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Elderly Care Costing Family and Friends £1.7 Billion

Elderly Care Costing Family and Friends £1.7 Billion

In 2017, friends and family spent up to £1.7 billion from their own pockets on care for their elderly loved ones.

This figure could increase to £2.8 billion by 2050 due to the growth of the UK’s ageing population.

This growth will mark 2020 as the point at which the 65+ population will outweigh under 15s, putting significant pressure on ‘the squeezed middle’.

Those defined as ‘the squeezed middle’ are under pressure to support offspring whilst also caring for their elderly relatives.

Working class families feeling the financial pinch of family life, defined as the squeezed middle, are under pressure to support and care for their elderly parents or grandparents.

Mabel celebrates her 100th birthday with friends and family

Mabel celebrates her 100th birthday with friends and family

A FORMER factory worker has celebrated her 100th birthday with a party alongside friends and family at her care home in Chester-le-Street. Mabel Fenwick was born on 30th March 2018 and has lived in the north east all her life – moving to Pelton Grange Care Home in December 2016.

The home hosted a party on 29th March, with Durham County Council Cllr John Lethbridge delivering flowers to the centenarian.

Les Burnett, home manager at Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, said: “Mabel is quite a character and always makes an impression on everyone she meets.

“She is loved by all at the care home and the staff, fellow residents, friends and family are thoroughly excited to celebrate her amazing milestone birthday.”

Success for Preston Pantry

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A monthly bistro at a very sheltered housing development in East Lothian has gone from strength to strength in its first six months since launching in March. 

Preston Pantry, which was set up to give tenants, their friends and families, the chance to enjoy a restaurant style meal in a relaxed and comfortable setting has been getting into the swing of things with plenty of bookings and a sixties cabaret night.

The innovative café has seen huge interest and will even be offering several more pop-up evenings and an afternoon tea.

Katrina Cunningham, Manager at Johnny Moat Place, said, “We are so pleased that Preston Pantry has become such a hit with our tenants and their families. We hope the initiative continues to grow with more success in the future.” 

What’s the secret to living to 107? Not taking life too seriously!

 What’s the secret to living to 107? Not taking life too seriously!

Kay Hurley, who lives at Friends of the Elderly’s Bernard Sunley care home in Woking, celebrated her 107th birthday this week. This incredible milestone was marked with a special afternoon boat trip on Surrey Care Trust’s Swingbridge with fellow residents and staff from the care home. The home’s chef made a delicious picnic which was enjoyed on the trip.

Local care home opens dementia garden

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Pitcairn Lodge care home in Aberdeen welcomed the community in through their doors to open their new dementia garden on National Care Home Open Day. National Care Home Open Day aims to highlight the fantastic care that happens across the UK, and brought residents, relatives, friends and staff together to celebrate and open the home’s new dementia garden funded by local oil company Apache North Sea Ltd.

Bugs bunny (alias Nadine Taylor, Activities Coordinator); Colin Mitchell(Health and Safety Advisor, Embrace Group); Jenny Snowie (Care Assistant); Margaret Andrew (resident); Rupert Bear (alias Denise Morris, Activities Coordinator)

Local care home opens dementia garden

Pitcairn Lodge care home in Aberdeen welcomed the community in through their doors to open their new dementia garden on National Care Home Open Day.National Care Home Open Day aims to highlight the fantastic care that happens across the UK, and brought residents, relatives, friends and staff together to celebrate and open the home’s new dementia garden funded by local oil company Apache North Sea Ltd.

Bugs bunny (alias Nadine Taylor, Activities Coordinator); Colin Mitchell(Health and Safety Advisor, Embrace Group); Jenny Snowie (Care Assistant); Margaret Andrew (resident); Rupert Bear (alias Denise Morris, Activities Coordinator)


Residents of local care home celebrate national care home open day

Forefaulds care home in Kilbride welcomed the community in through their doors to celebrate National Care Home Open Day. The doors of Forefaulds were opened to the public for a World War II themed day. National Care Home Open Day aims to highlight the fantastic care that happens across the UK every day, bringing residents, relatives, friends and staff together to celebrate.

The care home was truly transformed. An Anderson Shelter was built at the entrance to the home, and staff got into the spirit of the day by dressing up as landgirls and pilots. One resident, Janet McKenzie, had the honour of dressing up as Winston Churchill for the day.

Oh yes they did - Panto comes to Glasgow care home

A Glasgow care home brought panto to its own front room this summer to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, by setting up an exclusive entertaining performance for residents. Bupa’s Eastbank care home in Shettleston invited local professional entertainment company Rovin Productions to bring the show in-house, giving residents, family and friends a front row experience in the comfort of their own armchair.

The communal living room area at the care home was transformed into a mini theatre, where accomplished actors Sian Ross and Stephen Vincent of Rovin performed a unique re-telling of ‘60 years of the Royal Variety.’


Caring for loved ones at home

It can be difficult to watch our loved ones’ health deteriorate. Over time, we are often left with some difficult choices to make when it comes to how we continue to care for them.

From home care to care homes, there are a number of options available to us. Many people opt to care for their loved ones in their own home, as it gives them comfortable, familiar surroundings near to their friends and family. If you are considering this option, you may have to adapt your existing home to meet your loved ones’ needs.

Here, we discuss some of the easiest and most essential adaptations to improve mobility around your home.

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Wheelchair track

Gwent care home celebrates 25th anniversary

A specialist mental health facility in Tredegar has commemorated its 25th anniversary with a special celebration attended by residents, staff, friends, family members of residents and local councillors. Residents and staff at Maes-y-Dderwen were joined by the Mayor of Tredegar, Geraint Meredith, the Mayor of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Derrick Bevan, and three other councillors to celebrate the milestone for the specialist care home that first opened its doors in 1991.

Alan's vision appeal works in partnership with local church

L-R Andrew Selwood Care Manager, Rosebank), Rev Philip Ireson, Alan Timms (resident), Steve McGarry (Optician, Specsavers) and Stephanie Slaek (Optical assistant, Specsavers). A Sheffield care home resident has been commended for his contribution to a drive to bring sight to people in developing countries. Alan Tims, who lives at specialist dementia care home Rosebank in Sheffield, encouraged fellow residents, staff, friends and family to get behind the appeal to recycle pairs of glasses. The care home teamed up with the Reverend Philip Ireson from the nearby Christ Church in Pitsmoor for the appeal.

FILLING 102 YEARS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDSHIP

Care Home Resident reaches 102 birthday, pictured on her wedding day

A care home resident from Glasgow has revealed her secret to reaching her 102nd birthday – keeping strong bonds with friends and family. Susie Rodger, a resident at Bupa’s Quayside care home in Glasgow for 10 years, credits her long life to close relationships with her family and spending time with friends.

The caring centenarian celebrated her milestone birthday at the care home on Halley Street with an afternoon party attended by family, residents and staff and was sufficiently pampered for her special day, with a visit to the in-house hairdresser in the morning. Born in Linthouse in 1914, Susie began her working life as a nurse, where she discovered a strong passion for caring for others.

Supporting a couple in need

Sheila and Derek Winterton’s wedding day September 1959

When Sheila Winterton’s husband Derek developed dementia in 2008 she cared for him at home. However his increasingly challenging behavior meant Shelia had to find help to get her life and their relationship back. Derek has been at Clifden House Dementia Care Centre, Seaford for the last 18 months. This is their story.

Sheila Winterton, 76 and her husband Derek, 80, married in 1959. They’ve lived in Eastbourne all their lives where they raised their son and daughter. Sheila worked in a care home, Derek worked as lift engineer.