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10 questions to ask your parents before it's too late

... of items that they've promised to people and let you know where they keep that too. We've known several families where people have expected gifts from the parent only to find that another sibling has unwittingly perhaps already removed said item to their own home. Altogether it can ...

What to expect from your chosen care home

... and clothes. The most common complaint is finding another resident wearing that wonderful outfit from M&S that you bought your parent for Christmas! Make sure you protect your parent and yourself from a scenario such as this. Permanent marking of clothes with your parent's name ...

10 questions to ask before choosing a care home

... the home is right for them. You may also want to ask what the home does to celebrate birthdays and special occasions such as Christmas. These can be important events for our parents that have always been a part of family tradition so trying not to disrupt this ...

How can we tell if a parent has Alzheimer's disease?

... just age.However, if they're starting to struggle to do things that used to be easy, that may be a sign. It's the Christmas dinner test. If someone used to be able to create a meal with all the components ready at the same time but now ...

A quick guide to the Senior Railcard and Disabled Persons Railcard

... they wish to renew it via the website at a later date. By phone. Call 0345 3000 250 (07:00-22:00 any day except Christmas Day). Calls are charged at the national rate. Applicants will need a valid passport or UK driving license. The railcard ...

Ready meals for the elderly - what's on the menu?

... groceries can be conveniently delivered together. Make sure that the service you choose delivers during holiday periods such as Bank holidays, Easter and Christmas otherwise your parent will be home alone and hungry! Council-funded services apetito works alongside Wiltshire Farm Foods with local councils to provide hot ...

Helping parents to avoid depression

... than willing to take on some tasks. Help your parents keep in touch. It's easy for older people to fall back on annual Christmas cards as age makes travel and mobility harder. Help out by offering to set up email, Skype, Facebook or other social ...

How tradition makes living with dad the obvious choice

... car and finances that himself. He will also contribute financially in other ways from time to time, such as for meals out, gifts for family occasions and shopping but this is not an expectation by any means. I believe the first and foremost reason that our ...

Is it time to hang up the car keys?

... in the dark. Many parents will want to avoid driving after sunset, which can make winter get-togethers particularly difficult. If you want Christmas at your place, can you arrange drivers for your parents to get them home again, or can they stay overnight and travel ...

Tips on dementia and the family fall-out

... from a practical point of view, taking on financial, gardening and other tasks. It was reassuring that his daughter asked him one Christmas whether I minded having mum. Neither brother had considered this previously and nor had I. It was a responsibility and I had ...