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The health benefits of plants for your parent

... benefit from the social and therapeutic qualities that gardening provides. I attended a Thrive course this year to gain a deeper insight into how ... flowers in the grounds to adorn her bedroom and the care home allowed her to remove nearly all the flowers from their gardens so that ...

A guide to Inheritance Tax

... is Inheritance Tax? Inheritance Tax is paid when someone transfers the ownership of their assets, usually on death. Each individual has an allowance of 325,000 known as the 'nil rate band', assets under this amount is free of inheritance tax. The tax ...

Understanding the options in elder care

... is unavailable to help. Day care As a particularly popular option for those recovering from surgery or a debilitating illness, day care will allow your loved one to recover while making friends and socialising with others. Your relative will visit a care home during the day but ...

Should you be paying care home top-up fees?

... fees, money, finance, social care, eldercare If a care home resident is funded by their local authority, then families are allowed to contribute top-up fees to give them more choice in where they live. There are growing claims that local authorities are demanding top-up ...

10 questions to ask before choosing a care home

... stay for a few weeks before you make a final decision. Many care homes are now including a trial period clause within their contracts allowing you and your parent to opt out should they not enjoy the initial time they spend in the home. It's important to remember ...

Why we should all have dementia training

... community. They may have family, friends or carers who support them but often those who live alone remain undiagnosed and unaided. After attending dementia training I realised that as a society we desperately need to learn more about the disease and the impact it has on people's ...

How to cope with bereavement

... but giving your employer enough information will help them determine whether your leave pertains to your statutory rights. The amount of time you'll be allowed off will be agreed by you and your employer in light of your individual circumstances but it is your right to ask for this ...

How tea parties help to ward off loneliness

... This week's storyteller is Gemma. Gemma tells us how she became a volunteer driver for Contact the Elderly. She describes the benefits of attending the charity's free monthly tea parties for everyone involved. I'd decided that I wanted to give something back to my community. I ...

How to keep your parent safe and prevent wandering

... an alarm on the pager when a sensor has been triggered and are best used for alerting carers or relatives while in your parent's homes allowing them to respond accordingly. Inside wandering and fall management Day time wandering can be less of an issue than night time wandering inside ...

How do I help my elderly parent bathe?

... the needs of your parent, there are a range of bath lifts available. There is the option of the belted bath-lift, which allows the user to sit right at the bottom of the bath and enjoy their bath as they always have. If your parent requires ...