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

... with a "primary health need" could be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare financial support but it's not a service that's widely advertised. Independent adviser Roger D Burgess describes what he has learned from helping families to make their claims. NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) is ...

Dad, dementia and connecting through art

... Peter Scott, after advancing dementia had caused a collapse in communication between them. My dad was an architect and a very capable and independent individual. He was a practical man who always had a solution to every problem. It's been a gradual process of realising that ...

How I coped with my mum's dementia

... juggling work and family life all over again. My mum was determined to stay in her own home. She had always been fiercely independent but there was more to it than this. She seemed to be completely unaware that anything was wrong with her. Initially we ...

And Fred came too: the struggle to care for a step-parent

... eventually Mummy met and married Fred, who was some years her senior. He was besotted with her and they led a happy and independent life for some years. Because of his age I had always thought that Fred would be the first to go and that I ...

What does the increase in silver divorces mean for adult children?

... stigma of divorce has pretty well disappeared for our parents' generation. Today's retiring women have been employed for longer and many are financially independent and have their own pensions. They don't have to stay in an unhappy relationship to maintain stability. That said it's both men ...

How speech therapy can improve communication

... our decisions, needs and opinions verbally. It's the basis of forming relationships. When anyone loses their voice, they risk losing their independence and their relationships. It's important to remember that communication is a two-way process it's about expressing, but also understanding, a message ...

Balancing dementia care with a full-time career

... . Dad had to be made a ward of the Court of Protection. Mum's 57 year marriage had effectively ended. Instead of her independent, home-loving husband, she was in a whirlwind of incontinence pads, catheters and rubber mattresses. I found myself, as Dad's ...

How to arrange a community care assessment

... living. A specialist assessment looks at a particular health issue to determine whether it's affecting your parent's quality of life their ability to live independently and communicate effectively on their own behalf. A comprehensive assessment is the most detailed and takes into account your parent's personal care and ...

Is loneliness now an epidemic among the elderly?

... Loneliness is a complex issue which can be a symptom of physical, emotional and social isolation.Elderly people who have lost loved ones, their independence or mobility must rely on friends, neighbours and relatives to keep them company and assist them with day-to-day living. If they're left ...

What does a hospice do?

... psychological care, pain and symptom control, physiotherapy, complementary therapies (massages, reflexology etc) and rehabilitation to help your parent remain independent while facing a terminal illness. How can hospice care help me? During the course of your parent's illness and after their death ...