Hooray for Good Care Week 2013!

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If you’re reading this then you must be interested in or at least curious about the quality of care for older people.

It’s regularly in the headlines but usually to give high profile to examples of poor practice and lack of respect for vulnerable members of our society. Thankfully these are not the norm and one of the aims of Good Care Week is to celebrate the dedication and achievements of those who work tirelessly to provide excellent care for our families and loved ones.

The My Home Life Essex Community Association works closely with My Home Life to do just that and is supporting care homes and helping them to reach out and interact with their local communities. We believe that those living in care homes are just as much part of their community as anyone else and here’s what we’re doing to support them and their families, friends and carers:

  • Providing a professional telephone advice line and personal support for prospective residents and their families when they are facing choices about residential care
  • Establishing Community Visitors in local homes to work with the home managers, carers, residents and their families to create places that people can really call ‘home’. We have a pilot scheme running now and would love to tell you more about it
  • We have volunteers who are befriending residents in homes and this is particularly important for people who have no regular visitors
  • We’re exploring how we can set up local groups to create links with their communities, ‘two way streets’ that can join up the activities, talent and organisations in localities for the benefit of all

If you would like to join us you’ll receive a warm welcome, whether you are a care professional or not. We are looking for people who care about others and want to make a difference for those people living in residential homes. We all have something to give whether it’s a warm smile, a helping hand or a particular skill or talent – what’s yours?

If you would like to find out more, please contact our Development Officer Debbie Tanner.

If you’d like to contact the advice line for advice about residential care please ring: 0845 017 7720. This is provided on our behalf by advice service staff at Independent Age, a charity which provides a national information and advice service for older people, their families and carers.

Find out more here.