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Medway care homes to benefit from £240,000 boost

Date: 30/05/2007           Category: Social Care

The quality of life for older people in Medway care homes will improve as a result of a £240,000 refurbishment fund. More than 22 care homes in Medway, will receive money as part of the Government’s dignity campaign, which aims to place dignity and respect at the heart of caring for older people. Improvements will directly benefit residents, such as such as upgrading rooms particularly to benefit people with sensory loss; upgrading dining rooms and residents’ bedrooms and bathrooms; improving gardens or outside spaces used by residents, to encourage enjoying the outdoors and replacing worn-out carpeting or floor coverings to reduce the risk of falls. Medway Council’s portfolio holder for Adult Services Cllr Tom Mason said: “This is very welcome news that will make a positive difference for older people in care homes. “This supports the excellent work of health and social care professionals, the voluntary and independent sectors and carers - both family and paid - who work together to continually improve the lives of older people.” Care services minister Ivan Lewis said: “I know how important it is for people living in care homes to have an environment they are happy in and that they are proud to call home. By distributing this funding, we are able to improve the lives of tens of thousands of people and their families." Annie Stevenson, senior policy adviser at Help the Aged, said: "We welcome this initial injection of funding, which shows the Government recognises that dignity in care homes is crucial to maintaining health and well being.” [ENDS]