Articles by Dr Jamie Wilson

Dr Jamie Wilson is hometouch’s founder and Chief Medical Officer. Jamie’s creation of hometouch was inspired by his work as a dementia psychiatrist in the NHS, and he has written about healthcare issues in The Times and the Evening Standard. Jamie has a MBBS from the University of Leeds and has spent a decade in the NHS, working as a Psychiatric Registrar and Memory Specialist at Imperial College Hospital.


May 12, 2014 4 min
Being able to drive a car means freedom and independence, so the thought of having to give up driving is not something any of us want to consider.

Helping Your Elderly Parent Give Up Driving

Look for the signs and speak to a doctor, then discuss alternatives such as: online shopping, local taxi and chauffeur services, buss passes, and regular lifts. How can you help your elderly parent give up driving? Being able to drive…

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May 12, 2014 2 min
pill dispensers

Automatic Pill Dispensers – What are the options?

There are 3 main options when it comes to pill dispensers: talking pill bottles, automatic or electric pill dispensers, and simple phone or clock reminders.  Why use an electronic pill dispenser? Sometimes remembering to take one tablet daily can be hard,…

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May 8, 2014 2 min
carer's allowance

Claiming Carers Allowance: A Guide for Carers

If you are looking after someone for 35 hours a week or more you may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance, the main benefit for carers. You don’t have to be related to or even living with the person you care…

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May 7, 2014 4 min

Caring for an Elderly Parent From Abroad

Caring for an elderly parent from abroad requires a solid plan, and constant communication. With these two simple things in place, the task will be easier and the distance will feel less.  Caring for an elderly parent from abroad When you’re caring for an elderly parent from abroad, it’s natural to worry about their health and wellbeing. Not being able to pop-in to make sure everything’s ok, to carry out basic maintenance on their home, or to simply catch-up in person can all be a source of guilt and concern. It can be difficult to know exactly how your loved one is coping, as their own reports might be skewed in order to avoid causing worry. It’s normal for your parents to want you to live your life free from concern, but that’s easier said than done. As they grow older and more frail, it can be hard to avoid a…

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May 6, 2014 2 min
memory problems

What is reminiscence therapy?

Reminiscence therapy taps into the long-term memories of those who have dementia, stimulating their deeper recollections. Memory problems often affect older people, particularly those suffering from dementia. In Dementia, short-term memory is affected more than long-term memories of childhood and earlier…

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May 6, 2014 2 min
Types of care

What is reablement care? A guide

  Reablement is offered to people who have suffered an acute episode of illness to help them get back on their feet quicker. What is reablement? Reablement is the official title given to short-term care at home, to aid recovery…

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Feb 4, 2014 1 min

Carer finances are under strain; what can be done?

95% of care is delivered by family members, which can put long-term strain on domestic finances. Can home care ever be an affordable option? Whatever your political views about benefit cuts and the struggle to access statutory care services, the…

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Jan 29, 2014 2 min
control over care

Personal Health Budgets

Dr. Jamie Wilson talks about the introduction of Personal Health Budgets, the positive impacts it may have and the various oppositions to the change. Personal Health Budgets and the medical establishment In April this year (2014), 56,000 patients receiving NHS…

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Jan 7, 2014 4 min

How to plan a granny annexe

Planning a granny annexe requires consideration of: the nature of your home, tax and financial implications, and long-term suitability. Planning to move your parents or other elderly relatives into your existing property can be a challenge. However, it can have…

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