Tag Archives: Care

Living with frailty – Independence and control

In the third in a series of blogs on the experience of living with frailty, we discuss research findings on how people manage everyday tasks and their desire to retain independence and control.

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Acknowledging frailty

In the second in a series of blog posts on the experience of living with frailty, we discuss research findings on how people acknowledge and adjust to changes in their health and capacity.

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Understanding the lives of people living with frailty

An older man walking in his garden

In the first of a series of blog posts, we talk about a major piece of research published by Age UK with Ipsos MORI on the experience of living with frailty.

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Carers Week: Suzy’s story (part 2)

This week is Carers Week – a time to celebrate the contribution of the 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK. It is also the moment when several charities, including Age UK, come together to call for better support for carers.

Suzy shares her story of being a carer. In part 1, Suzy explained what it’s like to care for her mother with dementia. Today, she explains about the challenges of getting the support she needs.

The difficulties we face in caring for Mum come when we seek help from outside our home when the services that are offered seem to be one size fits all.

We have been offered respite care. This means Mum going into a local care home. This would mean Mum being away from us in a building she doesn’t know with people she doesn’t know.

Mum would not settle in this environment, I know that. We would also run the risk that Mum would not remember her own home on return from respite care.

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