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Oct 24, 2014 2 min

How to use a Dosette box

Forgetting to take medication, or forgetting that you’ve taken it and taking too much, can have serious consequences. A dosette box can make make all the difference. Why use a dosette box? Medication management has grown increasingly complex over the past years. It’s therefore critical to know how to use a dosette box, also known as a pill sorter, effectively. Conditions like diabetes, chronic heart failure and dementia require many different kinds of medication to be taken on a daily basis and at different times during the day. Therefore, both carers and patients face challenges keeping up-to-date with these complex medication regimes. A common tool to manage medication is a dosette box. Dosette boxes have multiple compartments divided by time and date and come in many shapes and sizes with features including detachable units, alarm reminders and different segments for each day. Choosing the right one depends on the need of…

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Oct 17, 2014 4 min

Which Countries Are Best At Caring For Their Elderly?

Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and Germany all top the list of countries that are best at caring for their elderly, while Britain trails behind at number 11.  Is Britain the best? Britain is by no means the worst, but we have…

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Oct 9, 2014 3 min
hometouch founder, Dr Jamie Wilson

How To Fix The Transparency Problem In Care

Dr. Jamie Wilson talks about his early experiences in elderly care, his views on the current situation, and his vision of the future. Before I went to medical school way back in 1996, I worked at my local hospital as…

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Aug 19, 2014 3 min
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The Top 6 Reasons Elderly People Don’t Take Medication

By not adhering to an often complex combination of treatments, patients can unwittingly expose themselves to a number of health risks. Compliance, or adherence, to a medication regime can prove to be a problem for your elderly loved one, for a…

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May 14, 2014 3 min
Wi-Fi for my elderly parent

Setting up Wi-Fi or Broadband for Elderly Parents

Setting up Wi-Fi or broadband for an elderly parent can open up new avenues of communication and freedom. Why have Wi-Fi? As your loved ones age, they can become isolated. It’s very easy for this to happen, mobility issues lead…

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May 13, 2014 2 min

Helping Your Elderly Parent With Their 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…

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May 13, 2014 2 min
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Elderly Driving Issues

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…

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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
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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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