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Is passive smoking harmful?

31 May 2019

Yes. Breathing in someone else’s cigarette smoke (passive smoking or secondhand smoking) can increase your risk of cancer and other health problems. It is also particularly harmful for children. Smoke stays in the air When someone smokes a cigarette, the smoke from the burning tip is released into the air. So is the smoke they […]

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Physical activity guidelines for older adults

19 May 2019

How much physical activity do older adults aged 65 and over need to do to keep healthy? To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises.  The amount of physical activity you need to do each week depends on your age, older […]

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What is asthma?

27 Apr 2019

Asthma is a long-term condition that affects your airways – the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. You could say that someone with asthma has ‘sensitive’ airways that are inflamed and ready to react when they come into contact with something they don’t like. Asthma tends to run in families, especially […]

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Helping someone with dementia with everyday tasks

16 Mar 2019

When a person with dementia finds that their mental abilities are declining, they’re likely to feel anxious, stressed and scared. They may be aware of their increasing clumsiness and inability to remember things, and this can be very frustrating and upsetting for them. If you are looking after someone with dementia, you can help them […]

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Five lifestyle tips for a healthy tummy

28 Dec 2018

1. Beat stress to ease tummy troubles You may have noticed a feeling of unease in your stomach during times of stress. That’s because anxiety and worry can upset the delicate balance of digestion. In some people stress slows down digestion, causing bloating, pain and constipation, while in others it speeds it up causing diarrhoea […]

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The flu jab

27 Oct 2018

Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week. However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as: · […]

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Alzheimer’s disease

21 Sep 2018

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting an estimated 850,000 people in the UK. Dementia is a progressive neurological disease which affects multiple brain functions, including memory. The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is unknown, although a number of things are thought to increase your risk of developing the condition. These include: […]

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HCL are Leading the Way with Best In Class Care Technology

19 Sep 2018

It’s official! HCL are pioneers in implementing technology in social care. Our MD Karen Caffrey is featured on this video on Informed Actions explaining how HCL‘s adoption of the PASS system has greatly improved our processes in providing care. The PASS system, developed by Hampshire-based Every Life Solutions, ensures our care staff have all the service user’s […]

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HCL Wins Contract with Knowsley Council

19 Sep 2018

We are thrilled to announce that HCL has been awarded a contract with Knowsley Council to deliver our care services as a preferred provider in the Huyton and Stockbridge Village area. This is testament to our ethos of good practice in the area of domiciliary care. We pride ourselves on our values of promoting health and […]

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Five steps to mental wellbeing

24 Aug 2018

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life. What is mental wellbeing? Sarah Stewart-Brown, professor of public health at the University of Warwick and a wellbeing expert, says: “Feeling […]

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