Father and Son sing in aid of Alzheimer’s

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Carpool Karaoke with a twist

You might have seen the likes of James Corden with various celebrity passengers, singing their hearts out around L.A.

This video is slightly different, it is of a UK duo: 80 year-old father (Ted) and 40 year-old son (Simon). What makes it special is that Ted was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013 and now struggles due to his declining memory, however, this song takes him back to singing at Butlins in his youth. It was at Butlins that he earned a nickname: The Songaminute Man.

You might have already seen this wonderfully heartwarming (and viral) video circulating around the internet already, but if you haven’t, here it is in its full glory. (If you don’t know Quando, Quando, Quando, it was performed by Englebert Humperdinck.)

 

As you can hear, Ted certainly hasn’t forgotten how to sing!

Simon set up a JustGiving page to help raise awareness and funds to fight dementia. The video has already racked up millions of views, and over £65,000 to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Donate here.

 

Find out more about the specialist care we offer, including care for people with Alzheimer’s, here.

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What is Palliative Care?

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The Difference Between End of Life Care and Palliative Care

We often get asked: ‘what is palliative care?’. The words ‘palliative care’ and ‘end of life care’ are often used interchangeably, however there is a subtle difference, which can make all the difference when it comes to receiving care.

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So, what is palliative care?

Palliative care is ultimately about ensuring you, and your family, have the best quality of life possible. It is the combined care and treatment to help manage physical pain and symptoms. It can also provide emotional, spiritual, social or psychological support for you and those who may be immediately affected. Palliative care also tries to help you and your family come to terms with the dying and bereavement process.

Who is it for?

Palliative care is for people who have a long-term or complex illness or disease that needs specialist attention. Palliative care is also for people with a terminal illness, but not necessarily nearing the end of life.

What is end of life care?

End of life care it is slightly different to palliative care as it concerns the treatment of someone who is in the last stages of their life. This is usually within the final 12 months. However, the term ‘palliative care’ can also encompass end of life treatment.

Where can someone receive palliative or end of life care?

More traditionally, treatment is provided at a hospital or hospice. Care can also be provided to you in the comfort of your own home (this is sometimes referred to as ‘hospice at home’).

Who can provide the care?

Those who provide palliative and end of life care are split into two groups:

  • Specialist medical professionals e.g. palliative care consultants or clinical nurses
  • General day-to-day carers e.g. those providing care to you in your home or at hospital

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If you are considering palliative care, but wish to be in the comfort and surroundings of your own home, we are able to provide carers with specialist training to locations throughout the UK.

 

Click here for more information about other types of care at home we offer, or call us on 01252 852 100.

 

For more information, the NCPC has an in-depth explanation of what palliative care is.

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Respite care: caring for carers

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Do you need a break from caring?

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Over 6 million people in the UK are currently acting as a carer for a relative or friend. That’s a lot of people who dedicate their time solely to look after someone else.

It is important that carers take some time out occasionally to ensure they are strong enough to continue providing excellent care to the person who relies on them. Just like you would in any job, it is expected that you take a holiday; this is no different for a carer.

If you are a carer for someone, and need a break, we can help.

When would I need respite care?

Specific occasions, such as going away on holiday or going to a wedding, might provide the reason to consider respite care.

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Other times, perhaps when you need to see friends, do paperwork or attend your own medical appointments are also valid reasons for looking into respite care.

Respite care may also benefit the person you are caring for; a mix of routine and people can provide a welcome change. If you reason is nothing more than simply needing a rest, we are here to help.

If you are a carer (or know someone who is a carer) and need a break, contact us on 01252 852 100. We can provide respite care for at least a week, at short notice – sometimes within 24 hours.

 

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