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MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR CARERS: Oxon / Bucks & beyond

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

29. Stay cool in a heat wave — July 21, 2019

29. Stay cool in a heat wave

 

Temperatures are going to soar this week so we need to stay as cool as we can.  Stay cool and hydrated with my tried and tested, essential tips…

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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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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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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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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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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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13. The free care available from the NHS — April 30, 2018

13. The free care available from the NHS

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The gateway to older adult social support varies across the UK from local authority to local authority (LA).  The GP is the gateway to all health services, whatever your LA.  Find out how to get the most from your GP in this post.

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12. The Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). How to DIY without big fees. — March 31, 2018

12. The Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). How to DIY without big fees.

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Arguably, LPAs (both ‘financial’ and ‘health’) are a good idea for any adults who are mutually dependant on each other. They’re used when one adult suffers a temporary incapacity (eg due to a severe injury). For anyone with a chronic brain disease like dementia, LPAs are an important personal safeguard. Find out how to apply for LPAs in this post.

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