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Tips to continue business as usual when your parent needs you

... , it gets even harder. Here are a few tips for keeping in the loop wherever you are in their home, at a hospital, or in a care home. Outsmart (phone) the rest For many businesses smartphones for staff are a given. If ...

10 questions to ask before choosing a care home

... mobility issues? If your parent is injured or has a health complication does the home have their own transport to take them to the hospital? If not, can an ambulance get to site quickly? There are lots of things to think about. Are there enough ...

Family member needs care? Applying for Attendance Allowance

... and help needed at night as well as during the day. There's a section to fill in if the applicant is currently in a hospital or care home. You're also asked for a statement from someone who knows the applicant (not the person completing it on their ...

What does a hospice do?

... grief When a parent reaches end of life or has a terminal illness it can be difficult to care for them full-time at home. Hospitals are not an ideal place to end one's days, but a hospice can provide the care and peace to make for a good ...

Dad, dementia and connecting through art

... thought his behaviour was odd but never did I suspect dementia. Just before Christmas he fell in the early hours and was taken to hospital. It was after that that he received a diagnosis. They score dementia out of 10 (where 10 is completely normal) ...

Who wants to listen to what you think?

... asking about patient experiences and in some cases acting on them. We've talked elsewhere about the Friends and Family test. If you use hospital services you're likely to be asked to complete a form asking whether you would recommend that department or ward to a friend or member ...

Hearing service cuts in the NHS

... Action on Hearing (previously known as the RNID) may hold the answer. Research, by the charity, shows that some NHS hospitals are lengthening the waiting time to get an initial appointment and then for check-ups also. Moreover, when patients are seen, they ...

What to do when a parent dies

... parent, or someone has notified you without doing anything more, the first thing to do is call your parent's GP surgery or the hospital and they'll give you advice on what needs to happen next. What to do in the first few days 1. Get a ...

Talking about dementia - blogging and how it helps

... I also realised quite quickly that I wanted an outlet for my fury at the things which make life unnecessarily harder the cack-handedness of a hospital consultant, the thoughtlessness of a neighbour, the stupidity of the BBC all of which got dealt a generous helping of my irritation ...

Is a pet for your parent a good idea?

... expensive it's likely to be. Sometimes slightly more expensive insurance is best as it covers things like boarding fees should your parent go into hospital. MoneySupermarket offers a guide to pet health insurance detailing the ins and outs of pet policies for those of us who're having a ...