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Independent living with hearing loss

... but the corded phones tend to be louder. Most of these also come with extra large buttons to make dialling easier for the visually impaired or people who are losing their hand dexterity. Being able to use the telephone is a lifeline for many people. Calling family ...

Will I inherit mum's Alzheimer's?

... caring responsibilities it's easy to imagine the worst. Like ageing and the menopause, dementia also causes memory loss. But in addition it impairs word and number skills, abstract reasoning, and the ability to plan and organise things. Dementia can also affect personality and mood ...

Benefits for the hearing disabled

... available on the NHS and even privately. If you suspect that the hearing of a friend or relative, or your own hearing is impaired, a GP can be the first step or make an appointment for a hearing test at one of the many high street hearing ...

10 questions to ask before choosing a care home

... security staff to prevent unauthorised entries and exits? In case of fire does the home have alarms suitable for residents with visual or hearing impairments? Are there fire escapes on each floor and are they accessible for those with mobility issues? If your parent is injured or ...

Saving money on your parents' energy bills

... ) If your parent is a pensioner, has had long-term ill health, is registered as disabled, or has a hearing or visual impairment, they may be eligible for extra help offered by energy suppliers. Most providers have a Careline number you can call to register ...

How to arrange a community care assessment

... and takes into account your parent's personal care and hygiene, their mental health, safety, communication skills in terms of visual and hearing impairments and disease prevention. If your parent has mental health needs they're entitled to a community care assessment to determine their social care needs ...

Myths about Lasting Powers of Attorney

... about assisting individuals living with dementia. You may face living with another medical condition such as a serious stroke, brain injury or physical impairment and would like someone to be able to assist you with day-to-day financial management. Having a LPA now will avoid having to worry ...

Why eating well is important in dementia

... there is plenty of research going on the reviewers couldn't definitively say at this point that there is a link between any of these and cognitive function. What they were willing to say was that good nutrition throughout life from pre-natal care is important to give the brain the ...

Family member needs care? Applying for Attendance Allowance

... at the end of the form you are asked to provide supporting documents, such as prescription list, medical reports, certificate of vision impairment, passport, care plan. We sent a copy of the mental health and best interests assessment, the social services assessment, ...

How a game of pairs helped gauge grandad's dementia

... as the length of time it takes a sufferer to make a decision about a photograph. To see families working with doctors in the cognitive assessment process via this game would be amazing and could help the multitude of many still waiting for the science to cure dementia. ...