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How can flexible working hours help me look after my elderly parent?

... How can flexible working hours help me look after my elderly parent? workload, eldercare, balance, carer, career As our parents get older they may start to face various health challenges. It can be difficult to fit their hospital and GP appointments into a ...

Maintaining a relationship when your parent has dementia – a real-life story

... be very scary. Stories on the When They Get Older website describe the conflicting feelings that arise and, as someone who supports family carers, I often hear heart-rending accounts of family rifts, carer stress and isolation, and the dilemmas around juggling eldercare with work and ...

Caring for a mother-in-law with cancer

... Caring for a mother-in-law with cancer cancer, story, eldercare, carer, Adrienne Gruberg, founder of The Caregiver Space, shares how she adjusted family life to care for a mother-in-law with Lymphoma whilst her own husband battled lung cancer. My mother-in-law, Sylvia- ...

Caring for a disabled mother-in-law

... Caring for a disabled mother-in-law story, carer, independence, osteoporosis, eldercare Caron Sprake, author of eldercare blog Caron Cares, shares how she cared for her disabled mother-in-law whilst juggling family responsibilities. When I said "I do" I acquired not only a ...

Designing activities for people with dementia and their families

... doable and promote conversation. Dementia affects not only the patient but those responsible for their care, such as family members, with many carers finding the process challenging and lonely. Research into dementia shows that there is a marked benefit in keeping someone living with dementia occupied ...

Caring for a father with Parkinson's

... Caring for a father with Parkinson's Parkinson's, eldercare, communication, carer, story This week's storyteller is Chris. Chris tells the sad story of his brilliant father's degeneration due to Parkinson's, and how the family managed his care with love and respect. My father ...

Why my parents never came to live with me

... Why my parents never came to live with me independence, carer, dementia, story This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous.We've asked many people about their experiences of living with their parents in later life. In our latest story, our storyteller explains why she ...

How do I help my elderly parent bathe?

... period of time. When does it stop being safe to bathe alone? If and when mobility and balance starts to decline or a carer is needed for day-to-day activities, it may be time to see if bathing alone is still feasible. If your parent has had ...

In praise of district nurses

... In praise of district nurses District nurse, eldercare, companionship, carer, story This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous.When the chips are down, district nurses can be relied upon to take the time and effort to care for our elderly and ill parents at ...

Gaining new freedom by moving in together

... Gaining new freedom by moving in together independence, companionship, carer, story This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous and names have been changed. It was a tough decision, but Sally's move to the UK from her native South Africa to live with her ...