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In praise of district nurses

... is that so much of their work is supporting elderly people with unsexy issues. I would say, if you have doubts about the NHS, you can still put your faith in district nurses.Sometimes a district nurse is also a regular source of companionship for parents who feel ...

Can an Admiral Nurse help in dementia care?

... your parent. Do I have to pay for an Admiral Nurse? Admiral Nurse services are funded by charity Dementia UK and supported by NHS Trusts as well as other not-for-profit organisations and as such are heavily reliant on charitable donations. However this means you should never have ...

How to keep your parent's fridge fresh and organised

... parent has the munchies. For more information on how to help your parent eat healthily and store food safely visit Nutritionist Resource and the NHS website. If you found this article helpful, why not join the family? Rebecca Lenton ...

What are the retirement housing options for my parents?

... a growing number of online directories to help you choose a home, such as carehome.co.uk, Housingcare.org and the Good Care Guide. The NHS also has a directory that allows you to search for specific types of care by selecting various tabs. Read our tips on choosing ...

Are films a form of reminiscence for ageing parents?

... cultural resources to improve the quality of life of Liverpool's elderly residents. Resources like Memory Bank can play an increasing useful role as the NHS and social services try to meet the demands of caring for our ageing society. The films provide a powerful means for building communication ...

How to keep your elderly parent cool in hot weather

... in the summer sun for a long period of time. For more information on how to keep your parent cool in hot weather the NHS has a downloadable Heatwave advice guide as well as information on how to be prepared for soaring temperatures. Public Health England has issued ...

5 reasons to retire overseas

... moving on a permanent or semi-permanent basis from the UK to a non-EEA country, emigrants are required to give up their rights to either NHS or EHIC healthcare. While some destinations have similar services in place, others do not, and private health insurance will be required ...

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

... important.In some cases an "amyloid" scan can clarify whether Alzheimer's disease is present or not. These scans aren't currently available on the NHS and cost around 2000 privately.The earlier the diagnosis, the better the effect of treatment. Recent advances in medical imaging allow doctors to ...

Helping your parents with toilet problems and incontinence

... for other health conditions. How to manage incontinence? As well as medically treating incontinence there are many products available privately and through the NHS that your parent can use to help them manage the condition. Depending on the type of incontinence your parent has they could use ...

How a game of pairs helped gauge grandad's dementia

... on as a family rather than feel put upon by a clinician coming into his home and formally assessing his condition. Often within the NHS elderly patients can feel like a spectacle. Using a traditional game like pairs has really helped us gauge grandad's decline. Without fail ...