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How I coped with my mum's dementia

... it than this. She seemed to be completely unaware that anything was wrong with her. Initially we worked on persuading her to have carers come in and help her. We called them "visitors" and used this as a pretext for them to help mum with ...

When helpers become the enemy

... When helpers become the enemy paranoia, cancer, parkinson's, story This week's storyteller is Sally.After years of being his wife's carer, Sally's father began to believe that everyone coming into his home wanted to poison him or steal his treasures. In this first part of ...

Would a homeshare scheme suit your parent?

... live in they also provide an added element of security and friendship for your parent. It's important to highlight that our homesharers are not carers but they are genuine caring and responsible individuals who benefit from sharing a home with your parent as much as your parent benefits from ...

Dementia is stealing away my hero dad and I feel useless

... is entitled to. And whilst councils vary, there is a lot of help out there from information and advice, through to having carers come to the house and take on some of the care work.And your mum might be entitled to some help as well, as ...

When dementia brings death to your door

... medicine to alleviate distress or dry up secretions at some unsociable hour, the doctor would only be able to write a prescription and the carer would have to find an all-night chemist to cash it in. Having the 'Just in Case' drugs already in the fridge meant ...

Who are occupational therapists and how can they help our family?

... home. As an example, someone might benefit from specialist seating and the occupational therapist will not only suggest which seating but show the carers how to position the resident to be most comfortable. Importantly, they can watch how a resident manages eating and drinking and advise ...

Helping your parents with toilet problems and incontinence

... incontinence. Physical and psychological health conditions can get in the way of your parent going to the loo. Seeking the advice of their carer, GP or continence consultant should be the first port of call to managing it correctly. Bowel incontinence. If your parent is ...

10 questions to ask before choosing a care home

... for your parent. Make sure you also know what the home's procedures are if you suspect abuse. Can you request a change of carer if your parent doesn't take to the person fulfilling the role for them? Are there social workers and a doctor on site? ...

Shall I invite Dad to live with us?

... thing to do. But sometimes the relationship with our parents is strained or we don't feel like we are capable of being a "carer". And we aren't sure how far that responsibility goes regular visits, inviting them to stay for the weekend, asking Mum ...

Does my aunt need to be in a care home or not?

... separation between night and day, falls asleep in the middle of cooking and becomes a danger to herself. She refuses to have a carer in her home and we are in a real dilemma as to what to do next. Lesley replies Yes, this is a ...