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Useful books etc - Page 2 - Carers UK Forum

Useful books etc

Share your ideas about the practical side of caring.
This is really helpful, thanks everyone
Austerity in a previous generation ?

Look no further :


One difference ?

In this generation , " Austerity " is a deliberate Government policy.
Hi I don't know if anyone is still following this but just read 2 really interesting books by D S Grant , Longevity the key to a long life which was very interesting ( although the part about having a day of complete rest each week made me laugh) and Three minute health which had some good ideas because even I can usually grab 3 minutes :D .
Both were on kindle unlimited.
Chris ;)

Emma, mmm - I think we'll all fail on the complete day of rest aspect, of that strategy!! The 3 minute book sounds good, especially for those that get lots of interruptions from their carees.

Small booklets on all aspects of mental health but free and might be useful to some:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-sup ... al-health/
Food poverty, once just a focus of academic concern, is now knocking on the door of children’s literature. Yet the story told across this 25-page book is becoming an increasingly normal situation in the UK for many families. Indeed, Milner’s book significantly highlights the level of normalisation that has been reached with food poverty in the UK.

" Mum goes hungry "

Milner’s book is not only an excellent resource to talk to children about poverty, but it’s also a good way to show how such experiences don’t happen in isolation. Recent data has shown that around 30% of children are living in poverty. But what this book also highlights is that treating the use of food banks as normal can be a double-edged sword.


On one side, normalisation allows people to feel accepted, that others are in similar positions. But it also shows the depths the UK has plummeted to and how the social security welfare safety-net has been unravelled by the impact of austerity. A situation that has created victims out of a punitive ideology in the name of “welfare reform”, where the bedroom-tax, sanctions and universal credit are increasingly used as tools for “conditionality”. This is when welfare “rights” become conditional on welfare “responsibilities”, in that people are obligated to behave in a certain way to receive certain benefits.
The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People, by Deborah Stone.

This book came out in November 2019 and I happened across it. You can look into a few pages on the amazon website:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Essential-Fami ... op?ie=UTF8

It looks useful for people new to the problems of caring, and of course most of us are just thrown into it. One of the reviewers said there's little there that couldn't be found on the internet, but we aren't all good at browsing.

At all events, I don't know the book myself but people might be interested to try it.
Oh-h I'm a newbie in this sphere, but this thread was really useful forme, I hope they will help me to cope with the current situation.
Swedish Death Cleaning (Don't be put off by the title!)

This is a really useful book to help declutter either our own stuff, or our carees. I just wish I'd known about this when my hoarder mum was alive!! It gives a really useful view on possessions, their significance, how to realise when you have too much (relief that visitors have cancelled so you don't have to tidy up!) and how to get rid of things happily so the house is always OK.

I spent every childhood summer holiday with my dad's mum, my Granny Thomas. She lived in a tiny cottage and had everything that she needed, but nothing else. She had jigsaw puzzles for rainy days, books for all ages, all her sewing and knitting stuff, I can't ever remember her never having what we needed, but nothing else.

Reading Swedish Death Cleaning I realised it's not a modern concept at all. Granny Thomas did it 50 years ago!! I'm working on being just like her.

Then I thought about our early married years, we lived in Australia on a 3 year working "holiday" always planning to settle in the UK again, when we'd made enough money to buy the house we wanted. We didn't want to take too much stuff back with us, so I was very carful not to buy too much household stuff, especially as our home in the UK, rented out to my sister in law, then my best friend, was already fully equipped.

I managed very well to keep to this. My husband ended up bringing 2 rare vintage motorbikes home (an EMC split single 2 stroke and a BSA 1,000 cc Colonial G14 for bike enthusiasts). They came home in 2 wooden crates with my household stuff packed round them!

Buying our "forever house" was wonderful, we loved having our extended family round, 10 of us regularly sat down for meals. My eldest son has gently pointed out that I'll never be able to cook like that again because of my arthritis, so I really don't need all those baking tins! This book has helped me give "the evil eye" to a load more stuff.