Bike not buggy

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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Driving Miss Daisy

June 26, 2017

I was driving through Taunton in Somerset recently and saw a blue “Driving Miss Daisy” car for the first time. I came home and read more about this brilliant initiative. Working on a franchise model, Driving Miss Daisy provide a caring, safe and reliable community companion service. Their point of difference from other transportation providers is the […]

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Heatwave

June 19, 2017

  Not too hot! Keep the elderly safe in the heatwave FREE ROOM THERMOMETERS AVAILABLE – keep an eye on the temperature. Summer has arrived with a fierce heat. Not that I mind, but excess heat can spell trouble for the elderly. The recommended temperature for the main living room is 21C or 70F – my office […]

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Help for self-funders

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

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

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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Hydration causing confusion

June 7, 2017

Confusion in the elderly caused by dehydration Following on from my earlier article about encouraging elderly people to drink more fluids. This is important as the weather warms up. Confusion in the elderly is often caused by one of the following situations, Dementia or other memory loss Medication De-hydration Urine infection This article is focussing […]

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Good hydration

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

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

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!

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

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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Vet Vouchers

May 27, 2017

Vet Vouchers The ideal gift for someone elderly who has a pet. Ever struggled to buy an elderly relative, friend or neighbour a gift for their Birthday or at Christmas? Do they have a pet? I have the purrrrfect ( pardon the pun) solution! Vet vouchers are a new solution to large vet bills be they […]

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In praise of our NHS

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

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

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

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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Pharmacy 2 u

May 16, 2017

Pharmacy 2 U Are you busy caring for someone elderly and find getting to the pharmacy difficult. Does you local chemist not offer a home delivery service? Pharmacy 2 U may well offer the perfect solution. Your Doctor simply send the prescription to Pharmacy 2 U and the medication is delivered to your door, free […]

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Battle Burnout

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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Buurtzorg: Neighbourhood care that is going global

May 12, 2017

  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

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

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

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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Stair lifts

May 4, 2017

Stairlifts change lives I was contacted by Jennifer Isles of Acorn Stair lifts with this case study proving what an amazing difference they can make to someone’s’ life. An 81-year-old great-grandmother has spoken out about how a stairlift has changed her life  “I didn’t want the family home that I’ve lived in for 50 years […]

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Does exercise slow ageing

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.

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

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

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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Free First Aid Courses

April 24, 2017

  NCC Home Learning are offering the public 1000 free courses in order to raise awareness of how to deal with diabetes, as well as general first aid awareness Following an incident where a member of NCC Home Learning staff had to be given first aid in a McDonald’s Drive-thru, managers at NCC Home Learning […]

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Social Care Alliance

April 21, 2017

Social Care Alliance Over the course of the past 5 years, I have found myself mutate from reporter, using Caron Cares as a useful depository for information to a campaigner The fact that we need campaigners for better social care speaks volumes itself, and there are many of us. Each of us fighting for change, […]

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5th Birthday

April 17, 2017

HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY TO CARON CARES Today I am celebrating a milestone. Caron Cares has reached it’s 5th Birthday. Most Bloggers get bored and give up after one year, but I am still going strong. I am probably even more committed to helping people caring for the elderly as the care sector continues to collapse around […]

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TIA’s

April 15, 2017

Transient Ischaemic Attacks – T.I.A’s A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is in essence a mini stroke. It is caused by a temporary disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain. This disruption causes a lack of oxygen to the brain,which can in turn cause sudden symptoms similar to a stroke. Speech and visual disturbance, […]

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People not Problems

April 13, 2017

“People, not Problems” As a blogger and social media nightmare of the eldercare sector, I see it as my duty to keep up to date with media and in particular the online press coverage of “the elderly”. That’s it though, isn’t it?  “THE ELDERLY” clumped thoughtlessly together in a homogenous characterless group. “THE ELDERLY” clumped thoughtlessly […]

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GP Shortage starts to bite.

April 7, 2017

GP Shortage starts to bite. Patients will lose their “automatic right” to a same-day doctor’s appointment under new plans to cope with the shortage of GPs. My thoughts -I can see this leading to patients not either seeking medical treatment at all or needing to call an ambulance. Either way, it will lead to more […]

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GB Care Awards, Finals

April 7, 2017

GB Care Awards – National Finals Friday the 31st of March saw thousands of people who work in the social care sector gather at the International Conference Centre in Birmingham for a glittering night of celebration. Everyone was dressed to the nines and ready to party! This was a positive occasion to celebrate all that […]

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Tiredness

April 5, 2017

  Tiredness in later life Many people say they feel they are slowing down as they get older. Even my bionic Mother admits to needing to take things a little easier now she is over 70. Following a stroke, however many people feel a real increase in tiredness and find they lack energy as they […]

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Smart phone, smart ideas

April 3, 2017

Smart Phone, Smart Ideas The New amplicomms M9500 is the first Smartphone that turns into a remotely controlled device so Care Givers can support operation of the Phone or help in an Emergency •     Unique HELP Function for Relatives to remotely operate the phone •     Care Giver Function – remote Call […]

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