Automatic Pill Dispensers – What are the options?

pill dispensers
There are 3 main options when it comes to pill dispensers: talking pill bottles, automatic or electric pill dispensers, and simple phone or clock reminders.  Why use an electronic pill dispenser? Sometimes remembering to take one tablet daily can be hard, but imagine having to take five or even ten different types of medication, at different times …

Claiming Carers Allowance: A Guide for Carers

carer's allowance
If you are looking after someone for 35 hours a week or more you may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance, the main benefit for carers. You don’t have to be related to or even living with the person you care for. Claiming carer’s allowance: a guide for carers The rate for Carer’s Allowance in the financial …

How to Recognise Cognitive Impairment in a Loved One

early stage dementia
You can recognise cognitive impairment in a loved one by paying attention to their ability to recall names, carry out simple tasks, and keep track of their belongings. As time goes by you may face the role of looking after your parents as they age. One problem that can cause particular concern is worsening memory leading …

Caring for an Elderly Parent From Abroad

ex-pat elderly care
Caring for an elderly parent from abroad requires a solid plan, and constant communication. With these two simple things in place, the task will be easier and the distance will feel less.  Caring for an elderly parent from abroad When you’re caring for an elderly parent from abroad, it’s natural to worry about their health …

What is reminiscence therapy? A guide for carers

memory problems
Reminiscence therapy taps into the long-term memories of those who have dementia, stimulating their deeper recollections. Memory problems often affect older people, particularly those suffering from dementia. In Dementia, short-term memory is affected more than long-term memories of childhood and earlier life, as the disease process of dementia typically affects parts of the brain (hippocampus) that …

Carer finances are under strain; what can be done?

carer funds
  95% of care is delivered by family members, which can put long-term strain on domestic finances. Can home care ever be an affordable option? Whatever your political views about benefit cuts and the struggle to access statutory care services, the reality is that the demographic and economic changes affecting us all are here to …

Personal Health Budgets

control over care
Dr. Jamie Wilson talks about the introduction of Personal Health Budgets, the positive impacts it may have and the various oppositions to the change. Personal Health Budgets and the medical establishment In April this year, 56,000 patients receiving NHS continuing care will be among the first to receive personal health budgets. In September 2014, any …

How to plan a granny annexe

Granny annexe
Planning a granny annexe requires consideration of: the nature of your home, tax and financial implications, and long-term suitability. Planning to move your parents or other elderly relatives into your existing property can be a challenge. However, it can have significant benefits in terms of being able to provide better care, and can reduce the …

Battling the Loneliness Epidemic

Loneliness in old age
As your elderly loved ones age they inevitably lose lifetime friends and close family members, which can leave them feeling both bereft and isolated. Isolation and loneliness in older people are growing problems in the UK.  The number of people living longer is increasing and so is the time that they are spending alone. Isolation …

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