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 see 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 and isolated, let alone 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 Facebook and Twitter @caroncares2, where I am very active, it’s the best place to keep up with me !

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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) it allows me more freedom and I absolutely love my work. It’s more like having an extended family than working . I have worked in a caring role for most of my adult life and do truly believe 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

 

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Susan April 16, 2017 at 12:40 am

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

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Tamsin January 30, 2016 at 12:41 am

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

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Caron January 30, 2016 at 2:57 pm

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

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Sally Wilse May 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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.

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Caron May 12, 2014 at 7:06 pm

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.

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Norah September 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm

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.

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Robert August 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

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

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Caron August 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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.

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Lucy Bronk May 31, 2013 at 9:14 am

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 🙂

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Caron June 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm

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.

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Pedro May 18, 2013 at 4:32 pm

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!

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Caron May 20, 2013 at 7:28 pm

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.

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Adrian Toole April 20, 2013 at 11:08 pm

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.

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Caron April 21, 2013 at 10:43 am

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.

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Martyn April 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm

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

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Caron April 21, 2013 at 10:36 am

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.

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Helene Malmsio April 14, 2013 at 6:10 am

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.

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Caron April 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm

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

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kirsty walsh March 26, 2013 at 1:01 am

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

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John Ashby March 4, 2013 at 11:34 pm

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

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Caron March 5, 2013 at 9:54 am

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.

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veronicah February 27, 2013 at 8:23 am

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.

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Caron February 27, 2013 at 7:15 pm

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

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Sydney February 27, 2013 at 12:39 am

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.

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Caron February 27, 2013 at 7:30 am

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

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david February 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm

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

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Caron February 24, 2013 at 5:36 pm

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.

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Pat Dudley February 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm

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

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Peter Ashby February 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

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

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peter February 7, 2013 at 3:40 pm

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

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Ambrose Isibor February 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm

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.

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Caron February 4, 2013 at 8:32 pm

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

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anne smith January 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm

23rd January, 2013

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

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Caron January 24, 2013 at 10:08 am

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.

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Mrs Lonnon January 17, 2013 at 11:51 am

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.

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Robert August 24, 2012 at 11:03 am

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

with all good wishes
Robert

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Ali July 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm

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

Best wishes, Alison

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Christine Hodgson July 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

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

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