Category: Navigate and negotiate the service maze


Blessing or a curse

My father became very ill very quickly – one minute he was driving himself to the hospital, the next he was never returning home. I don’t know if this was a blessing or a curse. At least it didn’t drag on. To compound the situation, […]

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My mother was now living by herself

After my father passed away my mother was now living by herself. After 60 odd years living together to now being alone created new pressures. When she was in hospital for a couple of months with heart problems, we came to an agreement that when […]

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Understanding how the system works

My father’s health was getting progressively worse, and his needs were quickly increasing as I tried to find additional in home support. Eventually he ended up in hospital, and it was then clear he was unable to return home. After some issues, the hospital found […]

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Caring for my husband, who is a veteran with PTSD

Caring for my husband can be particularly stressful, as he has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of his time in the army and now a Borderline Personality Disorder. At times it got so bad that I threatened to leave. I […]

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A Young Carer

Hi I’m Kathy I care for my granddad who is 78 years old, I have been caring for him since I was 15 but only officially became his ‘carer’ a year ago. Even though he has 5 children of his own and 20 grandchildren, I’m […]

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