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How can I coordinate my parent's care?

... ? eldercare, nhs, communication, health care, As our parents get older their health issues can become complex. At one level hospital consultants are experts in their field but can be focused on the one issue without reference to anything else your parent is being treated ...

Cruise review: recuperative, fun or a health challenge?

... needs to get away from it all for a bit. The time was right for a break. Dad was taking a breather from hospital appointments and was happy for the nursing home to take care of his needs. I'd had a bruising few months and felt in ...

The Care Act 2014 - what does it mean for you?

... care or support. Individuals may approach the local authority directly for an assessment or be referred by a third party, such as a hospital or GP. The purpose of the assessment is to identify a person's needs and consider whether these needs are eligible for care and ...

Product review: EIO Emergency Smartcard

... In an emergency it would be good for those who need to know to have instant access to information about medical conditions, medications, hospital history and living arrangements, as well as emergency contacts. This smart card from EIO Technologies could provide that service- if it ...

Respecting my parents' wishes

... she felt comfortable. Of course mum said almost immediately that she didn't want me to fuss over her or adapt my life around her hospital visits and appointments, she just wanted me to get on with things essentially to behave as normally as possible. So that night ...

Planning a funeral: Answers for the bereaved

... . What to do first when someone dies? The first step to be taken is to collect a medical certificate from a GP or hospital doctor. You will then need to register the death within 5 days (or 8 days if in Scotland). How you ...

Balancing dementia care with a full-time career

... with Alzheimer's whilst working as a full-time academic. I was expecting people for supper when the phone rang. Dad had been rushed into hospital. I should come immediately. I had just enough time to throw together some things and cycle as fast as I had ever ...

What can a pharmacist do for your parent?

... simply a "Pharmacist" both fulfil exactly the same role in your parent's healthcare. Generally there are two types of pharmacists community and hospital. Community pharmacists are responsible for dispensing both prescription and non-prescription medicines as well as providing over-the-counter advice on medicines and possible side effects ...

5 tips for preventing falls in the home

... helping older people to avoid having those falls. With more than six years' experience as an ICU Nurse at some of the top hospitals in the USA, such as The Cleveland Clinic and Duke University Hospital, I have seen thousands of patients who struggle with the ...

How to cope with bereavement

... ways to manage which might include medication. How should my workplace support me? If your parent has a fall, is admitted to hospital unexpectedly, is close to passing away or passes suddenly you have the statutory right to a "reasonable" amount of time off ...