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‘Injustice’ to vulnerable NHS patient slammed

SCOTLAND’S public services watchdog has raised concerns about the care of vulnerable adults in Scotland’s hospitals following complaints about patient treatment.

 

  • by ANDREW WHITAKER AND LYNDSAY BUCKLAND

Officials from the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland have now been asked to investigate the complaint in what the ombudsman said was an “injustice” to the 55-year-old patient, who had learning disabilities and severe dementia.

Aberdeen firm unveils wheelchair-friendly cars

AN Aberdeen-based car club today launched the UK’s first wheelchair adapted vehicle for street hires by the public.

The new service, launched by Aberdeen’s Co-Wheels car club, will provide a car, accessible to wheelchair users, that can be hired by their carers or family on a pay-as-you-go basis.

A club spokeswoman explained: “The new service will remove the need to own such a vehicle for what maybe infrequent use. Many elderly people confined to wheelchairs are unable to get out from their care homes simply because they and their family do not have access to such a vehicle.

Alzheimer’s Scotland are now training 2 more puppies

The ‘dementia dogs’ that get their owners out of bed, keep them active, and bring them their medication

  • Ken Will, 79, and Maureen Benham, 69, have been given assistance dogs
  • Say they have finally ‘got their lives back’ because they can socialise again
  • Kaspa and Oscar are the first ‘dementia dogs’ in the country that listen to a set of alarms that tell them to carry out specific tasks
  • Alzheimer’s Scotland are now training 2 more puppies to do the same job
  • By Emma Innes

| UPDATED: 19:30, 15 July 2013

A Labrador and a golden retriever – named Kaspa and Oscar – have become the first dogs in the country to look after dementia sufferers.
The pair has been drafted in to help Ken Will, 79, and Maureen Benham, 69, who were both diagnosed with dementia three years ago.

As their conditions have deteriorated, their dependence on respective partners Glenys Will, 66, and Frank Benham, 74, has increased – until now.

A Labrador and a golden retriever – named Kaspa and Oscar (pictured with Maureen and Frank Benham) – have become the first dogs in the country to look after dementia sufferers

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