Articles by Dr Jane Gilbert

Jane has over 20 years’ experience as a health writer and TV presenter. Jane writes on a wide variety of clinical and care topics – from explaining the latest studies and research to unpacking conditions and discussing treatment options. Jane holds a MBBS degree from Imperial College, London and spent seven years working in the NHS.

Apr 20, 2019 3 min
Self employed carers

Employing a Carer Privately for Live in Personal Care

Employing  a carer or personal assistant can help your loved one live independently at home. However if you decide to find live in personal care privately there is a lot to consider. What can a carer do? A carer or…

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Apr 3, 2019 4 min
What is the life expectancy of someone with dementia?

What’s the life expectancy for someone with dementia?

Want to know more? Get our FREE definitive home care guide now! Get your guide Each person will have an individual experience of dementia. The speed and pattern of progression of the disease can differ-but the condition is progressive and…

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Apr 2, 2019 3 min

Cognitive remediation and reminiscence therapy

Scientists are still fighting to find a cure for dementia. Frustratingly, a way to reverse the brain damage caused remains elusive; however, there are ways of improving function and wellbeing. Specialised therapeutic techniques have been developed, which may help unlock…

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Mar 25, 2019 4 min

What Home Modifications are Needed for a Live-In Carer?

A live-in carer can enable your loved one to continue living safely in the comfort and familiarity of their own home. However, there are a few practical measures and steps you should take before they move in. Dementia, illness or…

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Mar 18, 2019 4 min
dementia support services

Moving from a care home to live-in care

Choosing the right care for a loved one can be a challenge. The choice can seem overwhelming. Dementia, disability, family commitments, or a crisis at home can make a residential facility look like the only option. However, the change in…

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Mar 14, 2019 3 min
Wandering in dementia

Managing wandering in dementia

When an individual with dementia wanders, they’re at risk of accidents, injuries and even death. Wandering is defined as: ‘A tendency to move about either in a seemingly aimless or disoriented fashion, or in pursuit of an indefinable or unobtainable…

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Mar 6, 2019 4 min
Managing challenging dementia behaviour

Managing challenging behaviour in dementia

The brain damage of dementia can cause behaviour changes, which can be upsetting for the individual affected and for those that care for them. hometouch carers have the knowledge and experience to manage the symptoms sensitively, so that the person…

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Feb 8, 2019 4 min

What is the NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) checklist?

Most of us have to contribute financially to the care we need as we grow older or become infirm. However, some people with health needs due to disease or disability may be entitled to ongoing NHS continuing healthcare that is…

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Feb 6, 2019 3 min
discharge team

Commissioning care for people with complex needs

Improvements in healthcare and living standards mean that people in the UK are living longer. However, chronic conditions, disease and disability mean that the number of elderly with complex needs is also increasing. Meeting the care requirements of these older…

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