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Family member needs care? Applying for Attendance Allowance

... ask. What does the form want? Mostly there are pages of questions about the level of help required around day-to-day living, recent falls, professional help received, care currently being provided, level of supervision required and help needed at night as well as during the ...

How to cope with early onset dementia

... much more difficult and may stop altogether. They might have to give up work or stop driving, even holidaying to foreign destinations could fall out of reach your parent may no longer remember where they live. We, of course, don't want to scaremonger but if ...

How to find the right insurance for your parent's pet

... the terms and conditions before choosing a pet insurance plan as the level of cover and what is included differ but in general most plans fall into one of two categories: Lifetime pet insurance Non-lifetime pet insurance Lifetime pet insurance does exactly what it says on the tin. ...

Tips on getting the right care at home

... 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 help/companionship for example a general home help or shopper which doesn't. Given ...

How can MySupportBroker help your parent coordinate care?

... by the social workers, who have duty of care, it's my responsibility to ensure that when he comes home from hospital he doesn't fall through the cracks.When George came in to hospital his daughters were concerned for his welfare and how they could help to maintain his quality ...

Caring for a mother-in-law with cancer

... my husband who'd been diagnosed with lung cancer a year and a half earlier, and I knew the lion's share of her care would fall to me. "Care" varies greatly from person to person. My mother-in-law's care was going to take centre stage for a ...

Talking about dementia - blogging and how it helps

... is the ability to find things out and then have the chance to pass on information to others that makes blogging worthwhile. Sometimes information falls seamlessly into our laps, much can now be found with the flimsiest of research, but to unearth other vital nuggets it can ...

Understanding the options in elder care

... , short-stay care is a great option if you're planning to take a holiday and are worried about leaving them alone. Also if you fall ill and need some time to recover, respite care can be used to make sure your loved one can still receive the level ...

Helping parents to avoid depression

... parents may be more 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, ...

Saving money on your parents' energy bills

... process". Often energy suppliers will only deal with the account holder which means that unless your impersonation skills are up to scratch you'll fall at the first hurdle. Account security is hard to bypass. Most suppliers have a Priority Services Register that your parents can request ...