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Mary makes home moves easier for Blackburn's elderly
PENSIONER Mary Ingham and Blackburn with Darwen adult care chief Mohammed Khan celebrated the success of the borough’s personal care plans for residents moved from council to private accommodation.
He visited her at Moorland View Care Home after she moved from the borough’s Greenways facility, one of four to shut as part of council cuts.
After living at Greenways for two years, Mary was the first of four residents to move.
She lived at the home for a month before her companions came to join her, so she could settle in before acting as their mentor to help them adapt to their new surroundings.
She said: “Naturally they were very upset but I took them under my wing.”
Mary took her CDs and introduced karaoke on Sundays with residents getting involved singing and dancing to old songs.
She said: “It does my heart good to see them singing along and dancing. I used to love dancing. It does you good to move. Some of them are asleep all the time, it’s so sad.”
Coun Khan said, as he outlined the progress made on personalised care to the council’s executive board: “I recently met Mary and it’s clear to see she is very popular among the home’s residents and staff. I’m sure there are many who are incredibly grateful for the work she does.”
In January, he promised all 70 residents of the four council homes closing – Laneshaw House, Feniscliffe Bank, and Blakewater Lodge in Blackburn and Greenways in Darwen – they would have a personal care plan to smooth their transfer to the private sector.
He promised that the state-of-the-art residential facilities being built in the borough over the next three years would provide a better environment for residents. Coun Khan told last week’s meeting of the executive board that personalisation was the key to providing better services to all the adults the borough cared for.
He highlighted greater use of telecare to help people stay in their own homes in safety, rather than go into residential care.
Coun Khan also explained how providing younger disabled adults with personal budgets gave them greater freedom and how ‘reablement’ programmes helped people leaving hospital return to normal life.
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