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
National Award Scheme Launched
The Elderly Accommodation Council (EAC) National Housing awards for Older People 2013 are now in full swing
This year will be the fourth year that the awards have been held, and they aim to put residents in older peoples housing right at the centre of the assessment and award process.
The WISH campaign
On Saturday, 18 May, Robert Davidson, age 70, and Anne Ludlow, age 62, will be setting out on their much-beloved e-bikes to ride from Totnes, Devon, to London. They estimate the total distance will be 250 miles, as they must take circuitous routes to sneak up on Bath from the rear - there they can pick up a Sustrans cycle trail the rest of the way to London.
They are undertaking this challenge on behalf of all people everywhere who are older than they used to be, in the firm belief that an increase in your age should not mean a decrease in your rights - above all, your right to freedom, fulfilment, and fun.
Competitions & Fun
Win a Table Top Grille and Side Fire Box!
The warmer weather is finally here and for us Brits, any hint of sun means one thing – rolling out the BBQ.
We’ve been cooking meat over flames for more than a million years and the origin of the word “barbecue” is thought to come from the Spanish word “barbacoa” which means a wooden frame used to cook meat.
Nowadays, we cook far more than meat with popular dishes including vegetable kebabs, fish and even melted chocolate chips stuffed inside bananas in their skins.
Win a prize at home or away in this month's prize draw with Silver Travel Advisor!
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Silver Travel Advisor is a friendly website packed with advice, tips, information and honest reviews written by and for silver travellers (aged over 50). A team of advisors are on hand to answer queries (for free), and you can share your own experiences too.
Health & Wellbeing
Too many older people falling due to poor eye sight
New research by the College of Optometrists reveals lack of awareness of the link between falls and poor vision
The majority of people are unaware of the link between poor eyesight and falls in older people, according to new research by the College of Optometrists, released in the run up to this year’s Falls Awareness Week.
Nearly half of those surveyed said they had an older friend, parent or relative who had fallen, yet less than a third (32%) knew that poor vision was a major cause of falls.
Property & Finance
2nd National Personal Budget Survey results released
2nd National Personal Budget Survey shows how councils can get the best results and improve lives for people who need care and support
A survey of more than 3,300 people who use personal budgets (PBs) in social care and their carers has found positive results when people have taken up PBs.
Leisure and Lifestyle
Robert Tanitch reviews Tanzi Libre at Southwark Playhouse, London SE1.
The redevelopment of London Bridge Station has forced Southwark Playhouse to vacate the arches under the station and relocate in a former warehouse in Newington Causeway.
This will be the theatre’s new home until the station is completed in 2018 when they will then be able to return.
The first season in the new building opens with Ellie Jones’s production of Claire Luckham’s trite and crude feminist tract, which was a big success in 1980 and hasn’t had a major revival in London in 30 years.
Returning to Blighty
A French friend called me this morning and as I spoke to him I looked out of the window and saw grey skies and raindrops hanging off the washing line. I very nearly shed tears that matched them. Why? Because it is now seven years since I left my beloved Languedoc Roussillon in the South West of France after living there for six blissful years and am now residing in West Yorkshire.
I miss the many friends I made there –contrary to popular opinion that the French despise the Brits I found this untrue. Except when England beat them at Rugby! Of course in many towns, and especially Paris, the people are sometimes just plain right rude to anyone who can’t speak fluent French. But go to the many villages and you will find them charming and very helpful as you struggle to find the right words!
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