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And Fred came too: the struggle to care for a step-parent

... its own decisions! I lived closer to Mummy and Fred than my brother and sisters, so it made sense that I took on responsibility for my mother's welfare as she grew older. I had no problem with that because we enjoyed a good relationship. I even ...

Top tips for keeping the scammers out

... note of their local officer's name and telephone number near the door or telephone, the resident can be ready with a helpful but safe response. If it is someone offering to do work, the best thing to do is ask for a written quote and business card ...

How can flexible working hours help me look after my elderly parent?

... parents without having to take sick leave or eat into your allotted holiday. This is a positive change for those of us balancing eldercare responsibilities with mounting work and social commitments not to mention caring for our own family's needs. The government is now urging employers to consider ...

How I coped with my mum's dementia

... particular interest to me. If things at home aren't going so well it's going to affect performance at work. I realised that becoming responsible for my mum's wellbeing was similar to being a single parent. I was facing similar issues of juggling work and family life all ...

How your employer can retain the skills of working carers

... to juggle and end up doing nothing as well as they would like. But there are ways that employers can support staff with caring responsibilities that can help to lift the load and make sure everyone can give the performance to which they aspire. Here are ten suggestions ...

What can a pharmacist do for your parent?

... both fulfil exactly the same role in your parent's healthcare. Generally there are two types of pharmacists community and hospital. Community pharmacists are responsible for dispensing both prescription and non-prescription medicines as well as providing over-the-counter advice on medicines and possible side effects. Hospital pharmacists are responsible ...

Shall I invite Dad to live with us?

... of looking after our older people. Most of us in our "middle years" have been brought up to think that it's our responsibility to look after our parents when they get older. Some of us may indeed want to do that or simply feel like it's ...

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

... be part of the coordinator's role as they also has a duty to attend the meeting themselves. Failure to attend and assume their proper responsible position means that they are unable to comply with page 15 paragraph 34 of the Decision Support Tool. Coordinator separation Page 71 paragraph ...

How to prepare for your parent moving in

... the main bathroom and even altering the layout of the downstairs toilet can help your parent to remain independent for longer and eases your own responsibilities especially if they use a wheelchair. Assistive aids As our parents age they may require various aids and equipment to help them maintain ...

I'm struggling with my aunt's reliance on me as her carer

... . J Lesley replies Dear J Your aunt is lucky to have such a kind and dutiful niece. It's often hard to know whose responsibility it is to look after our parents when they get older. It can be even harder to know what's reasonable or "the ...