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Practical projects bring people together in Men's Sheds

... mean that volunteer run Sheds can cost as little as 1500 to 8000 a year to run. Some Sheds move from being hosted to independence after a number of years. The growth of Men's Sheds in the UK The UK Men's Sheds Association (UKMSA) was formed ...

Why eating well is important in dementia

... progresses people may actually become unable to eat because they can't chew or swallow or even open their mouth. How we can help extend independent living While the advice from the review is focused on care homes there are ideas we can pull out to discuss with our parents ...

How to find the right car insurance for your parent

... the insurer to point you in the direction of a company that could help, as they have a responsibility to help consumers find an independent source of information that can offer assistance in finding affordable cover. This 'sign-posting' is required by The Equality Act and was agreed ...

Visiting grandparents in their new care home

... all. Reasons for the moveIf your parent has moved into a retirement home it could be that they have simply reached the point where independent living has become too difficult. They are essentially the same grandparents but slower and more fragile. They are recognised and recognise their ...

Autumn outings soothe mum's dementia

... to the day of me writing this. I've tried to keep doing whatever I could do with Mum irrespective of whether she is living independently or with help, but I know that children of other residents in the care home find it difficult to see past the professionals ...

Christmas gifts for our parents

... , a few driving booster lessons with an expert could be the answer, says our driving coach, and they'd offer a trusted and independent view on when it's time to start taking taxis instead. Food and drink If you only have one glass of wine a day ...

A quick guide to the Senior Railcard and Disabled Persons Railcard

... person's disability. Determining eligibility is much more complex with a Disabled Persons Railcard. The card is available for anyone who: Receives Personal Independence Payments (PIP ).The applicant will need to present a copy of their award letter. Receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at ...

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 ...

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 ...

What to put on your bucket list?

... history, take a walk around what can be quite substantial estates, and enjoy a decent cup of tea. There are plenty of independently owned homes available to tour as well. 11. Fly a bird of prey And why not? 12. Learn a new ...