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How Good Are you at Accepting Help?

Isn’t it interesting that some of us don’t like to ask for or accept help and support?  Not everyone of course and it can be quite challenging when some people can’t seem to stop asking for help, even when they might not need it – but that’s for another Neighbourgood News item.  Right now, I want to think about reluctance or refusal to accept help and the kind of problems it might lead to.

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Fifteen Minutes of Care: is it Enough?

Everyone will have their fifteen minutes of fame, an expression coined by Andy Warhol, who said in 1968 that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” If you were famous, I imagine it might be better enjoyed if it were more than a fleeting moment. And that’s how Leonard Cheshire, the disability charity feels about a flying, fifteen minutes of care. They also say in a recent report challenging the practice that the public support them in calling for the government to end the practice of providing care in these short time slots. Do You Care? Read on

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Caregivers On Line

Apparently, caregivers love the web and knowing what I know about the Internet as well as providing support, that makes sense to me. If you provide care, you’re busy, right? You are more than likely interested in helping the person or people you care for and interested in finding things out on their behalf and for yourself. That level of interest is what makes good care better.  The Internet is a one-stop-shop for information and advice and once you dive in, you wonder how we ever got by without surfing. It is like having a whole library at your finger tips and doubles up as a convenient way to shop, bank, chat and do so many other things without leaving your keyboard. Do You Care? Read on

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In Loving Memory

On Friday 22nd February 2013, my mother, Joan died. I agreed to speak at her funeral and represented my brother and two sisters in doing so. As I wrote down what I wanted to say, it came to me that much of what I could speak about would make for good content for the Neighbourgood web site with its emphasis on social care. The more I thought and wrote, the more obvious it seemed that Joan incorporated principles of community care in her every day living and seemed like a natural inhabitant of the Neighbourgood. So that’s what I’m doing here writing about her and drawing inspiration from her.

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Loneliness Bad For You? Well, it Might Not Be Good

We knew that! But research it seems, thinks that social isolation can be as bad for you as smoking!

OK, I’ll confess two things straight away; first, I haven’t read the research and second I’m already cynical. I know, I know, it’s not good to be cynical of something I haven’t read but I’m going to be anyway. If you want to tell me how cross you are about that then please do so in the comments box below. But still, I have read a few online articles since catching the headlines around this and I’ve seen some interesting points and learned a few things.

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Caring Friendship is Cruical

This is my third post looking at caring relationships. Part One was, Care to Care and Part two, Standard of Care. I aimed to be done in two but the more I thought about things, the more came to mind. Here, I want to think about the place of friendship in care or maybe the place of care in friendship!  Caring Friendship is crucial to relationships, to individuals and to the economy. Do You Care? Read on

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Supporting a Friend in Real Life

I just read this and it made me stop and think. If you follow the link, the quote is near the bottom of the page under the sub heading, “Is it important to you to be part of a creative community of people?”

Also, my mom passed recently and a bunch of people from the web community sent me a whole month’s wages so that I didn’t have to worry about working. They did it so understated—it was just an email with a link to PayPal and the message read, “Hey, this is us. We realize what you’re going through and we don’t want you to have to worry. Here’s some money. Do with it what you will.” I think that was a real testament to how strong our industry is. People who are dotted all around the world thought enough of me to do that.

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Standard Care or Standard of Care?

This item is a follow-on to the previous Neighbourgood Post.  I tried to make the point that providing care and support is a complex matter and subject to a wide range of influencing factors that complicate, define or explain the caring relationship.  It’s true that people provide and need care for many different reasons and it probably is the case that the standard of care will be determined in some way by many factors.  Here, I’m following on from that to consider whether there is a single, sufficient way to define a standard care that will deliver a satisfactory standard of care.  Oh and by the way, I just noticed this post in my list of drafts.  I thought that I had posted it so, part three is here! Do You Care? Read on

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Just Exactly What is Care?

When we think about caring, all manner of ideas come to mind. It is an activity that is as varied as the range of difficulties people can face and the situations they find themselves in. You could say that care is provided by a GP, a person’s partner and by an air steward but each of those is so very different. If you then think about the contrast between paid care and care provide on the basis of personal relationship, everything becomes more complex. Do You Care? Read on