What is reminiscence therapy?

memory problems
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 life, as the disease process of dementia typically affects parts of the brain (hippocampus) that …

What is reablement? A guide for carers

What is reablement care?
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 after discharge from hospital. While post-operative care and post-discharge care are more general terms, referring to …

Carer finances are under strain; what can be done?

carer funds
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 reality is that the demographic and economic changes affecting us all are here to stay. …

Personal Health Budgets

control over care
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 continuing care will be among the first to receive personal health budgets. In September 2014, …

How to plan a granny annexe

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 significant benefits in terms of being able to provide better care, and can reduce the …

Battling the Loneliness Epidemic

Loneliness in old age
As your elderly loved ones age they inevitably lose lifetime friends and close family members, which can leave them feeling both bereft and isolated. Isolation and loneliness in older people are growing problems in the UK.  The number of people living longer is increasing and so is the time that they are spending alone. Isolation …

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