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The Difficult Patient

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 […]

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Fifteen Minutes of Care

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. […]

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Caregivers Love the Web

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 […]

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In Loving Memory

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 […]

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Loneliness Bad For You

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 […]

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A Good Deed

Good Deed Story on the Radio I heard a story this morning on the radio and it really got me thinking. I’m pretty sure it was Saturday Live on Radio 4 but I couldn’t tell you who said it and I think I was brushing my teeth at the time so, was not 100% attentive. […]

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Caring Friendship

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 […]

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Supporting a Friend

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 […]

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Standard of Care

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 […]