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Do your elderly parents need help?

Do your elderly parents need help?

It’s not always easy to know when your elderly parents need help, or to identify what help would make the most difference,  and change their care or support accordingly.

This section provides lots of ideas and guidance for a whole range of things you may encounter.  The good news is that there is lots of help available through charities, local organisations or social services and the GP surgery.


Checklist to see if elderly parents are coping

How to spot the point at which an elderly person is no longer coping with living independently.

Preparing to care – planning ahead

Spare house keys,  local phone numbers,  useful paperwork.   We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to information from your parents that you might need, particularly in an emergency.

Preventing falls and accidents at home

There are lots of things you can do to make it safer and easier for your parents to stay safer for longer in their own home. Some of these changes are really simple and cheap, some more complex and costly.

Downsizing Tips

Once your parents have made the decision to downsize we have put together a checklist to make it as easy as it can be.

Parents moving in with you

A guide to what you need to think about if the option is for your parents to move in with you.

Local authority needs assessments

Needs assessments are undertaken by the local authority and are the best place to start to get the care your parents need.

Are they still coping? Care needs do change!

It’s easy to think that your parent is sorted once the carer is hired or the stair lift installed. But health and care needs will evolve, sometimes gradually, sometimes in a crisis.

Independent Living Advice

There is a new and growing market in the UK for Independent Living Advice which aims to enable elderly people and their families or carers gain the knowledge and confidence to help them remain in their own home for as long as possible.

We have a blog about what to do if someone refuses helpDo you have experience of realising your relative or friend can no longer cope? What did you do? Share your experience or look for others’ ideas in our Forum When do they need help?