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New guide to improve care of ex-service men and women

Ray Lock Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust: supporting Ex-service men and women

A new guide has been launched to help care homes provide better support for the hundreds of thousands* of ex-service men and women in assisted living in the UK.

Produced by Demos think tank, in partnership with the Forces in Mind Trust and the Care Cluster of Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities), the guide will be sent to all UK care homes and care home provider headquarters.

Polly Mackenzie, Director of Demos says: “We created this guide in response to our 2015 report Under-Served. The report found that veterans can face a range of challenges while living in residential care, yet managers and staff lack the information and resources they needed to know how best to support them. The aim of the guide is to fill that gap.”

WW2 veteran gives pupils first-hand history lesson

war veteran gives pupils first-hand history lesson

School pupils received a World War 2 history lesson from a medal winning veteran of the conflict, living at a Stockton-on-Tees care home.

The youngsters from St Teresa’s RC Primary School, in Ingleby Barwick, visited residents at the Ingleby Care Home dressed as children from the 1940s.

Among the residents is John Podsukites, 95, who received the Medal of Ushakov from the Russian Federation in 2016 for his service on the arctic convoys in 1944.

The convoys – named the “worst journey in the world” by Winston Churchill – delivered essential supplies to the Soviet Union during the height of the War.

John was part of a convoy that fought off 18 attacks in two days by German U-boats and aircraft, before arriving safely at its destination.

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.