Heath care professionals have been encouraged to learn more about home care solutions to avoid unnecessary stress to patients.
Neil Edwards, husband of cancer victim Jayne Edwards (49) who died in September, has spoken out after his wife suffered unnecessary stress after being told she’d have to wait five weeks to have a stairlift fitted at home, when she knew she had less than that to live.
Acorn heard about Jayne’s plight through her local Gloucester media and installed a bespoke, curved stairlift the following day. Tragically, Jayne died of brain and breast cancer before being able to use the specialist device.
Neil, of Churchdown in Gloucestershire, has now called for better awareness amongst health care professionals of the options available to families who are wanting to care for relatives at home.
“It was my wife’s last wish to be able to get upstairs with dignity and relative ease when we were nursing her at home,” explained Neil. “When we were told by one supplier that we’d have a five week wait, we didn’t know any different – it was sheer luck that Acorn heard about our story.
“The health care professionals who supported us were fantastic, but if we’d have known that there were other options available, we’d have felt empowered to try elsewhere.”
Sue Ryder Clinical Nurse Specialist Valerie Bone who works in the community as part of a multi-disciplinary team to support patients who want to prolong their care at home, said it’s important that patients and their carers are advised on which medications, support services and equipment will make their lifestyle at home comfortable during an illness or the last stages of life.
“Patients can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the choices available and it is important to help them take the best decision to suit their personal needs. Too much choice can make it confusing and stressful for the patient,” she explains. “Being able to act quickly is important for patients with complex care and support needs and knowing that access to something as life enhancing as a stairlift the following day can be invaluable.”
She added: “Teams of healthcare professionals from occupational therapists to community nurses offer patients choice and control in order to meet their personal care needs. It’s important that those caring for any patients with mobility problems are aware of the options and know there are people and organisations available to help them move quickly.”
Jayne’s stairlift has now been donated to the Sue Ryder Hospice in Keighley, just miles from the Acorn manufacturing plant in Steeton, North Yorkshire. Company Secretary Dave Belmont said: “Healthcare professionals can advise patients that new Acorn stairlifts – whether straight or curved – can be installed using our FastTrack service as soon as the following day. We’re simply making medical professionals aware of the options available to their patients – who certainly never need to wait five weeks for a stairlift.”
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Campaigns & Issues
Oldest old ‘not a drain on society’
ILC-UK responds to 2011 Census data on the oldest old published today
David Sinclair, Assistant Director, Policy and Communications at ILC-UK, responding to the results, said:
"This new evidence reveals that 8.8% for those aged over 85 are still caring for someone. And half of these older carers are providing support for more than 50 hours a week.
The Elders honour the memory of their Founder, Nelson Mandela
The Elders are deeply saddened by the death of their founder, Nelson Mandela. They join millions of people around the world who were inspired by his courage and touched by his compassion. All will mourn his passing.
Mandela – or Madiba as he is known in South Africa – called the Elders together in 2007, urging them to be bold, independent and to speak the truth. He told them to be a robust force for good, and to work in the interests of peace for all humanity.
Competitions & Fun
Fairytale of New York voted top Christmas driving song!
With the festive season fast approaching and Christmas songs becoming a daily feature of radio station playlists, a 1st Central Insurance survey reveals The Pogues' Fairytale of New York is the nation's favourite Christmas song to drive along to.
Whilst drivers surveyed found the radio the least distracting in-car activity compared to mobile phones, children, satellite-navigation systems and chatting to passengers; 1st Central is cautioning motorists to remain focussed whilst behind the wheel this festive season.
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Health & Wellbeing
Winterproof your skin
Radiant, glowing skin can be yours whatever the weather. We let you in on some expert secrets
The weather has a huge impact on how you look and feel and the secret to healthy glowing skin is to adapt your skincare regime according to the season. Follow these steps and your skin will repay you with a gorgeous glow that will last right through to spring.
At this time of year cold harsh winds and the drying effects of central heating can wreak havoc on your skin and it may need extra hydration to give back what Mother Nature takes away. ‘The lipid layer, the outermost layer of the skin, needs to be protected to create a barrier that keeps natural moisture intact and stops it from escaping,’ explains dermatologist Victoria Pugh.
Property & Finance
Costly Christmas Needs Careful Budgeting
Nearly a third of Brits won’t be able to make November’s salary last until Christmas
Only 26 per cent have budgeted for the festive expense
The Christmas countdown is on and with three weeks to go, Britain’s number one comparison site MoneySuperMarket.com reveals nearly a third (30 per cent) of Christmas spenders won’t be able to make their November salary last to fund the festivities.
Leisure and Lifestyle
Joyce Glasser reviews Frozen
Frozen is seasonal, family entertainment at its best with Executive Producer John Lasseter (UP, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Brave) working his magic once again. This combination of romantic comedy and musical adventure story was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s 1845 fable, The Snow Queen and features, at its core, an unusual, schmaltz-free sisterly bond.
That might be because the film is co-directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, with Lee, the first female director of animation in Disney’s history, in charge of the script. It’s hard to imagine any demographic that won’t be drawn to its varied characters, settings, and superb 3D animation, not to mention its wise messages and music.
Driving home for Christmas
Chris Rea’s song 'Driving Home for Christmas' is a one that resonates with many of us at this time of the year.
While it’s the time to spend with family and friends, many of us will be embarking on a car journey home before we enjoy the festive cheer.
But before you make that journey home, it’s important to do a few checks to the car.
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