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10 Carer Fatigue Warning Signs to Watch Out For “When a loved one depends on you, you just carry on. It feels like there isn’t any choice, even if you know your reserves are getting more and more depleted. And if I stop being able......

Moving From Supported Housing to Independent Accommodation – Susy’s Story Living independently is something most of us take for granted. Maybe we got our first taste at university, or when we were earning enough to share a house with friends. Many of the people we......

The term ‘reminiscence’ refers to the recounting of stories, events, and memories from the past. It may be an episode that occurred in childhood, a song that was popular years back, or a special skill. Reminiscence activities for people with dementia utilise long-term memory. It’s......

The Importance of Regular Respite Care Providing care for an elderly family member is a hugely demanding job, and it requires support in order to be sustainable. Recent research, published in the British Medical Journal, finds that the impact on family carers is financial, emotional,......

The attitude towards complex mental health in the UK has shifted radically in the past few decades. Asylums are no longer countenanced as an appropriate way to treat people with schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder, for example. And mental health, no longer stigmatised to the same......

People living with learning difficulties, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, or mental health needs should be able to have a choice about where they live and who they live with. This means that homes with an appropriate level of support are needed to ensure that residents are......

There are approximately 1,130,000 adults with a learning disability in the UK. People who have learning disabilities  “find it harder to learn certain life skills”. Everyone is unique of course, but common difficulties experienced include: writing, communication, money management, personal care or reading. Two-thirds of......

A Range of Supported Accommodation services in Bedfordshire Supported accommodation recognises that some people may need help to live the life they want. These may be people who are dealing with mental health problems or age-related issues. Whatever the background or care needs of those......

There is a growing trend towards home care in the UK, and it’s changing the way we provide professional care. A mixture of decline in the number of residential care beds, and a preference for home care, means that the majority of people requiring care......

BSH Provides High-Quality Supported Accommodation in Bedford Most people living in the UK take for granted their ability to make choices about where they live, who they live with and under what conditions. Supported accommodation exists to help people who experience more difficulty in making......

More and more people are discovering that a dementia diagnosis doesn’t have to mean leaving your home to be cared for. At Bedfordshire Supported Housing we provide individual home care packages for dementia sufferers from initial diagnosis, through to its advanced stages. In our experience,......

Bedfordshire Supported Housing was set up nearly a decade ago to provide local care services and support across the county. We’re an independent provider, which means that we’re not owned by the NHS. Our care services accessed are paid for by families needing care for......

In 2019 Milton Keynes took the title of ‘the fastest growing city in the UK’. This is based on the strength of its economic performance, but also on the growth in its population. Of course, successful cities attract more people, and bigger cities require more......

Marcus Rashford’s recent campaign to stop ‘holiday hunger’ brought out the best in many communities across England – including Bedford. Over a million people signed a petition asking the government to support Rashford’s request. Restaurants and cafes across England delivered packed lunches for children in......

“The most satisfying jobs are those that involve caring for and protecting people. The happiest jobs are those that involve giving to others.” We all know people who’ve ‘fallen out of love’ with their job in their 40s. Maybe the career that was once exciting......

A Guide to Living With Dementia at Home “Dad always made us promise that we wouldn’t ‘put him in a home’ when he got old. We used to make jokes about it, before we knew how dementia can devastate the life of a family. All......

“Lockdown has certainly served to highlight our reliance on virtual means of staying in touch. Critically, it has also thrown into sharp definition the issue of digital exclusion, which has been a reality for the 22% of the UK’s population who lack basic digital skills......

“It never occurred to me that I was suffering from depression. I’d kept myself busy throughout lockdown; there were daily phone calls from friends and family. But gradually the world seemed to lose its colour – it looked a bit grey, even on a sunny......

The journey we take with our parents is one the most profound experiences of our lives. From seeing them as giants or superheroes in childhood, we gradually have to come to terms with the fact they’re flawed human beings. Once this painful discovery is made......

David thought that his job working for a large retail chain was pretty secure, but Covid-19 changed all that. Initially David was included in the government’s furlough scheme as he’d been working as a retail assistant with them for a couple of years. By July,......

It’s natural to want to look after family members as they get older – whether that’s helping with the shopping, visiting, or sorting out doctor’s appointments. There may come a time, though, when the care they need is either too complex, or demanding for you......