How to solve disputes when working in live-in care

Solving disputes is never easy but these tips on dispute resolution can help you in your role as a live-in carer.

As a carer, your role is to aid your client to live at home comfortably and so keeping disputes and disagreements to a minimum should of course be your aim. However, when you live with your client, just like living with anyone else, the occasional disagreement is sometimes unavoidable.

Knowing how best to handle and solve disputes as a live-in carer is vital in order to form a successful relationship with your client. Quick and efficient dispute resolution is an invaluable skill as a live-in carer and these tips should help you to manage disagreements which may arise during your time with your client.


The most important thing you must do when a dispute arises during your role as a live-in carer is to listen to your client’s point of view. If your client, or their family, feel as though you are dismissing their opinions or frustrations then the dispute is unlikely to be resolved. Allow the other person to vent their feelings and listen to their point of view and try to understand it. Only then can a calm discussion be had and hopefully a resolution can be found.

Be empathetic

Empathy is a key skill for any carer as the ability to understand how your client is feeling helps you to care for them and help them to maintain their independence and dignity. Showing empathy during disputes will help you to ensure that your client knows you are attempting to see the problem from their point of view and that you understand how they are feeling and why. This should help you and your client to work together towards a solution which works for everyone.

Get plenty of opinions

The best resolutions are often found when you are in possession of all the facts and plenty of opinions. If you and your client are having a dispute about their care then you both may benefit from hearing the opinions of your client’s family and doctors. If the dispute is a personal one, you may benefit from talking to your employer or care agency. According to the Live-in Care Hub, many live-in carers experience disputes with clients but find that getting advice and opinions of others can help resolve the matter on both sides.

Stay neutral

While it may be your instinct to defend yourself and your position, being defensive during a dispute can only serve to extend the disagreement and make finding a solution a more prolonged experience. Avoid reactive language and try not to get worked up, even if you hear some personal comments made by your client. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia can often cause a change in personality and your client may experience mood swings. Staying calm and composed during any disagreement will help to diffuse tense situations and help to resolve the matter quickly.

Give time and space

Disputes with anyone can be tense but when you live-in with your client, disagreements can feel even more intense. It is important to try and give time and space for you and your client to think about your own views and the views of the other person. This space and time may be all the situation needs in order for the problem to be solved.

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5 Ways to Avoid the Winter Blues When You Live Alone

During winter the winter blues can be a problem especially for the elderly and those who live alone. Here we look at 5 ways in which they can be avoided.

The dark mornings, cold weather and darker evening signal that winter is well and truly here and with it the coldest months can unfortunately bring the winter blues. Whilst the winter blues may not be a clinically recognised diagnosis, according to live in care hub, and many experts within the health industry it is a fairly common phenomenon that affects many people. Winter blues can lead to people feeling more down than usual, sad and have less energy.

Whilst winter blues can be a challenging time for many, especially those who live alone, there are a number of things that you can do to help you avoid them.

1.Get moving

Exercise, even a gentle stroll can be a very beneficial way of boosting your mood. Whilst it might be cold in the winter, wrapping up warm and going for a gentle stroll, even if you just pop to the shops can be a great way to help avoid the winter blues.


It can be tempting as the weather gets colder to ignore the alarm clock and stay in a warm and cosy bed, but this will only encourage the winter blues to take a hold. Instead set your alarm and get up and dressed, sticking to the same routine can be really beneficial to your overall health. If you use a homecare service, then sticking to a routine is also important as your visits will tend to be at the same time each day.

3.Connect with others

Being on your own can make it difficult to be motivated, join a club, get out and meet new people and try new activities. Being around others in this kind of environment will not only provide you with much needed company but also can help to banish winter blues and give you something to look forward to.


There is nothing better for making you feel positive than laughing out loud, so if the weather is really bad and you cant leave the house put on your favourite comedy film, sit back and enjoy the laughter. If the weather is okay then you could always go to the cinema with friends to watch a comedy film, laughing with others is an even better way to beat those winter blues.

5.Invite people over

If you struggle with low mobility and find it difficult to leave the house, then why not invite friends or family over for a get together. It doesn’t need to be anything special if fact even just a cup of tea and a slice of cake is a great way to get together with others and the company and conversation can be a really good way to feel more positive.

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The Right Senior Care Makes a Real Difference at Christmas

Christmas can be a difficult time for some people, especially the elderly but the right senior care for your loved one can really make all the difference.

We all want what is best for our loved ones and when it comes to senior care it can be difficult to know what to do for the best for an elderly relative. Care home are just one of the many options available and if you feel that this may not be the bestchoice for your elderly relative then there are other options available such as live in care which it is worth considering.

Senior care within the home environment can be the perfect choice for an elderly relative who needs some help on a day to day basis but can still benefit from the independence of remaining in their own home, this can be especially true for anyone suffering with dementia where familiar surroundings can really help them.

Familiar surroundings

For an elderly person or indeed anyone who finds themselves in their own, Christmas can be a particularly difficult time with limited contact with other people. As children grow up and move away they may want to spend the day with their own families in their own homes, distance and lack of space may make it difficult for an elderly relative to come and stay with them. They may also be on their own because their spouse is deceased, this of course can make it a particularly difficult time, especially for the first few years.

Being in the familiar surroundings of their own home can really make a huge difference to an elderly person with all their own belongings and familiar Christmas decorations around them. If they are unable to travel to see relatives, whether this is due to distance, cost or lower mobility that makes travelling difficult, this will give them the independence to have family members over. It may also allow them to carry on some of their traditional Christmas activities that they have been doing for years.

Elderly care in the home can help make all of this possible and provide your elderly relative with comforting and familiar surroundings at a time of year that many older people find difficult.

Someone to share with

When family live far away it may not be possible for them to visit on the day but with home care your elderly relative will not be on their own. This can give you real peace of mind. They will have someone to talk to during the holidays, whether they simply want to watch Christmas television or have a roast dinner the main thing is that they will not be on their own. All too often elderly people on their own do not do the traditional Christmas things that they want to, and have been doing for years, simply because it doesn’t seem worth making the effort for just one person.

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What to look for in live-in care agencies

Here are some of the most important things you should look for when selecting a live-in care agency for yourself or a loved one.

Deciding which live-in care agency to trust the care of a loved one with can be daunting. There is likely to be plenty of options available to you and it is a big commitment and a huge responsibility to ensure that you are choosing one which will provide the highest level of care for your loved one.

With so many care agencies all proclaiming to offer the best service, it can be hard to tell which one is actually going to be the one you should trust your loved one’s wellbeing to. While you cannot be 100% certain you are making the right choice in care agency, there are some things which you should look for in a live-in care agency which may help to make your decision slightly easier.

CQC rating

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are responsible for ensuring that all care agencies are operating at a high standard and are meeting all legal requirements. They rate every care home and care agency on a scale similar to the one used by OFSTED to rate schools. You can view CQC reports online which will show you how the care agency has performed during their latest inspection by the commission in a variety of areas. Investigating an agency’s CQC rating is essential with looking for a live-in carer.

Where do they find their carers?

Being a good carer is a vocation and requires certain skills. You should look for a live-in care agency who take care about who they employ as live-in carers need to be able to communicate effectively so a good level of written and spoken English is essential. You also need to ensure that the agency carry out full DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks on all of their employees to ensure that their carers are suitable to work with vulnerable adults.

The agency’s attitude to training

A good live-in care agency will want to ensure that their staff are trained to the highest standards and using the latest techniques. They will want to ensure that they offer their staff the opportunity to increase their skill base at every opportunity so that they can offer the highest level of care. You should look for a care agency which promotes speciality training to their staff and ongoing, regular refresher training to ensure that carers are kept up to date with the latest legislation and care methods.

Can they cater to your specific needs?

Live-in care is incredibly personal and should be tailored to suit your or your loved one’s needs. For example, if you are requiring care following a diagnosis of a degenerative disease such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, can the care agency provide your with specially trained carers who have the experience and ability to properly care for someone with this kind of disease. If you are expecting your care needs to increase over time, will the care agency be able to accommodate this or will you need to find alternative care, which could result in distress for your loved one.

You can find out more at the Live-in Care Hub about what to look for a in suitable live-in care agency and what questions you should be asking before you make any final care plans.

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5 Fashion Accessories for a Winter Wardrobe

Winter fashion can be tricky – You need to balance keeping warm, staying dry and looking good at the same time. It’s hard to look good when you are covered from head to toe in fabric colours that barely even match, let alone have the same style. Thankfully, fashion accessories are here to save the day.

Waterproof Boots Laced with Faux Fur

There is no better season to sport your beautiful pair of waterproof boots than winter. Your feet won’t get sweaty, so you don’t need to worry about feeling clammy inside your shoes.

Get functionality and style in one when you wear waterproof boots in your favouritecolour, topped by faux fur! While the faux fur isn’t a must, it certainly makes your boots look much more fashionable.

For extra style points, get your boots in a neutral colour such as brown, black or white, and wear them with skinny jeans. Every girl needs a good pair of winter boots. Invest now.

An Exquisite Handbag

Winter jackets are a must during the cold season. There might not be many gorgeous nor affordable options for winter jackets, but you need to be practical and stay warm. To help sharpen your winter style, look at investing in a stylish, classic handbag.

Any outfit that you wear can instantly look glam when you have the right handbag. Just picture it – how many people out there will be sporting Gucci bags in Australia, especially in winter? They have a unique style and class that makes a high-end fashion statement.

The price of a high-quality handbag will be worth it when you can create the glamorous, high-class look, even when paired with your normally drab winter outfits.

Blanket Wrap Scarf

There is literally no reason why you should not sport a blanket wrap scarf around your neck during the cold winter season.

It’s warm, fashionable and stylish, and you can match it with any coats, sweaters & hats! As far as the fashion rules go with these accessories, the bigger the scarf, the better. These scarves can be fashioned in many ways – you can wrap them around your neck to create a neat look or give it a casual look by throwing it over your shoulders.

Classy Lingerie Set

You feel confident when you have a gorgeous winter outfit to go out in, but why stop there? A woman should feel beautiful outside and inside, whether or not the public knows about it.

Continue to feel glamorous even when you are home or out in public with a set of French lingerie.

The knowledge that you are wearing something fabulous inside is enough to make any woman feel good! If you do not fear the cold, you could go outdoors in just a bralette with intricate designs and match it with leggings and a winter coat.

Leather Jacket

You need a winter coat to keep you warm. If you want something a little more stylish look for a leather jacket. There are many different colours and styles from which you can choose. Have fun shopping around to find the one that best suits you.

These stylish jackets can be worn over plain-coloured blouses and paired with any pants of your choice. Usually, you will see these jackets paired with jeans or leggings. Top this off with your pair of boots, and you’re all set up for the casual winterwear outfit that looks good and keeps you warm!

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Keys to Developing a Successful Lifestyle Resort for Seniors

Retirement villages in Australia are by no means lacking – there are at least a couple of lifestyle resorts in every Australian state, yet these spaces are still filling up fast. As such, the development of lifestyle villages may seem a worthwhile investment for property developers. Here are some guides that may be helpful for developing these resorts.

Lay Out Your Finances

Development projects take up a substantial amount of money. You need to assess the budget that you have and align it with the project’s scale and timeline while the project is still in the initial planning stage.

Good financial planning will ensure that you have enough money in the budget for each phase of the development and provide you with the guidance you need to have financial security to complete your project.

As an example, a financial planner may give you tips on the insurance policies and tax matters that may be relevant to you throughout the course of your development.

Know the Trends of Lifestyle Resorts

Surveys are carried out annually to find out how retirees feel about their lifestyle community and the retirement homes that they are living in.

Information from the past surveys and reports show that the upcoming trends for lifestyle resorts usually revolve around the amenities and services that you can provide to the seniors as they age, such as memory care and transportation services.

Stay up to date on the latest data and information that you can get from these surveys and more. Gather and analyze the data to make an informed prediction of the lifestyle resort trends so that you can tailor your development to meet current trends and needs.

Decide on a Retirement Resort Type

Retiree’s lifestyle communities can generally be divided into three types – fully independent, assisted living or nursing care.

An independent retirement village will allow retirees to live in their own homes or apartments, where they can connect with other tenants. Meanwhile, assisted living provides means for retirees to access health care or help with their daily life.

A nursing care type of retirement village will be similar to a hospital where seniors can receive medical care, although the village will have a live-in setting that makes the resort not as drab or dull as a hospital.

Get a Building Permit

No project developments can take place without a permit from your city council’s town planner. Apply for one with your proposal, qualifications, and any other required documents at your local council.

The application will need to include the exact location of your proposed retirement village, the project timeline, and a detailed project proposal of how you are going to complete the project in time.

Once you have the council’s approval, you can start setting up the basic groundworks involved in your project.

Take Care of Ground Stabilisation

A development project will not be safe for your workforce and its subsequent tenants if you do not start with soil stabilisation for the project grounds first.

You can start by assessing the risks of rock slides or soil slips for your project grounds, and then working on developing the resort while maintaining the natural environment around the site.

This process is even more crucial if your project site is located close to rocky areas or near the mountains. Lay out a stable foundation for your development project for an improved project success rate later on!

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Guide to understand for getting mortgage when self employed

Self employed is the greater option and you can make your own decision. You can be a boss of your life. Being self-employed has lots of benefits and one drawback is the mortgage application. In this article you can find expert tips to help on getting mortgage when self-employed.

  • Prepare your documentation – Preparing documentation is the most important factor as a self-employed person. These documents are the proof of income and it can hold lots of documentation and it holds income records that are not straight forward with the employees. Instead of proving tax record, self employed people can provide the income statement. Along with this, one has to submit the expense and accounting information that lenders can verify every factor after expenses. Being self employed one need lot of documents to be prepared. It takes lot of time by expecting the borrower to get the amount.
  • Stay as incredible organized – Self employed should be prepared in prior to get the mortgage. Thus having the documentation to support income, cash flow, and free online credit report with FICO score will end the important to present the best possible light. Consultant should help you navigate the application making process.

  • Maximize credit score – Being a self employed borrower, you can get the chance of attaining mortgage based on the credit score. When a person has higher credit score then the person is likely to get potential lender. If your credit ratio is low, it is little difficult to attain the score. Credit utilization plays a major role along payment history.
  • Highlight compensating factors – While getting mortgage loan, self employed should highlight the compensating factors. This will reduce the risk to mortgage lenders. The compensating factors can be in the form of
    • High income with low debt ratio
    • Large down payment along low value ratio
    • Higher credit score
    • Establish positive credit history
    • Large cash reserves
    • Establish self employment with sufficient income
    • Low amount consumer debt

Self-employment comes with perks like flexibility, freedom, ability, creativity and essential set to recreate income. It is also bundled with challenges and specialty that you can try to reach a traditional finance option in getting mortgage.  TO qualify for the mortgage application, it is important to clear some of the obstacles in the way. Here are the three important things that will enable you to clear the returns and help in getting the mortgage.

  • Prove your business is profitable
  • Prove your self-employed income is stable
  • Prove your extra money deposit in bank

What are the things necessary to get a mortgage?

Being a self-employed worker, it is important to prove income to any mortgage lender that you apply. If you show more account, you can get the better.

  • Details of two year account
  • Consider an accountant
  • Track record of regular work
  • Healthy deposit
  • Good credit history

Get prepared with all the details explained above and apply for the mortgage loan as a lender.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Anabolic Steroids

The drive to win is intense for athletes. There is a satisfaction when you accomplish a feat like securing a spot on a professional team or winning a medal for your country. In this competitive environment, the use of performance-enhancing drugs has become rampant despite evidence that these drugs can have significant side effects.

With this, it is highly recommended to do your research before you consider anabolic steroids. By equipping yourself with the right information, you will get the most out of it. Here’s what you need to know about anabolic steroids:

What are anabolic steroids?

Anabolic steroids (also called pump or juice) are artificially derived from testosterone, the main male hormone. Testosterone affects many parts of the body from the muscles to bones, liver, hair follicles, kidneys, blood, reproductive system, immune system, and the central nervous system.

How people use anabolic steroids?

You must know that the continuous use of anabolic steroids can lead to problems like tolerance. If you are an athlete, you need to minimize possible effects through different patterns of use.

Some people consider the following patterns of use:

  • Cycling: cycling means taking anabolic steroids in sets of 6-12 weeks; this is also known as “on” period. It is then followed by 4 weeks to several months of not using.
  • Stacking: in this pattern of use, users combine several types of steroids in an attempt to minimize steroid’s effectiveness.
  • Pyramiding: in this pattern of use, users slowly increase the dose to a peak. In the same way, users reduce the amount gradually.

What are the types of anabolic steroids?

There are many types of anabolic steroids – for medical and performance use. The types depend on how it is taken.

  • Oral form: oral forms are taken by mouth. This includes Fluoxymesterone (Halo), Methandienone (Dianabol), Mibolerone (Cheque), Stanozolol (Winny) and many more.
  • Injectable form: there are many legal injections for athletes you can consider. At the end of the day, it is more effective than other types. Examples include Trenbolone acetate (Tren), Testosterone propionate (Testex), Testosterone enanthate (Andro-Estro), Testosterone cypionate (Depotest), Nandrolone decanoate (Deca) and many more.
  • Through the skin: latest technology allows pellets implanted under the skin. If you do not want implants, you can use cream or gel.

legal oral steroids

How about the side effects of anabolic steroids?

You must be aware that the side effects will depend on the product, sex/age, how long and how much you use. Legal and normal-dose anabolic steroids may have side effects like acne, difficulty when urinating, fluid retention, increased red cell count, hair growth or loss, libido changes, lower levels of good HDL cholesterol and many more.

What are the withdrawal symptoms?

When the person stops taking anabolic steroids, it can lead to withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms include fatigue, restlessness, depression, fatigue, insomnia, cravings, and mood swings.

Remember that the initial step in treating anabolic steroid abuse is to discontinue its use and seek medical attention. This will address physical or psychiatric symptoms that might happen. Before taking any steroids, you should seek the help of doctors.

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Changing Finances After a Divorce

Divorce can seem like a daunting process for many people. There are various aspects to consider since the living arrangements, time with kids, as well as the relationship with family and friends,  are all affected. Also, finances are usually a primary concern as they can change drastically for one or both parties. However, there are significant preparatory steps that can be taken.

These are:

Open a Bank Account

If you and your spouse have shared funds, your spouse isn’t supposed to hinder you from accessing the funds in the course of the divorce process. However, divorces can sometimes get ugly, so it’s wise to have some emergency funds.

Better still, you will need all new accounts as you move on with life. You can use your debit card to make purchases if you don’t want your spouse to know of this move.

Have a Credit Card

If you have a combined credit card with your spouse, you’ll need to acquire one in your name. This will enable you to get a higher limit and will allow you to remain financially independent throughout the divorce proceedings.

Make Copies of Financial Documents

These may include tax returns, loan information, mileage plan statements, employee reimbursement accounts, credit card statements, insurance policy statements, and property appraisals.

 Also, while taking the proper steps to divorce, mediators will give you a list of what is required to assist you in dividing assets.

Create a Budget

You also need to come up with your budget of living expenses by listing everything you need. These may include mortgage or rent, property taxes, food, gas, car maintenance, school tuition as well as other fixed expenses for the children.

 A budget will assist your attorney in working out a realistic picture of what you need to live on your own.

Cut Down Expenses

Expense reduction should not be painful, and there are some easy steps you can take to help you do that without making significant changes to your lifestyle. For instance, you can look for firms with lower refinancing percentages for your mortgage as this will enable you to save lots of cash. In addition, you can change your mortgage plan from a short period to a more extended plan or downsize to a smaller home. There are also lifestyle changes that can be made, such as cooking at home more than eating out.

Income Generation

By bringing more cash into your household, you boost your financial standing. For instance, if you’re not working seek part-time jobs. If you are on employed, think of other ways of generating extra income during your free time or consider looking for another job if the one you’re currently doing doesn’t bring in enough income.

If you are not in employed you may be entitled to spousal support but consider how you’ll support yourself once the subsidy ends.

Seek Affordable Childcare

If you have young kids, it may seem challenging to go back to work due to the fear that childcare may be costly or your kids won’t be in a comfortable environment. However, seek practical solutions. For instance, if you have neighbors with kids, you can make arrangements to care for them in turns. Also, you can ask relatives or family members to assist in childcare.

Hire a Mediator

A mediator is a crucial professional to engage regarding assets, custody issues or property. A good one from the Long Island divorce mediation group will be able to assist you in curtailing costs and cooperating with your spouse to reach an agreeable settlement.

Consult a Financial Specialist

Consulting with a financial specialist working in the field of divorce is crucial as you work out a fair settlement. For instance, keeping that costly house may not be a viable long-term plan for you financially. Therefore, consulting a professional will help you to weigh and understand your financial options.

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Moving House Hacks To Make The Process More Enjoyable

Moving house – what can we say – we all know it’s stressful and hard work (not to mention expensive) but sometimes it just has to be done. We might be down-sizing or maybe right-sizing or would just like a change of location. But no matter how much we know it is the right thing that doesn’t always help the stress from building. However, with careful planning it can be a relatively enjoyable experience.

1. Photograph the back of yourelectrical devices – There is nothing more frustrating than arriving tired in your new home and being presented with a box full of cables for your TV, hi-fi, computer, printer etc etc. You thought you would remember which cable went where but the reality is that we rarely do. This is where some forethought and planning comes in useful. Instead of spending hours trying to sort the jumble of cables when you would much rather have your feet up watching your favourite program or browsing the internet simply take a photo of the back of your devices before you disconnect them. I know you could label the leads but it is much simpler to just grab you mobile and take a picture or two.

Self Storage Places

2. Pack all essentials together– This advice is always given for those moving home but it really will make your life easier that first night of two in the new house. You will be tired, probably more likely exhausted, by the time the removals van has pulled away so make sure you have packed essentials in one place and taken in your car with you, if possible, If not then label it very clearly or better still use a different coloured box so it will stand out from the regular packing boxes. It should contain bedlinen, toiletries, a change of clothes, pyjamas, important documents (such as passports), non-perishable snacks, kettle, mugs etc.

3. Make use of Storage – If you have a large house it can be physically impossible for everything to be removed from one house and placed in the new house in one day. So instead of getting stressed about it or paying exorbitant fees for the removers to store things overnight why not plan well ahead and put all non-essentials in self storage for a few weeks. There are so many good self storage places around that the cost will pale into comparison when it comes to minimising the stress of the house move.

4. Revitalise the carpets in your new home – Unless you are moving to a brand new home the chances are that when the previous owners furniture is removed it will have left indentations in the carpets and you can bet that your furniture will not be the same size and shape so the indentations are most probably going to be visible – how annoying. Well there is a simple hack that can solve this annoying problem and it’s ice cubes, yes really. Place an ice cube on the dents, let it melt, then pull up the carpet fibres with a small spoon or blunt knife.

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