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Top Rainy Day Activities for You and Your Live-In Carer

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Here at Access Care, we know that rainy days can be a perfect opportunity to share time with those people who are important to you and engage in enjoyable activities together - activities which can form deeper friendships and make genuine connections to those who need it most.  In this blog post we will explore some of the top rainy day activities for you and your live-in Carer

But first, lets introduce you to Access Care!

At Access Care, we believe in providing compassionate and personalised live-in care that really helps people maintain their independence and quality of life at home. 

Our mission is to offer professional live-in care services tailored to the unique needs of each and every one of our clients. We specialise in various aspects of home care, including dementia care, companion care, and 24-hour live-in care. With a team of highly trained and dedicated live-in carers, Access Care ensures that your loved ones receive the best possible support in the comfort of their own homes.

Access Care: Who We Are

Access Care is a leading provider of live-in care services across the UK. We understand that every individual is different, and our approach to care reflects this understanding. Our home carers are experienced, empathetic, and committed to making a positive difference in the lives of those they support. Whether it's assisting with daily activities, providing companionship, or offering specialised in home dementia care, we are here to help.

Access Care: What We Do

Our services at Access Care, Live in Care Agency, include:

  • Live-In Care: Providing round-the-clock support to help clients live safely and comfortably at home.

  • Dementia Care: Offering specialised care and support for individuals living with dementia, focusing on enhancing their quality of life.

  • Companion Care: Ensuring that clients have someone to share their day with, reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation.

  • Short Term Respite Care: Giving family carers a much-needed break by providing temporary care for their loved ones.

  • Palliative Care: Offering compassionate end-of-life care that respects the dignity and wishes of the client.

At Access Care, we are committed to providing high-quality home care that promotes independence, well-being, and peace of mind for both clients and their families.

Why Live-In Care is a Great Option

Choosing live-in care for someone with dementia offers numerous advantages. Here are ten detailed points illustrating how a live-in carer can help:

  1. Personalised Care: Live-in care ensures that the needs and preferences of the individual are fully acknowledged and respected. Unlike in a residential care setting, a live-in carer can tailor their approach to align with the personal routine, habits, and lifestyle of the client. This leads to more effective and meaningful care, which can significantly enhance the individual's quality of life.

  2. One-on-One Attention: With a dedicated live-in carer, your loved one receives undivided attention and support. This one-on-one relationship allows for stronger bonds to form, fostering trust and emotional security. The home carer can respond immediately to any needs, providing timely interventions that are critical for health and well-being.

  3. Familiar Home Environment: Remaining in the comfort of their own home provides significant emotional and psychological benefits. For people with dementia, familiar surroundings can help reduce confusion and anxiety. The presence of cherished memories, personal belongings, and a familiar neighbourhood can contribute to a sense of stability and continuity.

  4. Consistent Routine: A structured and consistent daily routine is crucial for individuals with dementia. A live-in carer can ensure that daily activities, meal times, and medications occur at the same time every day. This consistency helps minimize stress and behavioural issues, providing a calming influence on the client's life.

  5. Emergency Response: Having a live-in carer means immediate assistance is available in case of emergencies. Whether it's a fall, sudden illness, or an unexpected complication, the live-in carer can provide the necessary support and take prompt action, including calling medical services if needed. This readiness can prevent minor incidents from becoming major problems.

  6. Social Interaction: Live-in carers provide companion care and social interaction, which are essential for mental health. Regular conversations, shared activities, and emotional support can significantly reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. This social engagement is particularly beneficial for maintaining cognitive function and emotional well-being.

  7. Tailored Nutrition and Meals: A live-in carer can prepare meals that cater to the specific dietary needs and preferences of the individual. Proper nutrition is critical for health, especially for those with dementia. By ensuring that meals are nutritious and aligned with dietary restrictions, the home carer supports overall health maintenance and prevents complications.

  8. Peace of Mind for Home Care Client’s Families: Knowing that their loved one is receiving continuous and professional home care provides reassurance and peace of mind to families. Family members can feel confident that the home carer is present to handle day-to-day tasks and emergencies, allowing them to focus on their own responsibilities without constant worry.

  9. Enhanced Safety: Live-in carers can modify the home environment to make it safer for individuals with dementia, thereby reducing the risk of accidents. From installing handrails to ensuring safe medication management, home carers are proactive in creating a secure living space that minimises hazards.

  10. Holistic Support: Live-in care encompasses not just physical assistance, but emotional and psychological support as well. Home Carers are trained to recognise and manage the complex needs of individuals with dementia, providing comprehensive home care that addresses the whole person. This holistic approach ensures that all aspects of well-being are supported, leading to a better quality of life.

Points to Consider When Finding a Live-In Care Provider

When you look into choosing a live-in carer for you or a loved one, it is important to consider several factors to make sure the home carer is the best fit for your loved one. Here are ten detailed points to keep in mind:

  1. Qualifications and Experience: Ensure the home carer has appropriate qualifications and a proven track record in live-in care. Look for certifications in relevant fields such as dementia care, first aid, and medication administration.

  2. References and Background Checks: Ask for references from previous employers or clients and conduct comprehensive background checks to ensure the home carer's credibility and reliability.

  3. Compatibility: Compatibility between the home carer and the person receiving live-in care is crucial. Arrange for a meeting to see if their personalities and values align, ensuring a positive and comfortable relationship.

  4. Specialised Training: If the person needing care has specific conditions such as dementia or mobility issues, confirm that the home carer has specialised training and experience in managing these conditions.

  5. Communication Skills: Effective communication is essential in providing quality care. Ensure the home carer can communicate clearly and empathetically with both the care recipient and family members.

  6. Flexibility and Availability: The live-in carer should be flexible and able to accommodate the specific needs and routine of the home care recipient. Verify their availability to ensure they can commit to the required hours and days.

  7. Cultural Sensitivity: A home carer who understands and respects the cultural, religious, and personal preferences of the home care client can provide more personalised and respectful live-in care.

  8. Problem-Solving Skills: Choose a home carer who demonstrates strong problem-solving abilities and can handle emergencies or unexpected situations calmly and efficiently.

  9. Health and Wellbeing: Check that the home carer is in good physical and mental health, as caregiving can be demanding. A healthy live-in carer will provide better support and avoid burnout.

  10. Agency Support: If hiring through an agency, make sure the live-in care agency provides ongoing support and training for their home carers, as well as a system for handling complaints and replacement requests if needed.

Taking these points into consideration will help you find a live-in carer who can provide attentive, compassionate, and effective support for your loved one’s needs, enhancing their quality of life and ensuring peace of mind for the entire family.

Access Care's Top 10 Rainy Day Activities for Home Care Clients and Their Live-In Carer

Rainy days can be a perfect opportunity to bond and engage in enjoyable activities. Here are our top ten rainy day activities:

  1. Arts & Creative Work: Getting involved with arts and crafts is an excellent activity for people with dementia. It not only provides a creative outlet but also helps in maintaining cognitive function, improving mood, and offering a sense of accomplishment. These activities stimulate the brain through the use of fine motor skills, colours, and textures, which can be incredibly therapeutic.

  • Painting: Painting can be a soothing and enjoyable activity for in home dementia care clients. It encourages self-expression and can evoke memories through the use of different colours and themes. The tactile nature of painting can also provide sensory stimulation, which is beneficial in keeping the mind active.

  • Collage Making: Creating collages from magazines, photos, or textured materials can evoke memories and provide a sense of nostalgia. It allows people to make choices and decisions, boosting their cognitive engagement. Collage making is a versatile activity that can be tailored to the interests and abilities of the person with dementia, ensuring it remains enjoyable and accessible.

2. Puzzles & Board Games

Puzzles and board games are fantastic activities for everyone, and in particular people with dementia. They are a great way for a dementia care at home client and their live-in carer to spend a rainy afternoon!  Puzzles and board games stimulate cognitive function and provide an opportunity for social interaction. 

These activities can help maintain and improve memory, problem-solving skills, and hand-eye coordination, all of which are beneficial for those experiencing cognitive decline. 

Engaging in puzzles and board games can also offer a sense of accomplishment and boost self-esteem, as well as reduce stress and provide a pleasant distraction from daily challenges.

Here are three great games and puzzles to consider:

  • Jigsaw Puzzles: Jigsaw puzzles designed with larger pieces are ideal for people with dementia. They help improve spatial awareness and cognitive abilities. One highly recommended option in the UK is Gibsons’ "Piecing Together" collection, which features beautiful images and a manageable number of large pieces.

  • Dominoes: Dominoes is a classic game that can be easily adapted for different levels of ability. The tactile nature of the tiles and the simple matching rules make it accessible and enjoyable. The "Big Macks Jumbo Dominoes" set is perfect for those with difficulty handling smaller pieces.

  • Snakes and Ladders: This timeless board game is both entertaining and straightforward, making it excellent for individuals with dementia. The game encourages turn-taking and can spark light-hearted conversation. "Perfection Games" offers a large print version of Snakes and Ladders, which is easier to follow and handle.

Incorporating puzzles and board games into the routine can provide mental stimulation and joy.

3. Knitting & Paper Crafting: Get creative with arts and crafts projects. Whether it's knitting, or making greeting cards, crafting can be a therapeutic and enjoyable way to spend a rainy afternoon. Plus, you'll have beautiful handmade items to show for your efforts.

4. Indoor Gardening: Bring a bit of nature indoors by starting a small indoor garden. Planting seeds, watering plants, and watching them grow can be a rewarding experience. Consider growing herbs or small potted plants that can thrive indoors.

5. Movie Marathon: Create a cosy movie-watching experience with your favourite films or a themed movie marathon. Make some popcorn, grab a blanket, and enjoy a selection of classic movies, comedies, or documentaries.

6. Cooking a New Recipe: Experimenting with new recipes can be a fun and educational activity. Choose a recipe that interests you both and work together to create a delicious meal. Here's a simple recipe to try:

Access Care in the Kitchen: Cheese Straws Recipe

Here is a simple recipe for making delicious cheese straws that is an ideal activity for a live-in carer and their home care client to get involved with together. The recipe is easy to follow and the end result is delicious! It was so generously shared with us by a former Access Care client who had a real love for baking. 

The recipe's simplicity makes it perfect for individuals with dementia, offering sensory engagement through the textures and smells of the ingredients. Cooking together fosters a sense of accomplishment and strengthens the bond between the home carer and the client.


  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a bit of heat)

  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, chilled and cubed

  • 1 1/2 cups (150g) sharp cheddar cheese, grated

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 2 tablespoons cold water


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and cayenne pepper.

  3. Cut in Butter: Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut the chilled butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.

  4. Add Cheese: Stir in the grated cheddar cheese, making sure it's evenly distributed throughout the flour mixture.

  5. Mix Wet Ingredients: In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk with the cold water. Pour this mixture into the flour mixture.

  6. Form Dough: Mix until just combined, then turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently to bring it together.

  7. Shape Straws: Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut into long strips, about 1/2 inch wide. Alternatively, use a cookie cutter for different shapes.

  8. Bake: Place the strips onto the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden and crisp.

  9. Cool and Serve: Allow the cheese straws to cool on a wire rack. Serve as a delightful snack with your client, paired with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Enjoy this simple yet delicious activity with your live-in carer, making tasty cheese straws that can be enjoyed by both!

7. Indoor Exercises: Staying physically active is important, even on rainy days. Engage in gentle indoor exercises such as yoga, tai chi, or simple stretching routines. This can be beneficial for both your physical health and mental well-being, promoting relaxation and reducing stress.

8. Music and Singing: Listening to music and singing along to favourite songs can be a joyful and uplifting activity. Create a playlist of familiar tunes (or ask your live-in carer to!), or explore new genres together. Singing can also be particularly therapeutic for individuals with dementia, as music often evokes strong memories and emotions.

9. Virtual Tours: Take advantage of technology by exploring virtual tours of museums, galleries, and famous landmarks from the comfort of home. Many institutions offer online tours and exhibits that can provide cultural enrichment and spark interesting conversations.

10. Scrapbooking: Compiling a scrapbook of memories and photos can be a meaningful and creative project. Gather old photographs, mementos, and decorative items to create a visual story of cherished moments. This activity can be especially enjoyable for those with dementia, as it allows them to reminisce and share their life experiences.

Why Choose Access Care?

Choosing the right live-in care provider for your loved one is a significant decision. Here are in-depth reasons why Access Care is the best choice for families looking for live-in care for loved ones with dementia:

Expertise in Dementia Care at Home

Dementia care at home is just one of the many areas that Access Care specialises in, with a team of live-in carers trained to understand and manage the complexities of the condition. Our home carers are skilled in providing personalised live-in care that focuses on maintaining dignity, independence, and quality of life for individuals with dementia.

Comprehensive Support

At Access Care, the well-being of our clients is paramount. We offer comprehensive support that extends beyond basic home care. Our team provides emotional, social, and psychological support, ensuring that each client feels valued and understood. 

This holistic approach is essential in managing the wide array of challenges that come with dementia, and it is what sets us apart from other live in care providers.

Continuity of Live-In Care

Consistency is critical for individuals living with dementia, and we prioritise continuity of care by providing dedicated live-in carers for each client. This ensures that the carer relationship is stable and that clients can build trust and rapport with their live-in carers. Familiarity with routines, preferences, and needs allows our home carers to provide more effective and compassionate care, fostering a supportive and nurturing environment.

Compassionate and Experienced Live-in Carers

Our home carers are not only highly trained but also compassionate and dedicated to making a positive impact. They build strong, trusting relationships with their clients, enhancing their overall well-being and comfort.

Comprehensive Support

Access Care offers comprehensive support, including medication management, nutritional guidance, and safety monitoring. Our home carers are equipped to handle a wide range of needs, ensuring that clients receive holistic care.

Flexible and Reliable Services

We understand that needs can change, and our services are flexible to accommodate these changes. Whether it's a temporary need for short term respite care or long-term live-in care, we provide reliable and adaptable support.

Focus on Home Care Client Well-Being

We prioritise the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of our clients. Our home carers engage clients in meaningful activities, promote healthy lifestyles, and provide emotional reassurance to enhance their quality of life.

Strong Communication

Effective communication is key to successful live-in care. We maintain open lines of communication with families, keeping them informed and involved in their loved one's live-in care journey.

Safety and Security

Ensuring the safety and security of our home care clients is paramount. Our live-in carers are trained to create safe home environments, reducing the risk of accidents and providing peace of mind for families.

Positive Reputation

Access Care has built a positive reputation for delivering high-quality care. Our commitment to excellence and client satisfaction has earned us the trust and respect of families across the UK.

Supportive Community

When you choose Access Care, you become part of a supportive community. We offer resources, advice, and a network of support to help families navigate the challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia.

How Best to Contact Access Care

If you believe that Access Care could be the right choice for your family's live-in care needs, we would be so delighted to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss how we can provide the best possible support for you and your loved one.

Phone: 01624 319 399 

We look forward to providing compassionate, personalised home care that enhances the quality of life for your loved one.


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