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Today I’m on the ‘The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Tour.
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About the Author :
Deborah Stone is a leading expert in the field of elder care. Through her website she provides information and advice for families caring for older people, as well as advising companies on the effective development of products and services for older people. Deborah regularly appears on BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 5 as a care expert, as well as contributing to lifestyle magazines and national newspapers with advice for those making decisions about care for relatives.
Her novel, What’s Left Unsaid, won The Chill With A Book Runner Up Prize for Best Book of 2018.
Deborah’s next novel is due to be published in 2020.
No one wants to think about getting older. It’s true. At any age, when things are moving along normally day to day and everyone seems fit and well, there seems no reason to think about future problems that your friends and relatives might (and probably will) come across as they age. In fact, it might even seem a little morbid to think such thoughts, or possibly even tempting fate?
Yet there will come a time when you must raise these issues and, ideally, this should be before any problems arise. The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People is the ultimate source of information and help for families with care responsibilities. Deborah Stone draws on her extensive experience working in elder care to offer practical advice on every aspect of the field in-depth.
Topics range from how to get help immediately, legal information, care funding options, a guide to useful technology and advice on the main physical and mental health issues that affect older people. Plus, guidance is given on dealing with social services and ensuring you choose the right care for your situations. Crucially, the book also offers help on how to cope as a career with practical advice on juggling family, work and your caring responsibilities while looking after yourself.
What to Do If You Need Help NOW
If you need to get urgent help for an older relative or relative now, this is where to start.
Go to see the GP first
Your older relative’s GP should be your first port of call if you are concerned about their health and ability to cope at home. The GP will run tests if necessary and will do two main things:
• Discuss medical treatment and arrange any further tests they may require
• Liaise with the local authority to get a care assessment for your relative
Managing a care assessment
Care assessments are carried out at home. It is very helpful to write down any important points before the assessment, so you can input your concerns and do not forget any issues you want to raise. The care assessment will look at your relative’s needs and recommend the appropriate services. Normally, an assessment is required before any services can be provided by the social services department of a local authority, but if the need is urgent, the local authority can provide help without carrying out the assessment, following discussion with your relative’s GP. The local authority will implement a community care assessment in order to ascertain whether a person needs a community care service and, if they do, whether it can be provided by the local authority. The assessment should provide certain basic information and a care plan should be drawn up. A wide range of services could be needed, from mobility aids and adaptations in the person’s own home to the provision of care workers, or placing your relative in residential care. You can read the full details about care assessments and what they entail on pages 70–73.
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