Making life easier for carers in Oxon/Bucks & beyond

Maud cares for her live-in mother-in-law Marj. Here she shares time-finding and money-saving tips. Positive practical help for those who care for an elder friend or family member and also work, parent, partner and so on… :-)

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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20. Oxon and Bucks older adult service providers — October 6, 2018

20. Oxon and Bucks older adult service providers

I’ve attempted to pull together a definitive list of the links to older adult service providers in Bucks.  I’ve also added many available in Oxon.  All of them know and support their Local Authority (LA) older adult care services.

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19. The Bucks Dementia Conference Sept 2018 —

19. The Bucks Dementia Conference Sept 2018

Been to a Dementia Conference recently? Ever?  Me neither.  So of course I accepted the invitation from Carers Bucks and so, last Friday, joined the gentle throng at The Gateway, Aylesbury.

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18. Quick stress de-fusing tips for carers — August 31, 2018

18. Quick stress de-fusing tips for carers

According to the Carers Week organisers in June, 78% of carers say they feel more stressed because of their caring role.  Few people, other than fellow family carers, fully understand the pressure felt from being responsible for an adult relative 24×7.

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17. Helping elders move and settle into a new home — July 31, 2018

17. Helping elders move and settle into a new home

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It’s one thing deciding to move home and quite another to do it.  Especially when you’re leaving your memory filled family home, where you’ve had roots all your life. How can we support the ‘last time buyer’?

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16. Practical style tips for elders and their carers — June 28, 2018

16. Practical style tips for elders and their carers

By way of light relief and since the sales are on, here are my recommendations on clothing for the stylish woman or man who should find themselves needing extra care support.  In other words, clothing that works for the elder and carer.

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15. Are you a carer? — May 31, 2018

15. Are you a carer?

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Even though you’re reading this, it’s likely you don’t identify yourself as a carer.  Even if you are actually helping someone.  Interesting isn’t it?  I guess the ‘carer’ tag just isn’t a ‘sexy’ identifier.  Perhaps it even brings negative imagery with it?  My friend, that has to change.  Perceptions and attitudes around those who care for friends or relatives have to change.  Otherwise thousands of people won’t get the support they’re eligible for.

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