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Preparing for live-in care – what you need to know

... onto a commode. This equipment is mostly organised through an occupational therapist or district nurse via the local surgery and is supplied on the NHS, although in some circumstances families will purchase the bed. If the older person requires walking aids or is prone to falls, ...

When a heart attack leads to angioplasty

... When a heart attack leads to angioplasty heart surgery, healthcare, nhs, exercise, story, This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous. An angioplasty unblocks arteries and puts a stent in place to keep the artery open. It can be a swift solution ...

The Care Act 2014 - what does it mean for you?

... adults and carers promotion of diversity and quality in provision of services co-operation generally and in specific cases with third parties, such as the NHS Assessing needs of the care user and carers Local authorities are required to assess the needs of individuals who may require care and support ...

Treatment and care to slow the progress of dementia

... to help prolong life span. A variety of drugs are used to prevent the worsening of symptoms, with some treatments available on the NHS. Sadly, it seems that those who live in more affluent areas in England are 27% more likely to be prescribed anti-dementia ...

Walking the hospital corridors in dad's shoes

... about their experience of life as a hospital in-patient and shares how they came to appreciate their dad's perspective after seeing behind the curtain of NHS patient care.I'm not normally a hospital patient. I do spend a great deal of time as a visitor and as a facilitator of ...

How to cope with bereavement

... process for you and your family. Pre-bereavement care is offered by most bereavement counsellors and can help you cope with your feelings. The NHS offers a number of bereavement support services as well as counselling and therapy sessions to help those coping with the loss of a loved ...

What does a hospice do?

... refer them to their nearest hospice but if you'd like to research the different options available to you within vicinity of your parent's home the NHS has a searchable database of hospice services on their site. Charity Help the Hospices also has a large directory of both local and ...

How to help your parent prevent heart disease

... be hard to break the habit of a lifetime but gentle encouragement from family may help them steer clear of cigarettes. According to the NHS half of all long-term smokers are more likely to die early from diseases such as heart disease. Family history If your family has ...

How to cope when your parent has a stroke

... brain's blood supply is briefly interrupted and usually causes no permanent damage. How can I tell if someone is having a stroke? The NHS launched a Stroke Awareness Campaign a few years ago, outlining an acronym to help us all remember the warning signs of a stroke ...

How to help your parent live well with Multiple Sclerosis

... Botox treatment your parent will need a GP referral to an urologist who can advise your parent on the suitability of the procedure. The NHS have Continence Clinics across the UK that your parent can be referred to by their doctor to help manage their symptoms and The Bladder ...