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Christmas gifts for our parents

... doesn't "do" technology or has short-term memory loss. We love Kindle Paperwhite because we found we could read it in a darkened hospital ward without putting the light on. Do you have a parent who can never find their specs? We know people who have ...

Why do I need to know about Personal Health Budgets now?

... currently offers us a level of choice in how we access support, such as being able to choose our GP surgery and electing which hospital we might attend for an operation. In 2009, the NHS took further steps to personalise the care and support it delivers and ...

Preparing for live-in care – what you need to know

... relative. What will I need on a daily basis? If your relative is bedridden- then it will be preferable to have a hospital bed that has features for enhancing comfort, such as variable height for the bed, the ability to raise the head or feet ...

Tips on buying travel insurance for medical conditions

... what we've learned. 1. Travel insurance is important if you're travelling abroad as it will cover at least some of the cost of hospital care and repatriation if necessary. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) cover (which replaced the old E111 in 2006) ...

How do I cope with caregiver guilt?

... which doesn't help her mobility. My wife suffers terribly from the guilt of having to do a lot of things doctor, dentist and hospital appointments, shopping, house, garden, car, etc but not wanting to have to do it sometimes. My mother-in-law is ...

Caring for a disabled mother-in-law

... to be hospitalised for 16 weeks for 2 fractures to both collar bones we knew she was deteriorating fast. After she was out of hospital my mother-in-law tried to remain independent despite living with debilitating conditions but a medication change meant that she began to suffer from delusions which ...

I am ham. Or jam

... , you're back in the driving seat, visiting your parents, collecting the shopping and taking in the grand tour of local surgeries and hospitals. For many, it's worse than this. It's not a sequential activity. The needs of our children and our parents are ...

How do I help my elderly parent bathe?

... . Hoists seem so undignified and uncomfortable. How can this process be managed well by carers and family? Hoists are mainly used in hospitals, care homes and are for patients that are completely bedridden rather than those who just require a little bit of support. Care ...

Tips for caring from a distance

... can pick up a phone or use a keyboard from anywhere. Taking away the stress of making appointments remotely with dentists, chiropodists, hospitals and even taxis is incredibly freeing for worried parents. As parents accept more help, they'll receive a growing number of visitors to ...

Expectations in dementia care

... that heady mix of wee and disinfectant. Maybe that is setting my sights rather low, but there are many places in homes and hospitals where you can't get away from it. I took this as a good sign. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a ...