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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Aspririn

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 […]

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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. […]

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Pride of Britain Award

by Caron on July 16, 2017

  OMG! I have been nominated!

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Constipation

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 […]

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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 […]

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ooops!

by Caron on June 1, 2017

OOops!   As a blogger/writer I tell it like it is. No mincing my words, no apologies. I don’t make things up and I don’t exaggerate. I just tell it as it is. I was given two ready meals from Apetito/Wiltshire Farm foods. I don’t like food waste when I know people go hungry in the UK […]

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Evicted

by Caron on May 30, 2017

Evicted In old age, your home is your castle, safe as houses as the saying goes. Or so it should be. However, there are more and more instances where people are being “Evicted” from care homes! I am not wanting to be negative, but it is important for readers to know what can and does […]

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In praise of our NHS

by Caron on May 24, 2017

In praise of our NHS As a health and social care blogger, I decided to put the NHS emergency services to the test. Only joking, that would be really irresponsible of me, not to mention selfish taking up time and resources that are already as we know stretched to the limits. I did, however, find […]

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Mobility Scooters

by Caron on May 22, 2017

Mobility Scooters I am the biggest advocate for keeping our elderly independent, however not at the cost of accident and injury to other people. Mobility scooters, magic or madness? More and more elderly people are taking to our busy road and pavements. This is going to mean only one thing. More accidents. Two of my clients […]

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The Election

by Caron on May 20, 2017

The Election Here goes! 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 political hat”. It was then, I realised I had one.   Sadly since then, I have gone from […]

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Gifting Assets

by Caron on May 18, 2017

Gifting Assets   (Shared from the WHICH website and very important to read and know) The cost of care – residential care homes and nursing homes in particular – can be very high, so it’s understandable that some people might be tempted to ‘offload’ assets so that they are excluded from the financial assessment. You […]

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Battle Burnout

by Caron on May 14, 2017

Battle Burnout More and more campaigners are finding themselves facing Battle Burnout. People like Jenny Moore who has fought for 7 years to have the voices of elderly people heard. Carol Dimon, Ruth Ablett,Karen Armstrong,Christina Taylor,Joanne Fowler, and many others have fought for years to ensure change happens. I am questioning my efforts too. Who […]

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  Care Teams are the way forward The image above is one of my “Blue Sky Thinking” presentation slides, where I champion small care teams. Source: Buurtzorg: the Dutch model of neighbourhood care that is going global | Social Care Network | The Guardian I wanted to share this incredibly interesting article with you. I […]

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Giving up Driving

by Caron on May 10, 2017

Giving up driving Most of us rely on our cars and don’t want to think about the day we may have to consider giving up driving. One of my clients gave up his car this month after 80 years of driving. This was not an easy choice and has involved much consideration and planning. Simple […]

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High Blood Pressure

by Caron on May 8, 2017

  High Blood Pressure High Blood pressure increases your risk not only of a stroke or heart attack but also developing kidney disease and dementia. Simplified, blood pressure is the pressure of your blood in your arteries. If it is too high and left untreated it increases the risk of you having a stroke or […]

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In praise of the NHS

by Caron on May 6, 2017

In praise of the NHS Nowadays all we seem to hear about is how the NHS is failing our elderly, certain treatments refused on the grounds of age, poor standards of care in overstretched and understaffed hospitals, I could continue…. However, I was delighted to see that the system still offers an amazing standard of […]

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Does exercise slow ageing

by Caron on May 2, 2017

Does exercise slow ageing? We all know that exercise is good for controlling pain, weight, sleeping and just simply feeling better. Studies show it can help prevent diseases associated with ageing such as heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and dementia, but can exercise actually slow the ageing process? Researchers at King’s College London, believe […]

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Recognising elder abuse.

by Caron on April 30, 2017

Recognising Elder Abuse Elder Abuse is not acceptable – Would you recognise some of the less obvious signs ?  We all have the right to feel and be safe, regardless of our age or circumstances and it important that we are vigilant to ensure our elderly loved ones are safe and treated with the dignity and […]

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When should someone stop driving

by Caron on April 28, 2017

When should someone stop driving? When do you think elderly people should stop driving? Should there be a stated age, or re-test ? For many elderly drivers their car means independence to them, they can drive to the supermarket to shop and get out and about to visit friends.They can also visit partners or friends in […]

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Hospital Bag

by Caron on April 26, 2017

  Pack your bag! Make sure you have a hospital bag packed for someone elderly you care for especially if they are not in the best of health.Such a simple idea that can really prevent someone elderly from having an even worse time if admitted to hospital in an emergency. A hospital bag should contain […]

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