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MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR CARERS: Oxon / Bucks & beyond

For time-finding and money-saving tips. Positive practical help for those who care for an elder.

27. Continence support — May 23, 2019

27. Continence support

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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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24. Finding home care support for elders — January 30, 2019

24. Finding home care support for elders

Could home care be an option? When should you start looking for extra help with care at home?  How might you broach the subject? Can your elder afford it? Where do you find good carers and what preparation do you need to do?  It feels like a big responsibility and can be overwhelming.  Our experience may help guide you (spoiler alert – don’t wait for a catastrophe).

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19. The Bucks Dementia Conference Sept 2018 — October 6, 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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18. Quick stress de-fusing tips for carers — August 31, 2018

18. Quick stress de-fusing tips for carers

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.

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17. Helping elders move and settle into a new home — July 31, 2018

17. Helping elders move and settle into a new home

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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’?

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15. Are you a carer? — May 31, 2018

15. Are you a carer?

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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.

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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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