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Dementia care – How to find the help you need

... assessments click here. Alternatively you can call the free Carers Direct helpline on 0808 802 0202. You can also find services and support groups local to you with the Alzheimer's Society's useful search tool and appropriate care to suit yours and your parent's needs on Find Me Good ...

What to look for in mobility aids for your parents

... their house adapted and the impact that this will have on them. Many of the daily living aids that have traditionally been available are clinical to look at and may make your parents feel that they are compromising their lifestyle. From my own experience, my parents are ...

Talking about death over dinner

... sleep. Just before midday she was awoken by banging on her front door. Whilst she'd been having a leisurely morning in bed a group of neighbours headed by the postman had gathered outside her front door. Mum stuck her head out the bedroom window looking down on ...

How to help your parent prevent heart disease

... a blood pressure check from their GP as a regular event. If not they can ask for one at the surgery or local health clinic. High blood pressure can increase the risk of heart disease but it doesn't normally make people feel unwell so needs to be checked ...

Is loneliness now an epidemic among the elderly?

... company and assist them with day-to-day living. If they're left unaided then they're dependent on professional carers or the kindness of strangers and charitable groups to ensure they're living well. What can we do? If you're concerned your elderly parent, relative, friend or neighbour is ...

How to manage your parent's property once they've moved out

... both quality of presentation and listings on websites, in newspapers etc Check that the agent's branch is open 7 days a week Ensure the commission charge is reasonable. Don't be seduced by the highest valuation. You're looking for the optimum valuation. A property that's overpriced for ...

How a game of pairs helped gauge grandad's dementia

... we could experiment with different types of photographs as well as involving different family members in updating the virtual deck of cards. We incorporated group shots, portrait and landscape photos as well as individual head shots and found that the simpler the photo the more grandad recognised the ...

Tips on getting the right care at home

... are the questions we need to ask when finding a carer for our parent? Care Quality CommissionIs the supplier regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)? There are two categories of care personal care, which falls within the remit of the CQC, and home ...

Understanding the options in elder care

... their pets with them. Moving into residential care also gives your loved one the opportunity to make new friends. Many care homes have groups and clubs for their residents where they can meet people with common interests and carry out the activities and hobbies they enjoy. Residential ...

Helping parents to avoid depression

... Tai Chi or Pilates, and dancing are all great ways to exercise and they don't have to cost much. Local councils often arrange groups for older people. Being outside, especially in gardens, parks and the countryside is shown to be beneficial to people's mental health ...