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How to help your elderly parent avoid malnutrition

... If your parent isn't getting out as much as they used to it's likely their appetite will lessen as they use less energy. The NHS recommends that older women eat no less than 1200 and no more than 2000 calories a day and older men eat no less than ...

When dementia brings death to your door

... to expect for Dad. The nurses and doctors weren't always very good at helping me to know. It was an Out of Hours NHS 24 Doctor who told me about the 'Just in Case' drugs. Doctors no longer carry drugs so if someone needs a strong ...

What happens during a cataract operation?

... faster than that. I think I got a priority appointment as it was so far developed. Like a lot of things in the NHS, waiting lists vary in different areas, but generally it's not bad for cataracts. Then, the operation The cataract operation was ...

Product review: EIO Emergency Smartcard

... time. Once you're into the site it's very easy to enter and edit data: Owner: first and last name Date of Birth NHS number and GP details Emergency contacts: With name, relationship and phone number Medical conditions: A very useful space to include any ...

What to look for in mobility aids for your parents

... their kitchen, providing ramps and walking aids or wheelchairs. The advice and support from an OT is in many cases available on the NHS by referral from your parent's doctor or your parent may decide to employ a private OT. Whichever route they choose, an OT ...

More questions to ask when choosing a care home

... is particularly true of out-of-hours services during the night and weekends. How are relations with the local hospital? There's little choice about which NHS hospital your parent can visit, but asking about service at the local hospital is a good move. If a parent is taken ...

Can the BBC Care Calculator really help to predict the cost of care?

... an estimate and that it does not constitute financial advice. If you found this article helpful you may like to read: What is NHS Continuing Healthcare funding and what are the myths about claiming it? The rules about care fee funding and deprivation of assets What are ...

How to find the right travel insurance for your parent

... in the UK Parents who're used to holidaying in the UK might not see the need for travel insurance as they can rely on the NHS if someone falls ill. It's important to remember that travel insurance covers your parents if their belongings are stolen or perhaps they have ...

Enjoying nature and the outdoors with a family member with dementia

... may also like to read: The health benefits of plants Autumn outings soothe mum's dementia Read more practical tips Exercises for older people from NHS Choices Walking for Health offers over 3,000 free, short walks every week. Search facility on the website for your nearest ...

Thoughts on living with an enlarged prostate

... much has been produced. If the prostate has not sorted itself out naturally, there are a number of courses of action. The NHS offers treatments in the form of lifestyle advice, medication, some surgery options and possible laser treatment. If you're willing to pay ...