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As we get older it is important to remain as active as possible, not only to keep in physical shape, but it has been proven that exercising and socialising with others is key to improving mental health.
In an attempt to combat social isolation aross Barnsley, we have put together a What's On Where Guide which provides a list of easily accessible activities in Barnlsey such as; Choir Groups, Dance Classes, Art groups, Lunch Clubs, Coffee Mornings and many more!
We hope that our guide will encourage people to get involved in the community and ultimately, reduce social isolation.
Take a look at our guide by following the link below!
If you would like more information about our WOW Guide or organise an activity within Barnsley and would like it to feature in our next WOW Guide then call us on 01226 391010
Senior Snippets: Exercise
Welcome to the latest edition of Senior Snippets: our advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by Bryn Evans of Home Instead Senior Care in Barnsley.
In this instalment, I will be providing you with some easy and effective exercises specifically designed for older people.
Everyone knows that it’s good to exercise to stay fit and healthy, but with adults aged 65 and over spending an average of 10 hours a day sitting down, maintaining an exercise regime for older people is vital. Whilst you should check with your doctor before engaging in any kind of exercise, the following are simple, low-intensity NHS-recommended exercises which can still make a difference to your health and wellbeing:
- To develop and maintain upper back flexibility, sit on a chair and cross your arms with your hands on your shoulders. Using just your upper body, twist to the left and hold for five seconds before twisting to the right.
- To stretch your calves, place both hands against a wall and, keeping both feet flat, bend one leg whilst stepping the other behind you, keeping it straight. You will feel the stretch in the straightened leg. Repeat with the opposite leg and alternate three times.
- To strengthen leg muscles place your hands on the back of a chair and stand with your feet hip-width apart. Slowly bend your knees as far as you can, keeping your back straight. Slowly raise yourself up and repeat five times.
- To improve and maintain balance, face a wall and stretch your arms out so that your fingertips touch the wall. Lift one leg, keeping the other one slightly bent, and hold for five to ten seconds. Repeat three times for each leg.
Every year millions of pounds in benefits go unclaimed in the UK. You may be entitled to additional help and support to help pay the bills or pay for care for instance.
Follow the link for a full comprehensive guide to benefit entitlements containing information on Disability Benefits, Housing Benefits and much more. If you meet the criteria, state your claim and receive the support you deserve.
Home is where an older person should feel the safest. Scammers, however have found a way to invade the secure lives of seniors by targeting older people’s post, the internet and telephone, as well as unsecured documents. Through the provision of our Senior Fraud Protection campaign in Barnsley we can deliver information and raise awareness of the risks facing older people to ensure that we can do everything we can to prevent these distressing and devastating crimes.
Our Next (FREE) Senior Fraud Workshop
To attend please call: 01226 391010 or email: email@example.com
Home Instead Senior Care Barnsley had a routine inspection by Health and Social care regulators the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on the 17th December 2013. The report for this inspection was published in January and has now been made available online*.
We are pleased to confirm that we have met all the national standards and we will continue to maintain the highest quality of care for our clients in Barnsley.
*PLEASE NOTE: The report also covers our other franchise areas in Sheffield aswell as Barnsley as they are all managed by the same registered care manager .
A number of years ago, we were discussing care for our elderly parents with Age Concern. They advised that they had heard of a "new" Company in the area, Home Instead, but as yet had no feedback about them. We had a quick browse of the web site and decided to take "a gamble". It was the best gamble we ever took, a winner all round. Initially, our requirements were simple, someone to do a little housework and provide a little companionship. Home instead filled the brief, readily, effectively, professionally and above all, with a smile and a "can do" attitude. Over the many years that we have been using their services, our parents needs have changed, become more complex and demanding. Home Instead have always been ready and able to step up to the mark, demonstrate a wonderfully flexible attitude, offer positive suggestions and deliver what they say they will. It is always amazing how they can react to any emergency to deliver an excellent service 'at the drop of a hat'. Fab-u-lous! Additionally, the people employed by Home Instead are of a high calibre whether Caregivers or the Office Teams. I would and do trust, the lives of our parents with any one of them.!! We know they are in good hands. For example, the Caregivers don't just work to a script, complete a 'to do list' , they are proactive. Our Caregivers not only shop, but also look for tempting items that may stimulate appetite. They are always looking for positive ways to motivate, stimulate and encourage a better quality of life. Above all, Home Instead are not simply a care company, they are FAMILY. I cannot give them a higher endorsement.Mr & Mrs L, Barnsley