Fiona Gilbert

About Fiona Gilbert

Fiona's skilled support with what may be a life changing decision is being called upon more and more, ensuring that these changes are dealt with and managed in a sympathetic and supportive manner. Fiona is a 'Dementia Friends Champion' and as a volunteer, holds free Dementia Information Sessions to spread awareness of the condition.

‘ENSURING CONSUMERS ARE BETTER PROTECTED, BOTH WHEN CHOOSING A CARE HOME AND RESIDING IN ONE’

This was one of the key findings of the report on the care homes market produced by the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) in November, and commented on by the Government this week. See link below to article in Care Management Matters.  The CMA spent a year studying the 11,000 plus residential care and nursing [...]

By | 2018-04-03T13:03:11+00:00 March 6th, 2018|News|

70% OF ADULTS CHOOSING CARE SAY ITS ONE OF LIFE’S MOST STRESSFUL EXPERIENCES

‘Choosing adult social care is one of life’s most stressful experiences, but trusted information can help.’ This is the conclusion drawn by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) from the recent research it has carried out. It discovered that 70% adults who were responsible for choosing care in a care home or at home over the [...]

By | 2018-03-04T13:07:26+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|News|

AMBULANCE SERVICE

Last week I received a phone call just after breakfast from someone I knew to say that her mother had just fallen asleep in her chair. Nothing too surprising about that, I thought, after all she’s well past 90. But my friend seemed unusually concerned, so I agreed to pop round. When I arrived, I [...]

By | 2018-03-04T13:08:20+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|News|

YOUNG ONSET DEMENTIA – A GROWING PHENOMENA?

Many people associate dementia with the elderly, particularly those who are in their 70s, 80s and 90s. However, it is possible to develop dementia much earlier than this and there are increasingly more people in their twenties, thirties and forties who are being diagnosed with some form of the disease. Early onset, working age or [...]

By | 2018-03-04T13:13:24+00:00 July 15th, 2017|News|

MORE PRESSURE ON NURSES, WHAT NEXT FOR SOCIAL CARE?

Now that Theresa May has lost her majority in parliament, one presumes that social care policy reforms will once again be conveniently shelved until another election comes around. Sir Andrew Dilnot first put forward his recommendations for the Funding of Care back in 2011, and while receiving a favourable reception from both major political parties, [...]

By | 2018-03-04T13:15:26+00:00 June 14th, 2017|News|

WHAT ON EARTH DOES PARAGUAY HAVE TO DO WITH BRITAIN’S ELDERLY HEALTHCARE PROBLEM?

It’s a sad fact that in the UK we spend less on health care as a percentage of GDP than Paraguay, Liberia, Moldova and Sierra Leone. And many other countries too, including most of Western Europe. (Source: World Bank) So, perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised at the parlous state of our health services right [...]

By | 2018-03-16T13:52:16+00:00 February 16th, 2017|News|

PAYING FOR ELDERLY CARE? – MORE OPTIONS THAN YOU MAY THINK

It's a little known fact that for some people, even those with significant assets, being in a care home can be completely free, courtesy of the NHS. It works like this. Some people, often after they've lost a spouse, decide they'd prefer to live in a residential home, rather than at home. There may not [...]

By | 2018-03-04T13:22:45+00:00 September 12th, 2016|Dementia Care, News, Nursing Care, Powers of Attorney, Residential Care|

DEMENTIA AND CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS, WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON?

As a volunteer Dementia Friends Champion, I run sessions for the public and businesses to help raise awareness of dementia. A small part of the session is based on the analogy of dementia and a set of Christmas fairy lights to explain fairly simply how dementia affects everyone differently. Just before Christmas many people will [...]

By | 2018-03-04T13:28:07+00:00 January 18th, 2016|Dementia Care|