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Issue Date:- 9 June 2008


MORE than 7 out of 10 people in the North West of England believe that the Government should provide financial assistance to help people become live-in carers.  With the Government currently undertaking a consultation on the funding of social care and admitting that the system needs fundamental reform, a survey issued on the eve of National Carers Week reveals that people would prefer to be cared for in their own homes in old age. They also want funding to be made available to encourage more people to become carers.

The survey, conducted for Consultus Care and Nursing Agency, one of Britain’s leading Home Care management services, also showed that more than twenty six per cent of those questioned in the North West would consider becoming paid live-in carers.

Celia Hoare, of Consultus Care, said:- “The Government know that with an ageing population some major decisions need to be made regarding the future of care in this country. Live-in care at home is one option that is often not considered because people are unaware that it is available.  Our survey shows that having a carer living with them at home is far preferable for most people than the prospect of going into a care home. People also realise that expecting family members to care for them in old age can be unrealistic and so would like to see more support for live-in caring as a profession.”

The survey illustrated the importance of a live-in option, with more than 53% of those questioned in the North West saying they would like to use such services, while 43% admitted they would not like to burden relatives with the task of looking after them.  60% of respondents wanted to see greater awareness of live-in caring as a profession, with more than half of those questioned also wanting education and training courses, plus tax advantages for carers.

Celia Hoare added:- “This survey has revealed that most people would be happiest at home, and they should have that option available.

As a leading agency, we need more people to take up live-in caring as a profession – it is very rewarding, and we can offer advice on the training and skills they would need to be able to provide the best quality care”.

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"I marched in the Lord Mayors Parade Saturday and I proudly carried the Merchant seafarers flag the 'Red Duster.

It was an honour for me and I felt I represented my young uncle Peter Myles and all those brave seafarers who often are the unsung hero's and get little mention in the press.

Thank you for your patience." Gerry Myles LRMS.

Southport's Charity Fun Fest

THE Princes Park, Southport Charity Fun Fest was a huge success this year and it was held over two days. The weather was good on the Saturday, 7 June 2008, for the Fun Fest, but Sunday, 8 June, was amazing, attracting massive crowds all day long. The annual event was held with thanks to the Visitor newspaper and many volunteers from all over Sefton. It had lots of attractions from including a fairground, steam traction engine, Southport Model Railway, limo rides thanks to MD Travel, It's A Knockout, morris dancers, live bands with thanks to Southport Community Radio and many more.  All the money raised from the day will go Southport charities.  We will bring you a full report and lots more photographs in next weeks issue.

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