About

Welcome to Caron Cares

Advice and information for anyone caring for the elderly or someone with dementia.

As a self-employed personal assistant to the elderly for over 20 years, I saw on a daily basis the challenges they face. Reduced mobility, pain, impaired sight and hearing and many elderly people are are isolated and lonely. It’s tough for them, a real struggle.

Health and social care services are now at breaking point. When I first wrote this page in 2012, I said “already under pressure” but the situation has rapidly worsened as a result of an ageing population and longevity as a whole. Cuts, cuts and more cuts. As a fly on the wall, I have seen social care at its very best and sadly very worst. I am personally very concerned about the future and wrote this article detailing my thoughts.

I am personally here to help.

There are currently over  800 articles about caring for an elderly person or someone with dementia here with ideas and suggestions on how you can help keep them independent and safe in their home.

I write with passion and insight because I genuinely care about the well-being of our elderly and their carers who are also often lonely,isolated and exhausted. My work is widely recognised in both the care sector and further afield. I use the word “sector” because I believe something as personal as care should not be referred to as an industry.

Contact me!

It is my passion to help the elderly live happy, fulfilled lives. If you have any problems or questions please feel free to use the contact form above to message me or you can call or text me on 074 119 47 200. I am personally here to help, seen as one of the “go to” people on FB for issues regarding eldercare.

Socialise with me 

You can find me on Facebookwhere I am very active, it’s the best place to keep up with me! and Twitter @caroncares2,

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About Me – Caron Sprake

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Married with two grown up sons, I live by the sea in Exmouth, Devon. Still known for its tradition of a Christmas Day swim and formerly one of the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. We have a large population of elderly people plus one of the largest comprehensive schools in Europe – an interesting demographic. I also write the Care Column for Devon Life, which is a real honour.

 

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Being a self – employed  personal assistant ( home- help) allowed me more freedom and I absolutely loved my work. It was more like having an extended family than working. I have worked in a caring role for most of my adult life and do truly believed it to be my vocation.

It has also allowed me to witness failings by carers, care companies, and care homes, resulting in me becoming a vocal campaigner for quality care for the elderly.

My earlier care career

At 14, I helped in a school for children with severe learning difficulties. This was an inspiring experience.

At 18, I looked after PC Philip Olds QGM. Philip was had been shot and paralysed.

I  cared for my Grandparents in the Scottish Highlands for a period of time.

I  worked in a Residential home caring for disabled adults which I loved.

I started Registered nurse training which I loved but my career was sadly shortened by back trouble.Probably a blessing in disguise now as I would be a frustrated “form filler” now.

I cared for my blind and disabled Mother-in-Law for 15 years enabling her to stay at home until she passed away. I did this whilst juggling work and a young family and understand the pressure and strain of being a carer.

Caron Cares is my first online project, started in 2012 when I was an absolute technophobe! It has come a long way. It’s self-funded and at present any income generated from adverts and my Amazon affiliate membership is used cover postage costs when I send out Age UK’s “Winter wrapped up guides and free room thermometers” – Don’t let the elderly die of cold.

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I endorse Active Mobility as I personally know the company and they offer amazing customer service, swift dispatch and FREE UK delivery.   Thank you for visiting Caron Cares, please help me spread the word by telling others. Caron X

 

40 Comments

  1. Hi Caron I’ve worked in care over 20 years both in private then council and lately cos we have been tupe d over to a community company with about 2 years left there should be a cross party solution to social care and NHS and society should value vulnerable people more and we who look after them. You do a great job keeping the issue live.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I agree with you, they keep talking cross party, green paper and still nothing gets done. We need action not talk….

  2. Your blog is very informative & you pick important topics! Thanks

  3. Hi Caron! Congrats on your Bloggers Lounge award, and for getting through to the UK Blog Awards final, again! All the best, lovely lady. Tamsin xox

    1. Thank you Tamsim. Good luck to you as well. Look forward to meeting you

  4. Hi Caron, I enjoy your blog very much and the products you seem able to find always seem to be great solutions to problems we encounter a lot. The no nonsense way you review them is spot on. Keep up the great work Caron and we look forward to being in touch with you more.

    1. Hello Sally
      Many thanks for taking the time to leave me such a lovely comment about my work at Caron Cares and I am so pleased you find it useful. I love discovering new products and services to help the elderly, as by nature I am a problem solver!I look forward to being in touch with you more also.

  5. This message is from my contact in Nairobi at the disabled fellowship. They kindly donated one wheelchair and I am continuing to work and support them. It was really sweet to receive this comment from them.

    Thanks Caron for thinking about the elderly who are mostly left without much help when they need most care and support from the community.

  6. Hi Caron

    What an excellent “Caron Cares” newsletter – you are magnificent, a very good writer, and a very touching story about your 97-year old!!

    Keep up this great work!

    Robert

    1. Thank you for your comment Robert. I am pleased you enjoyed the newsletter. I don’t consider myself to be a good writer however I am passionate about my work and write from the heart.

  7. hi Caron,

    I work for a care home company and am always looking for ways to keep the guys entertained and keep their minds active, I refer to your blog frequently for sources of inspiration. Keep up the great work 🙂

    1. Hello Lucy,
      I am glad you like Caron Cares and thanks for leaving me a comment. You may find my newsletter interesting too.You can sign up for this on the site.
      Please help me spread the word via FB, Twitter, email and with work colleagues.
      Best wishes, Caron.

  8. Hi! Found your website through Webituary. Just wanted to say, good idea you have had. Nice and useful website, just like Webituary. New idea, and nice idea! Keep going!

    1. Hi Pedro,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me your kind comment. I am so pleased you like the site. Please help me spread the word and introduce more people to Caron Cares. Thank you.
      Best wishes, Caron.
      Sign up for my weekly newsletter for more insightful articles.

  9. Caron
    Liked the site; lots of information.
    Have you come across a gadget that could be used by an elderly relative of mine in the bath to clean her feet? A long brush is the obvious answer but she wants to clean the soles of her feet.

    1. Hi Adrian and I am pleased you like the site. Please help me spread the word?.

      A long brush is a solution to reaching ones feet, however in a shower this worries me in case the person topples over when leaning forwards. There are some foot brushes that have suckers that attach to the shower tray or bath.I am very ticklish on the soles of my feet and some of the ones I have seen would be a challenge to me!However for many they have been a fantastic solution to a common problem shared with those with back pain and pregnant women.

      I will write a post today and publish it tomorrow with the items that are available.
      Hope this will be helpful to your friend.
      Best wishes,
      Caron.

  10. Hi Caron,

    Yes it’s the one who added to your post about clocks for people with dementia. I’d love to share the Day Clock for Digital Photo Frames with others, and will be setting up a blog where the images and instructions can be downloaded. I’ll post you the link when it is ready.

    As a carer for my Mother who has vascular dementia, I believe that the more resources available to both carers and the elderly is priceless. Keep up the good work.

    Martyn

    1. Hi Martyn,
      Thanks for the kind words and for signing up to my weekly newsletter. I hope you will find it interesting and lighthearted?.
      I couldn’t agree more with you regarding the more resources available to carers the better which is why I distribute the room thermometers at my own expense on behalf of Age Uk. We are all in this together, Sharing is Caring.
      I look forward to your blog and will write a post about it on Caron Cares for you and a link.
      Best wishes,
      Caron.

  11. As the carer for an elderly parent (like most Baby Boomers nowadays) I am on the learning curve of what else lies ahead in this stage of our parents lives.

    This is a very good resource site, hope it does well for you too.

    1. Hi Helene,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on Caron Cares and I am pleased you think the site is a good source of information.I see on a daily basis working as a home help what lies ahead for us as we age …..and I am in no hurry !
      Best wishes to you and please help me spread the word about Caron Cares in any way you are able, especially via Facebook.
      Caron

  12. hello please can i have a room thermometer for my nan she is 75 and cannot order 1 herself.

  13. Interesting blog with lots of great topics and information. Keep up the great writing Caron!

    1. Many thanks John for your kind comment. I don’t consider myself a good writer,however it does come from the heart.
      Please help me spread the word about Caron Cares in any way you can and sigh up for my weekly newsletter which keeps me in touch with my readers and with whom I share a little of what goes on behind the scenes of the blog.

      Thanks again,
      Best Wishes, Caron.

  14. Hi Caron,

    you are doing a great job. May God bless you abundantly.
    Please can I get a elderly wheel Chair for my mom.

    thank you and May God bless you.

    1. Hi Veronicah,
      So that I can point you in right direction for getting your mum a wheel chair I have sent you a brief email.
      Best wishes,
      Caron

  15. Great website Caron. I found this through Tiffany’s Chanllenge…I need info on my elderly mom so finding this was perfect timing. Looking forward to checking out the info you have here.

    1. Hi Sidney,
      Thanks for visiting Caron Cares. I shall take a peek at your blog too. Hope you do find something of use for your mum on my site.
      Best Wishes
      Caron

  16. Hi Caron,
    Thank you for emailing me via Linkedin. Your website looks great with excellent content. I also checked out Silverline, which I didn’t really know much about.
    The work you do is fantastic!
    Best wishes
    David

    1. Many thanks David for your kind words.
      It truly is a labour of love for me and I love being able to share the things I discover for the benefit of others.
      Until this morning I also knew nothing about The Silverline. It is a wonderful resource for the lonely and isolated elderly and I shall be spreading the word.

  17. Hi Caron, great website! I wondered if you could please send me a free age uk thermometer please?

  18. Also see http://www.onlinenexus.co.uk

    Good work you are doing. Also love the SW and come by Exeter often in the Spring and Summer. Meantime, I am working on a project to do with

    > Activities – reminiscing
    > older people talking about their history, perhaps showing old photo albums. Recording some stories and pics for sharing
    > bridging the digital-divide because of course spartphones which record voice and have cameras can be used, also to show folks lucky enough to have online friends and family members to encourage Skype and FB etc., may also point to ever more online resources for elder care.
    More anon

    Meantime let me know if you have any thoughts on the above

    best wishes
    Peter

  19. can I please have a free ageuk thermometer for my 80yr old mother

  20. Caron, I think you are doing a great job and it’s a fulfilling one. I hope the MP of your constituency have seen your work and commend it? You really need funding and help from them rather cutting services and compromising care of the elderly. I think you are blessed. Keep the good work on.
    More grease to your elbows. God bless you abundantly.

    1. Thanks for that comment Ambrose and nice to meet you via Linkedin.

  21. 23rd January, 2013

    Dear Caron would you please send me a free room temperature
    thermometer. thanking you

    1. Thank you for contacting me Anne,I have posted it to you today. Please allow a couple of days for delivery. Please help spread the word about Caron Cares and the thermometers.
      Best Wishes, Caron.

  22. Could you please send me 2Not too cold, not too hot free room thermometers for the elderly. I have elderly parents and they would benefit from one of these. The other one is for my mother-in-law.

    Many thanks A concerned Daughter and Daughter-in-law.

  23. Hi Caron, great looking web site! What an exciting new venture!!

    with all good wishes
    Robert

  24. Interesting website Caron. I hope you get lots of hits.

    Best wishes, Alison

  25. Well done Caron – excellent site! Very informative about so many issues and very user friendly.

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