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How to fund care home fees through investment

... benefits (since the government allowed a double IHT limit for married couples) this will give your parent the advantage of being able to gift their half of the property to you or other family members on their death, which would then exclude this half from being used ...

How tea parties help to ward off loneliness

... , being involved in the tea parties gives her added companionship which is an important part of leading a fulfilling life. There was one Christmas where we had quite heavy snowfall and she was on her own over the Christmas period so I dropped in for a cup of ...

My strategy for coping with grief

... copious amounts of love. We did everything that we could for them and in return we got their unconditional love Time is the greatest gift I have learnt that when you are well supported you can give the greatest gift, your time. You are in a privileged ...

Tips on juggling work, family – and two parents with dementia

... care home for special occasions, but it's worth asking yourself who is really benefiting. I would have my parents to stay overnight at Christmas, and then spend two hours in the morning washing and dressing them before having to provide the Christmas lunch. I was trying ...

The health benefits of plants for your parent

... , story This week's storyteller is Clare Long. Clare, founder of Granny Dodo's Gardens, shares how flowers can be more than just gifts for our parents, they can also bring enjoyment and brighten up daily life in a care home. My grandparents had a wonderful ...

How a game of pairs helped gauge grandad's dementia

... on. At the age of 90 he was told he could no longer drive and with this news his independence diminished considerably. By Christmas it was clear to us all that grandad's dementia was worsening and there has been an even steeper decline this year. However, ...

Are sex and love taboo topics for you and your parents?

... room in his general direction. Keeping the spark alive Remind your parents that romance isn't only for the start of a relationship. Perfect gifts are those which mean something to the receiver for some people, that might be a grass clipping box, but for others they ...

How can family trusts help to protect assets? (Part 1)

... for couples). With house prices rising all over the country, many people will find their property attracting this tax. Anyone can gift small amounts of money to loved ones without incurring inheritance tax and trusts are a good way of doing this. If your parent ...

Dad, dementia and connecting through art

... couldn't make sense of how to work it. Again I thought his behaviour was odd but never did I suspect dementia. Just before Christmas he fell in the early hours and was taken to hospital. It was after that that he received a diagnosis. They score ...

Forewarned is forearmed where scammers exist

... her a pile of documentation together with stickered pages where she needed to sign. At this point she happened to be visiting family for Christmas and mentioned the story to dropped jaws all round. Mary's dad called her urgently one evening. A man had been in his ...