MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR CARERS: Oxon / Bucks & beyond

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29. Stay cool in a heat wave — July 21, 2019
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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21. Can we self-help to slow or even avoid dementia? — November 9, 2018

21. Can we self-help to slow or even avoid dementia?

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.

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20. Oxon and Bucks older adult service providers — October 6, 2018

20. Oxon and Bucks older adult service providers

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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19. The Bucks Dementia Conference Sept 2018 —

19. The 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 so, last Friday, joined the gentle throng at The Gateway, Aylesbury.

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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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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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8. Genning up on awesome mobility equipment — January 31, 2018

8. Genning up on awesome mobility equipment

Knowing about mobility aids and where to get them helps older adults maintain their independence, dignity, activity and wellbeing longer AND protects their carers from strain or injury.  I reveal the equipment we’ve valued over the years and how to access it, in case it can help you too.

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7. Moving in together (and other decisions) – the importance of choice — January 22, 2018

7. Moving in together (and other decisions) – the importance of choice

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Home sweet home

Perhaps your older friend/parent/parents have started needing a bit more support.  Perhaps you’re nearby so you can pop in from time to time.  What happens when it’s clear that ‘popping in’ is no longer enough?

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