A Caring Story: A Man Living With Dementia And 30 St Mary Axe

James C. Cantwell | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
James C. Cantwell

During the first year-or-so of my University degree, I worked part time locally as a residential care assistant for people with dementia. Like many o...

Letter To The Prime Minister

Lisa Wootton | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Wootton

everybody banner Nobody plans on becoming a special needs parent. Nobody. You don't visualize the future caring for your child for the rest of your life. Inadvertently you are training them to be independent from a very young age.

No More Need For Dr Google - How Your Library Can Support Your Health

Sue Wilkinson | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Wilkinson

If I were to go out onto the streets today and ask passers-by where they go for support and information on their health I'm sure I'd get many of the same answers: the GP, the walk in centre, the infamous Dr Google. They might not, however, say the library; they are not, for many people, synonymous with health and wellbeing, but they should be.

Building Lives: Bonding With Your Baby

Tessa Baradon | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Parents
Tessa Baradon

There is much discussion about environments these days: how to preserve our environment and exposure to the damage that thoughtless human activity is causing. 'Environment' refers to the surrounding in which we live. Babies' environments are the relationships they have with those who care for them.

Being A Carer Doesn't Define Me, But It Is A Part Of Who I Am

David Dean | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK
David Dean

I never make any secret of the fact that sometimes my day's work is the equivalent of somebody else's respite care, because it gives me a smattering of normality for a few hours a day. I do have to work all the hours I can to build up the business, while keeping a couple of days a week to help Julie, but this has meant we have had to put our house on the market and downsize.

So You're Supporting An Abuse Survivor

Ben Moore | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Ben Moore

I think it was fifteen years ago when my wife first told me she had been abused as a child. I was 21 and I had no idea what to do.

Wishes Do Come True

Henning van der Hoeven | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Henning van der Hoeven

When your wife cannot move at all. Chronicles of a husband whose wife is almost completely paralysed (unable to move or speak). I was in search for a...

I Was His Daughter, I Never Imagined Being His Carer

Áine Murphy | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Áine Murphy

I've never thought of myself as a carer but when my dad was discharged from hospital care, after choosing to spend the last months of his life at home, he was cared for by myself and our family as we were the people that were there day in, day out. I'm one of five children, and three siblings already lived close by, but my sister and I moved home to be there too.

One of My Clients Died Today

Helen McEntire | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Helen McEntire

On the day he died I went to see him. His wife and I stood either side of the bed holding hands over him and reminiscing about some of the holidays we'd had together. He took two breaths and then became very still. It was extremely peaceful. Somehow it wasn't sad... it was right for him to go.

Too Busy for a Break

Iona Shanks | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Iona Shanks

We live in a fast paced world and it seems there is really no other lane in life to live than the fast lane. That saying comes to mind "if you're not fast you're last" when I think about how quickly everything is done today, technology really is a blessing and a curse.

Why Care? It's What We Do

Iona Shanks | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Iona Shanks

Being a young carer can be difficult, and at times lonely, but I can honestly say hand on heart that nothing makes me more proud than to say that I am a young carer.

Dementia - A Christmas Story

Dawn Vance | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dawn Vance

This will be the fifth Christmas that Mary has had to share with dementia. The first Christmas was the one where she couldn't remember whether she had bought enough snacks for everyone and ended up with six family packs of peanuts. Then she forgot to turn the oven on, so dinner was four hours late...

Dementia - They Don't Tell You These Things...

Dawn Vance | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dawn Vance

They don't tell you about the friends she's had for years who gradually stop coming to visit because they 'hate seeing her like that'. I'm pretty sure she hates being 'like that' too, but she could really do with a friend. They'll all be at her funeral though, because that's what friends are for, isn't it?

Caring for Elderly Relatives

Susan Eskinazi | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK
Susan Eskinazi

Caring for elderly relatives is not easy, but don't forget that it's a generous and fulfilling thing to do. Your loved one may not be able to express it but they'll undoubtedly be grateful to have someone who is willing to care for them in their vulnerable years.

Autism: The Return to School After the Christmas Break

Jo Worgan | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

This week signals the end of the Christmas holidays and the return to school. I love having my children home for the holidays but I absolutely dread the return to school. For my youngest son who is on the autistic spectrum this total change in routine is very upsetting for him and you can visibly see his anxiety levels rising.

I Support Contact a Family in Their Proposed Raising Earning Limits for Carers

Jo Worgan | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Life is hard enough for carers; I myself am one to my young son. Many carers are already isolated due to the nature of caring for their child or other relative and for any carer the limitation of earnings will probably force them to make the unwanted decision to stop working.

Oh, Lucky Man

Mik Scarlet | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

I have always been lucky when I needed help though. When I was a child my Mother was always there for me, and when I was very ill as a teenager she got me through a period that was one of the darkest imaginable. That is lucky enough, but to then find a partner who equally cares for me is like winning the lottery every weekend.

What is a Personal Assistant?

Simon Stevens | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I would define a personal assistant as someone independent directly employed by a person who is capable of directing them and requires care and/or support tasks to be performed...The person has to be employed rather than self-employed, which has been a bone of contention between myself and the government who believes it does not matter how people are employed.

The Carer's Lifeline

Rita Pal | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK
Rita Pal

Carers' Week runs from 10 -19 June 2013. This UK-wide annual awareness campaign is aimed at improving the lives of the country's 6.5million carers [700,000 are young carers].

The Single Life and the Value of the Personal Mastermind Group

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK
Martina Keens-Betts

I recently attended a government-related healthcare function where I was confronted with an award-winning company owner who boasted that he'd been abl...

Being a Caregiver

Elaine Benton | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Let's be brutally honest; becoming a caregiver is without doubt a job nobody in their right mind asks for, wants or expects. Suddenly a person can find themselves in the position of having to take care of an ageing parent or spouse. The hours are long; constant tiresome challenges, no vacation, it is a 24/7 job.

You Don't Need to Teach Nurses/Carers Compassion, you just need to Make Sure They Are Doing Their Job - A Carer's View

Hannah Gal | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK
Hannah Gal

What would you like for christmas? I ask 93-year-old Winnie at the end of my daily morning visit. 'just a bit of company', she replies with a somewhat sad smile. 

Carer Convicted Of Murder After Beating Man, 77, To Death With Hammer

PA | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK

A carer who "brutally" beat an elderly man to death in a hammer attack after he changed his will to leave her a £340,000 legacy has been convicted of...