Coping with personal hygiene

Personal care is a very sensitive topic

By Jill Eckersley

One of the things that carers have to get used to is providing what is tactfully described as ‘personal care’. Continue reading Coping with personal hygiene

‘I juggled my business with caring for mum’

Businesswoman Monica Bradley had to juggle long hours at work running her own company with caring for her mother, Agnes. Here’s her story…  Continue reading ‘I juggled my business with caring for mum’

Choosing a good care home

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Don’t leave it till the last minute to find a care home

By Christina Neal

Choosing the right care home for a loved one can feel like a monumental task. There’s a lot to think about and consider. Continue reading Choosing a good care home

Support is so crucial

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My mum Hazel needed the support of her close family

By Christina Neal

My mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2009. She’d had a stressful few years, looking after my father who died in 2007. Continue reading Support is so crucial

Six things to avoid saying to a person with dementia

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Choosing your words carefully can keep the peace

Caring for a person with dementia can be frustrating, exhausting and – sometimes – downright baffling. Continue reading Six things to avoid saying to a person with dementia

Making the person safe at home

 

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Consider how safe the person’s home environment is

 

If your loved one lives alone, it’s going to take some foresight to ensure they remain safe at home. They may still be independent but their needs will increase over time and they may already need help with certain tasks. Continue reading Making the person safe at home

When a person with dementia can no longer live alone

 

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Don’t feel guilty if you decide you can’t care for a loved one yourself

Dementia is a progressive disease and there will come a time when it is no longer safe or practical for the person be alone. You may have already accepted that this is inevitable, and you may already be considering the next best step. Christina Neal has some suggestions.  Continue reading When a person with dementia can no longer live alone

No one should face dementia alone

 

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Dementia carers should be encouraged to speak about their experiences

Dementia can be a very lonely experience not only for the person living with it but for those around them, writes Derek Fisher.  Continue reading No one should face dementia alone