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How to safely lift your parent

... your parent mobility, occupational therapist, stand aid, hoist, electric chair One of our lovely readers, Jane, asked us the ... question: "How can I and my husband safely, and confidently, lift his 89 year old mum upright out of her chair ...

Tips on avoiding electrical danger in the home

... Tips on avoiding electrical danger in the home INDEPENDENCE, ELECTRICAL SAFETY, APPLIANCES, ELDERCARE Electrical Safety First's report, "A shock to the System", found that more than a million people aged over 75 live in homes which fail the UK Government's Decent Home ...

Choosing a car for the older driver

... which are especially good for those who do mainly town driving. Electric cars are also becoming more popular for short runs but you need ... for those who need to carry a walking frame or a wheel chair. Making the most of technology More and more cars have technology ...

How to keep your parent safe and prevent wandering

... or relative will be alerted. These sensors can be used in different areas around the house according to where your parent frequently wanders. Chair Occupancy Sensors. If your parent spends a lot of time in their favourite chair then an occupancy sensor can help to determine when ...

Summer energy saving tips for your parents

... bill soaring in the summer? Whether your parents are turning up the air conditioning, using more water to run showers or using more electricity to power a fan that keeps them cool indoors, there's one result that is guaranteed and that's the cost. According to a ...

How to make household tasks easier for elderly parents

... even be dangerous when they're managing on their own.To help your parent avoid the challenge of standing on ladders unaided or perhaps balancing on a chair to reach dusty spots you could try a telescopic feather duster. This does the stretching and reaching for them.Long-handled dustpan and brush sets ...

Caring for a dad with dementia, blindness and hearing loss

... from mum but fortunately this one is less of a crisis than many others. Dad has walked unaided and sat himself in a low chair from which neither he nor mum can move him. When I arrive dad is singing a hymn at the top of his voice ...

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

... armchair or sofa can be problematic if someone is weak because this type of seating tends to be lower to the ground than an ordinary chair. Elephant feet, which raise the sofa to a more comfortable level, are beneficial in that case. Similarly, alarmed pressure ...

Saving money on your parents' energy bills

... useful information that may save your parents a bit of money on their energy bills. Whether you or your parents manage their gas and electricity, we've compiled a list of schemes and handy tips to help clarify those complex energy bills. The choices depend on how your ...

How to prepare for your parent moving in

... Parents with poor vision or mobility issues may take time to adjust to a new home with a different furniture layout to their own. Chairs and tables with protruding legs may need to be repositioned in order to prevent trips and falls and narrow walkways between furniture may need ...