family tree
Genealogy can provide your elderly loved one with a comforting sense of ‘place’ in history. Luckily there are some simple steps you can take to start your research. Helping your elderly parent with their family tree Many people reach a point in their life when they want to find out more about their family history and ancestors. In …

Elderly Driving Issues

elderly driving
Elderly driving issues can be caused by medical conditions and specific treatments, issues with hearing and sight, and reduced reaction times. Elderly driving issues – is your parent safe? Older drivers are equally capable of driving as younger people and according to road safety statistics are safer on the road. However, according to the Royal Society …

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.
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 a car means freedom and independence, so the thought of giving-up driving is not something most …

pill dispensers
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, but imagine having to take five or even ten different types of medication, at different times …

carer's allowance
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 for. Claiming carer’s allowance: a guide for carers The rate for Carer’s Allowance in the financial …

early stage dementia
You can recognise cognitive impairment in a loved one by paying attention to their ability to recall names, carry out simple tasks, and keep track of their belongings. As time goes by you may face the role of looking after your parents as they age. One problem that can cause particular concern is worsening memory leading …

ex-pat elderly care
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 …

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 …

Types of 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 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. …

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