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text 2021-06-17 09:34
How to Arrange Help at Home from a Professional Carer?


When it comes to helping seniors can get, it goes without saying that one of the best ways to arrange it comes in the form of a carer that visits them in their own home. This is the case if the senior has any special condition, like dementia or Alzheimer’s, or perhaps they have difficulty walking and getting around. 

This is a type of care known as home care or live-in care. It is a paid service, which costs a different amount based on the area. Sometimes, the council contributes to paying the cost. 

The thing that separates this kind of service is the fact that the senior person doesn’t need to leave their home. The help is provided there since the professional carer will visit for a predetermined amount of hours each day or week. It is a flexible service – care can be arranged for a few hours every week to 24/7 care from a live-in carer. It can also be temporary, for example when the senior is recovering from an illness or surgery, or it can be more temporary, if they have a condition that doesn’t enable living on their own, like dementia or Alzheimer’s. 

What are the benefits of home care? 

A home carer part of a paid service can assist with many things, such as: 

  • Helping the senior get out of bed in the morning 
  • Dressing and washing 
  • Using the toilet 
  • Preparing meals and drinks 
  • Ensuring the person takes their medicine at the right time 
  • Shopping 
  • Getting settled in the evening 
  • Home help in the form of doing certain domestic tasks, like washing up, cleaning, laundry and gardening 

Your local council might help arrange the service  

First, those that want the council to help them arrange care should prepare a needs assessment. This is to help the council determine whether a person is fully eligible for care. If eligibility is confirmed, the council can recommend a paid carer and help arrange the service. If the council deems the person not eligible for care, they will provide some advice on help within the community. It is important to point out that those who wish to arrange private care agencies for this sort of service can also benefit from a needs assessment. This can be used to provide the agency and carer with essential information on what service is expected from them. 

Paying for home care 

Sometimes, the local council can contribute partly to the cost of home care service, depending on the circumstances of the person in need of it. If the needs assessment points to the need for care, the council is more likely to help. It all depends on the income and savings, which is something the council will work out with a financial assessment. If it is the council paying for home care, it will be them that provide a support and care plan. This will establish the needs of the person and the budget for meeting them through home care. There is also the option to receive the personal budget as a direct payment. This gives the person the option to arrange someone for care if they don’t want to go with an agency. 

Finding a local agency 

There are 4 ways to find a care agency: 

  • Through the NHS website 
  • Through the local council’s social services department 
  • Through the Care Quality Commission – that is where are all home care agencies are registered 
  • Through the United Kingdom Homecare Association 

© Home Care Preferred Exeter


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text 2021-06-17 07:16
5 Reasons to Consider Live-in Care Service for a Senior Loved one Right Now



As far as caring for senior individuals goes, there is hardly any better option for them than live-in care. It is rated as one of the most reliable options for families that would otherwise struggle to provide support to their most vulnerable members. Many professional agencies offer this kind of service and more people have access to it. 

There are many benefits to live-in care service, which everyone should consider. If you are now contemplating your options, definitely keep it in mind, because it makes a huge difference. Following are the main advantages: 

  • Your senior loved one doesn’t need to leave their home – when the going gets tough, it becomes clear that the senior needs some help in their daily activities. This often comes in the form of moving them to a care facility, as a popular option. However, it is rarely that easy for them to leave their home and move in with other people in a care home. In fact, it is one of the most stressful prospects for them, which can affect their wellbeing. Contrary to that idea, live-in care enables them to remain in their home and get the help they need there. A professional carer can address their needs 24/7, all the while ensuring their continued wellbeing in the home that has been theirs for such a long time. It means less stress for the seniors and much more comfort for them and their physical and mental health. 

  • Greater independence – another good reason to consider live-in care service is the independence that it enables. Seniors know that they will lose a great deal of their independence when they leave their home for a care facility. Contrary to that, they remain quite independent when they can stay at home and just get some help from a professional carer as part of a live-in care package. They can retain their previous activities and get a person to help them with that. 

  • A service that caters to the person – as highly personalised service, live-in care enables the agency to tailor the service in such a way, as to fit all of the needs of the person. This is very important because oftentimes seniors develop new conditions and symptoms, which require more care, or a better-trained person to help them out. Live-in care allows for flexibility and can be changed to better adapt to the situation that the senior’s condition presents. If they have a progressive condition, the service can start light, and become more frequent as time passes. Additionally, the carer can take on more tasks, if need be. The agency can also dispatch a carer with some medical background if the senior has a condition that demands it. 

  • Companionship and support – live-in care service enables seniors to not feel alone when they are most vulnerable. A carer is a person with great sympathy and skills that allow them to keep company with the senior. They can engage in conversation with them, or help them out in various activities. 

  • The level of expertise – professional carers part of a live-in care package are well-trained professionals who know how to look after seniors. There is zero doubt that they can address many tasks that seniors cannot, and even be a good companion to individuals with conditions like dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease. 

There are many advantages to live-in care, which make it an ideal service for every senior. It is a good idea to consider them all. 

© Home Care Preferred Barnet

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text 2021-06-13 08:24



A Young Woman, a Camera, an Uncompromising Ethic

June 13-17

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Young, talented, ambitious, Freyja Brynjarrson’s a photographer struggling to crash the art establishment, the challenges presented by her family, and keep true to her uncompromising ethic.

Fate places her on the front line of a political demonstration where soldiers open fire on civilians. She photographs death for the first time and the intensity makes everything she’s done previously in art and life seem inconsequential.

The current government is concerned these highly charged images could sway the voters against them. With a closely contested election only three days away, they’re doing whatever they can to attempt to suppress their publication. But someone far more unscrupulous than government spin-doctors also wants these images destroyed.

Gunnar Brynjarrson, Freyja’s eldest brother is the head of an illegal narcotics empire. He’s concerned about the opposition party’s platform to decriminalize drugs. His sister’s photographs could influence the outcome of a close election and put his business in jeopardy.

As events unfold, Freyja slowly becomes aware of the far-reaching impact the billions of narco dollars have on the government, the economy, friends, family and even herself. Something insidious has infected society and like a superbug, it’s resilient, opportunistic and appears as a mutation in the most unexpected places.

Freyja refuses to compromise and is intolerant and unforgiving of those who succumb to this evil or are complicit in their acceptance of it. If she stays at home, she’s afraid she’ll be infected and never attain success on her own terms. She takes an assignment with an international agency photographing the chaos and casualties of Mexico’s drug war. Freyja soon discovers she’s shot only one frame of ‘the big picture’.

The Big Picture focuses on dramatic action, zooms in on political intrigue, and takes a candid snapshot of modern romance. The plot also reveals how narco dollars, overtly and covertly, influence every level of our lives; the wars we fight, the governments we elect, the impact on healthcare, and most importantly and tragically, our personal relationships.


"The plot of The Big Picture, with its twists and reversals of fortune, ...is imaginative and fast moving...extremely compelling. ....characters are diverse, well developed, and real... ...imagery is powerful and fresh. The book is an excellent read and pausing to experience some of the imagery makes it even better."


"The Big Picture is ...a thought-provoking novel that is smartly written with genuine emotional, no holds barred dialogue, and events that will punch you in the heart. - This book was a gem to read and an interesting one at that."

"...a journey of self discovery... a coming-of-age, social thriller... focused on key ethical questions... a creative solution to expose the links of social problems."
Tom Pope - for Bookpleasures

"I like the plot and the plotters...Arni's sense of humor and the dynamics in the Brynjarsson family...Gunnar the druglord, BB the addict, Arni the hedonist, Giordana who rationalizes and Freyja who wants to fight. I like the love story, too. Freyja and Marty with their differences and similarities make a good couple.
... (there are) moral issues in The Big Picture. The drugs, corruption, the way people with beliefs and principles slowly drop them in the treadmill of politics and re-elections. What drug money does to each of the Brynjarssons. Freyja's ethics against Gunnar's power."
- C. Widmann, Goodreads Review


Imaginative and fast moving...extremely compelling...will punch you in the heart.
5 STARS - Readers' Favorite Book Reviews


This is a fascinating novel...adventure, excitement, drug cartels, family issues, romance...themes that are important and questions we sometimes need to ask ourselves.

Judge's commentary - 2nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published eBook Awards







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Reasons to Care About Local Business Listings

Local SEO efforts directly correlate to your business’ reputation, rankings, and revenue. That’s why it is vital to understand the purpose of local business listings and citations. Many online directories (including Google My Business) allow businesses to submit their information for publication for free. It helps your business to be found by the right people at the right time. Creating citations for your business assist you get more control over your brand. Searching for local businesses online is becoming easier with each passing day, so the importance of having listings online is growing, as well. If you’re unsure where to begin, consider enlisting the assistance of a local SEO company in Denver, CO

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