Caring For an Elderly Person at Home

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A friendly guide to caring for an elderly person at home.

Written by  Caron Cares reader and newsletter subscriber, Pearl Whitehead, “Caring for an elderly person at Home” was written for the everyday person who may be considering caring for someone elderly as an alternative to residential care. Not everyone is a born carer and this book offers emotional and physical support along with useful practical ideas and solutions to problems.

Pearl clearly maintains that “Caring for an elderly person at home” is not a textbook designed at the paid, professional carers more a tool for those who do can for a loved one at home to be able to do with a greater insight of the issues faced in old age.

Looking Good/ Feeling Good

This sections takes a look at personal care and grooming and the importance of staying clean and wearing clean clothes. Not just focussing on the functionality Pearl examines reasons an elderly person may start to neglect them selves and personal care such as perceived cost and lack of mobility.

Where is the Nearest Loo ?

In this chapter Pearl looks at the problem of urinary incontinence, the causes, what help is available and how to help someone manage it.

What’s for lunch ?

Looks at the importance of a healthy diet for someone elderly, how to encourage a poor eater to eat more and food preparation and kitchen safety in general.

Getting around

This chapter covers accessibility and how to aid someone’s mobility both in and out of the home.

Other chapters cover advice regarding state benefits and legal matters, how to communicate well with someone elderly, keeping someone safe and what to do if you suspect they are being abused by someone and an important chapter about caring for the carer.


All in all, a really interesting read and available from  Amazon priced at £5.99.

I have kindly been given a copy to give away to subscribers. Please sign up for my monthly (ish) newsletter to be in the draw to win it. You can do this by adding just your name and email address to the form on the right hand side of this article.




Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.


  1. You are right Caron! – it looks like a very interesting and useful book.

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