Care & Repair Awareness week….

a number of local events have taken place this week in Newport to mark Care & Repair Week in Wales. An information stand at the local Sainsbury’s supermarket in Shaftsbury attracted many visitors.  They were provided with general information on the services available locally, together with crucial information for those who may be worried about the presence of carbon monoxide in their homes. Karen and Josie from Care & Repair were on hand to answer any queries, and a number of home visits were scheduled for people to receive a ‘Healthy Homes Check’ over the coming weeks.

A visit to the stand was made by Councillor Paul Cockeram, Newport City Council Cabinet Member for Social Care & Wellbeing, who subsequently visited a client and her daughter in the Brynglas.  He was able to see how Care & Repair had made a real difference to their lives by carrying out various minor and major adaptations. They praised the professionalism and kindness shown by the Care & Repair team over several years. Councillor Cockeram saw how the work had played a major part in maintaining independence, and gained an understanding of the challenges the Agency face when seeking funding for essential work in the homes of those in need.

The Agency also provided a training session for the Older Adult Mental Health Team (OAMHT) at St Cadoc’s Hospital, Caerleon, bringing them up to date with all of the services on offer and the appropriate referral channels to utilise. This OAMHT team is becoming a more frequent referrer to Care & Repair, especially where mental health issues, such as depression and dementia, have led to a decline in the home environment.   Venetia Kinnafick, professional lead occupational therapist for the OAMHT, commented that the session was ‘Hugely beneficial, as Care & Repair play a significant role in supporting vulnerable people in our community’.

The above session followed a Health event attended by members of the Care & Repair team where discussion took place around a range of equipment useful for people who have dementia, such as signage (clear colourful signs that are easy for people who have dementia to read), reminiscence and activities equipment, memory aids, and fixed/non fixed contrasting coloured toileting equipment such as grab rails and raised toilet seats. The Agency will continue to liaise with the Health Board to establish if there are areas of unmet need, for example, with regard to fitting of the above items.

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