Is Gynaecological Cancer On The Rise?

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Bethel House in Barton on Sea organised a tea party for The Eve Appeal which was held on 20th March as part of the charity’s Make Time for Tea campaign. This was organised to celebrate Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and help to raise funds and awareness of the disease.

The Eve Appeal was set up in 2005 , with the main aim of raising money to fund research into Gynaecological Cancers in hopes of finding a cure. Since the charity was founded there have been major breakthroughs in improving survival rates for those suffering from Gynaecological Cancers. The other aim of The Eve Appeal is to promote awareness of Gynaecological Cancers.

The Make Time for Tea campaign was set up for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to help raise extra funds for the charity. The Make Time for Tea campaign encouraged you to raise money for The Eve Appeal and have fun whilst doing it. By organising a tea party with friends, work colleagues or in your local community you can raise awareness and make money for funding the research of Gynaecological Cancers. The Eve appeal has many other ways of raising funds if you want to get involved.

Gynaecological Cancers include: Ovarian Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Vaginal Cancer, Vulval Cancer, and Uterine or Endometrial Cancer. In the UK Ovarian Cancer is the 5th most common form of cancer among women and is most common in woman over the age of 40.

Research into Gynaecological Cancers is vital, at present women who present with stage 1 or 2 Ovarian Cancer have a 90% chance of survival. However 70% of women are currently presenting at stage 3 or 4 of Ovarian Cancer, and the survival rate at this point dramatically drops to 30%. This is because Ovarian Cancer can be a very aggressive disease, and despite intensive efforts to improve treatment mortality rates are still quite high because symptoms are difficult to identify

The Wessex Cancer Trust has a cancer support service based in the Winchester area. The Winchester Cancer Support Centre is based on St Georges Street and is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 – 16:00 the centre offers a wide range of services including: reflexology, aromatherapy and massage. The Wessex Cancer Trust can help with all aspects of daily life for someone who is suffering from Cancer. They also offer counselling and complementary therapies including services such as: befriending, counselling, and Reiki.

There is a wide variety of support available for those who are suffering from Cancer. For example Hampshire Hospitals provide a variety of services including: outpatient clinics, supportive treatments and counselling sessions. They also have a mobile chemotherapy unit which services: Andover, Alton, Eastleigh and Tadley. This allows people to have easy access to treatment, whilst reducing travel costs and stress to an ill and vulnerable people.

Service To Support Local Community At Home

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In Winchester its has been agreed that Avalon House on Chesil Street will be repurposed and used by the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. This organisation provides health services to the community, and this includes health visitors and district nurses. However the main purpose of the Avalon House building is yet to be decided.

Although the repurposing of this building has had the full backing of the councillors, some members of the general public have raised some concerns. For example some of the local residents feel that they may experience some disruptions may be experienced as a result of taxi’s pulling up and waiting for people. A councillor has also raised the point that the building is in a conservative area, and the NHS may put up a variety of signs which could lead to potential problems.

The Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust provide a wide variety of services including: Mental Health services, community health services, learning disability services, and Social care services. They can provide care and support within the community that will help you to maintain good health and well-being. This can be done by providing you with community nurses or support. There are a wide range of services that are run within in the community, and these include: health and well-being services, mental health services, community dentistry, and minor injury units.

The Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust’s main aim is to ensure that the general populations health and wellbeing are as good as they can possibly be. This is why they run a number of services targeted specifically for maintaining good health and well-being. These services include: stopping smoking services, advice on alcohol and drug abuse, older people’s health services (including falls advice), and Dental Health services.

These services can be particularly beneficial to older people because they may not be able to get out and about as easily as others within the local community. This is because it can help them to get the help and support that they need to maintain good health and wellbeing, and to potentially maintain some level of independence for longer.

Age Concern also offer information and advice services to assist those who are over the age of 55 with a variety of different areas of daily living, including: pensions, family and personal matters, aids and adaptations, and housing and property. These services allow you to gain valuable advice on how to manage and understand a variety of factors and decisions from daily life.

The Royal Voluntary Service also offer a wide range of services to help keep older people active within the community for longer. Their services range from befriending services to visiting people in hospital.

What support is available for Dementia sufferers and their family members?

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There are currently 670,000 people suffering from Dementia in the UK and it is estimated that by 2021 over a million people will be diagnosed with the condition. With the disease becoming even more prevalent, what support is available to those dealing with the difficult symptoms associated with Dementia?

Day centres and activities:

In some communities day centres may be available for individuals suffering from Dementia. Day centres offer therapeutic activities that may help tackle the symptoms of the disease, which can have an extremely positive impact on the individual’s general health and well-being. From arts and crafts, musical activities, gardening, baking and activities based on the individuals’ lives (e.g. story work), day centres provide a much needed break for both the sufferer and the caregiver. The Alzheimer’s Society runs the Winchester Dementia Cafe, which provides a social activity to support people with dementia in the local area, providing an opportunity for sufferers and caregivers to meet and talk to other people in a similar situation.

Support for the individual at home:

Dealing with Dementia can make day-to-day activities increasingly difficult, but with the right help and support it is possible for an individual suffering with the disease to continue living at home for longer. Homecare is particularly beneficial as it gives the individual a sense of familiarity, which can make them feel more comfortable. A care worker would be able to visit the sufferer at home and provide a variety of support including medication management, meal preparation, domestic duties and personal care. They may also be able to provide support in the form of companionship, helping the individual take a break from home and enjoy their much-loved activities.

Residential care for the individual:

When the symptoms of Dementia develop, residential care can provide crucial support to both the individual and family during this difficult time. Although this may be a hard decision to make, the 24 hour support will help take the weight off family members shoulders, knowing their loved one is in safe hands, receiving the support they need. St Catherine’s View is a unique dementia care home in Winchester, which has been specially designed to suit the care needs of residents with conditions like Dementia.

Support for the caregiver:

Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, but it also involves dealing with stressful situations, changes in family dynamics, extra workloads and financial pressures, which can sometimes become overwhelming. Respite is the main type of support that is available for a caregiver helping an individual suffering from conditions like Dementia. Respite is available on a 24 hour basis to ensure individuals are receiving the support they need and can vary from a few hours to a few weeks. In Hampshire and other parts of the UK a Take A Break service is offered by the local authority. This service works by providing replacement care whilst the caregiver is away. During this time, they can also complete other tasks including domestic duties, meal preparation, and personal care.

How Dangerous Is Cold Weather For The Elderly?

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With the cold weather fast approaching, it becomes even more important to ensure that elderly individuals are safe and healthy. Did you know:
• There were approximately 21,700 deaths in individuals aged 65 or over lasts winter
• Far fewer elderly individuals die in countries with lower temperatures because they take the right precautions
• Hypothermia and Pneumonia are the biggest risk factors to an individual’s health for the elderly in colder months
This article looks at how at the affects of cold weather has on elderly individuals, the illnesses and conditions associated with cold weather and the elderly, and the help that Home Care can give…Read On.

Are Elderly Individual’s Receiving Enough Support At Home?

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At present in the UK, as with much of the Western World, there is an ageing population, the knock on effect of this is a much greater level of pressure on both the Health and Social Care sector, as well as individuals family members. Currently in the UK there are over 10.5 million older people, and this number is estimated to double in the next 20 years. There are currently around 400,000 older people living in care homes, leaving a large percentage of older individuals who are living at home.

As we get older, we may begin to struggle with day to day living activities. Often older people require more help and support in and around the home and there are a number of ways in which this can be achieved.

Support Available For Elderly Individuals

The elderly often rely on family members for support but this can be great pressure on those family members and some of the elderly do not want to burden their family members with their problems, so where do they go?

There are a number of different types of support that are available for elderly individuals who choose to remain living at home, and these include: implementing a home care package, specialist equipment, and day centres.

Home Care Packages

Implementing a Home Care package can be extremely beneficial to an elderly individual who is living at home, and this is because a care worker would be able to help them with all areas of daily living. Areas that a care worker may be able to help an elderly individual with include: meal preparation, medication management, domestic duties, and all aspects of personal care.

It may be beneficial for an elderly individual to have a Home Care package because it allows them the opportunity to stay independent for longer, as they will be receiving the help and support that they need from home. This in turn means that they are able to continue doing the activities that they enjoy doing, as it can provide the individual with much more freedom in comparison to living in a Care Home.

Home Care packages also provide elderly individuals with more choice about the type of care or support available, as most Home Care organisations are able to provide individuals with a number of different services to ensure that individuals receive all of the help and support that they need, in order to remain independent for as long as possible.

Specialist Equipment

There are a number of pieces of specialist equipment, adaptations and improvements that can be implemented within an individual’s home to support them with daily living activities. Along with the traditional equipment: commodes, walking aids, hoists, stand aids and bathing aids, there are now more technology products around to assist known as assistive technology which includes Telecare.
Using specialist equipment, adaptations and improvements within the home all add to the elderly being able to stay independent for much longer than they would if they did not use these devices. The message to the elderly is not to struggle but to get advice on what there is available to improve their lives.

Specialist equipment can be used in a wide variety of situations to help to support an individual within their own home, and they can compliment other types of support such as Home Care. For example hoists can be used for moving individuals who are unable to do so themselves as part as a Home Care package.

Assistive Technology such as Telecare can be extremely beneficial for those individuals who choose to remain living independently at home. Telecare is a generic name for device that monitors in real-time that can deal with emergencies and lifestyle changes over time in order to manage the risks associated with living alone. This can be beneficial because it can give both themselves and their loved ones the peace of mind that they are being monitored, and if any problems were to occur someone would be alerted and help could be at hand in a quick and efficient manner.

Day Centres

Day Centres can provide elderly individuals who choose to remain living at home with the opportunity to obtain some additional support as well as getting the opportunity to socialise with other individuals are may be living in similar circumstances, which they may otherwise not be able to do.

Day centres provide elderly individuals with the opportunity to partake in a number of different activities and events that in turn will help them to maintain independence, whilst enjoying socialising with their peers. Day centres help an elderly individual who is living at home because partaking in a variety of activities on a regular basis may help to raise an individual’s confidence and self-esteem, which in turn will make them feel more able to partake in daily living activities independently.

Conclusion

There is a wide variety of support available for elderly individuals who choose to remain living at home. The more the elderly use the support that is available to them, the more the strain on the Health and Social Care sector is reduced, as they will be able to maintain some independence for a longer period of time. The Home Care sector will play its role in trying to educate people in what is available to keep them independent.

Chronic Illness? Worried About Living Independently? Telehealth Can Help

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What is Telehealth?

Telehealth (the naming coming from health using the telephone system) is a method of supporting an individual in their own home, and it can be used to complement existing care packages used by individuals. This service is provided through the use of remote monitoring of an individual’s vital signs within their own home, through the use of electronic sensors or other equipment that can be used to monitor an individual’s vital signs. By monitoring an individual’s vital signs remotely it can aid diagnosis, assessment and management of an individual’s condition, without them having to leave their home.
Telehealth can be used to measure and monitor and measure a number of different areas and these include: blood pressure, blood glucose levels, oxygen levels and weight. These systems can be beneficial because they can reduce the number of visits that an individual needs to make to their doctor or to the hospital.

Telehealth Services

Telehealth can provide individuals with a number of different services including: specialist referral services, patient consultations, and remote patient monitoring. Specialist referral services involve both a doctor and a specialist, who work together to come up with an accurate diagnosis for the individual. Patient consultations use video and audio in order to come up with a diagnosis and an effective treatment plan. Remote patient monitoring is where devices are used remotely to collect data that is sent to a monitoring station and is interpreted by a health professional. This helps professionals to come up with an effective treatment plan and to spot any changes in condition quickly.

Benefits of Telehealth

Telehealth can provide a number of benefits, for example the system may help to increase an individual’s level of independence and control. This in turn will help to boost confidence and self-esteem whilst making them feel more secure at home. Benefits of Telehealth also include: improved access to medical specialists, effective diagnosis and treatment, decreased stress, travel, and costs.
Remote patient monitoring is most likely to provide benefits to an individual living within their own homes, and this is largely because it allows an individual to maintain some levels of independence for as long as possible. The system would also be very beneficial to those who live in remote areas, as it would greatly reduce travel costs, and make getting a diagnosis and treatment much more straightforward.
Quality of life can also be greatly improved through the use of Telehealth, as hospitalisation can be avoided. This can be beneficial for all involved with the case, and this can save travel costs, and treatment. This in turn will improve monitoring and follow up on any equipment required.
Telehealth can be used effectively for patients with long term conditions because the other choice would be longer stays in hospital. With the technology available the person can be in a ‘virtual ward’ at home being monitored 24 hours a day.

Disadvantages of Telehealth

Even though there are many benefits that Telehealth can have on an individual, there can be a few difficulties in setting up the system and its initial running. For example in an individual’s home it may be difficult to set up and find space for the equipment. Training for using the equipment may also pose some issues in the initial stages, as well as being able to operate the equipment. This may be a result of poor mobility.
Overall Telehealth can be a very positive addition to an individual’s care package within their own home, as it provides them with support from health professionals. This can have a significant impact on an individual’s daily living, and this is because of the additional support on hand the individual’s confidence, self-esteem may increase and their ability to complete tasks on their own may also improve.
A complaint about Telehealth has been about the initial capital cost but it most likely that Telehealth will be delivered as a packaged service involving a monthly charge which will make it more effective for health services to buy.

Need Support? Want Independence? Choose Home Care A Community Service

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Home Care is becoming increasingly popular amongst the elderly. It provides many benefits that individual’s may not get if they move into a Care Home and these include: maintaining independence, promoting dignity, increasing confidence and maintaining self-esteem. Home Care services help individuals to continue to remain independent within their homes and remain part of the community for as long as they possibly can.

What services can be provided?

There are many different services that can be provided as part of a Home Care package including assistance with all aspects of personal care. This covers a wide range of areas an activities including: bathing, showering, assisting with personal hygiene, dressing and help with toileting.
Night sitting services can be provided as part of a Home Care package, these can be put into place to provide support for individuals, particularly if they have poor mobility and struggle to complete day to day tasks alone. These can be conducted either as awake or sleeping nights depending on an individual’s needs. Awake nights are where a care worker stays up all night to support the individual where needed, whereas a sleeping night is where a care worker stays in another room to provide support for the individual, if needed, but can only be disturbed twice.
Shopping services can also be provided, this service would be particularly useful as it prevents an individual from having to go shopping, particularly if they have poor mobility or if it is simply an activity that they struggle to complete on their own. Similarly a laundry service can be provided if it is an activity that an individual struggles with.
Help with domestic tasks can also be provided and this includes meal preparation, useful where a person is having difficulties and would still like a well balanced diet each day. Care workers can assist the client in meal planning for the week to ensure they are getting the meals they prefer rather than relying on pre-prepared meals. It is important that a person’s health is maintained and Home Care workers will ensure a client is eating and importantly taking on enough fluids each day. Meal preparation is helpful, also, where a client is becoming forgetful and could cause themselves harm by leaving the gas on or leaving a pan on the cooker.
Medication is another area that Home Care can provide help particularly with the prompting of medication and the keeping of medication records. This service ensures that an individual is taking all of the medication that they need and at the appropriate times. This is beneficial as it will prevent individuals from missing out on their medications, which in turn could prevent them from becoming ill.
Individuals can be escorted on outings as part of a Home Care Package. This allows individuals to maintain a level of freedom, and it allows them to continue to partake in the activities that they enjoy. A care worker could support an individual to go out for walks or take them to somewhere that they do activities. This is beneficial because it allows an individual to maintain independence and feel like part of the community.
In Conclusion
As you can see there are many services that can be provided under Home Care package and a good Care Agency will ensure that the service is tailored to the individuals requirements and is flexible over time as things change. Individuals will always be encouraged to do as much as they can for themselves as it is important to maintain mobility, but we all have to accept that at some point in our lives we will need help. Any Home Care service should maintain an individual’s level of independence, dignity and freedom. You are encouraged to explore what Home Care can offer you because you may well be surprised what you can achieve in your own home.