The Cat Community Radio CIC – Interview Link

Link to Podcast 23rd April For Cat Radio With Gary Johnson Presenter of Breakfast With The Cat The Cat Community Radio CIC www.thisisthecat.com I went on to Cat radio to talk to Gary Johnson about I’m Worried About Mum and how I help family carers to cope. […]

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I’m worried about coronavirous

The global outbreak of coronavirus means that everything has changed in the past few months, and we’re all having to make adjustments day to day depending on the news. None of us want to feel like we’re out of control of our own lives, but we now know everyone will need to make sustained changes […]

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Memory Loss with Coloured Lights

In memory of Jack, Caroline’s much loved dad, who battled coronavirus, and died peacefully April 2020 Memory Loss with Coloured Lights Those are my dad’s own words Written recently aged 82. Diagnosed three years ago with Mixed dementia with Lewy Bodies. The mixed dementia is a catch-all term: Vascular dementia from the stroke damage With […]

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If your parent needs care – who pays?

No one wants to think of their parents needing care, but more than 400,000 people currently live in a care home and 1000’s get help with day to day care in their own home. Attendance Allowance This is money the Government give to people over 65 years of age to pay towards care in the […]

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Equilibrium article

I was asked to write an article for Equilibrium Wealth Management for their client magazine, and I’d like to share it with you […]

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Are you concerned because your mum is in her 80’s and still driving?

Nothing is more important than your mum’s safety and, of course, the safety of other road users or pedestrians. However, if your mum wants to continue driving, she is mentally and physically healthy and has good eyesight, there is no reason in law to stop her.  You might think it is cause for concern but […]

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Difficult conversations with older people

Most of the time, we want an easy life, free of conflict and uncomfortable moments. As your parents grow older, becoming frailer and needing more help, there are times when you have to take the lead and you can’t avoid having that difficult conversation: If your mum is diagnosed with dementia or another life changing […]

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Home care is good, so use it

Families who are caring for a loved one can sometimes struggle to know when it is the right time is to ask for help. Quite often I find that families leave it too late, and they are almost on their knees with exhaustion or the stress of juggling work, children and a busy life by […]

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FREE Family and Carer Information Event

  Q: When should I start talking to my parents about their future care thoughts and wishes? Q: I’ve promised my mum I wouldn’t put her in a home, but now she needs more care than I can give her and I’m exhausted. What should I do? It’s four weeks now until my first I’m […]

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Have a voice in social care - let CQC know about your experiencesHave you had your say to CQC yet?

From 17 September CQC will be doing a month long focus encouraging people with long term or invisible conditions to speak up.
People with long-term health conditions are some of the most frequent users of health and care services, and can be among the most vulnerable. However, we know they're also the best at feeding back on care – to know what services are working well and where care may need to be improved.
We've seen a fall in the numbers of people sharing experiences and launching this focus to encourage people with long term or invisible conditions to continue to feedback on their care, or that of a loved one. Health and care services want more people to share their experiences so they can learn and find out how to help.

It’s more vital than ever that we understand people's experiences of care. Feedback helps us monitor services to know when, where and what to inspect.

Your feedback matters.
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How are you feeling today? I've been to an early business networking group today (7.15am start, eek)! I was reminded to be kind to myself today and I wanted to remind you all to do the same.

We can be our own worst critics when we get stuff wrong. We certainly wouldn't say things to our friends which we say to ourselves, and so often we set our own standards way above what we expect of them.

So today, it's okay to make mistakes, to take time for ourselves and to be our own best friend. It's okay to be 'good enough' and not to be perfect. You are loved, you are a good person and still learning in life so give yourself a pat on the back for what you have achieved.

Comment below on what has gone well for you this week and let's share our good news.

As ever, if you need a chat, please send me a private message
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It's a really worrying time for families who have a loved one in a care home. For many people, face to face visits since Covid-19 began have been cancelled and any contact has been through a window, via facetime or skype, or if they are lucky, face to face in a garden.......but still no hugs or kisses for those they love so much. 6 months of no physical contact has been difficult to bear.

Even with the best care and support where they live, older people must be feeling lonely and sad. How do you explain and reassure them that they are loved, missed and valued so much? How can you even start to explain to someone with dementia what is happening?

Families are suffering too. They are desperate to spend time with their loved one. They know their loved one is vulnerable to Covid-19 in a care home setting and there is nothing they can do. They also know that their mum’s life is possibly measured in months rather than years and so every second is precious and every minute apart agony.

Covid-19 restrictions have tightened again, so any hope of an end to this situation have gone. To me, this is a frightening proposition. 6 months apart already and no hope of an end. The impact of this virus is devastating.

The risks have to be managed, but consideration has to be given to supporting vital relationships between vulnerable people and their much-loved mums.

If you need some emotional support through this difficult time, contact me tel 07923184316. I also have a private Facebook page where you can share your feelings and get support from other people who understand what you are going through.
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Friends in Winsford and the surrounding area, isn’t this a kind idea. Please nominate a deserving couple if you know of anyone who can’t get to the café ... See MoreSee Less

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Quite sobering to read a headline like this isn’t it'There’ll be a million people with dementia in the UK by 2025. A million people living with a condition that does not yet have a cure.

'People with dementia have already been hit hardest by the pandemic, this crisis risks their futures too.'

Research charities - like Alzheimer's Society - expect to see on average a 40% fall in research investment this year. This will delay progress towards new treatments and better care, and risks a brain drain as young researchers leave the field of dementia.

Working with Alzheimer's Research UK and nearly 300 researchers, we've written to the Science Minister Amanda Solloway, urging the Government to commit to its pledge to double dementia research funding. Read more: bit.ly/3lHxemU
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Just Ausome clothing rangeLogo redesign for Just Ausome

Just ausome is an autism awareness clothing brand which sells a lot of great products and clothing.

Go and check them out at www.justausome.co.uk

Let me know what you think of this new logo in the comments also 💭

#graphicdesign #autismawareness #autism #logo #art
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Do you feel stressed and overwhelmed with caring for your elderly parents? I can help you to get clarity over the issues which are causing you to feel that way and find ways to make you feel more in control of your life.

This month I challenge you to think about what is holding you back and then ask for support. I can offer you an hour of confidential advice, support and information for £50.00. If you do need more time, your second hour is free.
Email me: sally@imworriedaboutmum.com to take up my offer. Please share my offer with your family and friends so that as many people as possible know about my support.
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Thanks for sending this to me Sharon Hendrie, it’s a lovely story 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less

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Bless this gentleman, so happy with his companion 🥰"My dad has Lewy Body Dementia. He lives in the hospital in a hospital air bed. My father loves cats and dogs, especially cats. He was a real cat man and always had cats. For Christmas we bought him a Joy For ALL robotic lifelike companion cat in his favourite orange and white tabby colour. This kitty is amazing and is totally interactive and responds to petting and human touch and voice. This robotic cat purrs and meows and licks it’s paw and rolls over and blinks and head butts. My dad LOVES this cat so much. He named his kitty Buddy and my dad is so much happier and calmer and this cat brings him so much comfort and companionship. To see his face and eyes light up that he has a kitty again was priceless. Made me cry. My dad was so happy on Christmas Day. He holds the kitty in his arms constantly. My dad believes this is a real live kitty. All the nurses were blown away by the difference in my father. I highly recommend these companion robotic cats for any seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s." - Cheryl Yates

Joy for All Tabby Companion Cat 👉https://specialneedstoys.com/uk/tabby-companion-cat-a-joy-for-all.html
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This is a really good illustration of all the types of dementiaI spend a lot of time in my local community speaking with families who help loved ones living with Dementia. One question I am frequently asked is "What is the difference between Alzheimer's and Dementia"?

Dementia is a collection of symptoms which affects mental processes in a number of ways, from impaired communication to memory loss. Alzheimer’s disease, on the other hand, is a form of brain disease responsible for those very symptoms.
Alzheimer’s is one of the most common forms of dementia, accounting for up to 70% of diagnosed cases.

Be assured, there is no reason a diagnosis should mean your loved one can not continue to lead a fulfilling life. In fact, with the support of a Right at Home carer, they’ll be able to receive the right care they need throughout the stages of dementia, all in the place they know and love.

If you would like to know more please call our Northwich team 01606 537400.
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If you want a career as an independent carer, you need to contact Claire Margerison for more advice and informationWould any of you like to join me here to share your experience of being a self employed carer? I'd love to hear from you. Message me? ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

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I deliver direct support to families caring for their elderly parents. If you’ve used my services, you know I’ve got a clear, no nonsense approach which means I can focus on exactly what information, advice and support you need from me and I get stuff done efficiently.

I previously worked for social services for 20 years, but I feel I’m really using my social work skills and values now, not just filling in paperwork and doing as I am directed. I am truly independent and a better social worker for it.

If you’d like more information about how I can help you and your family, send me a message or contact me through my website and we can have a conversation www.imworriedaboutmum.com
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2 months ago

I'm Worried About Mum

This is my assistant cat, Jess, who is kindly helping me out today. I’m not sure what she’s actually going to do other than sleep but it’s nice to have the company. She’s gradually moving that white paw across and squashing me into the corner of my desk.

Jess and I would love to see pictures of your pets helping you 😊
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2 months ago

I'm Worried About Mum

I spoke to a daughter recently, who was concerned because her mum is in her 80’s and still driving, and she asked me for some advice.

Nothing is more important than your mum’s safety and, of course, the safety of other road users or pedestrians. However, if your mum wants to continue driving, she is mentally and physically healthy, and has good eyesight, there is no reason in law to stop her. You might think it is cause for concern but if she is driving familiar routes to the shops and back, and hasn’t had an accident, why are you worried? Deal with your mum as she is now; you don't have to to worry about the 'what ifs' until they actually happen.

Once a driver reaches 70 years of age, they are required by the DVLA to declare that they have no medical disability. From 70 years onwards, drivers need to renew their licence every three years (as opposed to every 10 years for younger drivers).

Please share your experience and any tips about keeping your mum safe.

If you have any concerns, please pm me and I'll be happy to offer some advice about your particular circumstances.
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2 months ago

I'm Worried About Mum

I couldn’t resist posting this today, it really made me smile.
Today is the day we all have to wear a mask (or cover our noses and mouths with a scarf) in shops and in places where we are unable to keep a physical distance from other people.

As we're all going to be wearing masks for a while, chose one with a design which makes you feel happy and fits your personality. You don't have to have a medical grade mask which looks clinical and reminds you of sickness. Show me your mask in the comments below:

Remember, you are wearing a mask to keep health and safe.
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2 months ago

I'm Worried About Mum

Love them or loath them, we are all going to be wearing a face covering from Friday 24th July. You could also wear a scarf or bandana which covers your mouth and nose. You don't have to have a disposable medical one which reminds you of hospitals, there are so many different types of fabrics to choose from.

If you wear a hearing aid, glasses or earrings, choose your mask carefully: people have told me that the type which hooks over your ears can tangle with all of these. You can get ones which have a double strap which goes over your hair rather than your ears, so check these out too. Masks with a wire to fit around your nose mean that your glasses wont mist up.

If the thought of wearing a mask makes you feel anxious choose one which you feel comfortable in. You can get a mask in a fabric which feels light and allows you to breath freely. Remember, this mask is keeping you and everyone around you safe
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2 months ago

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