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Get your boiler serviced in the summer!

It’s July, and your heating system is probably far from your mind.  But now is a good time to get your system serviced.  Find out why:  Boiler companies are less busy from April through to August and they are able to book you in at a time of your choosing.Many (not all) charge less to do the service in the summer, offering discounts because they are less busy and want to keep their work force on the road.If they find something that needs replacing, there will be more availa...

July 11, 2024

Going on holiday as you get older

As you get older there is the sweet irony that you have more time to go on holiday but actually going might be becoming more and more difficult.  So here are some tips to get the best from your holiday:Make sure you get insurance that covers any illnesses or conditions that you have had.  It doesn’t pay to scrimp on insurance.  As you get older there is more chance you might need it and you don’t want to find you’re stuck abroad without the ability to sort out any issues.Mak...

July 4, 2024

Why might you want to move in later life?

We help many different types of people move home, not just older people.  Most of our older people are downsizing because they recognise their home is the wrong size or type for them and their lifestyle.    But we do get older people who move to a different area and they don’t always downsize when they do that.   Just because you are older doesn’t mean you have to downsize when you move.  You can take everything with you to another home the same size but in...

June 27, 2024

Driving as you get older

As you get older you may find that you use your car less, but want to keep hold of it to maintain your independence.   Your loved ones might be trying to persuade you to give up the car and you don’t want to. When friends and family suggest giving up driving it’s because they are worried about you and also about other road users.   There may be a medical reason that means you have to give up driving, but if there isn’t one, it might be that your family have noticed...

June 20, 2024

Decluttering for Hoarders

Decluttering is difficult for anyone and it’s even harder for hoarders.  Hoarding is related to difficult experiences and feelings and it is not possible for a hoarder to ‘just get rid of things’.  Counselling is recommended before commencing any decluttering otherwise the anxiety and pain for the hoarder will be very high and it will be difficult to make any progress towards the end goal.   We have found that having a very specific reason to take a step to declutt...

June 13, 2024

Internet banking

Most of us do internet banking these days, but if we are older we may not have got into that, or we might distrust it and feel that it is too difficult to learn now.  However, if you have set up internet banking it makes it easier to pay people and to check your balances.  You can also move money around and review standing orders and direct debits more easily. It can of course make you more vulnerable to scams, but these can happen even when you just have a credit or debit card to hand...

June 6, 2024

Stay hydrated

As you get older you need to drink more water to keep hydrated to compensate for your body’s decrease in its ability to retain water, and to prevent various health issues that become more common with age such as constipation, UTIs, and cognitive impairment.Here are a few ways to do this:Drink water throughout the day:  Sip it regularly even if you don’t feel thirsty and try and aim for 2 litres of water a day by breaking it down into small glasses.Include hydrating foods in your diet li...

May 31, 2024

Attendance allowance

Have you heard of Attendance Allowance? It is a government benefit that helps with extra costs if you are over state pension age and need someone to help look after you.It might be that you feel you don’t need financial support now, but it is a non-means tested benefit, and it might be something that you could be very pleased you have in the future if you need to pay for carers or a stair-lift, for example.  Or it could be something you could use now to pay for taxis if you can no lo...

May 23, 2024

How to file!

This is a repost of our video from 2022, how to file!Keep your filing system simple – avoid using folders where you need to punch holes to file.Use different colours for different types of paperwork to help make it easy to find things.Do your filing either as you get it or save it all in one place and do it once a quarter or so. One Stop Organisers:  Here to help your older loved ones live their best lives....

May 16, 2024

Trades

Most tradespeople are honest and trustworthy but it doesn’t matter what our age, we’ve all had a tradesperson who didn’t care, or who was in a rush to do some work for us.  And I bet we didn’t follow them up on each of those visits.  Imagine then if we ended up with someone who was a bit of a wrong ‘un!  How would we deal with that?  And how would you deal with that if you were older?So if you have an older neighbour, look out for them.  They may be living with...

May 9, 2024

Having a community around you

Many things I’ve read and heard recently herald the importance of having a community around you as you get older.  Those living in isolation tend to live shorter, less happy lives.  A community can be friends and neighbours or people you see all the time.  Here are some examples of community or places where you can find communities in your local area:ChurchAge UKBowling clubTennis clubArts SocietyU3AAnd there will be other more specific places like https://www.wopf.org.uk/our-ev...

May 2, 2024

Choosing a mobile phone

Do you need to choose a mobile for yourself as an older person or for an older loved one?  Here are our top tips:Is this the first time you’ve had a mobile phone?  If so, consider a phone with just a few apps so it is not overwhelming.  Doro https://www.doro.com/en-gb make phones specifically for seniors and we’ve helped a number of clients get these phones.Don’t like the idea of a Doro phone? Who is the person that will help you get to grips with a mobile?  Get a phone...

April 25, 2024

Helping you tame your admin

Is your admin out of control?  Do you have papers everywhere?  Do you miss appointments regularly or miss deadlines?  Here are some of our top tips to get back on track, whatever your age.Write it down.  If you use paper and pen, great, but have it in one place.  If you are embracing digital technology then here are some places to keep track of to do lists:a.      Evernote https://evernote.com/b.      Todoist https://app....

April 18, 2024

Planning for the inevitable

The inevitable will happen to all of us and it’s good to get planning and talking about it before we go.  The inevitable might be that your attorneys need to act for you or help you during your lifetime or it might be information for your executors when you die.  There are some great resources available and we wanted to let you know of the ones we like:For attorneys and executorsPeace of Mind Planner – a comprehensive workbook to fill in containing details that anyone dealing with ...

April 11, 2024

Getting Care At Home

So, you’ve decided that the best thing for your loved one (or you) is to get some help with care at home.  It could be help with meals, or with personal care, cleaning or companionship, or a mixture of all of these things.  If you have more than £23,250 in savings you have to pay for the care yourself.*We’ve noticed that lots of people seem to think that those providing care at home are expensive, intimating that the extra costs involved rather than privately paying a carer, aren...

April 4, 2024

How to effectively deal with post

Do you find you get post that you don’t deal with?  It is very boring after all! You do need to open it so it doesn’t get lost, but you don’t need to deal with it straight away.  Here’s our video from last year and three top tips:Open envelopes on the day you get the postFlatten the post and throw the envelope awayEither deal with it or file it there and then or put the contents in a magazine file to file or deal with later. For more information on how and why we recommend the ...

March 28, 2024

Tax in retirement

HMRC should send you a PAYE coding notice each year, unless they believe that a source of PAYE income is not chargeable to tax, or if you do not have a liability to tax on any PAYE-source income.  Being retired doesn’t stop you from being liable for tax or from receiving a tax code. If you usually get one and don’t have one yet this year then you should get in touch with HMRC to find out what happened to it.If you usually get a tax code notice you should check it when you receive i...

March 21, 2024

Getting online to make your life easier - part 2

Following on from our first ten reasons to learn the internet last week, here are some more reasons to learn the internet, if you want to:Search for recipes to use up food in your fridge or larderCheck the news and weatherCheck your bank statementsIf you’re still driving you can use it for directions (satnav)Research for holidays or day tripsParticipate in coursesReceive information (e.g. schedules and timetables)Check spelling and grammarBook theatre and concert ticketsRenew or get a passport...

March 14, 2024

Getting on line to make your life easier

More and more companies are making our lives ‘easier’ by delivering their services online.  But it’s only ‘easier’ if you grew up with computers or have used them for your job.  If you’re older and you don’t have a device then it’s very annoying and tricky.   But if you want to get going, then why not?  Here are some of the things you could use the internet for - and there will be more next week! Repeat prescriptions (but if you like to get out and s...

March 7, 2024

Choosing your attorneys

Last week we talked about the importance of powers of attorney.   So if you have decided you want to make them, you need to think about who might be the best attorneys for you*.  Some of the following might help you to decide:They don’t have to be your relatives or your children.  Even if you have relatives and adult children, it’s your decision as to who should be your attorneys.These are not permanent decisions; you can replace your attorneys later.  You can either...

February 29, 2024

Power of Attorney

Have you written and registered your power of attorney yet?  We have done ours and many people might think we’re too young.But you’re never too young; it doesn’t matter what age you are, if something happens to you and you can’t make decisions, then life can get a bit tricky.  People often think that they are giving up their independence by appointing attorneys, but it doesn’t need to be like that.  It’s just there so when things start to get difficult, you can get som...

February 22, 2024

Passports and identity

They are a very useful piece of ID and, if possible, make sure you keep yours renewed even if you don’t think you’ll be travelling soon.We have seen many cases recently of our clients needing to prove their identity to banks and this is often the only ID that can be accepted especially if you have stopped driving.  Without it we’ve seen clients locked out of their own banking, even in branch, as they cannot prove who they are when something has gone wrong or when a fraud flag has bee...

February 16, 2024

Share the love

we wanted to remind you to share your love with any older neighbours you may have.  Make sure you check on older neighbours regularly, especially if you haven’t seen them for a few days.Check in periodically to see if they need help with anything.  This could be shopping, making calls, or digital device conundrums.  If you see something wrong with their home let them know, but not in a way that will alarm them, and offer to help them find someone trustworthy to put it righ...

February 8, 2024

Getting your home ready to downsize

So you’ve decided to downsize and you are putting your home on the market.  So, what should you do to get it ready? Take advice from the estate agent you are using, but note they will all have different opinions on this!If your home is likely to need a lot of work by your buyer to modernise it, feel free to ignore most of the rest of this advice, as it won’t make much difference to the outcome.Tidy the front garden and make sure any issues with the front of the house (peeling paint...

February 1, 2024

When should you downsize?

There is never a good time to downsize.  Many of our clients wish they’d done it much sooner, but acknowledge they probably thought they were invincible 10 years earlier.   So when you do it is up to you.  But the younger you are the more energy you’ll have to do it.  As specialists in downsizing parents and grandparents we can help and assist with small and large tasks, or project manage the whole thing. Things to consider are:Finances - freeing up money to top...

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