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MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR CARERS: Oxon / Bucks & beyond

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Making care decisions in a pandemic — October 24, 2020

Making care decisions in a pandemic

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Are your care responsibilities increasing?

How has Corona Virus impacted your caring role? For all of us, caring in lockdown has been ultra challenging. Alarming headlines about shielding, isolation and the tragic loss of loved ones before their time are chilling. If you have family care decisions to make right now, consider whether it’s best for you to personally shoulder more caring responsibilities at this time. Carers are still helping dearly loved family members move into care homes or maintaining home care. A neighbour, a friend and I share our experiences during the pandemic.

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Carers Week 2020, 8-14 June — June 8, 2020

Carers Week 2020, 8-14 June

Carers UK estimate that since the start of the pandemic, staggeringly, an additional 4.5 million people in the UK have become unpaid carers. In total, that’s 26% of the population. So while carers’ groups, respite and day centres are suspended, Carers Week 2020 offers extra help for carers. There are also new ways to campaign for the unpaid, family carers that support the formal care and healthcare services. Read on for a summary of what’s on this week, more at carersweek.org too.

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Carers versus corona virus — March 25, 2020

Carers versus corona virus

These unprecedented times call for special measures, from all of us individually and as a community. I’ve pulled together everything both corona virus and carer-relevant on a new page here. The situation is changing fast so for as long as I can, I’ll update the page daily rather than bombard you with too many posts or emails. You may want to ‘bookmark’ the page and check in every now and again.

If you’d like a bit more company, you can also follow and/or chat with me (Maud) on Facebook or Twitter. Maud & Mum is also on Instagram if you’re interested in our daily life (it’s not like the Kardashians). Just search for @maudandmum. More than ever, we could all do with a bit more (virtual) company.

Like you, I’m scared but also determined to keep the corona virus out of my home. Good luck to you and your families, love

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Pic from my daily walk, no one needs another corona virus image.

Writing your carer emergency plan (copy mine) — March 15, 2020

Writing your carer emergency plan (copy mine)

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Covid-19 advice means I’ll need to self isolate if I get symptoms, so it’s time to write that carer emergency plan I’ve meaning to get around to. If, like me, you’d need to let other people know what to do if you were suddenly unable to care for your elder, read on.  There’s a downloadable document you can use too, that saves you reinventing the wheel.

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Returning to work after caring — February 15, 2020

Returning to work after caring

What happens when caring responsibilities stop? There will certainly be grief from the loss of a loved one. Ex carers can also feel completely out of the loop, unsure where or even whether returning to work is an option, low in confidence.  Carers UK asked fellow carers and I to test a new e-learning platform designed to support current and ex carers who want to return to work.  It went live on Thursday, could it help you?

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Hospital admission, 22 tips for carers — January 21, 2020

Hospital admission, 22 tips for carers

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Marj had a fall at the end of last year and needed to go to hospital. It reminded me of the extra support we need to give elders at such a distressing time. Our loved ones need extra reassurance if they live with dementia too. Here are my tips…

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Podcast for carers, Maud spills beans — November 8, 2019
Hydration in a heat wave — July 21, 2019
It’s Carers’ Week 2019. And? — June 10, 2019

It’s Carers’ Week 2019. And?

Carers Week definition of a carer

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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Continence support — May 23, 2019

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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