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The Dower House ethos is rooted in the desire to support people to live as independently as possible in later life. In order to achieve this, it’s important to take care of your health and wellbeing. In our blogs, we consider the different aspects of ageing and later life, sharing tips, advice and relevant news to help you prolong your independence whether in your own home or in residential care.

What’s the difference between a care home and a nursing home?

Author: Philippa Thompson

There are different options for residential care in later life. In this article, we explore the difference between nursing homes and care homes, the types of care provided and how to decide which is right for you.

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The importance of respite care

Author: Philippa Thompson

Caring for an elderly loved one, particularly as a compassionate relative rather than professional carer, can be fulfilling and rewarding but also mentally and physically demanding.

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How to prevent malnutrition and dehydration in later life

Author: Philippa Thompson

How much and what you eat and drink affects your weight and impacts your mood, concentration levels, and feelings. In essence, 'good' food and hydration are essential for general wellbeing.

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Top tips for a peaceful night’s sleep

Author: Philippa Thompson

Sleep is vital to maintaining physical and cognitive health. Lack of sleep makes us feel sluggish and lethargic, potentially leading to accidents and, in turn, injuries. However, insufficient sleep doesn't just affect how we feel the next day; it can also negatively affect physical health, including increasing the risk for diabetes.

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How can you protect your loved ones this winter

Author: Philippa Thompson

As we head into the colder months of the year, most children throughout the country are hoping for a 'snow day'. They love nothing more than building snowmen with their friends, sledging down the hill, having an unexpected day off school, watching films, and drinking hot chocolate.

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Six top Christmas activities to do with elderly loved ones this festive period

Author: Philippa Thompson

Family time is always important, especially around Christmas. Whilst spending Christmas day with your elderly loved ones may not always be possible, you can ensure you have lots of festive fun in the run-up to the big day. Here are our top six things you can do with your elderly loved ones in the lead up to Christmas.

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Stress Awareness week 2021

Author: Philippa Thompson

For the past 18 years, the first Wednesday of every November has been International Stress Awareness Day, and for the past three years, the first week of November has been International Stress Awareness Week.

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Top tips to prevent slips, trips and falls in later life

Author: Helen Chapman

This week (20th September 2021) is National Fall Awareness week so we thought we’d take the opportunity to share with you, our top tips for preventing slips, trips and falls in later life.

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How to talk about later life care

Author: Philippa Thompson

There are some things in life that many of us find difficult to talk about and often residential care is one of them. Yet it’s important to broach the conversation with elderly relatives before the need arises. In this article we look at ways to open the conversation in a positive way.

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