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What are carer support groups?

Caring for a loved one can be hard, so it is really important to establish a strong network which can support you on a regular basis. Caring for your loved one can be mentally and physically exhausting, so it is incredibly important to look after your own well-being alongside theirs. Carer support groups are a… Continue reading

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Raising Awareness for Dementia via the Arts: Precious Little Talent

Precious Little Talent directed by Grace Lewis aims to raise awareness about the effects of dementia using the medium of the arts to showcase different perspectives: those who live with dementia, those who care for them, their loved ones and the wider community. Precious Little Talent centres around a man named George who is living… Continue reading

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Parental Planning Guide

The population of the UK is aging. The stats are there in black and white. For example, a new study from a team of academics at Newcastle University has suggested by 2025 there will be an extra 335,000 people with complex care needs, with the number of people needing round-the-clock care set to rise by… Continue reading

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The Hidden Cost of Dementia

The 9th of September is National Dementia Carers Day and at Cera we felt that it is essential to highlight the important and influential role of family members in the role of caring for those that suffer from dementia. Often, they dedicate their whole lives to making sure that the person in their care can… Continue reading

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The Advantages of Home Care

The diagnosis of any illness can be a frightening time for both the individual and the family involved. However, it is important to carefully assess the type of care that is best suited to your loved one during this difficult period. Although care from a relative is possible in some situations, more often than not,… Continue reading

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How technology can help you stay on top of your medication

Ordering a repeat prescription can be a real headache, can’t it? Having to book an appointment with your GP, finding time to queue up in the pharmacy… it all seems needlessly complicated. A burden, even. On average, people in Britain take 20 items of prescribed medication annually, but nearly half of this medication isn’t taken… Continue reading

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Caring for the elderly in hot weather

Many welcome the hot weather, however for some, the recent heat waves may prove difficult and even dangerous. Below details information about those who are at most risk of heat-related health problems, and advice on how to deal with issues that might arise, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The elderly, those with chronic… Continue reading

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Funding your relative’s care

It is likely that your relative will need to contribute at least a proportion of their care costs. They may not qualify for local authority funding, or want to ‘top-up’ their care fees to ensure the best option for your family. It is difficult to predict how long your relative will need care, and thus… Continue reading

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Signs you need a break

As a family carer, you devote a lot of time looking after your loved one that you often forget about taking care of yourself. It can very easily be done and cause negative effects. It is important to realise when you are getting burnt out and need to take a break. Family carers tend to ‘just keep going’, until… Continue reading