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…
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.
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.
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.
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’?
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.
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.
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.
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.