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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 chance for all to dance with Age UK

A chance for all to dance with Age UK

Hounslow residents got a chance to dance recently at a wellbeing event put on by local care provider Avant Healthcare and Age UK Hounslow. The 'Bolder not Older' dance session, tailored for older adults by dance company DanceWest, was offered free to Hounslow residents by Age UK Hounslow at Southville Community Centre in Feltham. “Around 90 people...

The risks of dehydration – and tips to avoid it

The risks of dehydration – and tips to avoid it

You don't have to be in the desert to experience dehydration. It's happening every day. Research shows that around a fifth of people in long-term residential care homes are dehydrated, but there are no figures for dehydration within the community, where it is thought to be quite common. Older people, children, babies and people with disabilities are...

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....

Stay active in 2019: How yoga is keeping older people healthy

Stay active in 2019: How yoga is keeping older people healthy

Keeping active is an important part of staying healthy as we grow older. From a walk to the corner shop or seated exercises for those with less mobility, regular exercise is essential for keeping our bodies and minds healthy. Northumbria University are conducting a £1.4m study into the positive effects of yoga on older people with long term health...

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...

Avant Care Workers enjoy team building event

Avant Care Workers enjoy team building event

Being a Care Worker requires patience, attention to detail and a caring personality. Without our team of excellent Care Workers Avant wouldn’t be the company we are today, which is why we make sure our team receives continued support and training, as well as some well-deserved fun from time to time! On June 22nd, a group of our Care Workers from...

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...