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How can we reduce loneliness among the elderly?

... Arts CIC, The "Behind Closed Doors" project began with a series of taster sessions around 4 of Stafford and Rural Homes' Independent Living Schemes. From these taster sessions a core group was created to identify topics affecting over 55's that they wanted to explore. ...

Planning a funeral: Answers for the bereaved

... one of the two voluntary industry bodies. These are The National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) and the National Society of Allied Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF). Each of these bodies lay out expectations of their members. You should feel comfortable making initial enquiries ...

Care fees funding and deprivation of assets: the rules

... to move into care. This means that if the gift set out above is made when your parent is fit and healthy and living independently then the likelihood of the Local Authority successfully claiming that there has been deliberate deprivation of capital is much more remote. Is it ...

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 ...

Does my aunt need to be in a care home or not?

... honest conversation with your aunt. It's so hard for an older person to realise that they have to make changes and might lose their independence. Hard too for the families that have to discuss it with them. Perhaps some "tough love" will be necessary? ...

How can we tell if a parent has Alzheimer's disease? Part 2

... on drugs Avoiding other drugs that could make the condition worse Setting up Power of Attorney Educating carers Putting the wheels in motion to ensure independent living for as long as possible What about testing for hereditary factors?There are tests available to calculate your own genetic predisposition to ...

How to report medical negligence in a care home

... of the breach of duty and the harm caused to your parent. Your solicitor will review these factors as well as taking into account independent, expert medical opinions before advising you whether or not your claim is sufficiently strong to proceed with legal action. Funding your claim ...

What happens if a relative dies intestate?

... other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation. This article was published in April 2015. If you found this article useful you ...

Experiences in caring for a mum with dementia

... subject too dismal to cover. So Adam crowdfunded publication himself. The book has since become an Amazon Bestseller and has featured in the Independent and Telegraph newspapers. It's also been reviewed by David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, who said "I found Adam's account ...

What are pensioner bonds all about?

... post if they want a chance of being accepted for the offer. Find out more To find out more you can talk to an independent financial adviser such as Mantle FP (contactable on 020 8394 0954). The consumer-focused financial advice site moneysaving expert has a useful ...