MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR CARERS: Oxon / Bucks & beyond

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30. A carers’ podcast to try — November 8, 2019
29. Stay cool in a heat wave — July 21, 2019
28. It’s Carers’ Week 2019. And? — June 10, 2019

28. It’s Carers’ Week 2019. And?

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You may have noticed it’s UK Carers’ Week 2019.  So what has this got to do with you?  If you care for a loved one, even if you just pop by with groceries, do check it out.  It could be a gateway to more support and take a little load off…

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27. Continence support — May 23, 2019

27. Continence support

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Continence is one of the topics I’m most asked about, yet is often an incredibly sensitive subject to broach or prepare for.  It’s an important topic.  Continence confidence can boost health, self esteem and make life easier all round.  Read on for how to broach this topic, free support and more practically, how to prepare a bathroom for all eventualities…

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26. Oral and dental health maintenance — April 14, 2019

26. Oral and dental health maintenance

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Sound dull? Hang on a minute… oral and dental health is critical to our wellbeing.  All of us, especially those vulnerable to bacterial infections like pneumonia, must brush our teeth first thing in the morning, before breakfast.  Spitting, not rinsing.  Not what you were taught when you were little?  Me neither.  Read on to find out why…

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25. How employers can help working carers — March 28, 2019

25. How employers can help working carers

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Some carers work. Some carers work for an employer. And many carers either need to or want to keep working for that employer. Yet many carers (40% in the USA for example, World Dementia Report 2018) say they have no choice but to give up work and that 1 in 6 even feel penalised for their caregiving duties.  While governments wrestle with the social and fiscal consequences of our increased longevity, could businesses help?

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24. Finding home care support for elders — January 30, 2019

24. Finding home care support for elders

Could home care be an option? When should you start looking for extra help with care at home?  How might you broach the subject? Can your elder afford it? Where do you find good carers and what preparation do you need to do?  It feels like a big responsibility and can be overwhelming.  Our experience may help guide you (spoiler alert – don’t wait for a catastrophe).

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23. Last minute Christmas presents for elders and carers — December 24, 2018

23. Last minute Christmas presents for elders and carers

Ok. It’s Christmas Eve and you’ve taken present buying down to the wire. Grab that coffee and read on for our ‘sure thing’ ideas and recommendations.  There’s still time, good luck.

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22. Carers’ perspectives on the BBC1 ‘Care’ drama, aired 9 Dec — December 11, 2018

22. Carers’ perspectives on the BBC1 ‘Care’ drama, aired 9 Dec

Thank you Jimmy McGovern, co-writer Gillian Juckes, LA Productions UK and the whole cast for your well observed drama, BBC1’s Care.  This programme and its scheduling is really important.  Telly rarely dwells on a carer’s perspective, especially on BBC1 prime time. I watched Care on Sunday night and discussed it with other carers yesterday afternoon in our Carers Bucks funded ‘Christmas afternoon tea’*.  Read on for what carers thought about this drama…

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21. Can we self-help to slow or even avoid dementia? — November 9, 2018

21. Can we self-help to slow or even avoid dementia?

Modern medicine has extended our average longevity which is awesome.  Our challenge nowadays is how to live those extra years well, not poorly.  Mounting evidence suggests that changes to our lifestyle may help postpone dementia and expertise is emerging to help guide us.

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