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12th June 2018
As the country celebrates Carers Week 2018 (11th - 17th June), Barchester Healthcare has thanked its 9,000 carers by sending biscuits and cards to every Barchester care home across the UK. The annual...
5th June 2018
When you're young, you can barely sleep with excitement in the days (maybe even weeks) leading up to your birthday. But this eagerness to turn another year older seems to fade as we age. Great...
23rd May 2018
It has often been said that laughter is the best medicine, but is there any truth behind this old saying? There has been a variety of research conducted on the physical and mental health benefits...
15th May 2018
As May 19th approaches, people across the UK and around the world are looking eagerly towards Buckingham Palace for the latest surrounding Harry and Meghan's Royal Wedding. How Harry Met Meghan The...
9th May 2018
The internet has changed our lives. From making it possible to video message someone at the other side of the world to being able to answer questions on the spot, the benefits seem endless. However...
1st May 2018
Sometimes it can feel like we've lost of our love of the great outdoors. Screens now dominate the lives of many families, meaning they end up spending most of their time inside instead of exploring...
25th April 2018
Barchester recognises the special impact that all our volunteers have on the lives of the people who live in our homes and hospitals.  Volunteers work alongside paid staff but the role they play is...
18th April 2018
Figures from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that people find choosing the right care home more stressful than making decisions about their children's school or nursery. Although this may be...
10th April 2018
Knowing how to adapt your role in your parents' lives as they age can be a challenging balancing act. They probably spent most of your childhood and young adulthood guiding you to make the best life...
3rd April 2018
With National Scrabble Day (April 13th) approaching, here at Barchester we’re dusting off our letter boards and dusting off the dice to celebrate the mental and social benefits of playing board games...
28th March 2018
Staying mentally and physically healthy as we age is incredibly important. Our bodies change as we get older so what may be a perfectly suitable diet in our 50s may not necessarily be suitable when...
20th March 2018
Choosing the right care home can be difficult, but for many people it's just as challenging - if not more so - to start the conversation with your loved one. For a lot of elderly people, the idea of...
13th March 2018
As we age, it can be more difficult to stay hydrated, as our bodies retain less water, and the signs of dehydration are also often milder, meaning we may not feel thirsty until we are significantly...
6th March 2018
Mother's Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the...
28th February 2018
Socialising is an important part of any individual's life, and feeling connected to others can make an individual feel as though they have a support network they can turn to if they ever need it....
20th February 2018
We all know how important it is to stay active, especially as we get older, but this can be much more difficult when the weather turns colder. With the dark nights and plummeting temperatures, it's...
13th February 2018
Being young and in love is often romanticised on television and in film, but relationships are perhaps even more important as we get older. People often overlook the elderly when they think of...
6th February 2018
Unless you've had to go through the process, you're unlikely to know what a Power of Attorney is, and even less likely to understand when you might need it. Like wills, care preferences and death,...

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