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More questions to ask when choosing a care home

... choices. Who's the manager? Care home managers can come from a range of backgrounds accountancy through to long-term nursing. Each has its benefits. Do you feel a home needs financial and administrative expertise at management level or an understanding of how to care for individuals? ...

How to help your parent find the right buildings and contents insurance

... payment for home repairs. Also those with long-term conditions that may be exacerbated by cold temperatures or lack of power for medical machinery could benefit from this kind of cover. Garden cover. Additional insurance that protects the garden should your parent worry about the flora and fauna ...

How to help your parents get online: buying and installing broadband

... ADSL will be all they need. However if your parent wants to stream high definition video, download large files or video they'll probably benefit more from the extra speed of fibre and cable as they can make a big difference to the connection. Contracts and phone lines ...

Cruise review: recuperative, fun or a health challenge?

... misnamed- plunge pools would be more appropriate. Internet access was available, at a price, but for us one of the major benefits of being at sea was being disconnected. Food and drink There were three restaurants of varying degrees of formality and the potential to ...

How to cope with sleep problems in the elderly

... Set a routine. For parents coping with a changeable night's sleep it could be helpful to set a routine with them so they can benefit from associating positive behaviours with sleep and bed time rather than worrying that they won't sleep and creating a negative pattern. Relax before ...

Are films a form of reminiscence for ageing parents?

... the same thing a hundred times over. Finding ways to spend enjoyable time together now, as well as remembering happy memories, has benefits for carers as well as for the person they are caring for. Kim Pennock, who cares for a mum with advancing Alzheimer's ...

How can family trusts help to protect assets? (Part 2)

... do? Being a trustee brings with it a legal responsibility. You are responsible for the money or assets placed within the trust to benefit someone else. You have what is known as a 'fiduciary duty' to act in the best interests of the person that the ...

Getting connected using a tablet computer: product review

... issues but many of these are being cleared up in the next update. Sight and Sound Technology, who developed the Respexi with the benefit of experience in technology for the blind, is committed to continuing development. Updates will be carried out remotely so there is little ...

How to keep driving with renewed confidence

... are minimum as well as maximum speeds for motorways. People who have undergone the IAM's Skills for Life package have reported that the top benefits of the training are that it helped them to improve their driving, gain greater awareness of other road users and avoid crashes! ...

Will the "Friends and Family Test" make a difference to hospital care?

... been refined since that critical report, and that Trusts are allowed to ask supplementary questions, making the survey more valid. The potential benefits of understanding and using the results well are discussed in The Guardian by one of the doctors involved in the initial trials of the ...