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MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR CARERS: Oxon / Bucks & beyond

For critical support, time and money-finding tips. Positive practical help for those who care for an elder.

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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This blew my mind… turns out oral and dental health is more critical to our wellbeing than we might have thought.  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. 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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24 Finding home care support for elders — January 30, 2019

24 Finding home care support for elders

Could home care be an option for your elder? 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 will help guide you.

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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 2018 — December 11, 2018

22 Carers’ perspectives on the BBC1 ‘Care’ drama, aired 9 Dec 2018

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 are 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 Slowing or even avoiding dementia? Can we help ourselves? — November 9, 2018

21 Slowing or even avoiding dementia? Can we help ourselves?

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 Older adult service providers in Oxon and Bucks and beyond — October 6, 2018

20 Older adult service providers in Oxon and Bucks and beyond

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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 Bucks Dementia Conference Sept 2018 —

19 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 last Friday, joined the gentle throng at The Gateway, Aylesbury.

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18 Stress reducing tips for carers — August 31, 2018

18 Stress reducing 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. Find stress reducing tips here.

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