MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR CARERS: Oxon / Bucks & beyond

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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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Podcast for carers, Maud spills the beans — November 8, 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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Slowing or even avoiding dementia? Can we help ourselves? — November 9, 2018

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

Older adult service providers in Oxon and Bucks

Service providers in Oxon and Bucks carers carer dementia

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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Bucks Dementia Conference Sept 2018 —

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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Stress reducing tips for carers — August 31, 2018

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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Are you a carer? — May 31, 2018

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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The Carers Bucks AGM — May 11, 2018

The Carers Bucks AGM

Carers Bucks agm carers dementia Maud oxon

Today I’m at the Carers Bucks AGM, finding out more about what Carers Bucks do. And to add extra excitement (for me at least), I’m speaking too. I’m cock a hoop to be meeting other local carers, care workers and policy makers.

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Support for carers and why you need 'me time' — December 22, 2017

Support for carers and why you need 'me time'

me time self care carer carers Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire dementia
No it’s not halloween! This is Maud and Mum’s joint ‘me time’ last Saturday night = face masks + ‘Strictly’ final

You’re there for your elder partner, relative or friend.  Who is there for you? How do you manage your energy so you have enough for everything you want to do AND keep some in reserve for fun and/or emergencies? Find out how to build your carer support network here.

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