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What to do when a parent dies

... the doctors there. If your parent died at home, their GP or the hospital should help. If the death occurred in a public place, the emergency services are likely to be involved, with possibly a post mortem if there is a referral to the coroner ...

Planning a funeral: Answers for the bereaved

... . Beyond this there are very specific services that a funeral director will provide, including: Helping with the selection of a suitable coffin Transporting the deceased to the private chapel of rest Taking care of the deceased (including washing and dressing for a final visit from friends ...

Helping parents to avoid depression

... enough to affect quality of life the Foundation emphasises that depression isn't an inevitable feature of ageing and many people enjoy later life. While public bodies in government, health and education all have a role to play, we too can help our parents to avoid the condition ...

Tips on getting the right care at home

... find virtually anything, from 24/7, 7-days- a-week live in care to companionship, personal care, light housework, local transport, meal preparation and/or specialist dementia care. Care is not necessarily about people in uniforms care in the home should be ...

When dementia brings death to your door

... of life care from helping look after her mum, but had no idea what was in store caring for someone with dementia. By publically sharing the ups and downs of her Dad's disease, and indeed her relationship with him, Jill hoped to increase people's awareness and ...

Hearing service cuts in the NHS

... form of hearing loss. With cuts continuing throughout the NHS, it seems unlikely that this situation will improve, even with the adverse publicity that Action on Hearing has managed to stir up. Action on Hearing offers recommendations, though we don't know what impact they will ...

How can we reduce loneliness among the elderly?

... social isolation as partners, friends and relatives pass away in later life. The Social Care Institute for Excellence defines loneliness as a "public health issue" and stresses the importance of social relationships for the elderly. Contact with people outside of their home can become a ...

Why treating varicose veins effectively is vital to leg health

... a surgery, then a visiting GP or District Nurse can make the referral is to a vascular service as a scan is essential. Transport will be needed to get to the appointment. What is the vascular service? A "vascular service" is defined as a ...

FAQ: Appointing Lasting Power of Attorney

... take to set up an LPA? Preparing an LPA can be done pretty quickly and registration of the document at the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) can take as little as 6 weeks if no objections are raised. How do we use an LPA? ...

Dignity in dying and care for the living

... encourage more of the same." Amanda is taking her message on the road. Her dignity tour is open to members of the public keen to share her insights and develop their skills in this area. "We have to tackle this issue head on. Day-to-day ...