In this guide we provide advice on how to deal with your loved one’s medical problems and medication management, with information on first aid kits, prescriptions, dealing with vision and hearing problems and managing incontinence.
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In this guide
Correctly storing medication and using a pill dispenser can help your relative take medication as prescribed. Find out more about medication management systems here.
Having a well-stocked first aid kit is important in any home, but if you are caring for an elderly relative, it is absolutely essential.
People over the age of 60 are eligible for free prescriptions and generally it is possible for a friend or relative to collect on their behalf.
If your relative is experiencing problems with their vision or hearing, they should speak to their GP for an eye or hearing test, free on the NHS for those over 60.
There are numerous products that can help manage or relieve symptoms of incontinence. Additionally, small adjustments to the home and bathroom can have a beneficial effect.
Diane cares for her 88-year-old father, Jim, who has reduced mobility and incontinence issues due to a stroke, but is mentally very active.
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Glynis's mother Dorothy had a stroke and she then cared for her at home until she died, aged 93.
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