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Concerns over caring for elderly relatives

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ACCORDING to research by Cera Care, one of the UK’s leading home care providers, 67% of Llanelli residents aged over 70 expect to be cared for at home by their loved ones as they reach old age, yet these expectations are putting strain on relationships.

An additional 18% stated that they expect to move in with their children if and when the time comes that they need additional care, however 78% of middle-aged couples admitted that working out how to care for ageing parents has caused a rift between them. According to the study, men in Llanelli are more likely to favour residential care for their parents, with 64% stating that care homes are the best option compared to just 39% of women.

At the other end of the scale, a fifth of those over 70 don’t think they will need assistance as they get older, with an additional 25% of the population admitting that they have never discussed elderly care with their parents. When it comes to the role reversal of old age, half of those surveyed in Llanelli admitted that they worry about their parents’ ageing, with a further 22% confessing that they are worried that they won’t know how to care for their parents if it was required.

Feelings of guilt and a sense of obligation also came to light during the study, with 27% admitting they would feel guilty if they were unable to care for their parents at home and a further one in ten admitting that they don’t want to be responsible for their parent’s care. People also admitted to feelings of pressure, with one in five admitting that being responsible for their parents’ care would be too much responsibility.

Life expectancy in the UK is at an all-time high, with most people living into their 80s thanks to advances in healthcare and living conditions. However, as people live longer, the need for elderly care also dramatically increases, with many families struggling to agree on the best way to look after elderly relatives.

Established in 2016, Cera Care specialises in helping people select the right care for their loved ones and offers continued support for as long as it is required. The company carried out the study of 2,000 British adults to find out how prepared families are to look after ageing generations and encourage people to discuss their wishes for care with their loved ones before it’s too late.

Sarah McEwan, Head of Carer Recruitment at Cera Care said: “The majority of people will require some sort of care during the last years of their lives, be that following a hospital stay, during an illness, or simply as they become less able due to old age. But with so many care options available, such as residential homes, assisted living, family support or at home care, it’s sometimes hard to work out what is best.

“With this in mind, we carried out the nationwide study to raise awareness of the importance of starting these conversations and encourage people to approach the subject of elderly care with their loved ones so that if the time comes when additional support is needed, families have one less thing to worry about.”

In response to the survey’s findings, Cera Care have put together a comprehensive guide on what issues people should consider when planning care with their parents and sensitive ways they can broach the topic and start a discussion.

You can see the guide at: https://ceracare.co.uk/blog/parental-planning-guide/

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Criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

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POLICE are investigating reports of thefts and criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

Two reports have been made, with a number of items stolen from two caravans at Tanylan Caravan Park.

The first incident took place between September 23 and October 12.

A number of items – including fishing equipment, computer consoles and £300 cash – were stolen, and an awning window was smashed.

The second report was made on October 13, with the crime taking place sometime after August 25.

Scooters, camping equipment, TVs, DVD players, Amazon fire sticks, a Wii U console, and several other items were taken.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact PC 810 at Carmarthen Police Station.

You can report information by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Abandoned property fire in Burry Port probed

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POLICE are investigating a fire at an abandoned property in Burry Port.

A call was made at around 1.20am today (Tuesday, November 19) reporting that a detached house in Graig was well alight.

The house is not lived in, and has sustained substantial fire damage.

There were no witnesses to indicate who has started the fire, but two people were seen running away from the scene.

Due to the temperature inside the building remaining high today, it has been unsafe for investigators to enter the building.

Anyone with information, or who saw a person or people acting suspiciously in the area between 12.30am and 1.30am is urged to contact the joint investigation unit at Llanelli Police Station.

You can report information by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Man ‘fit for work’ collapses and dies at job centre

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A 65-YEAR-OLD man has collapsed while waiting for an appointment in a job centre in south Wales. He was found slumped in his chair at 9.30am on Friday in Llanelli.

The DWP said: “Our thoughts and those of the staff at Llanelli Jobcentre are with the family and friends at this time.”

The Llanelli Herald understands that he was waiting for an appointment to discuss Jobseeker’s Allowance after being declared fit for work earlier this year.

Staff and customers rushed to help, but they were unable to get a response so lay him on the floor.

They started CPR and an ambulance was called while the job centre was evacuated, but paramedics declared him dead at the scene. A witness told The Metro newspaper: “I didn’t know him myself, but the man who was sat next to me told me that he had grown up with the guy.

“The man next to me told me that the poor guy had diabetes and had been declared fit for work by the job centre earlier in the year but he was obviously ill.

“The ambulance came but he sadly died and they had to take his body out of the job centre, it was awful.

“We were all very shook up; it was a horrible situation that should have never happened. The job centre is all shut down now.’

The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed to The Herald: “We were called on Friday November 15 at approximately 9.33am to reports of a person needing urgent medical attention on Stepney Street in central Llanelli. ‘We responded with one rapid response vehicle, one specialised medical vehicle and one emergency ambulance.’

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