To mark National Older Persons’ Day on Thursday 1st October, Cornwall Care, the region’s largest independent care provider for older people, is holding an open day at three of their homes across the county to launch a their new service ‘My Progress Plus’.Between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday, October 1, members of the public are invited to join representatives from Cornwall Care at one their homes to meet the staff and learn about the new service. Three of Cornwall Care’s 18 homes will be open to the public; Athelstan in Bodmin, Trewartha in Carbis Bay and their flagship care home, Cedar Grange in Launceston.
The open day is intended to let people know about the other services Cornwall Care offers, in addition to residential care. The event will launch the ‘My Progress Plus’ service, which has been designed to provide a complete programme of holistic client-centred care in peoples own homes for people of any age.
National Older Persons’ Day is an opportunity to celebrate relationships between generations. Throughout the country events will recognise the opportunities, achievements, and aspirations of older people and their contribution to society and the economy.
The day has been planned this year to also coincide with the UN International Day for Older People. The events and activities taking place look to tackle outdated stereotypes around ageing by bringing people of all ages together.
“My Progress Plus” builds on the foundations of Cornwall Care’s ‘My Progress’ service, which has helped 600 people across the county, old and young alike, with specialist physical care and support while recovering from illness, accidents or surgery since it was introduced in 2006.
Douglas Webb, Chief Executive of Cornwall Care explained the benefits of the new service: “At Cornwall Care we pride ourselves on the quality of our care services and facilities. We know the importance of meeting the needs of individuals and ‘My Progress Plus’ has been developed to bring together specialist care and expert advice from a wide range of therapists to offer a holistic service that will help individuals to maintain their valued independence in their own homes. The results from our pilot service have been truly fantastic with many clients regaining their independence when perhaps they thought they might not.
“I hope that our open day will help people considering their own future care needs, or those of a friend or relative, with information to make informed choices about the options available.”
The new service looks at every aspect of an individual’s life to identify where support is needed to help them return home after a period of serious illness, it is even designed to help minimise future hospital admissions. It can include arranging for home carers to provide a helping hand and co-ordinating a range of therapies, to supplying and fitting rehabilitation equipment within the client’s home.
As part of their new ‘My Progress Plus’ service, Cornwall Care can provide convalescence, respite and rehabilitation in their designated residential homes as a stepping stone to client’s returning to their own homes. Cedar Grange is one of Cornwall Care’s residential homes where individuals can stay during their preparations to return home and boasts outstanding eco friendly credentials, delicious locally sourced food, a wide range of daytime activities and a wonderful treatment room and hair stylist.
During the launch of ‘My Progress Plus’ on 1st October, team members will provide visitors to the homes with information about how the tailor-made service works.