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Easy ways for the elderly to play your favourite games online



The rise of online gaming It seems like you only have to go on a train or even into a restaurant these days to see people, of all ages, staring intently at their screens playing online games of some kind. It might seem a little odd that these seem so popular, but as anyone who’s …

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The internet is revolutionising elderly care



The internet is revolutionising elderly care The world wide web has been at our fingertips for over two decades now, and it has come an incredibly long way. From noisy dial up connections and impossibly slow download times, to streaming events in real time and speaking face to face with friends across the world, the …

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Arthritis and intimate hygiene



Arthritis is now the biggest cause of disability in Britain. More than 9.25million people are affected. The figure reinforces how few people with limitations are born with their affliction- it could be you! Arthritis Research UK has published guidance on dealing with daily life, particularly the bathroom. After all, its one of the most often …

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Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Undertaking positive risks to maintain independence.



Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Undertaking positive risks to maintain independence. Restrictions in social care and health funding now mean that older people and adults with long term conditions or disabilities are being actively encouraged to increase their independence, for example by managing their own support, travelling independently, and being fully involved in mainstream society through …

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Person centred care



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”



“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



  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



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?



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



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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