shorter autumn and winter days.

    The main theory is that a lack of sunlight might stop a part of the brain called the hypothalamus working properly, which may affect the:

    • production of melatonin – melatonin is a hormone that makes you feel sleepy; in people with SAD, the body may produce it in higher than normal levels
    • production of serotonin – serotonin is a hormone that affects your mood, appetite and sleep; a lack of sunlight may lead to lower serotonin levels, which is linked to feelings of depression
    • body's internal clock (circadian rhythm) – your body uses sunlight to time various important functions, such as when you wake up, so lower light levels during the winter may disrupt your body clock and lead to symptoms of SAD

    What are the symptoms?

    According to the mental health charity MIND, symptoms of SAD can include:

    – feeling sad, low, tearful, guilty, like you have let others or yourself down; sometimes feeling hopeless and despairing, sometimes apathetic and feeling nothing anxiety

    – tenseness and inability to cope with everyday stresses panic attacks mood changes

    – in some people, bursts of hyperactivity and cheerfulness (known as hypomania) in spring and autumn overeating

    – particularly 'comfort eating' or snacking more than usual being more prone to illness

    – some people with SAD may have a lowered immune system during the winter, and may be more likely to get colds, infections and other illnesses loss of interest in sex or physical contact social and relationship problems

    – irritability or not wanting to see people; difficult or abusive behaviour greater drug or alcohol use

    When to see your GP

    You should consider seeing your GP if you think you might have SAD and you're struggling to cope.

    Your GP can carry out an assessment to check your mental health. They may ask you about your mood, lifestyle, eating habits and sleeping patterns, plus any seasonal changes in your thoughts and behaviour.


    Information from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder-sad/

23 November 2018

The benefits of intergenerational projects in care homes

  • Can decorating cupcakes with multicoloured sprinkles improve an elderly gentleman's health? Or, how about lying on the floor pretending to be a sleeping lion?

    While it hasn't been scientifically proven via rigorous testing that either of these activities contribute to health improvement, recent social studies have indicated that physical and cognitive wellbeing positively alters when elderly residents of care homes spend time with children regularly.

    Intergenerational care is thought to have officially started in 1976, when Shimada Masaharu merged a nursery school and care home in Tokyo with great success. In the UK, similar projects are on the rise, promoting all kinds of benefits for those involved, such as...

    Both generations are entertained

    Children say the funniest things. Many residents may not have any grandchildren in their life, and would otherwise miss out on the joys of being entertained by children. Similarly, children at the nursery may not have grandparents in their life- and would otherwise miss out on the entertainment that the older generation can provide. 

    Residents can partake in activities they might not otherwise make time for

    Sometimes it can be hard to feel motivated to try new things. Having energetic children around may provide the right encouragement to get out of a chair and have a walk around or do some gardening. or painting.

    Visits improve the children's language and communication skills

    As a child develops, it's essential that their communication skills are nurtured in order for them to be capable of expressing themselves. By talking to older adults, who likely use different language than that to which they're accustomed, their vocabulary will develop along with their confidence, too. The ability to communicate effectively is a key skill, and the better we are at it, the better our quality of life will be.

    The residents teach valuable lessons

    There is no better way for children to learn than talking to adults with important life experience.  What's more, children love stories, and care home residents have hundreds of them to dish out. 

    It's an opportunity for social interaction 

    Social isolation among the elderly typically comes about for reasons such as lack of transport options in the area, a lack of a sense of purpose and living alone in an unsuitable and isolated environment. Regular visits provide that social boost allowing them to connect. Social interaction presents some important health benefits for older people, including a potentially reduced risk of dementia and an extensive range of physical problems, such as high blood pressure, arthritis and cardiovascular activities. 

    Intergenerational projects are becoming increasingly popular in the UK.

    Last year, Channel 4 released a programme 'Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds' showcasing a social experiment in which  residents of a retirement community in Bristol were recorded for a six-week period. The series observes the impact on the project on the older people’s cognitive and physical responses as well as the children's intellectual abilities, all of which greatly improved. 

    What do you think? Do you think there should be more intergenerational projects in place to promote wellbeing? Have you seen the success of a care home project first hand? Let us know by emailing marketing@newcrosshealthcare.com 


22 November 2018

1 in 8 Under 19s have Mental Health Problems, New Study Shows

  • The first figures since 2004 evidencing how common mental health problems are among under 18s were published on Thursday. The report, which features the first official statistics to be published for thirteen years, shows that an eighth of under 19s in England have a mental health disorder. 

    A random sample of children, their parents and teachers from across England were interviewed. While 5 to 15 year olds were also interviewed in 1999 and 2004 – the latest survey provides England’s first data on the prevalence of mental disorder in 2 to 4 year olds. It also spans into adulthood by covering 17 to 19 year olds.

    The figures, based on a survey of 9,117 children and young people, showed that the incidence of disorders rose to one in six for people aged 17 to 19.

    Key Findings

    • One in eight (12.8%) 5 to 19 year olds had at least one mental disorder when assessed in 2017
    • Specific mental disorders were grouped into four broad categories: emotional, behavioural, hyperactivity and other less common disorders. Emotional disorders were the most prevalent type of disorder experienced by 5 to 19 year olds in 2017 (8.1%)
    • Rates of mental disorders increased with age. 5.5% of 2 to 4 year old children experienced a mental disorder, compared to 16.9% of 17 to 19 year olds. Caution is needed, however, when comparing rates between age groups due to differences in data collection. For example, teacher reports were available only for 5 to 16 year olds. Please refer to the Survey Design and Methods Report for full details
    • Data from this survey series reveal a slight increase over time in the prevalence of mental disorder in 5 to 15 year olds (the age-group covered on all surveys in this series). Rising from 9.7% in 1999 and 10.1% in 2004, to 11.2% in 2017
    • Emotional disorders have become more common in five to 15 year-olds – going from 4.3% in 1999 and 3.9% in 2004 to 5.8% in 2017. All other types of disorder, such as behavioural, hyperactivity and other less common disorders, have remained similar in prevalence for this age group since 1999

    The statistics were collated by NatCen Social Research, the Office for National Statistics and Youthinmind, and funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. 

    At Newcross, we believe that it's important to look after our mental health at all stages of life. For this reason, mental health training courses are made available to our healthcare team. Our clinical team offers a learning disabilities course which covers some aspect of mental health and also a dementia awareness course. Using external providers we can offer mental health specific training on the following:

    • Depression & Anxiety
    • OCD
    • Phobias
    • Psychosis
    • Schizophrenia
    • Paraphrenia
    • Eating Disorders
    • Personality disorders
    • Self harm
    • Suicide idealtion
    • Self help and empowering the individual.

    If you're a healthcare professional interested in expanding your clinical knowledge, join us. Every month we deliver between 150 and 200 courses to over 1,000 Nurses and Healthcare Assistants.

21 November 2018

Will the Health Secretary's 'Prevention Plan' Increase Life Expectancy?

  • Quit smoking. Eat well. Take more exercise. These aren't only instructions to follow if you're looking to improve your current health. They're also preventative measures to live by in order to avoid a variety of chronic health conditions in later life. 

    Thousands of people in the UK could avoid an early death from one of the five most common killers: cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease and liver disease - all of which can be triggered by one or a combination of heavy drinking, smoking and obesity. 

    "We have made great progress in improving the health of the nation.

    However, people are spending too many years in poor health, with these gains in health not felt equally across society. But this is not inevitable; much of ill health could be prevented.

    Prevention is crucial to improving the health of the whole population, and helping secure the health and social care services we all value and rely on. It will also boost the health of our economy." 

    These are the words of Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, in his Prevention is better than cure vision document, which sets out how we can use technology, workplace strategies and the power of local communities to support people with health issues and prevent worsening health.

    Matt Hancock's end goal within the framework of this new plan. is for people to have five more years of healthy, independent life by 2035. UK life expectancy is currently 82.9 years for women, and 79.2 for men and has been subject to much debate since the release of the Office for National Statistics life expectancy report, which showed that the UK has had the lowest rate of improvement in life expectancy since 2011 among western nations, other than the USA. 

    To achieve this, he is encouraging people to take more responsibility for their own health.

    Hancock says: "It's about people choosing to look after themselves better, staying active and stopping smoking.

    "Making better choices by limiting alcohol, sugar, salt and fat."

    "It's about helping them make better choices, giving them all the support we can, because we know taking the tough decisions is never easy."

    The plan also states his ambition to halve childhood obesity by 2030, reduce loneliness by making "social prescribing" - when doctors or nurses prescribe community activities - more widespread, diagnosing 75% of cancers at stages one and two by 2028 and use technology to predict patients' illnesses and target advice at sections of the population.

    In the UK, we spend £97bn of public money on treating disease and only £8bn preventing it each year. 

    To answer the encompassing question: 'Will the Health Secretary's 'Prevention Plan' increase life expectancy?', the answer depends on the will power of the nation.

    While the majority are already well-versed in the knowledge that smoking, drinking alcohol and eating rubbish aren't exactly good for us, the real challenge lies in establishing successful methods of changing public attitude towards these everyday health dangers - if we are ever to achieve increased life expectancy through prevention. 

    What do you think? Is Matt Hancock's prevention goal achievable? Let us know by commenting or Tweeting us @NewcrossHealth  

21 November 2018

Client Feedback on Our Healthforce Heroes

  • We love receiving client feedback. Regularly receiving compliments about our nurses and carers underlines the quality work our nurses and carers do every day.

    Whether you work for Newcross, or if you're thinking about using our services in the future, here are some of the wonderful compliments we've received over the past few months for you to enjoy reading...

    Barnstaple 15/11/2018

    "Jane from The Meadows explained that Gaynor is a senior's dream and that her knowledge and experience is incredible. They love Gaynor working with them and hope that she can cover more shifts with them in the future."

    Bath 10/11/2018

    "Ralph who we had on at the weekend was totally amazing considering it was the first time here. I was even called at home to say how amazing she was."

    Bristol-Complex Care 13/11/2018

    "Maria was complimented on being 100% reliable providing an excellent service and being very conscientious. Faith says that if any other carers were to be introduced Maria has set a high bar for them to work to."

    Chester 27/10/2018

    "Evonne the manager called through shifts and wanted to pass on how good Joanne was who worked on Saturday night. Evonne the manager had been in Saturday evening and met her and said the amount she had remembered about the residents from handover was outstanding and she got on really well."

    Durham 16/11/2018

    "HCA Snr Kerry was on shift at Paddock Stile Manor on Sunday 04/11/18 when a service user passed away.  Karl was extremely impressed with the way Kerry handled the situation.  She called him at home and when he asked if she wanted him to come in she said no and had already done everything that needed to be done. Karl's own seniors would have called and asked him to go into work to deal with the situation. Karl said he knew that his service was safe in Kerry's hands and that he could rely on her completely to do the right thing and whatever was necessary."

    IOW-Complex Care 04/11/2018

    "Attended George Burton's home with Alexandria as she is a new member of staff to this package to sign her off if competent for the changing of George's tracheostomy and feeding through the NG tube.Rachel was most complementary and stated that Alex was an asset to the team. She had been great and fitted in with the family really well."

    Leeds 07/11/2018

    "Following a service visit with Rachel the manager of the home she wanted me to pass on her praise for Cleo the night staff thought she was excellent. Very hands on willing to work hard and a great asset to Newcross. I spoke with Cleo she loved her shift there and is looking forward to working there again."

    Plymouth 11/11/2018

    "Lyndsey from Torr home called in and wanted to let us know that Jayhan worked yesterday and he was absolutely brilliant she said one of the best agencies they've ever had so kind and great with resident hard working and a pleasure. They would be happy to have him back anytime and would like future shifts for us to ask Jayhan."

    Taunton-Complex Care 14/11/2018

    "We had Kelly in shift last night and I wanted to give some feedback. Kelly was amazing with Finley and did everything that was needed. Alerted myself at the correct point and also I let Kelly administer the midazolam with my support. She did great. Just wanted to pass on my positive feedback and to say thank you to Kelly for looking after him so well."

    Taunton-Complex Care 19/11/2018

    "Outstanding feedback of support given to FJ while supporting at school. The class teacher was very complimentary of Sonja as was NOK and the schools Health and Well being lead."

    Torquay-Complex Care 13/11/2018

    "Linda was supporting the branch with competencies in the absence of our clinical lead. She was very impressed with the practice she saw out in the clients homes. She said the carers were receptive competent and confident. She said they were extremely caring and lovely. It is a vocation for our carers not a job."

    Torquay-Complex Care 01/11/2018

    "Stuart called the office to say how well Louise is getting on in the package and how much of a credit she is to Newcross."

    Torquay-Complex Care 07/11/2018

     (Client) called the office to say how well Julia is getting on in the package and how much of a credit she is to Newcross.

    Truro 31/10/2018

    "Simon covered a long day shift at Anchor and they wanted to give positive feedback. Vanda sent in email to say that the Team leader on with Simon during his first shift with them said he worked really hard and that over all he was very good and they are keen for him to come back again."

    Yeovil 07/11/2018

    "Sam called to advise Marie has been doing great work during their shift yesterday she was left to lone work as their member of staff hadn't turned up and she had really connected with the service user."

    Yeovil-Complex Care 10/11/2018

    "Jenny came into branch to thank us Jenny came in to thank us for the care we showed her grandmother Marion Matthews and the professionalism with which we handled everything.She particularly wanted to thank Diana who was with her grandmother when she passed."

    Hamilton 13/11/2018

    "We have been more than happy with the staff provided by Newcross and with their professionalism and standards of care. You will note that we have been using Newcross on a regular basis as our preferred provider for the delivery of Moving & Handling training and this continues to be the case. I have pre-booked 3-4 places on your next course in Hamilton on 5th December."

    Hamilton 16/11/2018

    "I would like to thank staff at Newcross for the professional service they provide to Avonhaugh. Staff are always very helpful with all of our staffing needs.  Newcross provide a high standard of nurses and carers and also have a good system in place to enable us to provide feedback on completion of all shifts. Newcross always work on our requests without delay which is very important when working in the care sector.Once again thank you and well done to Newcross."

    Hull 08/11/2018

    "Today we held a residents and relatives meeting on the home to discuss any issues they wished to raise. Residents and their relatives and friends all commented on the high standard of care and compassion shown by the staff from Newcross. The basic consensus of opinion was that we are having a '˜better class of agency staff.'The staff members with whom the agency carers have been working with this week have also commented on how helpful and easy to work with they have been. Extra praise for Wieslawa, Hannah, Julie, Kirsty, Lorraine and Chantelle. I and relatives have seen how they interact with our ladies and gentlemen and the kindness that they have shown to them.Thank you for sending them our way and we really hope we get the opportunity to work with them again."

    Thanks to all the clients who emailed or phoned in over the past few months!

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20 November 2018

Survey Results Show 90% of People Want Healthier Food

  • A survey from Public Health England (PHE) found that around 9 in 10 people support the notion of the government working alongside the food industry in order to make food healthier. There was overwhelming public support for reducing sugar and calories in everyday food items.

    Market research company Ipsos MORI carried out the survey, which revealed that nearly 90% of people support the government working with manufacturers, supermarkets and the 'eating out of home' sector to make food and drinks healthier. This applied to all sectors, and no allowances were made for food consumed in restaurants, coffee shops or cafes, despite this often being labelled as a ‘treat’.

    Other interesting findings from the survey include:

    • Over 9 in 10 respondents think obesity is a problem in the UK, and 79% believe it has a negative impact on the NHS

    • only cancer (47% of respondents) and mental health (43%) are seen as bigger health concerns for the UK population than obesity (39%)

    • people believe the greatest responsibility for tackling obesity lies with individuals and families (90%), the food industry (80%) and the government (72%), underlining a belief in a collective responsibility

    • there was support from 87% of people to replace unhealthy products near supermarket tills and checkouts, with healthier ones.

    Duncan Selbie, chief executive at PHE, said:

    "Obesity is the pandemic of modern times. Customers are saying they want faster progress from the food industry, and in particular, those businesses that have taken little or no action. We will be publicly reporting on these during 2019.

    Next year, PHE will publish further progress towards reaching the 20% sugar reduction ambition by 2020, as well as guidelines for industry to achieve the 20% reduction in calories by 2024.

    What do you think? Should the government be doing more to promote healthy eating? Let us know by tweeting us @NewcrossHealth or in the comments section.


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14 November 2018

5 Signs Your Loved One Might Need Some Extra Help

  • It's unsurprising that many elderly people who require care wish to remain in the comfort of their own homes. Living at home provides the security of a familiar setting and allows for the continuation of independence. However, most find it tricky to admit when they require a bit of additional help.

     It often falls on family members to identify when a loved one might need some extra assistance in the home. What are the signs you should be looking out for? 

    1. Unkempt appearance

     A change in appearance is sometimes due to an individual’s inability to care properly for themselves. Examples of this include difficulty showering regularly, brushing their hair, or washing their clothes due to mobility or balance issues. In some instances, it is not a lack of coordination that is the problem, but rather certain disorders like depression or the onset of dementia.

    2. An uncharacteristically untidy house

    We aren't all 'tidy people'. However, there's mess and there's mess. If you notice a drastic change in the state of your parents’ home, this could be cause for concern. If laundry is piling up and there are dirty dishes in the sink, it might be time to gently ask if they're coping.

    3. Declining general health

    Has your loved one missed several important doctor appointments due to the inability to remember the appointment? Have they forgotten to take their daily medication? Look for prescription bottles that are full or bottles that have not been refilled. You will similarly want to watch out for any conditions that have gotten noticeably worse over time. These ailments can range from minor cuts that look infected to a lingering cough or limp.

    4. Withdrawal from hobbies

    Is the family dog's walking routine being neglected? Has your father stopped going to church for the first time in his life?  If you notice that your loved one has withdrawn from their normal activities, you will want to determine the reason for it. In some cases, a withdrawal from favorite activities is caused by mobility issues. In other instances, it can be associated with depression or another illness. 

    5. Poor Nutrition

    While proper nutrition is important at all stages of life, it's crucial during later years. Poor nutrition often begins following the death of a spouse or partner, as preparing meals for one can seem like too much of a 'faff'. Common signs that your loved one may not be receiving the nutrition they need include weight gain or loss, an empty pantry or refrigerator, or general weakness and declining health. 

    If you have recently decided to pursue some extra help and would like to know more about the services we provide, contact your local branch. You're in the right place and we would love to help you.