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Reaching the other side of dementia care

... led me to be able to leave work when I wanted to. The course gives people the information they need to make choices about finances, pensions, wills and other things that are important. My social life is on the up too, and I can go ...

Tips for choosing a care home

... established well before you need to because once your parents lose the capacity to make decisions for themselves it becomes much harder to manage their finances. It's not true that you can't have control over their finances without it, but gaining EPA means that you'll have the authority ...

How to find the right life insurance for your parent

... place is easier said than done but discussing the benefits of life insurance with them could help them see that they'll not only protect family finances but their spouse's future should they have to continue on without them. It's not all about inheritance Depending on your relationship with your ...

How to make downsizing a good experience

... comes moving their belongings from the family home. When downsizing becomes a pressing need for a parent, due to illness, bereavement, finances or desire to be closer to family members, it's no longer just about relocating from one home to the next. It's a ...

Tips on dementia and the family fall-out

... difficult to understand. Sufferers often try to hide memory loss. Mum had been a matriarch. One brother helped greatly by managing her finances, but didn't get why he had to repeatedly stop mum doing things like changing her electricity provider when someone knocked on the door ...

What to do when a parent dies

... grant of representation. If you are the executor, decide if you need official documentation (grant of representation) to deal with their finances (known as their estate). You will normally need this if there is a property and it may be required by the ...

How does the care cap work?

... bill for their lifetime care. And there are implications for us too as we will almost certainly become involved in administering our parents' finances, assessing affordability of care and even selling their house where necessary. As before we have simply visualised the data graphically to look ...

Caring for a father with Parkinson's

... realising that there may come a time when he would be unable to make decisions for himself. My father's local authority was going to finance this move. In essence it was replacing the allowances etc he was getting and instead paying his fees. But then you also ...

How tradition makes living with dad the obvious choice

... is away! In our current setting, my husband and I take care of all the day-to-day expenditure. Dad runs a car and finances that himself. He will also contribute financially in other ways from time to time, such as for meals out, gifts for ...

What to look for in mobility aids for your parents

... required adaptations, and will work with the supplier of the products to arrange the supply and any necessary installation of equipment. Grants to finance the adaptations may be available and the OT would be able to give you and your parent advice on this. There are many ...