News - Worcester

Demand for 24-hour live-in care set to double

Demand for 24-hour live-in care set to double

A new report has found that by 2035, the number of people aged over 85 who require 24-hour care is set to double. The study was published in the Lancet Public Health journal, explaining that growing life expectancy is the cause for the rapid increase in the number of people who will require assistance with basic tasks such as washing, dressing and going...

Dementia care guidelines highlight importance of choice

Dementia care guidelines highlight importance of choice

For many of us, one of the greatest fears of growing old is losing control over our lives and choices; from simple decisions such as what we want to wear each day or have for dinner, to life-changing decisions over how we wish to be cared for. The issue of choice becomes even more prominent if you are living with a condition such as dementia, where your...

Avant Healthcare Services launches in Worcester

Avant Healthcare Services launches in Worcester

Delighted for Avant to be an active part of the outstanding care provision in Worcester. Full article below from the Worcestershire News today. Click here for full article...

The story behind Avant Worcester

In April 2012, my mother and I were called to the hospital where a consultant was going to explain my father's X Rays. We were also going to discuss his weight loss, fatigue and lack of appetite. The consultant broke the bad news. He told us that my father was suffering from Mesothelioma - lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Our lives had...

A day in the life of a care and support worker

Before I leave, I manage to grab a quick cup of coffee, kiss my husband and tell him to get the kids up and remind him of anything that needs to be done for our children. The first call that is on my rota this week is at 7am so I take the bus which is a 20-minute ride. I am really excited today as all care and support staff have been given mobile phones...

What is Palliative Care?

What is Palliative Care?

Most people are aware of hospice care for terminal illnesses and end of life care. However, palliative care is an option that is ideal for those who have physical and mental disabilities or those suffering from an illness and are not terminal. Care focuses on providing relief from pain and other symptoms to improve the quality of life. Who Provides...

Person-Centred Care for People with Dementia

Person-Centred Care for People with Dementia

While the term ‘person-centred’ has come to be quite flexible in meaning, within the confines of dementia it is often used as a way to refer of a specific care technique that is believed to benefit sufferers of the disease and improve their quality of life. The concept is simple - person-centred care for dementia sufferers means focusing upon the person...

The Importance of Respite Care for the Elderly

The Importance of Respite Care for the Elderly

It’s reported that there are more than 10 million adults over 50 who are caring for an elderly parent today, and yet the mention of respite care is still a rather taboo subject. Respite care is unfortunately often met with negativity - a suggestion that the carer isn’t doing a good enough job, a suggestion that the carer doesn’t want the...

The Importance of Support for Parents

The Importance of Support for Parents

Many specialist care services for children with learning disabilities tend to focus upon the needs and wellbeing of the child exclusively, but with recent research suggesting that professionals can improve the quality of life for a child not only through a person-centred technique but also through ongoing support for the parents, Avant Health Care are...

Managing Diabetes in Children: Bridging the Knowledge Gap

It’s reported that more than half of all schools in the UK include children with diabetes, and yet many British educational establishments are not equipped to adequately manage such long term health conditions. While the government has issued guidelines to assist teachers and educational staff about the importance diabetes management in children, less...