About cheryl

I’m Cheryl, the founder and owner of Every Home Matters. Reorganising your living space, moving home or making home improvements, such as an extension, are stressful life events for anyone. Coupled with other more traumatic life events such as divorce, serious illness, later life, bereavement or family and financial pressures, this can be overwhelming. For this reason I set up Every Home matters to support clients in a time of need.

Declutter as neglect or hoarding problems pose a risk to health and safety.

Declutter as neglect or hoarding problems pose a risk to health and safety. In my personal and professional life, it has been my experience that many individuals who are living with cognitive impairment or have been institutionalised, find it difficult to cope with maintaining their home once they return to independent life. Conditions such as [...]

2021-09-20T17:39:05+01:00September 5th, 2021|Blog, Organising|Comments Off on Declutter as neglect or hoarding problems pose a risk to health and safety.

Keeping the matrimonial home after divorce

Keeping the matrimonial home after divorce Divorce does not necessarily mean the disposal of the family matrimonial home and if financially feasible it can be agreed until the children reach a certain age. By doing so it can relieve the stress of having to downsize and most importantly will give the children maintain familiarity [...]

2021-09-15T11:09:49+01:00September 1st, 2021|Blog, Improving Your Wellbeing|Comments Off on Keeping the matrimonial home after divorce

The early stages of dementia and intermittent memory loss

The early stages of dementia and intermittent memory loss The early stages of dementia can bring with it intermittent memory loss, which may not be diagnosed at the time of carrying out a capacity test. Many people fear the diagnosis of dementia and when in denial find a way to play this. Signs to look [...]

2021-09-20T17:41:44+01:00August 22nd, 2021|Blog, Organising|Comments Off on The early stages of dementia and intermittent memory loss

Mother Nature Can Teach Us So Much

How mother nature can teach us so much. Life is constantly changing, and we need to be able to adapt to those situations as and when they arise. This is easier said than done and when we are in the thick of it, it can be hard to see that when life is stagnant, [...]

2021-09-15T11:43:48+01:00August 1st, 2021|Blog, Improving Your Wellbeing|Comments Off on Mother Nature Can Teach Us So Much

Sudden realisation and acceptance that we are losing our independence, mobility, and the ability to cope

Sudden realisation and acceptance that we are losing our independence, mobility, and the ability to cope The sudden realisation and acceptance that we are losing our independence, mobility, and the ability to cope can be hard to come to terms with, especially when we have lived a full life and been very active and [...]

2021-08-04T15:24:31+01:00July 22nd, 2021|Blog, Moving, Organising|Comments Off on Sudden realisation and acceptance that we are losing our independence, mobility, and the ability to cope

Mental Capacity Test

Mental Capacity Test The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower people who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It applies to people aged 16 and over. It covers decisions about day-to-day things like what to wear or what to buy for [...]

2021-07-29T15:38:32+01:00July 22nd, 2021|Blog, Moving, Organising|Comments Off on Mental Capacity Test

The Advantages of Selling “Homes Under the Hammer”

The Advantages of Selling “Homes Under the Hammer” Are you looking to sell a property? You have probably investigated all the traditional methods and have decided there is likely only one way - to go with an estate agent and hope for the best. With over thirty years' experience in real estate, witnessing many [...]

2021-07-29T15:10:34+01:00July 22nd, 2021|Blog, Moving|Comments Off on The Advantages of Selling “Homes Under the Hammer”

Petition to allow communication with medical professionals about the health of our loved ones

Petition to allow communication with medical professionals about the health of our loved ones Reformation of patient confidentiality protocols is long overdue in particular regard to the health and wellbeing, mental illness, and loss of capacity of our loved ones, within the health and social care services. Unless a power of attorney is appointed, [...]

2021-08-04T13:40:40+01:00July 22nd, 2021|Blog|Comments Off on Petition to allow communication with medical professionals about the health of our loved ones

Professional Advice and Support During Divorce

Professional Advice and Support During Divorce Divorce is often described as bereavement.  Accepting change can be difficult, coming to terms of the loss of a relationship, the home and sentimental possessions can soon fuel our emotions, resulting in aggression, bullying, and controlling behaviour. For the person on the receiving end of this hostility, it [...]

2021-07-29T16:21:07+01:00July 7th, 2021|Blog, Organising|Comments Off on Professional Advice and Support During Divorce

Benefits of Every Home Matters

Are you looking for extra support for a family member? Do you need support with independent living? Here are some of the many benefits of Every Home Matters and how we help our clients. ✅  Supporting clients through life-changing situations; illness, age, disabilities, bereavement, mental health issues ✅  Supporting clients in managing and keeping [...]

2021-09-01T14:55:17+01:00July 7th, 2021|Blog, Moving, Organising|Comments Off on Benefits of Every Home Matters

The Value of Independent Care Advice

The Value of Independent Care Advice Before making any decisions about eldercare options you will want to make sure that you are obtaining accurate and relevant information from a reliable and well-informed source. My 20 year's Nursing Experience I am a registered nurse who qualified from Guys Hospital in London in 1983 and who [...]

2021-07-29T15:56:17+01:00July 7th, 2021|Blog, Organising|Comments Off on The Value of Independent Care Advice

How Learning to Love Yourself Brings Inner Strength

How Learning to Love Yourself Brings Inner Strength and Peace. Love can be so strong and positive when it’s a two-way thing. It can build bridges and be so uplifting, but what do you do when the one you love is no longer there or they no longer love you? We naturally think that [...]

2021-09-15T13:27:18+01:00July 7th, 2021|Blog, Improving Your Wellbeing|Comments Off on How Learning to Love Yourself Brings Inner Strength

Would a stranger, who does not know your child be the best person to decide about their welfare?

Would a stranger, who does not know your child be the best person to decide about their welfare? Up to the age of 18, children have the protection of their parents, thereafter they are suddenly classed as an adult with sometimes complete strangers making decisions about their welfare and well-being. In most families, parents [...]

2021-08-04T13:35:31+01:00July 5th, 2021|Blog, Improving Your Wellbeing|Comments Off on Would a stranger, who does not know your child be the best person to decide about their welfare?

The Importance of Appointing a Power of Attorney

Why make a Lasting Power of Attorney? Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are legal documents that allow you to appoint someone to manage financial affairs and other matters on your behalf during your lifetime. 1. Property and Financial Affairs: This allows one or more people (referred to as Attorneys) to act in relation to [...]

2021-09-15T12:34:18+01:00July 1st, 2021|Blog, Moving, Organising|Comments Off on The Importance of Appointing a Power of Attorney

Find our strength in adversity. A poem for you.

Finding our strength in adversity. I wrote a poem to give me strength during my personal journey. I hope you enjoy it and it brings you strength too. "Like a tree I stand tall, my roots firmly grounded as I grow. Where naivety to the storms and diseases of life once stood, I accept [...]

2021-08-04T14:00:27+01:00June 29th, 2021|Blog, Improving Your Wellbeing|Comments Off on Find our strength in adversity. A poem for you.

Why Don’t You? Remember that?

"Why Don't You? Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead?" For those of you too young to remember this was a BBC children's television series that started back in the '70s. Quite apt when you think how much time we spend in front of [...]

2021-08-04T13:53:00+01:00June 29th, 2021|Blog, Improving Your Wellbeing|Comments Off on Why Don’t You? Remember that?

Our founder’s personal story of why she started Every Home Matters

Our founder's personal story and what led her to start Every Home Matters. I met with Cheryl Carter virtually due to the pandemic restrictions. I found her story very inspiring and her creativity contagious:) This is what she told me in her own words. My life journey has been marked with trauma. Although some [...]

2021-08-04T13:57:13+01:00June 29th, 2021|Blog, Improving Your Wellbeing|Comments Off on Our founder’s personal story of why she started Every Home Matters

Fear, Denial, Anger and Acceptance in a mammogram centre

Fear, denial, anger and acceptance in a mammagram centre Having had my mammogram and ultrasound I returned to the waiting area and as I took my seat I began anxiously to wonder whether the results would be positive or negative. The wait felt like an eternity, and my thoughts drifted before realising how many [...]

2021-07-29T14:41:31+01:00June 29th, 2021|Blog, Improving Your Wellbeing|Comments Off on Fear, Denial, Anger and Acceptance in a mammogram centre

9 ways to cope when love is one sided.

9 ways to cope when love is one-sided. Love can be so strong and positive when it’s a two-way thing. It can build bridges and be so uplifting, but what do we you do when the one you love is no longer there or they no longer love you? When love is one-sided? We [...]

2021-07-26T15:50:41+01:00June 29th, 2021|Blog, Improving Your Wellbeing|Comments Off on 9 ways to cope when love is one sided.

Case Study 5: “Mrs H” Downsizing property after the death of her husband

About the Client “Mrs H” is an elderly lady, who is looking to downsize her property after the death of her husband. She contacted Every Home Matters for emotional support as she had to give up some of the family possessions as well as the logistics required in moving. Their Challenge Mrs H and [...]

2021-07-22T18:23:02+01:00June 28th, 2021|Case Studies, Moving|Comments Off on Case Study 5: “Mrs H” Downsizing property after the death of her husband

Widowed and no family available to assist with downsizing

Widowed and no family available to assist with downsizing Mrs S and her husband had lived in their family home for sixty years. They had raised their family there, celebrated many milestone occasions, and shared many happy moments. Mr S had worked in a bank and so they entertained many friends and colleagues. Then [...]

2021-07-28T14:04:28+01:00June 28th, 2021|Blog, Case Studies, Moving|Comments Off on Widowed and no family available to assist with downsizing

Taking care of Mum and Dad for you when your job won’t let you.

Taking care of Mum and Dad for you, when your job won't let you. We were called in via an elderly clients’ solicitor to assist in collating some vital paperwork. Our clients are an elderly couple, Mr R being 90 years old and his wife 85 years old. Mr R has dementia and has [...]

2021-07-29T14:28:24+01:00June 28th, 2021|Blog, Case Studies, Organising|Comments Off on Taking care of Mum and Dad for you when your job won’t let you.

Case Study 3: “Mr P” Social Services appointed us to manage the logistics of his move. 

Case Study 3 'Mr P': Social Services appointed us to manage the logistics of his move. About the Client “Mr P” is an elderly gentleman living with his dog in a three-bedroom property that he owns outright. He is infirm, struggles to walk upstairs using two walking sticks, and also suffers from self-neglect. He [...]

2021-07-29T15:33:35+01:00June 9th, 2021|Case Studies, Organising|Comments Off on Case Study 3: “Mr P” Social Services appointed us to manage the logistics of his move. 

Case Study 2: “Mr B” From Cleaning to Counselling to support independent living

From Cleaning to Counselling to support independent living About the Client “Mr B” is a retired gentleman living alone in a large 3 bedroom house. He is a former builder, however, he has been unable to look after himself or his property since the death of his wife, 3 years previously. Their Challenge Mr [...]

2021-07-29T14:57:01+01:00June 9th, 2021|Case Studies, Organising|Comments Off on Case Study 2: “Mr B” From Cleaning to Counselling to support independent living

Case Study 1: “Miss C” Finding a new, more habitable home for this elderly lady

Finding a new more habitable home. About the Client: Miss C. “Miss C” is an 84-year-old lady, living alone. She has no family living nearby and rents her property from a Landlord. She suffers from anxiety and has been on long-term medication for this, and due to her age and health had become very [...]

2021-07-26T17:16:19+01:00June 9th, 2021|Case Studies|Comments Off on Case Study 1: “Miss C” Finding a new, more habitable home for this elderly lady

Why decluttering needs diplomacy

Why decluttering needs diplomacy Being a bit of a squirrel means I can get very sentimental about my stuff. I was always fascinated and amused at the way the Mona Lisa – considered to be one of world’s greatest artistic icons, was ‘abused’ by mischievous designers. Over three decades, I amassed thousands of items of [...]

2021-09-22T13:35:56+01:00April 14th, 2016|Blog, Organising|Comments Off on Why decluttering needs diplomacy

When Getting Divorced Keep A Record Of All Your Possessions

When Getting Divorced Keep A Record Of All Your Possessions. Divorce is often described as a bereavement. Accepting change can be difficult, coming to terms of the loss of a relationship, the home and sentimental possessions can soon fuel our emotions, resulting in aggression, bullying and controlling behaviour. For the person on the receiving [...]

2021-09-01T15:27:12+01:00April 12th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on When Getting Divorced Keep A Record Of All Your Possessions

Stress: Fight or Flight?

Stress: Fight or Flight? We never know what life has in store for us; at one moment, you could be a high flyer without a care in the world and at the next, you could be faced with a life-changing trauma, your world could be turned upside down, with the possibility of losing everything [...]

2021-09-01T16:08:51+01:00April 12th, 2016|Blog, Improving Your Wellbeing|Comments Off on Stress: Fight or Flight?

7 actions you can take to stay positive when it feels like your life is falling apart

7 actions you can take to stay positive when it feels like your life is falling apart I had the pleasure of talking to Catherine Pratt today who has these proven tips to help you in difficult times. Catherine was recently asked the following question about how to stay positive in a rough situation [...]

2021-09-15T10:50:10+01:00April 12th, 2016|Blog, Improving Your Wellbeing|Comments Off on 7 actions you can take to stay positive when it feels like your life is falling apart

A Guide to Cultivating Compassion in Your Life, With 7 Practices

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama BY LEO BABAUTA I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of [...]

2021-09-15T13:04:26+01:00April 12th, 2016|Blog, Improving Your Wellbeing|Comments Off on A Guide to Cultivating Compassion in Your Life, With 7 Practices
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