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Carers UK Forum • respite holiday home
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respite holiday home

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:29 pm
by sallie
I don't know if any one remembers over a year ago I talked about setting up a holiday home for supporting carers and the one they care for with dementia. At last I have bought a bungalow in Devon (beautiful estuary views!) and I aim to be up and running in September 2009. The bungalow will be disabled friendly and I will be able to give support and understanding. I am a nurse and for the last year I have also worked for Age Concern helping people with dementia. My concern now is making sure I get myself known. I have a web site www.dementiaguesthousecare.co.uk
I would be interested to know of any other homes like this already running.

Well done Sallie, and good

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:16 pm
by Scally
Well done Sallie, and good luck with your venture.
There are various directories available that you can join - some online, some free, and you can mail your brochure to all the branches of PRTC etc.
You might also consider buying some google adverts - it costs you maybe 50p per click but you are in charge of your budget: if you buy say £50 worth of clicks a month and see whether you get any traffic you can stop at any time. They are contextual adverts, so you can specify that they must only appear on a webpage in the UK with all the key words: Dementia+carers+respite for example.
To get your site up the free listings for google search for yuor keywords is also vital: just by linking here you have already helped that process. Get your link in everywhere you can, within reason.
Place Google analytics on your site too: place the hidden code at the foot of each page and you get great information about your visitors.

Hidden headers are very important:

Your code is:
<title>Home</title><meta name="Keywords" content="dementia guest house care support hotel alzheimers " />

BUPA is near the top for this search category: their code is:

<head>

<title>Nursing homes, palliative & residential respite care - Bupa Care Homes</title>

<meta name="description" content="Bupa Care Homes - residential accommodation and nursing homes, providing palliative care, respite beds and carers for the young physically disabled">

<meta name="keywords" content="nursing homes residential home palliative care respite residents carers dementia fees convalescent beds terminal disease ypd facilities registered staff assessment">

</head>


This hidden header text is very important - it is how search engines know what is on your website. Of course you cant copy it verbatim, but BUPA know what they are doing, and a little bit of judicious tweaking might be handy!

thanks

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 7:58 pm
by sallie
gosh what alot to know about web sites, but thank you, it all sounds like a foreign language. My web site was a free one with Microsoft for 2 years and then £6 a month. How do I go about doing all this head/title and meta name?I don't think its part of my package.
Also sorry to be ignorant but what is PRTC?
I have emailed carer support workers in the south west and trying to advertise locally as much as possible.
Thanks sallie