A married couple who have devoted decades to caring for elderly people are set to retire after a combined 42 years. Husband and wife care home workers Kevin and Pauline Healy have spent the last 20 years at Willowdene Care Home, in Victoria Road West, Hebburn.Kevin started at the home when it opened in 1996, working weekends doing laundry duties, while Pauline started two years later, joining the domestic team for weekend work.They both held full-time jobs elsewhere, Kevin in production at furniture retailer MFI and Pauline on a factory production line, but chose to take up positions at Willowdene out of a passion to care for the elderly.After 10 years at the home, Pauline left her other job and started doing 16 hours a week, while caring for her elderly mother.Kevin was at the home for 18 years before deciding four years ago to become a carer. He said: “I wanted a challenge and had also built up rapport with the residents.”Pauline said that they have both enjoyed their … [Read more...] about Care home couple who spent decades caring for the elderly are set to retire themselves
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The Mosgiel Elderly Care Trust is celebrating 35 years of preventing loneliness and isolation in the community. Founded by a group of volunteers in 1982, the service offers care for elderly who still live in their own homes. In 2008, it became a charitable trust with three full-time staff, a board of trustees and a group of volunteers. Mosgiel Elderly Care Trust chairman Ken Whitcombe said he had enjoyed seeing the group grow and evolve over time. ‘‘ We offer a stand-alone service and people really enjoy it,’’ he said. It operates Monday to Friday, from 10am-3pm. About 12 people per day attend, and some come twice a week. Manager Kerry Meehan, who has been working at the trust for 15 years, said she found it rewarding. ‘‘ It’s such a friendly, homely environment . . . It’s really special to get to know people and their families.’’ Mrs Meehan said the days consisted of picking people up from their homes, making scones and … [Read more...] about Day group for elderly keeps loneliness at bay
Two Borders General Hospital wards that care for elderly patients have undergone a series of transformations over recent months. The goal is to make a stay in hospital as stress free as possible while at the same time encouraging patients to get out of bed and join in social activities in the Department of Medicine for the Elderly (DME) wards - officially renamed Ward 14 DME and Ward 12 DME from Monday, April 2.Ali Forster, senior charge nurse of Ward 12 DME said: “The idea is to create some stimulation for our patients and de-escalate stress and distress. This improves their experience whilst in hospital and can help them return to health sooner and reduce the length of their hospital stay.”Judith Tait-Brown, senior charge nurse of Ward 14 DME added: “The ethos of the DME effect is to improve the patient experience and end PJ paralysis. “By introducing social and physical activity we reduce pyjama (bed) time and promote healthier muscles. “We all need a … [Read more...] about New approach in BGH wards for the elderly
PUBLISHED: 16:12 29 March 2018 Pip Henderson Pip Henderson. Picture: Danann Breathnach Danann Breathnach Pip Henderson is the latest recruit to the Bad Daughters Club, launched by Age Space, for women trying their best to care for elderly parents Job opportunity; low/no pay. Must be able to cook, clean, launder, administer medication and make tea that is neither too hot, too cold, too weak or too strong. Must have experience as (or willingness to play the part of) a chauffeur, personal shopper, administrator, hygienist, foot masseur and back scratcher. Must be physically and emotionally strong, have the patience of a saint, the constitution of an ox, thick skin, strong back bone and be able to demonstrate the ability to answer the same question over and over again with grace and enthusiasm. Must be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, even if you are technically on holiday, Must be prepared to work long (frequently unsociable) hours and occasionally … [Read more...] about Who cares for mum or dad?
The Government has found an extra £150 million for patients to receive care at home rather than in hospital. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said the money had been freed up thanks to efficiency savings in his department's central budget. Another £20 million is also being made available for the disabled facilities grant, which helps people live independently at home. The move follows a warning from charity Age UK that cuts to local authority funding are creating an "absolute crisis" in social care for the elderly. The influential King's Fund thinktank has also cautioned that old people are often taking up valuable hospital bed space unnecessarily. In a report last week, it urged the NHS to cut the number who arrived as emergency cases, but stayed for more than a fortnight - even after they had recovered from the crisis. Failure to tackle the issue could prevent the health service from achieving its target of £20 billion in efficiency savings by 2015. The £150 … [Read more...] about £150m more found to fund home care