Person-Centred End of Life Care

Background Mrs Cook aged 93 was living life to the full. She enjoyed good health, lived independently and drove her car to various social activities, including circle dancing, short mat bowls and games of scrabble with her friends. Then, a few months ago everything changed. She was admitted to hospital with severe abdominal pain and … Continue reading “Person-Centred End of Life Care”

Person-centred care planning

Many professionals consider their practice is person centred but I often struggle to find evidence to support their claim. So what does being person centred mean and what does it look like? What Being Person Centred Means There is no universally accepted definition. The key principle for being person centred is to support and empower … Continue reading “Person-centred care planning”

Benefits checklist and other payments (2017/18)

For most people funding the cost of their care home fees represents the second largest purchase of their lifetime, second only to a mortgage. The benefits and other payments to which older people are entitled will help towards affording the fees of their chosen care home or home care package. Attendance Allowance 2017/18 rates Means … Continue reading “Benefits checklist and other payments (2017/18)”

Won’t listen or can’t hear?

Relative Matters were recently requested to review the care of an elderly lady in a nursing home. A care review involves a complete review of every aspect of a person’s life to ensure both their financial, physical, psychological wellbeing and religious/spiritual needs are met safely. Care Reviews It is often a complex piece of work … Continue reading “Won’t listen or can’t hear?”

Keeping older people warm in winter

With autumn here and winter creeping ever so closer, there is certainly a nip in the air. With this weather comes certain obstacles, especially for elderly people. As a younger person, there are plenty of things you can do to make these chilly seasons a lot more enjoyable for them. Avoiding Slips and Falls The … Continue reading “Keeping older people warm in winter”

Who Is Your Next Of Kin?

Many people think their NOK is their nearest relative but this is not the case. Read why in my latest blog post

How to Manage Incontinence When Travelling

Incontinence affects some older people (although it is not an inevitable part of ageing) If someone you know is challenged by continence, try these tips from Harman Direct will be helpful.

Planning End of Life Care

As its Dying Matters Awareness Week I would like to talk to you about the importance of getting your elderly loved ones to make plans for their end of life care. I have seen what happens when people don’t plan for having an accident, a stroke or an illness such as dementia, which leaves them … Continue reading “Planning End of Life Care”

7 tips for planning a Care Needs Assessment

In my previous blog, How To Avoid Negligence Claims – Working With Elderly Clients I outlined ten important questions to ensure practice is sound and person-centred and said that I would explore each one separately. My first considers care needs assessment for older people. Local authorities must undertake an assessment for any adult with an … Continue reading “7 tips for planning a Care Needs Assessment”

Stimulation for people with dementia

This guest post provides information about activities, games and excercises that provide stimulation for people living with dementia