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How to spot a great carer – and how to be one

How to spot a great carer – and how to be one

How do you spot a great carer – and could you be one? Olga Mcrae, who has been nominated for the Great British Care Awards, is a good example, says her manager Danielle Daines. “Olga looks after every one of her clients as if they are a relative,” says Danielle. Olga says: “I enjoy communicating with my clients. I smile and they smile...

Award Season for Avant Healthcare

Award Season for Avant Healthcare

We are very excited to announce that we have been selected as this year's Home Healthcare Service of the Year at the London Prestige Awards! Each year, both readers and contributors to the Corporate LiveWire and LTG publications put forward companies, products, services and individuals who they feel are deserving of recognition. Nominees are asked to...

Lucky seven: Avant celebrates anniversary

Lucky seven: Avant celebrates anniversary

Seven could be your lucky number if you are looking for a successful healthcare services franchise: it's now seven years since Sally Graham used her personal experience as a successful care franchisee to start Avant Healthcare Services. Sally started her first care services franchise in 1996 and soon built up a successful business with nine territories...

A daily chat helps Henry stay healthy

A daily chat helps Henry stay healthy

Hillingdon resident Henry Eames, 99, recommends regular chats to keep yourself youthful. Henry, who has lived in Hillingdon for 62 years, says: “I value the chats I have with Mariano Lucas, my carer. He visits four days a week, and after making my bed and helping treat my legs, we have time to talk. I often talk to him about the quirks of UK culture....

Christmas Gift ideas for your elderly loved ones

Christmas Gift ideas for your elderly loved ones

With less than a month until Christmas, it won’t be long until the festive season is here again. We still have a few weeks to go, but you may have already started thinking about what gifts you are going to buy for family and friends. If you have an elderly loved one, you will almost definitely have heard them say ‘I don’t need anything!’ or that...

Budget 2018: What it means for home care

Budget 2018: What it means for home care

This week Phillip Hammond announced the 2018 Budget. Within the budget was an extra £650m for social care for 2019/20, available to local authorities to support people living with long term disabilities and older people. From this, the Budget 2018 report states that £240m of the allowance is earmarked for adult services, with the remainder free to be...

Music therapy hits the right notes as dementia treatment

Music therapy hits the right notes as dementia treatment

For people living with dementia, day-to-day life can be a struggle, with family homes becoming unfamiliar and loved ones appearing as strangers. While a substantial amount of research goes into curing the disease, equally important is finding ways to support the 50 million people worldwide who are currently living with it. A new study led by the...

How does being an unpaid carer affect your life?

How does being an unpaid carer affect your life?

Thanks to improved diets, healthcare and living conditions, we’re living longer and staying active later into our lives. While this is great news, this has led to an increasing number of us having to care for aging loved ones without any respite. According to data from the Social Market Foundation, 7.6 million people in the UK currently care for a...

All in the family when it comes to care

All in the family when it comes to care

At Avant we pride ourselves first and foremost on the quality of care we deliver; there’s nothing more important in our business than making sure customers have exactly what they need. That’s why we feel so blessed when we receive feedback from family members of those we support, because working together with families is the only way to deliver the...

In support of Dementia Action Week

In support of Dementia Action Week

At Avant, we provide care and support to many customers that have dementia. All our care workers and managers are given training in dealing with supporting people with dementia – it is a rewarding part of our jobs and a vital service to the local community. Busting the myths There are some misconceptions about dementia, which is why Dementia Action Week...