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Enjoying nature and the outdoors with a family member with dementia

... leaves or grasses, as natural physical reminders or note the sightings of trees, flowers, birds and animals as these can often trigger memories or personal connections. If an outing is too much to handle logistically, then don't forget that you can do all these activities ...

How to report medical negligence in a care home

... or not. Valuing your claim The value of your claim will depend on a number of issues including pain, suffering and likely future losses (such as ongoing care requirements). Compensation will be made up of 'general' damages relating to pain, suffering and loss ...

How I coped with my mum's dementia

... use household appliances and talking about people who had died as if they were still alive. Finally, we took her to the "memory clinic' and she was diagnosed with "Dementia in Alzheimer's disease". It felt terrifying. We thought that meant she was ...

What to do if you suspect abuse in your parent's care home

... defines the signs as follows: Physical unexplained injuries, bruising, unusually shaped burns, malnutrition and bed ulcers Psychological inability to sleep, loss of appetite, anxiety, confusion or fearfulness Neglect unexplained weight loss, inappropriate clothing and poor physical condition Discrimination uncharacteristic expressions of anger ...

Planning a funeral: Answers for the bereaved

... a time like this? The average funeral today costs 3,456, whilst the average costs for additional services, such as a memorial, flowers and catering is 2,006 (Daily Mail 2014). These costs are far from insignificant and while you will ...

My strategy for coping with grief

... routine and lots of treats. He tried equally as hard to stay with us even though his body was breaking down. Coping with loss When my dad passed away, I felt like an orphan even though I am the youngest of six, my siblings still alive ...

Remembering the real mum

... been before she became ill. Now it's slowly starting to come back, at least for me, and I am grateful. My memory was sparked by Boxing Day lunch. For complicated reasons, my dad felt he couldn't join us at our house for Christmas. ...

Improvements in accessibility in public transport

... an important role to play in providing assistance." The Stagecoach strategy aims to deliver an improved service to those who have experienced sight loss through the following principles: Drivers must stop for any waiting passengers at any designated stop on their route. Drivers must assist blind ...

How to cope with sleep problems in the elderly

... the television or reading a book in the evening will help to calm the body and distract your parent from dwelling on negative thoughts or memories. Be comfortable. If your parent's bed or bedding is uncomfortable or irritating it could cause them to lose out on sleep. ...

The plight of Parkinson's

... In honour of Parkinson's Awareness Week 2013 we have a special story from the grandchild of Britain's leading 20th-century naval historian whose death marked the loss of a great man who gave his all as a naval officer, father, grandfather and historian. Parkinson's made him pay the ...