MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR CARERS: Oxon / Bucks & beyond

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28. It’s Carers’ Week 2019. And? — June 10, 2019

28. 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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27. Continence support — May 23, 2019

27. Continence support

elder older continence

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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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.

lasting power of attorney health and finance

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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11. Why you need a Care Plan and how to write it (copy mine) — March 11, 2018

11. Why you need a Care Plan and how to write it (copy mine)

You need a Care Plan 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 what to do. The care plan also expresses the current preferences of the person needing extra care.

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10. Getting help from older adult social services — February 28, 2018

10. Getting help from older adult social services

I’d like to (try to) explain how important it is to engage early on with social services, how you do it and what to expect.  Warning – this post is long, but it is important (and it’s much shorter than the ‘official’ bumpf).  I’ll explain how it works in Bucks so you will need to 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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9. Capturing a life’s story — February 14, 2018

9. Capturing a life’s story

I’d like to highlight what I think is one of the most important parts of a ‘care plan’. The bit that attempts to convey a little of the life history, passions, interests and preferences of the person being cared for. That way helpers don’t just see an ‘old person’, they see an individual.

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5. Looking after YOU — December 22, 2017

5. Looking after YOU

two ladies with face masks and a box of cadburys heroes, watching strictly come dancing on tv under a blanket
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?  Do you have a support network, both physical and emotional?  How do you manage your energy so you have enough for everything you need and want to do AND keep some in reserve for being occasionally awesome and/or emergencies?

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