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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 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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Remembering the real mum

... . My memory was sparked by Boxing Day lunch. For complicated reasons, my dad felt he couldn't join us at our house for Christmas. Could we instead bring him a helping of lunch the next day and stay long enough to watch him eat it? This ...

In, out, shake it all about

... leave the house. He didn't want to get out of his pyjamas. He stayed like that for months. We had to take Christmas to him, but at least he put some clothes on for that. The district nurses turned up regularly to change the bag ...

How to help your parent live well with Multiple Sclerosis

... The Bladder and Bowel Foundation have a range of factsheets as well as a helpline to support you parent should they need more information. Gift of the gab Problems with producing the sounds needed for speech are symptomatic of MS. If your parent is struggling with a softer ...