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Having a vulnerable family member can often prove stressful. Not because of their position, but rather because you want to ensure that they are getting the best care that is available to them at all times. You want to guarantee that their quality of living is the best that it can be, regardless of any disability, whether is mental or physical. But the good news is that you don’t have to bear the weight of the world on your shoulders. Worries can be cast aside, as there are plenty of individuals and services out there specifically set up with more vulnerable members of society’s needs in mind. Here are just a few to consider, so that you know who to contact in your times of need. Remember that if you reach out, there will almost always be a helpful hand there to advise you or help you out.

Court of Protection

The court of protection is administered by the HM Courts & Tribunals Service. It’s main aim is to make decisions on the behalf of someone who cannot make the decisions themselves at the time that they must be made. This could be due to various circumstances, but usually when the person in question lacks the mental capacity to make major decisions that will affect their life and overall wellbeing. They are responsible for deciding whether someone has the mental capacity to make certain decisions, appointing deputies to make ongoing decisions for the person in question if they are deemed unfit to make decisions, and handling emergency medical applications where a decision must be made without undue delay. They can also make decisions in regards to wills. If you believe that a loved one is in need of these services, get into contact with court of protection solicitors who will be able to guide you and your loved one through the necessary legal processes with your vulnerable loved one’s best interests in mind.

Meal Delivery Services

As people’s bodies become weaker, they may find difficulty in the daily activity of preparing their own meals. After all, cooking takes a lot of concentration and physical activity. But not to worry. There are plenty of meal delivery services out there who will ensure that food is safely and reliably delivered to your loved one at meal times. This allows them to maintain their independence and continue living in their own home rather than moving in with you or others. This independence is extremely important. However, these services make their life a little easier and more enjoyable. Ensure to make sure that whoever you opt to use knows any dietary requirements or allergies that the recipient may have so that meals can be made to fit their needs perfectly.

Repeat Prescriptions

Prolonged use of medication becomes a habit for many individuals. However, some of us have worse memory than others and may forget to order more medicine when our current supply begins to run low. Accompany your loved one to their local doctor’s’ practice and request that they have a repeat prescription setup. This will ensure that their tablets or other forms of medication are ready for collection on a particular date. With many practices, you can also opt in for services such as text, phone call or email reminders. These will encourage your loved one to remember that they need to head out and pick up their new batch on time.

These small steps will ensure that your vulnerable loved one has the best quality of life available to them. So take action now!

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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