In Later Life

5th March 2010

From sitting comfortably to eating well and easily, and looking your best; from managing at home to admitting defeat gracefully and finding somewhere else to live; from making decisions about money to facing fresh challenges… later life – rich and fulfilling as it can be – presents trials all its own. Fortunately, there’s a wide range of local and national companies and organisations with the expertise and experience to help.

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Nutrition is crucial for the maintenance of health and general well-being. Remaining at home is more likely to be successful and sustained if regular hot meals are available. However, shopping and cooking a proper meal may become difficult or impossible as a result of illness, frailty or lack of mobility.

First Choice Catering is a local catering company that prepares and cooks fresh meals delivered by caring, reliable drivers. Their door to door service is wonderfully convenient for people who want to live at home and retain their independence.

Each meal is prepared just before delivery, ensuring you get the best quality. It couldn't be simpler, and it means you can enjoy a hot meal whenever you require. No contract needed – so you may pick and choose just when and how often you would like your meals. The total cost for a two course meal, delivered to you ready to eat on china plates, is £7.00 which includes free delivery.

Call First Choice’s friendly team for an obligation-free brochure, detailing their four week rotational menus, with a choice of three meals and puddings a day plus their popular weekly specials.

Gift vouchers are also available for those who would like to treat a friend or family member.

First Choice Catering: 01923 712224


Although recliner chairs are not the exclusive preserve of the elderly, they’re a luxury that those in later life might appreciate more than most. FineBack Furniture at London Colney have an extensive range of recliners and suites, and specialist staff who will help you choose the product that, literally, fits you best. It’s always worth trying new furniture for both comfort and fit before parting with the cash.

Recliners can be made in different sizes and, together with a bespoke service, Fineback can ensure that the chair will meet your specific dimensions and requirements. High back and fireside chairs can also be demonstrated with a variety of seat heights and widths.

Attention to detail, plus excellent customer service, means that they can supply some recliners within two to three weeks; some (in a more limited choice of fabrics) can even be available in 48 hours.

FineBack Furniture have competitive pricing and free delivery to local areas. They have one of the largest showroom displays of reclining furniture in North London and Hertfordshire, with free parking and easy access. It’s the place to go for comfortable and supportive furniture where the chair fits you perfectly.

Walkers Furniture and Flooring, in Rickmansworth, established since 1967, also takes a pride in looking after the needs of their more senior customers. They are stockists of manual and electric lift and rise recliner chairs, along with a good choice of fireside chairs available in different seat heights and fabrics.

They also have beds on display, including an electrically adjustable model, and a good range of furniture including upholstery by ‘Sherborne’ and ‘Cintique’.

When it comes to flooring Walkers are specialists in supplying fitted carpets and vinyl flooring, including Amtico, offering many ranges. They can arrange for the moving of furniture, uplift of your existing flooring and re-positioning of furniture once your new flooring has been professionally fitted. Call in for friendly, expert advice.

From sitting to sleeping, Sheratons in Chorleywood is proud to say that they can fulfil all your daily furniture requirements…

Wake up from a great night’s sleep after resting on one of Sheratons’ Tempur beds. Originally developed by NASA, the pressure-relieving properties of Tempur are proven to alleviate pain and improve sleep quality. Sheratons have a display of mattresses, bedsteads, headboards and accessories.

Breakfast in a kitchen from the Neptune range – from dining tables and chairs to sideboards and dressers. Then relax on an Ekornes Stressless chair or sofa. Comfortable and stylish, this Norwegian range of recliners supports different weights and builds, and is supportive of the neck, back and lumbar support. Made in four different leathers and a wide colour palette, with fabric options also available.

Sheratons also supply sofas by Collins and Hayes, Duresta, Derwent, Parker Knoll, Hypnos and Ercol and many more… Superb Geneva state-of-the-art Sound Systems are available too to take you through a relaxing evening to another comfortable night’s sleep…

FineBack Furniture: 01727 827744
Walkers: 01923 774725
Sheratons: 01923 282050


For those who don’t always want to look as old as they feel (or are!) Dr Bhavin Visavadia at Apple Dental Studios provides patients with facial rejuvenation treatments such as Botox and Dermal Fillers...

BOTOX® Cosmetic, a prescription medicine, is a purified protein that temporarily improves the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows in adults younger than 65. Administered by a healthcare professional, it’s a simple, nonsurgical treatment injected directly into the muscles between the brows. It works by blocking nerve impulses, thus reducing the muscle activity that causes persistent lines to form.

Dermal Fillers are also increasingly popular as a means to help reverse the changes associated with ageing, generally giving a more natural appearance than surgical face lifts. They are used to reduce or eliminate wrinkles, raise scar depressions, enhance lips, and replace soft-tissue volume loss.

Apple Dental Studios: 020 8866 4072


Life Opportunities Trust provides Home Care Services for people with a wide range of needs in the community. Although most of their work is with people with learning disabilities they also support older people or people who have physical needs and mental health needs. They also have staff who are specially trained to support people with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

The Trust can provide help and assistance with personal care tasks such as getting up and going to bed, dressing, bathing, feeding etc, and help with practical tasks such as cleaning and washing.

Whatever your circumstances, LO Trust professionals will be able to arrange support for you in your home to meet your individual needs, so that you can enjoy the maximum level of independence.

When living alone becomes too difficult to manage – even with help and support – it may be time to move into a care home. It’s a decision that requires much thought.

Denham Manor is a private nursing and residential care home set in three acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and grounds, in a private and secluded residential area. This magnificent country house is a typical gentleman's residence and is reputed to have once been a base for Sir Winston Churchill during World War II.

The fine house provides a gracious and warm welcome, with full nursing and social care for retired ladies and gentleman. The reception hall and main lounge offer very pleasant surroundings for both reading and conversation, and for residents to enjoy afternoon tea with their visitors. The dining room provides a spacious setting in which a high standard of cuisine can be enjoyed. Further day rooms include a smoking room, television lounge, library and the spacious conservatories all of which provide splendid views overlooking the gardens… lawns, hedging, flowerbeds and coppice.

It is the aim of everyone at Denham Manor to provide residents with both a comfortable and enjoyable home in very relaxed surroundings but with the special emphasis on nursing care. If you are looking for a quality assured care home for yourself, a friend or family member, contact the home manager Joy Hughes for further information or to arrange a viewing.

Sunrise of Chorleywood, the Pet Friendly Care Home of the year, has decided that mums are important too and is running an Open House Event with a difference, from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 13 March.
James Lancaster, the Executive Director, explains: “We are in the business of caring here, but we also know that most of us were taught what caring really means by our mothers. This is the time of year when we all celebrate Motherhood and we have decided to join in.”
Apart from the usual features of an Open House Event at Sunrise (tours, refreshments etc) there will also be manicures available, and stands featuring lavender products, jewellery, and fashion. Not only that, but there will be further opportunities to relax with live harp music at 3pm, plus morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea, too.

“It’s not just for mums though – all are welcome to come in and meet us. Even if we don’t all have a mum now, we all have an experience or an idea about a mother’s care and can come in and celebrate this with us.” adds James.

Life Opportunities Trust 01923 299770
Denham Manor: 0808 166 1321
Sunrise: 01923 287750


However you want to spend your later years, you’re going to need money to afford your lifestyle… whether it’s exotic travel, funding a residential home, or just the little luxuries that turn an ordinary day into something special.

The great news is that generally (according to the Office of National Statistics), people are living longer – but does this necessarily mean a better quality of life? Being free from the stresses and pressures of work can often be replaced with the stress and worry of money.  Will there be too many years left at the end of your money or too much money at the end of your years?

In the experience of Nascot Wealth Management Ltd, retirement planning is not just about your pensions; your other assets and investments can have equal or greater importance in achieving your retirement goals. Whether you have already retired or are planning ahead for the future, Nascot Wealth Management recommend that you seek professional financial planning advice.

Nascot Wealth Management Ltd: 01923 800000

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