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How to cope when your parent has a stroke

... or does one fall? Speech. Is your parent's speech slurred? Are they making sense? Time. If any of these signs present themselves you should call 999 right away. Other signs of an oncoming stroke can include: Dizziness Loss of balance Blurred vision Severe ...

How to cope when you're a whistleblower

... time he enters the room, and sometimes I freeze, unable to speak.In normal life, I'm not exactly confident, but I give presentations at conferences and travel to cities and towns I don't know, meeting new people all the time.Now, I often feel guilty for ...

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 ...

Will the "Friends and Family Test" make a difference to hospital care?

... of very poor care were discovered. If the promised supplementary questions are designed to reflect the concerns of the elderly, then it could present a great opportunity. We know that our elderly relatives become quite concerned about issues such as losing control of the medications that they ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...