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Tackling the emerging loneliness crisis for older men

... to increase by 65% by 2030 according to a report published in October 2014. Andrew Kaye, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Independent Age, one of the organisations behind the report, discusses whether loneliness is inevitable.Hardly a week seems to go by without another depressing ...

Myths about Lasting Powers of Attorney

... means they all have to agree every decision (including signing cheques), jointly and severally, which means that your attorneys can act independently from each other and would only require one signature (but they should still consult with each other), or jointly for some ...

Christmas gift guide for older parents and grandparents

... their sense of smell and mobility, so something extra tasty might be a great idea. And with the growing army of artisan, independent producers joining the more well-known names, there's plenty of choice. Paxton& Whitfield are offering a wide range of cheese-focused gifts at ...

10 questions to ask before choosing a care home

... parent moves into care it can be a shock to the system. The communal nature of care homes means that your parent's privacy and independence can become diminished as they're no longer in control of their own routine. Asking how much freedom is afforded to your parent in ...

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

... your parent receives will depend on their health and wellbeing needs and the goals that they hope to achieve, such as "maintaining their independence". Your parent's local NHS team should provide you with an estimated budget to help you and your parent plan their care and ...

Ready meals for the elderly - what's on the menu?

... when in fact you believe they would benefit from a hot meal every day you can request a brochure and order food for your parent independently. Charity-based services WRVS delivers both hot and frozen meals as part of their "Practical support at home" scheme to help the ...

Hearing service cuts in the NHS

... scale. There are indeed High St opticians and supermarkets who offer hearing tests and a limited selection of hearing aids. There are also independent audiologists who may operate from their own premises or rent a room in another shop or centre. The independents will have far more ...

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 ...

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 ...

NHS Continuing Healthcare: why it's important to have a coordinator

... GROUPS Claiming NHS Continuing Healthcare in the UK is an uphill struggle. Our expert Roger Burgess explains why it's so important to ensure an independent coordinator is appointed. Before you begin Find out more about NHS Continuing Healthcare and why your parent might claim it if they have ...