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How to report medical negligence in a care home

... or not. Valuing your claim The value of your claim will depend on a number of issues including pain, suffering and likely future losses (such as ongoing care requirements). Compensation will be made up of 'general' damages relating to pain, suffering and loss ...

Caring for a mother-in-law with cancer

... , Steve, and I had been meeting her at one specialist after another in the hopes of finding the cause of her drastic weight loss and near-crippling depression. On an unusually cold and rainy day in September 2008 we attended a memorial service for one of her sisters-in-law ...

Christmas gifts for our parents

... Lightweight and easy to personalise for font size, but difficult to learn for anyone who doesn't "do" technology or has short-term memory loss. We love Kindle Paperwhite because we found we could read it in a darkened hospital ward without putting the light on. Do ...

Is there a "how to" on preventing and diagnosing dementia?

... dementia from normal ageing processes. Our experts suggest that we: Watch out for any very mild sign of "cognitive impairment" memory loss, depression, unusual behaviour, inappropriate behaviour etc. Try to help our parent to not be afraid to visit their GP with ...

Product review: adjustable multi-user spectacles

... the instructions as it's not intuitive, so best to work out how to use them before you need them. Suitable for? Long sight and short sight but not astigmatism. That might be an issue as most people I know seem to have been told they have ...

What to do if you suspect abuse in your parent's care home

... defines the signs as follows: Physical unexplained injuries, bruising, unusually shaped burns, malnutrition and bed ulcers Psychological inability to sleep, loss of appetite, anxiety, confusion or fearfulness Neglect unexplained weight loss, inappropriate clothing and poor physical condition Discrimination uncharacteristic expressions of anger ...

My strategy for coping with grief

... routine and lots of treats. He tried equally as hard to stay with us even though his body was breaking down. Coping with loss When my dad passed away, I felt like an orphan even though I am the youngest of six, my siblings still alive ...

Making homes safe from carbon monoxide poisoning

... sure everyone is aware of the symptoms or CO poisoning as they can easily be confused with flu: Headaches Dizziness Nausea Vomiting Confusion Memory loss Lethargy Breathlessness Collapse Loss of consciousness Act immediately If anyone suspects there is a CO leak of any description they should visit their GP ...

Tips on dementia and the family fall-out

... us. Recognise that people don't get it The problem with dementia is that it's difficult to understand. Sufferers often try to hide memory loss. Mum had been a matriarch. One brother helped greatly by managing her finances, but didn't get why he had to repeatedly ...

What to look for in mobility aids for your parents

... as personal style. As our parents get older, their mobility may start to become affected. Becoming less mobile can lead to a loss of self-esteem and confidence. They may need support to enable them to stay independent and continue to live in the comfort of their ...