MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR CARERS: Oxon / Bucks & beyond

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Carers Week 2020, 8-14 June — June 8, 2020

Carers Week 2020, 8-14 June

Carers UK estimate that since the start of the pandemic, staggeringly, an additional 4.5 million people in the UK have become unpaid carers. In total, that’s 26% of the population. So while carers’ groups, respite and day centres are suspended, Carers Week 2020 offers extra help for carers. There are also new ways to campaign for the unpaid, family carers that support the formal care and healthcare services. Read on for a summary of what’s on this week, more at carersweek.org too.

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Carers versus corona virus — March 25, 2020

Carers versus corona virus

These unprecedented times call for special measures, from all of us individually and as a community. I’ve pulled together everything both corona virus and carer-relevant on a new page here. The situation is changing fast so for as long as I can, I’ll update the page daily rather than bombard you with too many posts or emails. You may want to ‘bookmark’ the page and check in every now and again.

If you’d like a bit more company, you can also follow and/or chat with me (Maud) on Facebook or Twitter. Maud & Mum is also on Instagram if you’re interested in our daily life (it’s not like the Kardashians). Just search for @maudandmum. More than ever, we could all do with a bit more (virtual) company.

Like you, I’m scared but also determined to keep the corona virus out of my home. Good luck to you and your families, love

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Pic from my daily walk, no one needs another corona virus image.

Writing your carer emergency plan (copy mine) — March 15, 2020

Writing your carer emergency plan (copy mine)

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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.

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Returning to work after caring — February 15, 2020

Returning to work after caring

What happens when caring responsibilities stop? There will certainly be grief from the loss of a loved one. Ex carers can also feel completely out of the loop, unsure where or even whether returning to work is an option, low in confidence.  Carers UK asked fellow carers and I to test a new e-learning platform designed to support current and ex carers who want to return to work.  It went live on Thursday, could it help you?

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How employers can help working carers — March 28, 2019

How employers can help working carers

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Some carers work. Some carers work for an employer. And many carers either need to or want to keep working for their employer. Yet many carers (40% in the USA for example, World Dementia Report 2018) say they have no choice but to give up work. 1 in 6 even feel penalised for their caregiving duties.  While governments wrestle with the social and fiscal consequences of our increased longevity, could businesses help?

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

Older adult service providers in Oxon and Bucks and beyond

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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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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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Support for carers and why you need ‘me time’ — December 22, 2017

Support for carers and why you need ‘me time’

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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? 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.

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