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How to Recognise Cognitive Impairment in a Loved One

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...

ex-pat elderly care 0

Caring for an Elderly Parent From Abroad

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...

memory problems 0

What is reminiscence therapy? A guide for carers

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...

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What is reablement? A guide for carers

Reablement is offered to people who have suffered an acute episode of illness to help them get back on their feet quicker. What is reablement? A guide for carers Reablement is the official title given to short-term care at home, to aid recovery after discharge from hospital. While post-operative...

carer funds 0

Carer finances are under strain; what can be done?

  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...

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Personal Health Budgets

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...

Granny annexe 0

How to plan a 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...

Loneliness in old age 0

Battling the Loneliness Epidemic

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...