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How dad's humour eased his death

... to eat. At times I felt angry with her, at others I wanted to weep and hold her close, but sadly our relationship had never allowed for that. I was the baby of my family at 34, and dad had always been my parent. ...

How can I coordinate my parent's care?

... want to discuss to make sure your parent gets the most out of their appointment. With the NHS changes calling for transparency in doctor-patient relationships your parent should now receive letters from their various consultants and care providers explaining their prognoses as well as their proposed treatment plans. ...

How to cope with your parent's Parkinson's diagnosis

... declines but enabling your parent to enjoy life with Parkinson's will help with their emotional wellbeing and reassure them that nothing has changed in their relationship with you. A positive mental attitude Focusing on the positive ways you can help your parent instead of worrying about how to prevent ...

Myths about Lasting Powers of Attorney

... a health and welfare LPA (or Court of Protection order), no-one is authorised to act on your behalf, regardless of their relationship to you. "If I make a health and welfare LPA, someone else can overrule my end of life wishes"A ...

Will I inherit mum's Alzheimer's?

... number skills, abstract reasoning, and the ability to plan and organise things. Dementia can also affect personality and mood and change family relationships. Someone with dementia is often trying very hard to figure out how to do something or to remember a piece of information but ...

How to arrange a community care assessment

... your parent's needs. It reviews your parent's medical history, their physical and mental well-being and medication to see whether it's adversely affecting their relationships, communication skills or daily living. A specialist assessment looks at a particular health issue to determine whether it's affecting your parent's quality ...

How can we reduce loneliness among the elderly?

... 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 lifeline for those who're less mobile and frail improving their ...

Caring for a disabled mother-in-law

... times I've felt trapped but catching her legs with the car door taking her home from the school nativity created a new twist to our relationship. What would have caused a small dent or bruise to healthy legs caused leg ulcers from hell which took 18 months of care ...

How to claim a lost pension

... should have been up until their death then you can trace the scheme they were enrolled in by following the steps above. Proof of relationship will most likely be required by the employer or insurance company but they should release the funds to immediate family members once a solid ...

Supporting dementia carers at work

... mentor them. Adapting the model to suit their culture, geography and size, they are now creating a Carer Network. A new relationship is building- they have provided talks on Lasting Power of Attorney and monthly drop in sessions for all Met Office colleagues. We ...