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What a way to treat the widow of one of our greatest war heroes

Douglas Bader’s anguished family reveal the shocking neglect his wife Joan has suffered in TWO care homes

  • Joan Bader has been in four age homes
  • One failed to give her medical attention when she suffered stroke
  • Another left her in soaked sheets
  • Her daughter Wendy is appalled by level of care in some homes

By Kathryn Knight


Walking into her elderly mother’s care home, Wendy McCleave was shocked by the sight that confronted her. It had been a matter of days since she had last visited, yet in that time her mother’s condition had deteriorated horrifically.

Sunken-eyed, with a livid bruise on her temple, she seemed unable to speak or swallow.

‘I thought she was dying,’ Wendy recalls. ‘It was the most horrendous shock.’

In fact, her mother Joan, the widow of Sir Douglas Bader, Britain’s most famous wartime pilot whose story was told in the film Reach For The Sky, had suffered a stroke. Yet no one at her residential care home had taken action, despite the attempts by one nurse, Adeline Dalley, to seek medical treatment.   

Zest for life: Joan with war hero Douglas Bader on their wedding day

Zest for life: Joan with war hero Douglas Bader on their wedding day

Imperial College London is first university to offer emergency child and adult care

Imperial College London is the first university in the UK to offer its staff access to emergency child and adult care, as part of a new service to support parents and carers at the College.

Date of article: 20-Jan-14

Article By: Sue Learner, News Editor

The new service is being rolled out in partnership with My Family Care, a specialist provider of family-friendly services and resources, to provide all staff with access to three backup care services – emergency childcare, school holiday cover and backup adult and eldercare.

Professor James Stirling, provost of Imperial, said: “Imperial recognises that parents and carers, who make up a significant proportion of our staff, can find it challenging to juggle the demands of work and family. This initiative is part of our continuing commitment to ensuring that Imperial staff receive the support and help that they need to balance these responsibilities.”

The College will fund the registration costs to My Family Care, with the staff then paying for any care depending on how long services are required.

Leicester City Council seeks foster carers for elderly people

A fostering scheme where families will be paid to take elderly people into their homes is to be tried in Leicester.

Carers will be paid £224 a week and Leicester City Council will pay for modifications to their homes.

Age UK warned that potentially vulnerable people could be placed in homes with strangers.

But the council said carers would be vetted before being approved, and care would be closely monitored.

In October, the council confirmed plans to close or sell off eight of its care homes.