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Person centred care


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PERSON-CENTRED CARE  Person-centred care is becoming an increasing driver in health & social care provision. Authorities adopt it because in theory it can “improve outcomes”, to use their terminology. To you or I (the client/patient), it means we are more in control of how our care is delivered: it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to …

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“Disregards”, Deferred Payment Agreements and the “Dementia Tax”


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“Disregards”, Deferred Payment Agreements and the “Dementia Tax” In a recently published academic paper, I unwittingly considered the background to what was to become the “Dementia Tax” debate. There were many frustrating elements to that debate. For a start, the Conservatives’ proposal was not a tax in the true sense, but a liability to fund …

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Toilet Talk


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  Toilet Talk More people in Britain suffer from incontinence than suffer from asthma or diabetes! The Bladder & Bowel Foundation statistic demonstrates that maybe it’s time we ‘talked toilet’ more openly. The organisation claims up to 14million people have bladder control problems, and at least 6.5million bowel issues. As a nation, the British have …

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Carers can take telecare into the digital age


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Carers can take telecare into the digital age In our first blog we covered a broad definition and three key principles of delivering Safer Independence; Mobility, Safety and Being Connected. In this second blog we explain how telecare has evolved and how Oysta is supporting care organisations and vulnerable individuals in a health and social …

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What do our older generation make of the social care crisis?


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The discussion around social care has been growing in recent months as opposing parties have put forward their proposals on how to tackle the crisis. With the UK now in an even more unstable position politically, the future of social care has become more uncertain. The anticipation for the government’s green paper is now higher …

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Medicine Management for the Elderly: Tips & Advice


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Medicine Management for the Elderly: Tips & Advice Being responsible for an elderly person’s wellbeing can be very difficult, especially when they’re taking lots of different types of medication. If you make a mistake, it can be a matter of life and death. But don’t worry: there are lots of different things you can try …

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Adapt & take control


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  ADAPT AND TAKE CONTROL What do you think is the UK’s biggest single cause of disability? Believe it or not, it is arthritis. It affects at least nine million people, and reinforces the point that most people become limited, rather than being born with a disability. It also proves it could be you, especially …

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8 low cost activities for the elderly


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8 low-cost activities for the elderly. Looking for fun, engaging activities for seniors that won’t break the bank? The cost of aging isn’t cheap, but that doesn’t mean your fun can’t be! Check out these 8 inexpensive activities for seniors: 1 – Digital games: Free apps that let seniors play their favorite games like Scrabble, …

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Dealing with the impact of bowel issues


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DEALING WITH THE IMPACT OF BOWEL ISSUES According to the NHS, it is estimated that at least 50% of people have diverticula by the time they are 80 years old: equivalent to 1.5million people; 5% of people- over 3million of us- have them by the age of 40. The condition can become so extreme that …

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What does the Court of Protection do and how can it help you or your family?


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What does the Court of Protection do and how can it help you or your family?  The Court of Protection (COP) makes decisions on financial or welfare matters for people who cannot make decisions at the time they need to be made. When a family member, friend or loved one lacks mental capacity to make …

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