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Would a homeshare scheme suit your parent?

... Would a homeshare scheme suit your parent? independence, loneliness, companionship, vulnerability According to the UK Office of National Statistics the number of people aged 85 and over is projected to reach 3.5 million by 2035, 2.5 times larger than in 2010. If the ...

Top tips for keeping the scammers out

... possibly as low as 5%, that could just be a drop in the ocean. Sadly, many scams are directed at the vulnerable and that means older people are being ruthlessly targeted. Older people can be very trusting and want to think the best of people ...

Incoherent Codes of Practice: Energy Companies

... - to find the relevant sections that apply to you and your parent. Each supplier details the special services they provide for elderly and vulnerable customers. British Gas Looking after accounts. British Gas' Priority Services Register (PSR) offers "specially designed appliance controls and ...

Mum refuses help - what can we do?

... her to bounce back from her hospital stay. There's something about being an in-patient that makes even the sturdiest of mums seem frail and vulnerable. When mum was fully recovered and in control of her pill-taking she was anxious to move back to her remote cottage. We ...

Four questions to ask a new live-in carer to start building a relationship

... them to relate on a personal level. 3. How do you get through difficult times? Needing care puts someone in an extremely vulnerable position- one that is further complicated by the myriad effects of ill health and loneliness. This makes miscommunication a very dangerous thing ...

How to keep your parent safe and prevent wandering

... after opening the door if they're concerned about a caller. Door-to-door salesmen and unexpected or unrecognised visitors can all pose a threat to a vulnerable parent. By pressing the button your parent sends a help message to their carer or relative's pager device after which the carer or ...

Treatment and care to slow the progress of dementia

... , in particular for those with dementia, and with a lack of funding guaranteed it's also led some to claim that it's putting the vulnerable in danger. Even today care is currently rationed by councils and varies depending upon where you live in the UK, leaving many ...

How to keep your elderly parent cool in hot weather

... experiencing it's good to be aware of the way heat can affect the elderly and how to help them stay cool. Who is most vulnerable to heat-related illness? If your parent is prone to poor circulation, has a mental illness or suffers with heart disease they could ...

How can we reduce loneliness among the elderly?

... alone feel lonely which is an astonishing number given the growing number of extended families found in our society. Older people can be particularly vulnerable to social isolation as partners, friends and relatives pass away in later life. The Social Care Institute for Excellence defines loneliness as ...

Tips on avoiding electrical danger in the home

... . And almost two thirds of households comprising couples over 60 live in accommodation which fails basic electrical safety standards. Inevitably, this puts vulnerable individuals at risk- with those in low-income households, or rural areas, most affected and produces housing unfit for people to age ...