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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.

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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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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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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