Following are articles from Older Family Care, a special information section in our quarterly magazine for families supporting an older person. Some of these are large PDF files and may take a few minutes to download.
For those caring for a relative or friend, the diet of that person is often the carer's responsibility. A new research survey from Carers UK and Nutricia shows 60% of carers worry about the nutrition of the person they care for, because their condition makes eating or taking on nutrition difficult. As a result many families are struggling to cope with the consequences of malnutrition without advice, information and support. This report explores the research findings, family case studies and gives Carers UK's recommendations to tackle malnutrition. Click here to download the full report.
Personal medical alarms and monitors give peace of mind, and help many Kiwis remain independent in their own homes.
By Diana Noonan (PDF 1.51 MB)
Convenient, easy to clean, and space saving. What's not to like about wet area bathrooms?
By John Jurman and Diana Noonan (PDF 1.80MB)
If you are thinking of living in a retirement village, consider your long-term care needs ... should you sign away your right to publicly funded support services?
By Sharon Mark
Build an effective care team for your family.
You don't need a drivers licence to operate a scooter; but stay safe with this free resource from Land Transport NZ.
If you support an older family member do you know how New Zealand's respite system works?
Plan well, book early, and have a great time!
By Trixie Newton
Your community pharmacist offers many kinds of support!
Many older people can live at home with support from spouses, family, and friends. But this isn't always possible.
By Jean Colbeck, Guardian Health Care
Many older people take several medications several times a day. Managing medications is a home health basic.
How can we recognise and reward support workers?
Strategies for families that want to be there for older loved ones, even if they can't always be there in person.
By Deborah Duncan (Residential Care Line)
A geriatrician's caring journey with her parents has been a professional eye-opener.