Covid-19 advice means I’ll need to self isolate if I get symptoms, so it’s time to write that carer emergency plan I’ve meaning to get around to. If, like me, you’d need to let other people know what to do if you were suddenly unable to care for your elder, read on. There’s a downloadable document you can use too, that saves you reinventing the wheel.Continue reading
Marj had a fall at the end of last year and needed to go to hospital. It reminded me of the extra support we need to give elders at these distressing times. Our loved ones need extra reassurance if they live with dementia too. Here are my tips…Continue reading
You may have noticed it’s 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…
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…
LPAs (both ‘financial’ and ‘health’) are a good idea for any adults who are mutually dependent 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.
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.
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.
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.