Care home believes age is no life barrier

Issue 686

A care home in Dewsbury is being put at the centre of the community. Here Press reporter David Miller sees Manorcroft in action.

 

RESIDENT Margaret Ineson was once a model for a department store and is part of a Batley textile dynasty.

Now 91, she has been looked after at Manorcroft Care Home for the last three months.

Husband Christopher, 90, visits every day and has free meals, even though he is able to live at home.

They are part of the family which founded textile firm C Ineson Ltd at Union Mills, Alexandra Road, Batley.

Margaret’s daughter Deborah said: “She gets very good care and Manorcroft seems very well run.”

The care home, on Old Bank Road, Dewsbury, is going through a transformation.

It is being revamped inside, while bosses at owners Silverline Care are bringing in a strategy from Scotland.

The company has five homes there which all meet the country’s standard for enablement.

Where possible, residents are helped to do things for themselves and be as active as they can be. For some, that could be simply brushing their own hair, or it may involve growing vegetables or trips out.

The aim is to show residents what they are still capable of regardless of age or illness. Chief operating officer Yvonne Gosset said: “Coming to a care home should not be seen as the end. It should be looked at as the next stage of life. That’s what enablement is about.”

Daily activities range from knitting to quizzes, games, live entertainment and exercise classes.

Activities manager Lynda Fawcett said: “It’s all about making life as normal as possible. If they were used to baking then that’s what we’d help them do. Mental and physical stimulation like that is vitally important.”

Manorcroft, which has 40 beds and can care for dementia patients, was rated good by inspectors last month.

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