• 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,…

  • Dementia

    The Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

      I often hear people referring to Alzheimer’s and Dementia as the same thing and alternating the use of the word, without fully understanding the true difference between both terms. Before I talk about the difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, let’s have a quick look at the current statistics.   Approximately 47 million people are currently living with the condition worldwide and the latest WHO statistics suggest that an average 9.9 million cases of dementia are diagnosed each year. The rapid increase in cases of dementia (it is estimated that numbers will triple by 2050) unfortunately means that we will all know someone who has been diagnosed with the disease in…

  • Self Care

    6 Ways I Stay Mentally Healthy

      Mental Health is a big part of my life. Although my current day job is doing one to one care for several people in the community, I’m actually a qualified mental health nurse. It is a job that I absolutely loved, but one that drained me mentally. I found it exceptionally hard to work with people who have such intense mental health needs, day in and day out. Personally, I have had bouts of depression on and off since I was 19. There have been days (and weeks and months) that I have struggled through, but there have been vast periods of time when I have been as perfect as…