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Please find below a selection of useful and interesting articles, news and discussions. We want our clients to get the most from life and so try to stay up to date with what’s available locally and nationally.

Get set for winter

The clocks have gone back and the evenings are certainly feeling wintery. Please don’t scream but the Christmas lights around the country will be turned on in a couple of weeks which signals the start of the Christmas shopping season. One of the many things which our...

Are you paying over the odds for your heating?

If you haven’t been tempted already, it probably won’t be long until you’re putting the heating back on. This time of year is a good time to start thinking about your energy supplier, before the winter sets in and your bills increase. A lot of people tend to stick...

Hospital discharge

Healthwatch is currently consulting with older people locally to find out about their experience of hospital discharge. This project follows a period of consultation with a number of partners, including Age UK, Crossroads Care, the Royal Sussex County Hospital, the...

Do you drink enough water?

Most of us don’t, and as we get older we get worse. Those with dementia, diabetes and kidney conditions are most at risk but we could all do with being more aware of what we drink and the pitfalls of not drinking enough. Let's face it, water is a healthy and cheap...

Take a stand against scams

Possability People is a great local voluntary organisation and they are running a free one hour Friends Against Scams awareness session to help people find out more about scams and how you can protect yourself and others from becoming a victim. Scams affect the lives...

Sepsis, every second counts

Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection and we've been aware of a number of cases recently. Sepsis can be triggered by an infection in any part of the body. The most common sites of infection leading to sepsis are the lungs, urinary tract, tummy and...

Bank cards for carers

We were interested to hear at a recent meeting that Barclays are launching ‘carers cards’. It means that carers will be able to support those they are helping with shopping and bills, but without the need to share PIN numbers or online banking login details. Barclays...

Scam alert

We were recently invited to a meeting hosted by Sussex Police to help coordinate local services. Sadly it wasn’t a shock to hear that scams are one of their main areas of operation. Here is an extract from the Sussex Police Fraud Team newsletter on some scams which...

Medicines

Are you taking medication? We’ve spoken to a number of people over the last few weeks who are concerned about the medicines they’re taking. Older people are particularly vulnerable to polypharmacy – that’s defined as being prescribed four or more medications, with one...

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