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Issue:- 21 March 2013


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 packages.

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 companionship."

More information can be obtained by calling:- 01704 220 061.

Would be 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:-, by email or via phone on;- 0151 515 0000.

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