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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 8, 2014 3 min
early stage dementia

How to recognise cognitive impairment in a loved one

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…

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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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Mar 18, 2013 5 min
Loneliness in old age

Battling the Loneliness Epidemic

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…

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