MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR CARERS: Oxon / Bucks & beyond

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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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Finding home care support for elders — January 30, 2019

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 too.

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Last minute Christmas presents for elders and carers — December 24, 2018

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

Older adult service providers in Oxon and Bucks

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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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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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Moving home – helping elders settle in — July 31, 2018

Moving home – helping elders settle in

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

Practical style tips for elders and their carers

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

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Care Plans, why they're important and how to write one (copy mine) — March 11, 2018

Care Plans, why they're important and how to write one (copy mine)

A Care Plan is important and helpful when you start having to explain to others how best to support your elder.  If other family members offer help while you’re elsewhere *yay*, it saves you having to explain over again what to do. The care plan also expresses the current preferences of the person needing extra care.

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Older adult social care services and how they help — February 28, 2018

Older adult social care services and how they help

It’s very important to engage social care services early on. I explain here how you do it and what to expect.  Warning – this post is long, but it’s important (and it’s shorter than the ‘official’ bumpf).  I’ll explain how it works in Bucks so double check for your county. In the meantime take a tea break and curl up on a sofa with this for 10 mins.

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