Cera Blog

Jan. 19, 2018, 10:48 AM

You're Getting Old. Rest And Take Painkillers

This is what Sally, 59 from Balham, was told when she went for a consultation with her GP about her back pain before coming to see me. Getting older is blamed for a lot of medical problems but back pain should not be one of them. If getting older meant that you were inevitably going to be in pain ...

Jan. 12, 2018, 6:14 PM

Cera's Guide to Live In Care

When considering care for elderly relatives, your first thought may be a care home. However, live in care can be a cheaper and more comprehensive care option. Although there are certain requirements to be eligible to have this type of care, the majority of people are able to accommodate live in ...

Jan. 12, 2018, 6:12 PM

Focusing on Prevention in Home Care

The NHS has strongly expressed that health services should focus on prevention, and act proactively rather than reactively. The Five Year Forward View stressed the importance of health and social care working together. However, the social care sector has been the slowest in implementing a change ...

Jan. 12, 2018, 6:10 PM

How home care can help cancer patients

Coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis can be one of the most difficult moments of a person’s life, having a world-shaking effect on them and their loved-ones. Whilst the ways of managing and fighting the disease has come a long way in the last few years, the symptoms and treatments can still have ...

Jan. 12, 2018, 6:08 PM

Supporting Those with Learning Disabilities

We all want to make sure our loved ones live the most fulfilling and happy life they can, however for those with family members who suffer from one or a variety of learning disabilities, the responsibility for helping them to live their most fulfilled life can fall solely upon your shoulders. ...

Jan. 12, 2018, 6:04 PM

How to Choose Palliative Care

Receiving a terminal diagnosis is always extremely difficult for patients and their loved ones. Palliative care focuses on helping one to deal with the diagnosis, whilst reducing the symptoms and pain that come with the illness. Patients receiving palliative care are usually cared for by trained ...

Jan. 12, 2018, 6:03 PM

The Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia

While dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK alone, the understanding of exactly what dementia means is limited. What is the fundamental difference between Alzheimer's and dementia? The two terms are often confused when talking about the decline of one’s mental capacity. Cera helps to ...

Jan. 12, 2018, 6:01 PM

Maintaining Friendships into Retirement

Maintaining friendships at any age can be a challenge; people change, their interests start to differ and communication becomes harder as everyday life begins to take over. Nonetheless, companionship is vital to living a full and healthy life, and this is never more true than during retirement. ...

Jan. 12, 2018, 5:59 PM

How Will ‘Personal Budgets’ Improve Social Care Delivery?

Personal Budgets were introduced in light of the 2014 Care Act; they are offered by councils to make sure an individual's care needs are best met and allow those in need of care to have full control of the services they receive. Under this scheme your local authority or council will provide you ...

Jan. 12, 2018, 5:57 PM

Managing the Risk of Pneumonia

Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death among men and women in the UK. However, there are ways you can prevent it by implementing important lifestyle changes, as well as short term actions. At Cera we want to help you live independently, healthily, and happily for as long as possible, so ...