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.
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.
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.
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?