• Illness

    Pressure Sores – What You Need To Know

        As with everything I write, I take inspiration from areas of care that I deal with regularly. I want to give you the information that is floating around in my head in the most comprehensive way possible. Pressure sores and everything you need to know about them may go into more detail than you need (I am specifically talking about the stages of a wound) but I regularly come up against people not truly understanding why I am so diligent about wound care and why it is so important. I feel if you understand why a wound is so deep you will understand why I am promoting good…

  • Caregiver,  Self Care

    6 Reasons You Need A Support Group

          Long-term and chronic illnesses can be exceptionally isolating. When we are given a diagnosis or begin to care for a loved one, our medical teams can encourage us to join a support group to share the burden. In my experience, we tend to let this advice fall by the wayside or feel like it would be an intimidating experience, yet being a part of a support group that can make a huge difference to how we cope with this transition in our lives.     Here are just some of the reasons you need a support group.   I know everything about my illness, what could I possibly…

  • Chronic Pain

    12 Must-Haves for Coping With Chronic Pain

      I don’t like dwelling on the fact that I am in pain all the time. I find that the more I think about it, the worse my pain becomes. I have spent a lot of time over the last 18 months denying the fact that I do indeed suffer from chronic pain and it has taken a lot of mental capacity to accept this, but I now that I am more readily able to accept that this is part of my life, I find I am able to cope somewhat better. As with most people who have chronic pain, I am in pain every day, but there are days…

  • Dementia

    Urinary Tract Infections in the Person With Dementia – What You Need to Know

      Understanding Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)  and their effect on the person with Dementia will enable you to identify, treat and understand what is happening.  Urinary tract infections in the person with dementia can be very common. Unfortunately, a UTI can cause sudden and extreme behavioural changes, such as confusion which is referred to as Delirium. The onset of delirium can happen in as little as one to two days, so if you notice a sudden change in behaviour, chances are your loved one may have a urinary infection.  So what do you need to know?     What Are Urinary Tract Infections? A UTI happens when bacteria enter the…

  • Caregiver

    7 Tips for Medical Appointments

      As we age, medical appointments – be it with doctors, nurses, occupational therapists or physiotherapists – become commonplace. You may be someone who doesn’t mind these visits or you may be someone that associates medical appointments with stress and anxiety. When you are caring for a loved one that has a diagnosis of a long-term illness, such as dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or cancer, you may find that there is more added pressure on you to hold everything together. In recent years, I have attended many appointments as a support, advocate and sometimes friend and I have put together a list of my 7 tips for medical appointments.    …

  • Caregiver

    Making the Home Safe for the Older Person

      One of my favourite parts of caring in the community is the initial assessment that I do. I love being welcomed into the home and learning more about the current situation, what prompted the contact with me and about their lives in general. I have an initial assessment that I carry out, it is a list of standard questions that allow me to put together the best care plan possible. What most people are probably not aware of, is that whilst we are chatting and getting to know each other, I am also assessing our surrounding, particularly to assess what the likelihood of falls is within the environment. Making the…

  • Books

    Monthly Reads – January and February ’18

      Last year, I read a pityingly small amount of books – 20 according to my Goodreads account – and I think that the majority of them were in the last 3 months of the year. Since becoming a mum, reading has fallen by the wayside, so I set myself the goal of reading 52 books in 2018. I have started off a little slow but I am hoping to pick up the pace as I have picked up some really great books on Amazon over the last few weeks. I find that making time for myself throughout the day, and after A & E go to bed at night,…