Monthly Archives: July 2012

Five-year-old among 1,322 children registered as carers in Lincolnshire

A 5-year-old is among 1,322 children and young people registered as carers in Lincolnshire.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The figures have been released by Lincolnshire County Council in response to a freedom of information request.

  1. United: Isabelle Bull, 9, is one of 1,300 young carers in Lincolnshire, She helps look after her mum Becky who has kidney failure.

Young carers are defined as children under 18 who look after a relative with a physical or learning disability, mental health condition, long-term illness or who are affected by drugs or alcohol.

They carry out tasks such as monitoring medication, helping with day to day activities and household chores.

Stamford care home receives reward for dedication to dementia care

When I get older

July 29, 2012 | By |

Whitefriars Care Home in Stamford

The recent BBC programme When I Get Older has raised some interesting issues about dementia, the cost of elderly care and life in a care home.

The programme followed four elderly celebrities who moved in with pensioners at home and then also experienced life in a care home to help better understand the lives of older people in today’s society.
But for one care home in Stamford its continued commitment into the provision of dementia and elderly care for their residents has resulted in success.
Whitefriars, part of the Orders of St John Care Trust, is the first care home within the Trust to receive a dementia accreditation as part of its internal audit tool.
The tool measures performance across a number of areas, including personalised care and support, management of medication, prevention and control of infection and staff training. There is also a specific section relating to dementia care.
In order to meet the criteria outlined in the audit, which has received approval from Dementia UK, Whitefriars care home has implemented a series of initiatives that provide both choice and fulfillment to each resident.
Home manager Helen Finlay, said. “Our focus is on providing a home from home environment for our residents and delivering individualised care to each person.

Paul Burstow visits Samaritans for National Samaritan Awareness Day

Paul Burstow MP has praised the work of Samaritans who help Sutton residents in their darkest hour.

On Tuesday 24th July (24:7) Paul visited the Surbiton Samaritan branch – one of two branches which serve Sutton – to raise awareness of the vital work of the Samaritans.

The Samaritans is a nationwide charity that relies on volunteers to talk to distressed callers on the 24 hour helpline. The volunteers deal with cases that range from those wanting emotional support to callers on the verge of committing suicide.