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It should be remembered that sheets made of a cotton and Terylene mixture feel like traditional cotton. They are also light, easy to launder and need no ironing. A divan bed is possibly the best type of bed for an elderly person who is moderately fit. It is usually possible for an old person to get in and out of a divan bed unaided. It is also easier for such a bed to be made up. Helping in a Practical Way 37 An older person's liability to falls is referred to in more detail on page 50. Care should be taken to ensure that the carpeting in the bedroom is safe.

21 Earnings do not affect the amount of the pension after the age of 70. 42 Action with the Elderly POSSIBLE CLAIMS Pensioners, even when not housebound, can often receive financial help with house repairs and decorating and even with the payment of rates and rent. Old people, like those of younger years, have their pride. They like to be financially independent of their own family. It is therefore crucial that they are made aware of the financial benefits to which they are entitled. The social security department will be only too pleased to help with this sort of problem.

At times the strain is sufficient to warrant the implementation of the hospital "six weeks in—six weeks out" scheme. This is where provision is made for an old person to have a spell in hospital, thereby giving the relatives time to recover. How to help an incontinent elderly relative is dealt with in more detail on page 82 and subsequent pages. The Red Cross, in response to situations like this, have recently started short courses in "Nursing for the Family". Each course consists of four sessions on basic nursing skills.

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