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Preparing for live-in care – what you need to know

... relative who can no longer look after themselves, it can be an emotional and stressful time. You'll want to ensure that they can continue to live independently for as long as possible rather than going into a home, which 97%1 of people say they don't ...

Travelling with a parent who has dementia

... here are five ways to help you travel with ease and have an experience for you all to treasure. 1. Speak to a healthcare provider Your parent's GP should have an idea of how they'll cope with different modes of transport. Long-haul flights may not be suitable ...

More questions to ask when choosing a care home

... one year, suggesting that it's a really tough job. What's staff turnover like? Ideally carers are allocated to residents to ensure a continuity of care and the opportunity to build relationships. That's not going to happen if there's a high staff turnover, which happens in ...

When helpers become the enemy

... was the beginning of a mental condition that was to blight him for the next 25 years. As the years went on my parents continued to deteriorate, and inevitably it got to the stage where they needed outside help. The trouble was that their requirements were radically ...

How to manage your parent's financial affairs

... they'll permit you to make any substantial changes to the account, policy, etc. and even more unlikely that they'll allow you to continue to deal with them on over the phone. This is understandable as, notwithstanding the number of security questions asked, the organisation ...

Safe walking in winter for older people

... pose a challenge to those who are more fragile and less stable. On the other hand it's good for anyone of any age to continue to get out and about for at least 20 minutes each day. Not only is it healthy but research has found that a ...

Introducing Joseph Pip – a superior meals delivery service

... ready-meals service that people can actually enjoy every day. It's called Joseph Pip. There's a massive drive right now towards enabling people to continue living independently at home even as they start to find some activities harder or develop difficult challenges such as dementia. But there's more ...

Reaching the other side of dementia care

... to private, sheltered accommodation was arranged. This required a lot of effort and energy from my older brother and me. The illness continued to take hold and three daily visits by carers were arranged and also a private daily carer who did laundry and some cleaning. ...

Shall I invite Dad to live with us?

... telling you you're being a bad daughter? It's probably a good idea to think whether these messages are still valid- otherwise you will continue to feel increasingly bad about the situation or else cave in in a weak moment, move your father in and potentially end up ...

Helping parents to avoid depression

... Help retiring parents to prepare for change. Suggest they consider new activities in retirement that provide social interaction, a sense of purpose, continuing participation, and even an income. If an income isn't a necessity, then volunteering in the community is a meaningful way to ...