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Coming home - or at least nearby

... away, and so this leaves the weekends to see mum. I am very happy to be with her, but it is a responsibility. She knows that I feel that. When Mum lived away, I didn't feel such a deep responsibility for her happiness and ...

Where do retirement living apartments fit into our life plan?

... monitoring, buildings insurance, maintenance and running costs of communal and external areas, and an estate management fee. Residents at Springhill are responsible for the maintenance and running costs within their apartments. Probably the biggest and most important difference compared with "normal" apartments is ...

Tips on juggling work, family – and two parents with dementia

... . I was very wary about accepting my husband's help because I felt that caring for my parents was my job. The level of responsibility and care needed was only possible because of my love for my parents and I began to think that "once this was over ...

Will I inherit mum's Alzheimer's?

... all this going on and we're struggling to come to terms with dementia in the family, mid-life angst, and the stress of caring responsibilities it's easy to imagine the worst. Like ageing and the menopause, dementia also causes memory loss. But in addition it impairs ...

What to expect from your chosen care home

... parties and can be useful if your parent leaves the home for any reason. It's unreasonable for a home to say they take no responsibility for loss of your parent's possessions and clothes. The most common complaint is finding another resident wearing that wonderful outfit from M& ...

Bridging the distance between us

... my father's condition worsened. Even though my journeys north increased as the challenges grew, it was my brother who took on the huge responsibility of caring for our parents and I will always be very grateful to him.* This is part two of a two-part story ...

Carers support groups, can they help?

... can feel daunting but you can learn from those who're further down the caring path and be reassured that they're doing ok despite their many responsibilities. It's good to hear valuable advice from people who've been there before. Improving our day-to-day life. Learning how to be an ...

How to make downsizing a good experience

... small electrical from the mattresses. Living in Kenya for three years taught me that rubbish isn't for collection, it's for redistribution. Recycle responsibly. The occasional sobering trip to the tip might help all of us consume a little more responsibly and see the worthlessness of too ...

Is a pet for your parent a good idea?

... all sorts of mental, emotional and physical health benefits. They encourage social interaction bridging the gap between young and old. They're a responsibility and routine setter- something for an elderly person to get up for in the morning. They're also a source of entertainment and ...

Travelling with a parent who has dementia

... your parent's care needs are being met. This allows you both to enjoy the holiday without worrying about everyday caring tasks, alleviating the responsibility from your shoulders. They key is good communication, and keeping those channels with your parent's medical provider open before, during and ...