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ROSE Lodge, Church Road,
Banks, Southport, is opening its doors to welcome individuals during
the Easter break to help combat the Bank Holiday blues that can
affect older people.
Bank Holidays can be a lonely time for older people – to counter
this Amore Care, part of The Priory Group, is offering bespoke care
packages, designed to enable people to join in Easter celebrations
or to give carers a break, which include day care and short stay
There are 1 million people aged 65-plus living lonely and isolated
lives in the UK, according to the charity Friends of the Elderly. It
also says that half of older people say that TV is their main form
of company and that about 370,000 over 75's spend no time at all
with other people on a typical day.
Bereavement, ill health, loss of confidence and family members
living in different parts of the country or abroad all contribute to
the problem of isolation among older people, with many saying that
loneliness is now their greatest problem. This is an even greater
problem at Bank Holiday times such as Easter.
Carolyn Ackers, Rose Lodge Manager, said:- "Bank Holidays can
be a very lonely time for those who no longer have partners in their
lives or whose family live a distance away."
During Easter at Rose Lodge, older people can stay for a day and
there are short-term respite care opportunities that will allow
carers to have some time to themselves with the peace of mind that
their loved one is being cared for in a safe environment, whether
for a day or slightly longer. In each case and there will be range
of complimentary Easter treats on offer.
Rose Lodge is a modern, purpose built bungalow that supports support
38 older people requiring nursing, palliative and/or personal care.
Carolyn Ackers added:- "It is shocking to realise how many
older people feel isolated and have nothing but the television for
company. We feel we can provide a short-term alternative to this by
offering non-residents the choice of our new care packages. Visiting
us in this way during the Easter holidays also will demonstrate to
people and their relatives or carers that when the time comes to
move permanently into a care home it will be a positive experience.
At Rose Lodge, we are planning lots of fun events for our residents
during the holiday period and more importantly can offer
More information can be obtained by calling:- 01704 220 061.
foster carers invited to open evening
ANYONE who has thought about becoming a foster
carer is invited to find out more at an open evening being held at
Liverpool Town Hall on Thursday, 21 March 2013.
Current foster carers will be there to chat and tell about their
experiences to help potential carers find out more about the role.
The ‘Big Heart Big City' open evening will run from 4pm until
8pm on Thursday, 21 March 2013, at Liverpool Town Hall in High Street.
It will be the second open day run by Liverpool City Council this
year, and members of the Children In Care Council - who represent
the views of looked after young people, and the authority's
fostering service will also be there for informal chats and to offer
advice and information.
It is the latest step in a 5 year campaign launched by the City
Council in September to recruit more foster carers.
About 800 babies, children and teenagers in Liverpool cannot live at
the moment with their birth families, for many reasons.
The authority is seeking foster carers from all backgrounds and
ethnic communities. Carers can be single, partnered, married, gay or
lesbian, and with or without children of their own.
There is a particular need for foster carers with more than one
spare room who can help keep brothers and sisters together.
Councillor Jane Corbett, cabinet member for children's social care,
said:- "Every child has a right to a loving, happy and safe
family environment, and that's why providing a home for a young
person who cannot live with their own parents is one of the best
things you can do.
You'll find it won't just be their life you change for the better,
but your own as well. We need to find happy homes for children of
all ages. And we're looking for foster carers of all backgrounds,
whether you're single, married, or living with a partner."
Liverpool City Council runs a professional service offering a
renowned level of support and training for its foster carers. A
structured programme of training courses helps them develop skills
and gain recognised qualifications which can lead to new careers in
related childcare work.
The authority also pays generous allowances to cover the costs of
looking after the child, plus payment of professional fees based on
the level of training completed.
For more details visit:-
or via phone on;- 0151 515 0000.