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  • How Music Can Help Dementia | World Music Day

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    It's World Music Day, or Fete de la Musique, today, which makes it a good time to talk about the benefits of music and dementia.

    The benefit music can have on improving symptoms of dementia is well documented and frequently noted. Linda Maguire notes that musical aptitude and appreciation are the two of the last remaining abilities in patients with Alzheimer's.

    This lends to the idea that music can be frequently used in the care of those with dementia, helping in three areas:

    • Mood Music can reduce anxiety and depression, especially when enjoyed with close friends and family members. It can also be used during personal care and stressful tasks like getting dressed to calm the patient.
    • Expression Music can help maintain speech and language, as well as giving an outlet for feelings and ideas that can transcend the need for lost speech.
    • Enjoyment Above all, music can be a great source for enjoyment and entertainment.

    It's important to note that dementia patients respond better to personalised music, so if that's not know, it can be helpful to start with popular or well known songs from their 20s-30s and see which they respond well to.

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  • 10 Ways to Bring More Light into Your Home

    It’s important to consider how you can incorporate plenty of light into your environment, especially in contract environments such as care homes and hotels.

    Below are 10 easy ways you can bring light to any area.

    1.  Tie back your curtains

      By making sure your curtains can be tied back out of the way, you can introduce a cost-effective way of increasing light in any room.

    2.  Make sure your windows are unobstructed - and clean them

      By leaving windows unobstructed and uncluttered, you can give the feel of enhanced natural light in even the darkest rooms. Not only this, even just giving your windows a clean can make a world of difference!

    3.  Consider swapping out curtains seasonally or introducing lighter, translucent curtains.

      Whilst it might be inappropriate for some spaces like hotel rooms or care homes to forgo blackout curtains, some areas can benefit from translucent or light-coloured fabrics to let more light through.

    4.  Make sure outdoor spaces are accessible and open where available

      In better weather, keeping access to outdoor spaces open can be a simple and cost-free solution to increasing light when redecoration isn't possible.

    5.  Fill in gaps in natural light with highly hung light sources

      High up lights simulate natural daylight, and by filling in gaps with artificial light, you create an even lighting texture.

    6.  Consider recessed lighting

      Recessed lighting in shelving and on ceilings can illuminate dark spots and make shelving more accessible to those with restricted vision.

    7.  Bookshelves and partitions should be perpendicular to windows

      When partitions and large pieces of furniture are parallel to windows, it can make the room appear darker.

    8.  Use mirrors or mirror art

      An easy one, but as mirrors reflect light they become an obvious choice for strategically placing to brighten up dark corners.

    9.  Use matte paint or wallpaper

      Whilst glossy paint reflects light, matte paint reflects light much more evenly. Make sure to choice white or pale shades to open up the space.

    10.  Paint your ceilings pale shades and colours

      Light coloured ceilings give the illusion of height and make rooms look larger and brighter.

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  • Carers Week

    This Week is Carers Week, and we’re all about taking the time to recognise the hard work that carers do.

    “Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK” (Carers Week Website)

    It can be difficult to take care of your own wellbeing when caring for someone else, so in 2018 Carers Week is all about helping carers to stay Healthy and Connected.

    There are approximately 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK, and it’s important to recognise their important role and offer them the support they need for themselves – whether it’s emotional, health, or social to name a few.

    Whether caring for someone 24 hours a day or just a few hours a week, making a life long commitment or spending a few intense weeks helping someone as they come out of hospital, it’s important to offer the right support. Caring can cause ill health, poverty, and isolation – it can be a struggle to hold down a job, get a good night’s sleep, stay healthy and maintain your relationships.

    Statistics show that 3 out of 5 of us will become carers at some point in our lives, so it’s important to look after our carers.

    Show your support via the Carers Week website.

    All information from Carersweek.org

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  • Future of Care Homes

    With the ageing population on the rise, looking to the future in the care and retirement sector is increasingly vital. From the techiest Utopian ideals of fifty years’ time to the simple essentials that will improve day-to-day mental and physical well-being, the future of retirement housing and care homes is looking to innovative ideas for the way forward.

    With an estimated 40,000 more beds needed over the next 10 years (AgeUK) and a call for greater specialism and customisation to individual needs, there is no time like the present to look to what the future could bring for our next generation of retirees.

    First and foremost, ambient monitoring is leading the way in technological progress and is starting to be implemented in care homes today. Alerts that remind people to turn appliances off, monitor medication and alert carers in case of falls, can all help elderly people lead more independent lives. Not only this, but voice recognition technology, which is becoming more and more popular, could allow those with impaired mobility to control their environment with greater ease, such as allowing them to open windows and control lights.

    Getting more futuristic, care homes could one day offer virtual pets, automatically adapt to people as they age, and even offer augmented reality eye wear to help dementia sufferers find their way around and provide immersive therapy.

    A number of retirees also intend on travelling in retirement, which could mean a potential global network of homes with international memberships.

    Whatever the future of care homes, the same needs for maintaining contact with family and friends, having a good community and social network, and spaces that combat isolation and loneliness will be just as important as they are today.

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    Sources: Age UK Carehome UK Anchor

  • Parkinson’s Awareness Week

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    Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder and about 90% of the time begins showing symptoms in the 60s. Because of the nature of this disorder, many of those who suffer from Parkinson’s end up in care homes in the later stages of the disease and their life.

    Symptoms that can affect an individual’s ability to look after themselves, meaning they must go to care homes, include a tremor, loss of smell, trouble sleeping, trouble moving and dizziness/fainting. This can put an increasing pressure on care and nursing homes to cater for these conditions.

    Whilst regular exercise, support from family and friends, physiotherapy and some medication can help, the practical elements of a care home can also enable a more active and healthier lifestyle from someone suffering with Parkinson’s.

    Some points to consider:

    • Thick floor rugs are difficult to walk on. Thin carpets or wood floors are better.
    • Shuffling gait can lead to trips if the flooring is uneven.
    • Homes should be fully adapted for wheelchair use. All of our dining tables fit wheelchairs.
    • Fabric or rope pulls on cupboards and door handles can be easier to use.
    • Making sure surfaces for leaving things on are between chest and waist level for easier access and less need for reaching.
    • Door knobs might be much harder to use than handles.
    • Adaptive handles are now available on things like cutlery and toothbrushes which enable more independence.
    • Buttons can be replaced with Velcro.
    • Some with Parkinson’s might benefit from regular massages.
    • Items like rubber squeeze balls can encourage muscle use.
    • Avoiding over stimulation which can lead to distress.

    Whilst care homes are not as well designed for Parkinson’s as they are for Alzheimer’s, it’s not hard to improve the care home environment with these simple tips. Furthermore, staff training to enable an understanding of the disease can also be an easy and beneficial way to improve the quality of life for those in care with Parkinson’s.

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  • Edison & Day™ Completes First Luxury Care Home Refurbishment Yeovil For The Care Home Group.

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    Edison & Day™ has completed installation of the first luxury care home refurbishment for The Care Home Group in Yeovil, transforming Latimer Lodge into a luxury five star-hotel-style care home. As part of a £450,000 care home refurbishment project, Edison & Day™ worked to the groups detailed design to produce bespoke furniture for 13 bedrooms, 2 lounges, a hair salon and a reception area.

    Leila Dible, Edison & Day’s Project Manager for Latimer Lodge commented; “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of this amazing project. We worked to the Care Home Group’s own designs and it was an excellent experience making their vision a reality.”

    Bespoke furniture and joinery from Edison & Day™ included a luxury reception desk, bespoke bedroom furniture for 13 bedrooms, a coffee bar/kitchenette in the dining room, lounge and dining furniture throughout as well as a beautifully designed custom faux fireplace; an elegant solution for displaying a large TV in the lounge.

    15-11-2016_DX12_0083Steve Twigg, The Care Home Group’s Sales & Marketing Director also commented; “Working with Edison & Day on this project has been a very positive experience. The quality of the furniture is exceptional and we’re really pleased with the finished project. I’ve spent several years working in property development and for me this is the first time an end project has been finished exactly as seen in the CGI artist impressions. We look forward to working with Edison & Day™ again.”

    To view our online gallery featuring this care home refurbishment project's highlights click here.

    Edison & Day™ are a leading manufacturer and supplier of care home furniture and soft furnishings, providing high quality solutions and years of experience in creating positive and functional healthcare environments. For more information on how Edison & Day™ can help you with your project, please contact our interiors team on 01722 342622, email [email protected] or visit edisonday.co.uk today.

  • Welcome To Edison & Day - Contract Furniture Supplier

    Contract Furniture

    Welcome to Edison & Day™ the new contract furniture brand from Healthcare Plus Global.

    Edison & Day is a contract furniture supplier providing high quality bedroom furniture, chairs for social housing, care homes & hotels as well as a leading catalogue of inherently fire retardant fabrics for use as curtains & other soft furnishings. We've been in the market since 2007 providing great services such as Dayex® & healthcare plus interiors.

    Edison & Day™ Contract Furniture

    Edison & Day is for those with design at the heart of their project. We'll work with you to help you reach your goal and achieve your vision. Nothing is too much for us, and if we don't have a suitable product in our catalogue to meet your needs, we'll work with you to develop unique contract furniture pieces to fit with your preferred look and feel.

    For more information about Edison & Day™ and our capabilities, contact our support team on 01722 341 552.