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Retiring to the country - 8 things to discuss before your parents decide

... want to take on a large house and all its demands? The "Over The Hill" drama short highlights the issues that could present themselves when maintaining a larger house. If you find a home the right size, will it be suitable for your needs as ...

How tea parties help to ward off loneliness

... if she wants to talk but if she doesn't then that's absolutely fine. Recently I celebrated my birthday and she gave me a little present and a card which was lovely. I think the elderly who attend our monthly gatherings really enjoy interacting with younger people. It's ...

Dementia care – How to find the help you need

... who suffer from dementia home care is the ideal setting for our parent. Familiar surroundings reassure parents who are struggling to remain in the present and the presence of family members can provide added support. But for those of us caring for our parent at home the stress ...

Carers support groups, can they help?

... group Eldercare is reaching crisis levels and will only get worse. It makes sense to believe that someone who has gone through what you're presently experiencing will have valuable lessons to pass on. It's helpful to put faith in those who're on the same path as you and ...

Father's Day gift guide

... Lord's endorsed bench from Scotts of Thrapston's starts at 1,200 and the Lord's Clock Tower from 3,000. The past, present and future Sainsbury's is selling a whole range of 'Dad's Army' themed products such as flasks, mugs and socks. The range ...

How to appeal against a NHS Continuing Healthcare assessment

... they may ask you to fill in an appeals questionnaire in which you can state the reasons why you're challenging their decision as well as present evidence to support your claim. You will have 6 months from the date of the decision concerning your parent's eligibility for NHS Continuing ...

How to make downsizing a good experience

... . The outcome is so much more positive than a few pounds in the bank for 50-year-old "too good to be used" wedding presents. SellOkay if you must. This is usually the most tedious and unrewarding part of the downsizing process. Sometimes I have seen ...

10 good reasons for older people to get into social media

... their horizons. Sharing funny or insightful content creates opportunities to engage with new social groups and start new conversations. To research past and present Former actress Pauline Dale received basic IT training at her care home near Milton Keynes, as part of a project to get older ...

Who takes responsibility when it's a more distant relative who needs help?

... a family conference to talk this through? Ideally, this should be held face to face on neutral ground with all the key players present. If not, then it might need to be a phone or Skype conference call (if anyone is savvy enough to set ...

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

... only find out when they receive their copy of the DST, normally by post.) It is the duty of the coordinator to present the signed DST along with its recommendations to the CCG panel for final confirmation. As mentioned earlier, when the MDT recommendation is ...