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Top 6 Tips for Getting that Nursing Job You’ve Always Wanted

So, you are just about to complete your qualification to be a nurse, and now you have to start looking for a job. It can be quite daunting stepping out into the world if you don’t have the necessary experience. Usually nursing homes and medical institutions require that applicants have experience in the field, which […]

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4 Healthy Meals for Your Elderly Loved Ones

Nutrition plays a big role when it comes to the health and wellbeing of our elderly loved ones. Making sure they get what they need from their diet is important for their optimal health. But, as we all know, our digestive system works differently as we age, and our dietary needs change over time. Making […]

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8 Important Tips for Caregivers for Excellent Home Caring

Taking care of elderly loved ones at home can be very trying. Even professional nurses experience good and bad days when it comes to providing excellent home care. While it is important to ensure your elderly loved ones are receiving the very best care, love and acceptance, it is also important to ensure that the caregiver is capable of providing it.

In this article we provide some expert tips on how to ensure caregivers are able to provide the best home care, no matter what.

#1: Boost their Self-Esteem

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Growing old is hard, and takes away a lot of youth’s freedoms. Make the elderly person you take care of feel good about themselves by doing their nails and hair, and ultimately boost their self-esteem.

#2: Take a Break

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You will not be able to provide a haven when you are rundown and tired. Take a break when you are tired, without feeling guilty. This will ensure you are in tip-top shape when you have to provide home care.

#3: Acceptance is Key

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The elderly is often shunned or pushed away by society. It is very important that they feel loved and accepted in their own homes. Accept every setback and issue, and provide an environment of love and care.

#4: Allow Freedom

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Losing independence is probably one of the worst effects of growing old. It is important that you provide a space where the person you are taking care of feels that they have the freedom to make decisions.

#5: Patience is Important

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You will more than likely have to listen to the same story a million times, or go through the same processes even more. Don’t lose your temper or patience, and allow the person to feel empowered and loved.

#6: Show You Care

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If you are taking care of your own loved ones, put extra effort in to show them how much you care for them. Call them frequently, visit every other day, and just show them how important they are to you.

#7: Accept Memory Loss

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Memory loss goes hand-in-hand with growing old. The person you are taking care of will more than likely forget strange and absurd details. Accept it as a part of who they are, without correcting them.

#8: Show Respect

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Finally, in order to provide a loving environment for the elderly where they feel as much a part of society as you and I, you have to show some respect. This will ensure they do not feel robbed of their dignity.

These tips should help you on those difficult days when you feel tired and broken. Remember, an environment of love and care while showing respect and allowing freedom and independence is key to providing excellent home care.

Do you want to become a volunteer and help the elderly in nursing homes? Join Contact the Elderly to find out how you can be involved and make a difference in someone’s life today. Here’s some great caregiver career tips to get you started too.

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Employment Nursing

Top 6 Tips for Getting that Nursing Job You’ve Always Wanted

So, you are just about to complete your qualification to be a nurse, and now you have to start looking for a job. It can be quite daunting stepping out into the world if you don’t have the necessary experience. Usually nursing homes and medical institutions require that applicants have experience in the field, which can be difficult if you weren’t sent out to get hands-on experience while studying.

In this article we take a look at ways you can pro-actively find and land your dream nursing job, without necessarily having that experience. Let’s get started!

1. Be Specific

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Firstly, you’ll need to have a very clear idea of exactly what you want to do, and where you want to work. Consider all your options, and pursue the one that suits your goals best. If you wish to provide home care nursing, pursue that. If you want to work at a nursing home, look for jobs there.

2. Volunteer

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It is very important for potential employers to know that you do have some experience. Volunteering is the best and easiest way to do it. If you need to pay off your study loan, consider asking around at hospitals whether they are in need of extra standby nurses.

3. Be Pro-Active

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Now that you have a very good idea of where you want to work and what position you wish to have combined with some experience, you can start the job hunt. You’ll also be able to easily find the right nursing homes or hospitals offering positions.

4. Keep Looking

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Always keep in mind that landing your dream job is a full-time job on its own. You have to continue looking everywhere. There is also a good chance that the institutions you wish to work for is not hiring at the moment, so always keep looking and applying.

5. Put Yourself Out There

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Get yourself in the game and be ready to be employed. Visit events and conferences to network as this will bring you closer to your goal. You can also make use of powerful tools such as LinkedIn to network with peers and search for your dream job.

6. Be Interview-Ready

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Finally, once you’ve started applying for jobs and working part-time, you need to make sure that when you do get that call you are prepared. Make sure you go through the necessary steps in preparation before your interview, have some questions for the interviewer, and stay calm and confident!

And remember, never get discouraged or side-tracked. Landing your dream job is within your reach, never stop looking and stay positive. We trust that you’ll find the perfect job for you, and that you’ll have a successful career in nursing.

If you are interested in getting involved in volunteering or fundraising for the elderly, be sure to have a look at how you can do so with Age International. We wish you all the best!

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4 Healthy Meals for Your Elderly Loved Ones

Nutrition plays a big role when it comes to the health and wellbeing of our elderly loved ones. Making sure they get what they need from their diet is important for their optimal health. But, as we all know, our digestive system works differently as we age, and our dietary needs change over time.

Making sure our elderly loved ones get the right amount of nutrients in their diets is of utmost importance for their health and wellbeing. In this post we share some scrumptious recipes that’s all great for their health. Let’s dig in!

#1: Honey Dijon Chicken


This meal is perfect for adding some protein in their diet, and has loads of flavour to offer.

What You’ll Need

  • 450 g boneless chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 Medium Red Potatoes
  • 2 Medium Carrots
  • Olive oil
  • Rosemary
  • Honey
  • Dijon Mustard

Preheat your oven to 220 and season the chicken breast with salt and pepper. Next, chop up the veggies and lay them out in a sheet pan. Drizzle half a tablespoon of olive oil and rosemary over the veg. Mix half a tablespoon honey, Dijon mustard and olive oil in a bowl. Coat the chicken with the mustard mix and add it to the sheet pan. Bake for about 20-30 minutes.

#2: Grilled Salmon Sandwich


Salmon is a great addition to any diet and rich in Omega 3. This easy sandwich recipe is perfect for a quick lunch.

What You’ll Need

  • Bread
  • Tinned salmon
  • Butter
  • Lettuce
  • Red Onion
  • Red pepper
  • Cheese

Butter two slices of bread on both sides and place one slice in a pan. Add pieces of salmon, lettuce, one ring of red onion, one slice of red pepper and slice of cheese. Place the other slice of bread on top. Grill in the pan until the bread is brown and toasted to perfection.

#3: Salsa Omelette


Omelettes are very versatile and you can use any topping you like! This recipe is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

What You’ll Need

  • Olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Slice of cheese
  • Salsa
  • Avocado

Pour one tablespoon of olive oil in a heated skillet. Next, beat the eggs and add them to the skillet too. Once the eggs start to get firm, place the slice of cheese on top, together with the salsa. When the omelette is nice and firm, fold it over and serve with fresh avocado.

#4: Macaroni and Cheese


Who doesn’t love a nice big bowl of steaming mac and cheese? It might not offer that much nutritional value, but it’s still a meal fit for a king.

What You’ll Need

  • Milk
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Cheddar
  • Cottage cheese
  • Macaroni

Preheat your oven to 220 degrees. Next, you have to make the white sauce using the milk, butter and flour. Melt the butter in a saucepan, and add a tablespoon of flour while stirring. Add the milk and stir until it boils and makes a thick and creamy sauce. Add the cheddar and cottage cheese and stir. Prepare your macaroni and add the sauce once it is cooked. Pour the pasta and sauce mixture into a casserole and bake.

With these easy meals you won’t have to worry about what to cook for your elderly loved ones. There are loads of other healthy and nutritious recipes out there. Read our piece on the benefits of home care for your elderly loved ones here if you are considering to get home care for your elderly loved one.

Interested in learning more about healthy eating habits for the elderly? Read this comprehensive healthy eating guide by Age UK here.

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6 of the Best Benefits of Home Care for Elders

While most people opt for taking their loved ones to a nursing home, there are loads of other alternatives they can consider. Finding the perfect solution for your aging loved one may even seem a bit intimidating at first. The most important thing to keep in mind is their health and wellbeing, and what would add some comfort to their day.

In this post, we take a look at some of the most common benefits of opting for home care for your elderly loved ones.

1. Speedy Recovery

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Studies have shown that elderly patients recover faster when they are in comfortably in their own homes. It’s also been found that home care can decrease the risk of the development of infections.

2. Boosts Interpersonal Bonds

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Home care encourages your loved ones to interact with caregivers and vice versa. It also allows for one-on-one interaction and personalised care, minimising even more health risks with a professional nearby.

3. Allows Freedom

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Instead of putting your elderly loved ones in a nursing home, getting home care will ensure they do not lose their independence. It also enables them to live comfortably in their own home while getting the best of care.

4. Provides Peace of Mind

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You won’t ever have to worry about the wellbeing of your elderly loved ones when they have home care. They’ll have round-the-clock nursing available, just in case of an emergency.

5. That Personal Touch

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Imagine your elderly loved one in a nursing home, with loads of other patients who need attention. When they are receiving home care, they will have the full attention of a medical professional 24/7.

6. Family Participation

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Whether your elderly loved ones are living close by, or with you at home, getting home care allows for quality family time. You’ll be able to offer emotional support and a loving environment to heal and live comfortably.

As you can see, having your elderly loved ones taken care of at home has plenty of benefits, and not only for them, but for the whole family. Making sure those nearest and dearest to us are taken care of in a dignifying manner, while getting the love and support they deserve, makes for great family bonds.