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How to downsize in retirement

For many, the prospect of downsizing after children have flown the nest can be a daunting one. The desire to de-clutter, reduce belongings and move somewhere new later in life can cause undue stress, but it doesn’t have to. A recent survey, conducted by the International Longevity Centre (ILC), found that one in three homeowners were considering downsizing, yet many delay the process as they are unable to f ...

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How to find the right off-road pushchair for you

Having a baby doesn’t mean you have to completely change your lifestyle. Whether you want to run a marathon with your child in tow, or just want to go out walking the dog there are plenty of pushchairs that allow you to tackle anything. The main two types of off-road pushchairs are those that are designed as all-rounders, great for any type of terrain you can throw at them, or joggers that are for heavy dut ...

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How to buy your first car seat

Choosing a car seat can often be one of the more difficult decisions to make as a new parent. Some hospitals won’t let you take the child home without a suitable car seat, so it’s often a decision you have to make early, and with so much technical jargon and many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. So where do I begin? Safety is the most important aspect of choosing a car sea ...

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How to prepare your child for learning maths at school

The methods and approaches to teaching maths at school have changed over time, so the work your child does in Reception might look very different from your experience of maths as a child. To best support your child, it’s important to try and use the same methods that your child is learning at school. For more help with this, take a look at the parent-friendly ‘Maths in School’ videos and booklets on Oxford ...

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How to live well with diabetes

Managing diabetes can seem like a constant uphill battle, but there are ways and means that can make living with diabetes not only easier but rewarding too. Following this simple plan could lead you to start thriving with your diabetes! Dario™ is dragging diabetes management into the 21st century. Harnessing the massive potential of your smart phone and turning it into a Smart Blood Glucose Meter, and an al ...

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How to protect your home from care home fees

When it comes to care home fees and how they are funded, there is a lot of misinformation out there. The rules are relatively complex and changed last year with the implementation of the Care Act. A planned cap on care fees has been postponed and won’t now be considered until at least 2020. Knowing how you could be affected and the steps you could take to protect your home and savings, could make a big diff ...

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How to remain independent in the toilet

Whether they admit it or not, as people get older they do start having problems with their ability to do things they have taken for granted all their lives. And when it comes to ‘bathroom’ matters, people are even more unlikely to admit to difficulties. You go to the loo on average eight times a day! However, a surprising number of health conditions impact the ability to do so, easily, regularly, and to be ...

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How to choose the best retirement home for you

If you want to maintain your independence as you get older and are thinking about downsizing into specialist retirement property, there is a key choice that you have to make. Do you want to move to a retirement property with only limited on-site services or support, or would a development offering additional services, including care when and if you might need it, suit you better? Many retirement development ...

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How to prevent subsidence at home

If you’ve heard the number of horror stories about subsidence down the years, you’ll know that it is something you never want to go through. Insurance policies usually rise and it can result in a particularly expensive and time consuming remediation process. Unfortunately, the biggest problem is that many cases are naturally occurring, due to the soils and moisture levels that foundations are built upon. Th ...

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How to tell if your home is affected by subsidence

Subsidence is by no means a new problem, but it is now something that people know much more about. Knowing if your home may be under threat from this nuisance can help you deal with it sooner and ultimately mitigate any extensive, and potentially expensive, damage. Common signs and signals of subsidence You may have a problem if you find any of the following subsidence indications cropping up around your ho ...

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How to make sure your renovation or extension projects runs smoothly

You’ve decided to extend or renovate your home, and you’re researching contractors to undertake all or part of the work – what do you need to know to protect your interests? Your home insurance won’t cover the work – you need separate insurance The majority of household policies exclude contract works – some insurers will take you off cover immediately if they know you’re having work done. Cover extensions ...

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