When one of my family members recently went into the hospital, I spotted stuck on the locker next to his bed, a piece of paper called the “Locker List”. It was a helpful guide to what you need to pack for a short term stay in hospital. Out came the mobile phone for a photo (after asking permission first) so I could share it with you and take some of the stress away from an anxious time. We have even gone one step further and made up a Hospital/Short term pack to label everything, so if it escapes from the locker, it won’t get lost! Please click on the picture below for a printable chec..
Often what makes our houses feel like home are the creature comforts that have been collected over the years that bring back all the beautiful memories that have been created over a lifetime. When moving into a Care Home, it is often encouraged to bring your favourite chair, ornaments, photos, and other individual items with you. Things that will help your new home feel familiar and yours. Some homes even let you bring your TV or radio, although all large electrical items brought into the home will need to be health and safety assessed first. Clothing • Daytime clothing – includin..
Dementia Awareness Week 2018 takes place between 21-27 May 2018. Small actions. Big impact. The Dementia Friends programme from the Alzheimer’s Society has already achieved great success with over 1 million Dementia Friends signed up since launch. The purpose of the initiative is to change people’s perceptions of dementia by encouraging them to learn more about dementia and small ways we can all help, becoming a Dementia Friend and turning understanding into action. Find out how to become a Dementia Friend here: www.dementiafriends.org.uk The Alzheimer’s So..
A new downloadable guide from Caring Homes explains the latest changes from the Care Act; these changes came into effect at the start of April. The outline of the Care Act highlights what people with different levels of capital can expect in terms of financial assistance. It is no secret that nearly 96% of people over the age of 65 have made no financial provisions for future residential or nursing care. Given that the process can often be tough to come to terms with, Caring Homes have provided an easy to read guide on how the latest Care Act and its changes could affect you. Click here ..
On Easter Monday the biggest shake-up to pensions in a generation takes effect with those aged 55 or over granted new “pension freedoms”. For the first time, pension savers will be able to take up to 100% of their pension as cash enabling them to spend their retirement funds as they wish. More choice means that pensioners will be able to make financial decisions more suited to their particular needs. On the other hand, costly mistakes may be made resulting in a lifetime of savings gone for good. And of course, there is the siren call of the Lamborghini purchase... More worryingly there i..
Today the BBC launched an online guide to the care system for the over -65s. The BBC’s care calculator takes into consideration the different systems in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as the systems have diverged since devolution. Further changes are planned for England in April 2016 and the other nations are also making changes. Users enter their postcode to find out the cost of care in their area. The purpose of the guide is to help individuals and their carers understand more about how the care system works where they live, what they need to consider and how much they ..
Sir Muir Gray, former chief of knowledge for the NHS, has shared his extensive knowledge from 40 years as a doctor in public health and written a book on keeping fit to live a full and independent life in your seventies and beyond. His view is that age is just a number and that most of the limitations that older people experience are not caused by ageing itself — but by the way people choose to live their lives as they grow old. Extracts from his book adapted by Corinna Honan are being serialised in the Daily Mail this week and they are well worth a read – no matter what age you are! ..
Research has shown that older people who use the internet regularly are healthier because they are better informed about medical issues. According to the research by University College London, silver surfers have better “health literacy” which means they have the skills both to understand and make use of basic health services and information. Researcher Lindsay Kobayashi of UCL whose research looked at almost 4,500 adults in England aged 52 and older over 5 years said: “Internet use and engagement in various social activities, in particular, cultural activities, appear to help older a..
The Silver Line free 24-hour phone line was set up to support older people one year ago today and in its first year has been inundated with calls, taking 275,000 to November 2014 and 200,000 more than anticipated when the service was launched. The helpline not only provides a helpline to signpost older people to existing services that can help them, but it also provides a means of communication for older people in danger (it has been described as a Childline for older people) and a friendship service to combat loneliness. The charity has found loneliness is the single biggest problem tha..
We had our first real frost of the year today which always looks so pretty but means that first dog walk of the day is much, much colder and I need to wrap up warm, so it’s time for the bobble hat. I work from home so I am very aware of how cold it is now indoors. It is relatively easy for me to stay warm, I have turned on the heating and dug out my winter woollies but for the elderly the cold weather leaves them vulnerable as their bodies respond differently. Age UK has lots of advice available on keeping warm on its website with factsheets available to download for friends and family w..
BBC’s Newsbeat reports how Centenarian Ruby Holt took a trip to the seaside to see the ocean for the first time in her life. Her trip, just weeks before her 101st birthday, shows it is never too late for the experience of a lifetime. Ruby travelled 400 miles (the equivalent distance from London to Glasgow) from her home state of Tennessee to the seashore in Alabama. It was only the second trip she has taken out of state in her lifetime. The trip was instigated by two employees at the assisted living centre where Ruby lives who filled out an application to the US charity Wish of a Lifetim..
There may still be time to participate in Will Aid Month this November and get your will drawn up by a solicitor local to you in return for a voluntary donation to charity. According to Good Housekeeping magazine around 180,000 people die each year intestate, which means that 56% of the UK adult population do not have a will (“Future Proof You Finances” November 2014). This can leave loved ones in great financial uncertainty and facing large legal fees and lengthy court proceedings. However, you can achieve peace of mind and benefit charity at the same time. Will Aid is a special partner..
The Royal Voluntary Service today published research that nearly half a million older people will spend Christmas Day alone this year which is sadly a substantial increase on the 300,000 who are believed to have spent Christmas alone in 2013. https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/news-and-events/news/society-gone-wrong-why-489000-older-people-are-set-to-spend-christmas-alone According to the RVS research, the most common reason is that family are living far away or overseas with 31% of respondents who said they would be spending Christmas alone citing this as the reason. Other reasons..
This week Age UK launched The Big Bag Challenge to increase store donations over the next four weeks. The aim is to collect 200,000 bags of stock to boost sales to help 1 million lonely older people. They are asking everyone to donate at least one bag of good quality items they no longer need to their local Age UK shop. You can donate clothes, phones, computers, homewares, soft furnishings, books, CDs, DVDs, toys, games and more. I know I have two boxes of good quality books that I have been meaning to move on and now I have no excuse! Visit the Age UK site here to find out where your ..