MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR CARERS: Oxon / Bucks & beyond

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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 day.

If you’d like a bit more company, you can also follow and/or chat with me (Maud) on Facebook or Twitter. Maud & Mum are 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 kick Corona virus’ ass as hard as we can. 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?

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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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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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Oral and dental health maintenance — April 14, 2019

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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How employers can help working carers — March 28, 2019

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 their employer. Yet many carers (40% in the USA for example, World Dementia Report 2018) say they have no choice but to give up work. 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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