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Free Flu Jab

by Caron on October 18, 2017

Free Flu jab – but not for all carers Having just had my 5th flu jab in as many years, it amazes me that they are not made freely available for all caregivers whether paid or unpaid. Imagine you are caring for someone 24/7 – they may be elderly, they may have dementia – and […]


More Gift Ideas

by Caron on October 14, 2017

Christmas gift ideas for someone elderly or someone with dementia. The clock is ticking and now with less than 10 weeks until Christmas Day, do you need some help? This is the article featured in Devon Life last year, with a few tweaks and additions. I hope it helps? What DO you buy someone elderly […]



by Caron on October 8, 2017

Charming Whilst my blog may not be the most amazing, it is written with passion and consideration. You will therefore appreciate how delighted ( not) I was to receive this email. Dear business owner of,   You can’t expect your website to increase your revenue with so many errors. Many business owners get puzzled as […]


“It’s not all Turkey and Tinsel”

by Caron on October 7, 2017

It’s not all Turkey and Tinsel Sneak preview of my Christmas article for Devon Life. “It’s not all Tinsel and Turkey” – Christmas caring for someone with #dementia. – It’s not gone to the Editor yet, so edits welcome xx “It’s not all Turkey and Tinsel” Amidst all the excitement and planning for a “Happy Christmas” […]


Steve, 46 has dementia

by Caron on October 4, 2017

Meet Steve. Steve is 46 and he has dementia. Often when I make the dementia assistance cards for people I don’t know anything about them. I have just made some cards for Steve and this is his story. Much of a great chef’s skill is stored in muscle memory; in the ability to consistently perform […]


Dementia-No council tax

by Caron on September 30, 2017

Dementia – no council tax due Tens of thousands of vulnerable people could be missing out on a council tax discount that could save them thousands of pounds, research suggests. People diagnosed as “severely mentally impaired” don’t have to pay the tax and two-person households, where one is a sufferer, qualify for a 25% discount. […]

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Care Workers Organisations

by Caron on September 21, 2017

Care workers Organisation At long last a professional body for carers   The National Association of Care and Support Workers The National Association of Care and Support workers are the first organisation of its kind to be able to secure a meeting with the Government. The cabinet admitted ( for its sins)  that it was […]


Caregiver health

by Caron on September 18, 2017

Caregiver health       Caregiver health is a topic dear to my heart so when Joe from Vive Health offered to share this post with me, I was delighted. As the air stewards say “Fit your oxygen mask, before you fit someone elses”. Look after yourself so you can care for someone else. Health […]



by Caron on September 17, 2017

Priceless Still going strong are my free to make at home dementia assistance cards. These personalised, award winning cards help people with dementia remain independent for longer.They also give loved ones peace of mind. You can make yours free of charge here or contact me using the contact form at the top of the screen to […]



by Caron on September 15, 2017

  I am Sorry I sometimes feel my little blog gets neglected. Yes,there are well over 800 articles here, plenty to keep most people occupied for a lifetime, I still feel that I should be updating it more often. BUT, social media comes in many forms and whilst blogging is amazing to really get things […]



by Caron on September 8, 2017

Eeeee-excited   I have just seen the Judges have been selected to choose the final 6 shortlisted blogs from the 10 for the prestigious Vuelio awards 2017. Caron Cares is incredibly proud to have made top 10 anyway, but when I saw the Judges, I knew the game was up! Young, fresh professionals and in […]


£7 billion deficit in elderly care – a year ! I have been banging on about this for a few years now. Why on earth has this issue not been addressed sooner. The insurance industry have a phrase, ” The cost of delay” and this is a prime example. The post war Government knew there […]

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Care shortfall £7billion 

by Caron on August 30, 2017


Insuring against old age

by Caron on August 24, 2017

Insuring against old age! Once upon a time we used to provide for our non-working days with a pension. Many people left school and worked for the same company for donkey’s years looking forward to their final salary pension coming in. Guaranteed job for life, guaranteed pension. How times have changed. Zero contract hours, job […]



by Caron on August 22, 2017

Another of my musings! Instant Have you noticed how instant we are becoming? Children fed on demand, feed me, feed me now. Years ago, the rule was four hourly feeds and baby you left baby to cry if it was hungry in between! Now we want it all NOW! Amazon Prime, you don’t even leave […]


Maintaining Brain Health

by Caron on August 18, 2017

Maintaining brain health for people with dementia Physical health, nutrition, mood . . . caregivers of aging parents with dementia are vigilant about monitoring and addressing so many aspects of their loved one’s well-being, but what about brain health? The emotional roller coaster which comes with processing the cognitive decline of a parent or other […]


Communication sheets

by Caron on August 15, 2017

“Lost for words” Easy to use communication sheets Imagine being trapped in your own mind, knowing what you want to say, but just not knowing how to say it. Imagine having had a stroke or living with dementia, unable to make your needs known or express your feelings. This incredibly simple solution came to be […]


Who cares for the carers?

by Caron on August 8, 2017

About you carers? You care for a loved one, simply because you care for them or love them but who cares for you. Would you know where to turn if you needed help or support? Would your GP be sympathetic and supportive if your caring duties were grinding you down? It is well documented in […]


Aortic Screening

by Caron on August 6, 2017

  Screening for Abdominal aortic aneurysm. In England, screening for AAA is offered to men during the year they turn 65. Men aged 65 or over are most at risk of AAAs. Screening can help spot a swelling in the aorta early on when it can be treated. Screening for AAA isn’t routinely offered to: women men under 65 […]


Top 10 UK Health Blog

by Caron on August 4, 2017

It’s official Caron Cares is a Top 10 UK Health Blog I am incredibly pleased and slightly humbled to have had Caron Cares listed as one of the UK’s top 10 Health blogs, alongside social media legends such as the “Mental Elf” and “Evidentially Cochrane”. This has led to a blogger spotlight bio on their website, […]


The perfect care home

by Caron on August 2, 2017

The Perfect Care Home. I have followed the work of Paul Burstow for some time now and this article mirrored one I wrote years ago about “My ideal care home, in an ideal world” Here is Paul’s article and whilst I dream to think that care could and would really look like this who will […]


A Soap Box and a Heavy Heart

by Caron on July 31, 2017

A Heavy Heart and a Soap Box   This day was a monumental day for all the wrong reasons seeing the future funding of social care cut in the UK. Even more cuts to social care in an ageing County. Devon’s population of over 65’s is 21.3%. Doesn’t sound many but it’s 31.5% over the national […]


Political Hats

by Caron on July 29, 2017

  Political Hats   I wrote this before the General Election in June 2017. Better late than never to share here! POLITICAL HATS. I never used to think of myself as politically minded. One day I was with a care home owner I was interviewing for a Devon Life article, and he said: “Take off your […]


Protecting the elderly-scams

by Caron on July 24, 2017

Scams and how to protect someone elderly With an estimated 50% of elderly people reportedly being targetted for scams, I feel we need some clearly stated facts educating us, Scam alert education. I think there should be some simple warnings describing what could potentially be a scam, especially a phone scam. With many people living […]



by Caron on July 21, 2017

Do you carry an aspirin with you at all times? No nor do I, however, it may be worth starting to do so. Having an aspirin close to hand may just save your life or someone else’s. If you think you or someone else is having a heart attack CALL 999 and if you can […]


Arthritis Pain

by Caron on July 19, 2017

Simple Tips For Rethinking Arthritis Pain This is a guest post from Joe Flemming, from Vive Health. Arthritis pain in shoulders, knees, ankles, and other joints is not easy to deal with, especially as we get older and encounter other health problems. Even mild over-the-counter pain relievers, like aspirin or ibuprofen, carry unwanted side effects. […]


Pride of Britain Award

by Caron on July 16, 2017

  OMG! I have been nominated!


Get outside

by Caron on July 8, 2017

  Get Outside Research finds care home design isn’t depressing – providing you can actually get outside  With around 40% of residents in UK care homes having significant depressive symptoms, researchers have questioned whether the design of the physical environment of homes could be contributing to the problem, and how this could be addressed. New […]


Cuts, cuts, and more cuts.

by Caron on July 6, 2017

Cuts, cuts, and more cuts. Local authorities plan to find £824m of savings, meaning they will be spending £6bn less on social care than in 2010 when austerity began. Cuts to social care will continue this year despite ministers putting in an extra £1bn to halt the deterioration in services, senior council officials have said. […]


Empathy Apathy

by Caron on June 29, 2017

Empathy Apathy The recent revelations that Bupa, making £700 million a year profit from care homes are the perpetrators of “institutional abuse’ shocked the Nation, for all of ten seconds, or so it seems Has the constant bombardment of negativity in the media caused us to become de-sensitized? Do we move on so fast as […]


Bike not buggy

by Caron on June 28, 2017

Bike not Buggy Whilst they may not be Bradley Wiggins, have you noticed how some elderly people still cycle everywhere? This is because they find cycling easier that walking and this article caught my eye. It is from the Guardian and it details how attitudes are slowly changing with cycles being seen as an alternative […]


Help for self-funders

by Caron on June 13, 2017

  Care Co-operative helps self-funders This is a very interesting initiative for people self-funding care. This article was in the Telegraph and I am sharing it here in its entirety. Helping choose a care home for a beloved parent could be one of the most anxious times of your life. That was certainly the experience […]


Social Care Alliance

by Caron on June 11, 2017

The Social Care Alliance The election may be over but the politics is not. Social Care is a topical challenge, one that is not going away now the votes have been counted, and with the Conservatives remaining in office their manifesto, harsh at is was, remains. Many people like myself fight for better care for […]


Carer’s Week

by Caron on June 9, 2017

Carer’s week June 12-18th One week to draw attention to the amazing job carers do day in day out. Is that really enough? Should we need to have such a week? Should carers not be automatically applauded and appreciated for the selfless job they do? Questions, questions. We know the answers, so then why do […]

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Good hydration

by Caron on June 5, 2017

  Think Drink As the temperatures start to rise it becomes more and more important to check that our elderly are drinking sufficient water to avoid becoming dehydrated. Many elderly people today still don’t drink sufficient fluids and certainly not water. However, there are a few tips to help maintain their fluid levels. Add sugar-free […]



by Caron on June 5, 2017

  Constipation needn’t be a pain in the bum! This article has been kindly written for Caron Cares by  Nutritionist Hazel Pelham and looks at some gentle, effective solutions to the troublesome issue of constipation for elderly people. This is what Hazel advises.   Constipation is a common problem for older people.  Reduced mobility and […]


Age Related Sarcoponia

by Caron on June 3, 2017

Age Related Sarcopenia One in 20 older people and one in three who live in residential or nursing home may have age-related Sarcopenia. This is the term for loss of muscle mass and strength and one I hadn’t come across before. The National Sarcopenia initiative aims to increase awareness and screening. The British Diabetic Association […]