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Thoughts on living with an enlarged prostate

... a nurse with some expertise and then the release of urine from an over-full bladder. The chances are that catheters will be inserted in hospital while district nurses will be called upon to help with changing bags regularly in the home. Your father should be shown how to ...

Age and swallowing problems - how speech therapy helps

... coffee or lunch feature in your parent's social diary? If a swallowing problem is not identified it can lead to ongoing chest infections and hospital admissions. How do you identify a swallowing difficulty? A swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) can be indicated by complaints such as " ...

NHS fully-funded care for people with primary health needs – part 1

... duty to promote Continuing Healthcare at key locations. You would perhaps expect to see this information freely available in your surgery waiting rooms, hospitals, health centre, care and nursing homes, but you could be mistaken, because strangely enough the information is unlikely to be ...

When helpers become the enemy

... offer to house-sit was accepted. My mother then fell, badly, and started to fall regularly. She was in and out of hospital. She broke her arm and following an x-ray, bone cancer was detected. Bone cancer was the principal cancer and then she ...

Mum refuses help - what can we do?

... she'd been referred to. After numerous appointments and a new pill regime (strictly enforced) mum actually got worse and ended up in hospital. The stress of not feeling right, her pain and her many appointments had proved a bit too much she had a small ...

Tips on dementia and the family fall-out

... he called me if he happened to drop in on mum and something wasn't quite right. He didn't even rush to visit mum in hospital when she was taken ill with heart failure. His visit to the hospital lasted about 15 minutes as he was on his way ...

Slowing down

... us the same story for the third time in a week. So far, so good. But then we end up in a hospital waiting room. Waiting for our parent to see a specialist. Or get a scan. Or even waiting to go home. ...

Who takes responsibility when it's a more distant relative who needs help?

... , they are not doing so badly but my uncle, who came for Christmas lunch, collapsed and we had to take him to hospital which ruined the day, and things have been pretty fraught since then as well. While he's been recovering from major surgery social ...

How can flexible working hours help me look after my elderly parent?

... , carer, career As our parents get older they may start to face various health challenges. It can be difficult to fit their hospital and GP appointments into a full-time work schedule but with recent changes to flexible working legislation you can now apply to amend your contracted ...

How to cope when you're a whistleblower

... alarm to no avail.As a result of these ongoing investigations I've been diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder by my GP and referred to the hospital for cognitive behavioural therapy. However, my specialist believed that my case was too advanced- he was sorry but he wasn't qualified ...