Glen Caring respite services day out to ‘Country Comes to the City’

Giving carers a break with respite services is part of what we do at Glen Caring.  Respite services help those caring for a family member at home but they can also offer a great day out for our clients.

We pull out all the stops to make days out an enjoyable experience for these clients, and we weren’t disappointed on our recent respite services day out to the Country Comes to the City event at Ebrington Square, Derry~Londonderry.

It was a wonderful day which was enjoyed by everyone, and it was great to see the sun shining.

We’d like to say a big Thank You to our carers, who made sure everyone was having a great time. They were Luisa Carlin, Stephen Gamble, Mandy Robinson, Rachel McAlpine, Michaela Kee, Joanne Gamble and Julie Hagan.

Our successful respite service is designed to allow service users to enjoy a caring and fun experience while also providing families with the support they need to take a much deserved break. The service includes a suitable minibus for the transport of service users offering day trips for example shopping, cinema, library, concerts – along with weekend breaks. Some of our successful weekend breaks included trips to Strangford-Bay-Lodge, Portstewart and Linsnaskea Share Centre.

Our sitting services and over night packages are designed to offer support and reassurance for you and your loved ones. This package allows for all aspects of care to be incorporated into your daily routine, again this longer provision package can be filled with any of the following tasks:

  • Meal preparation
  • Light household tasks
  • Laundry care
  • Shopping
  • Support in attending appointments
  • Support in attending social outings
  • Assistance with personal care
  • Assistance with medication
  • Assistance with feeding
  • Toileting, stoma and catheter care
  • Assistance with mobility and transfers
  • Companionship

 

Opening of new ‘Changing Places’ a Boost to Disability Travel in NI

Our new State-of-the-Art ‘Changing Places’ facility for people with severe mobility disabilities opens in Ebrington Square, Derry/Londonderry at 11.30am this morning – Monday 7th August.

The bathroom facility was developed and funded fully by social care agency, Glen Caring, and is the first one in the Western Region. It is expected to be a major advantage for local people with disabilities and a boost to accessible tourism for the region.

“From our own experience of taking clients on respite care daytrips, standard disabled toilets are simply not enough for those with severe mobility issues,” says Glen Caring general manager Linda Beckett. “This new facility enables them and their carers to enjoy trips to and days out in Derry and the surrounding areas, with the security of knowing that their needs can be met with dignity.”

Local man, Jonathan Hagon – who cut the ribbon for the official opening –  says the new changing facility is “exactly what this city needs. It is so handy for both people in town and people in the Waterside, going to the arena or St Columb’s park. It means someone who normally couldn’t go on an outing with their friends and family can now do so. Having the use of the hoist and changing bed is brilliant – this makes life easier for so many people.”

“We have been in the situation in the past where, my mum and her friend have had to lay my friend on cold tiles on the floor of a toilet to be changed, which was awful for my friend. I can’t wait to tell them about the new Glen Caring facility on the square.”

Linda Beckett, General Manager of Glen Caring, Jonathan Hagon, service user, Orla McCann, Disability Action NI and the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh celebrate the opening of the new Glen Caring State-of-the-Art ‘Changing Places’ facility in Ebrington Square, Derry/Londonderry.

Linda Beckett, General Manager of Glen Caring, Jonathan Hagon, service user, Orla McCann, Disability Action NI and the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh celebrate the opening of the new Glen Caring State-of-the-Art ‘Changing Places’ facility in Ebrington Square, Derry/Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. 07.08.17

The event was also addressed by the Mayor of Derry & Strabane Maolíosa McHugh, who said he was “delighted that such a superb facility is now available to the people of Derry and Strabane and to visitors to our city and region.  This opening is an important step in making our city more inclusive and accessible, and should be recognised and welcomed as such”.

Martin Graham, Tourism NI Regional Manager for the Derry & Strabane council area welcomed the new state of the art facilities “I commend the work of Glen Caring and their focus on accessible tourism, the implementation of this facility will help ensure that all visitors can travel to the area with ease and comfort.”

Orla McCann, an assistant director at Disability Action NI, says better access is not just the right thing to do for individuals with disability, it’s also the right direction for tourism. Speaking at the official opening event, she said there are “an estimated 11 million people in the UK with some form of disability – a demographic that’s been overlooked for far too long.  In economic terms, this demographic is worth a potential £2 billion-a-year to the UK tourism market. By taking an inclusive approach to future tourism development, Northern Ireland could take its share of this market.”

The equipment available at the Ebrington Changing Places facility includes:

  • A height adjustable adult sized changing bench
  • A tracking Hoist system
  • Adequate space in changing area for up to two people
  • A centrally placed Aqua 800 washing, drier toilet with adequate room either side
  • A curtain to allow privacy
  • Non-slip flooring
  • Shower with floor drainage.

Check out the Changing Places facility in Ebrington Square here and find out more about the Changing Places organisation and campaign here. If you need further information about the new Ebrington Square facility, please email Glen Caring on info@glencaring.com

 

Respite day out at Country comes to City

Our respite day out took a distinct country flavor by taking part in a recent event in Ebrington Square, in Derry. Eleven of our clients, accompanied by six of our carers, mosied on down to the Country comes to City concert – which is now in its fourth year.

We took lots of pictures so you could see what you were missing…

Glen Caring Respite day out at Country comes to City1

We’d like to say a big Thank You to our carers, who made sure everyone was having a great time. They were Luisa Carlin, Albert McWilliams, Linda McWilliams, Roisin McNamee, Mandy Robinson, Francine McKeegan and Christine Wilson.

Glen Caring respite days out are about making sure that those in our care get out and about and enjoy themselves. However, like the full range of our Respite Services, they are also intended to offer a break to those family members who are providing care at home.

Days out – like Country comes to City – are organised for clients under our physical disability respite scheme. This scheme is available to those with physical disability needs between the ages of 18-65. The scheme offers a range of opportunities for services users including:

  • respite in their own home
  • social outings
  • short breaks away
  • group events

Glen Caring Respite Day Out: Country comes to City3

General Respite Services

Our respite services are designed to allow service users to enjoy a caring and fun experience while also providing families with the support they need to take a well-deserved break. The service includes a suitable minibus for the transport of service users offering day trips for example shopping, cinema, library, concerts – along with weekend breaks. Some of our successful weekend breaks included trips to Strangford-Bay-Lodge, Portstewart and Linsnaskea Share Centre.

Our sitting services and overnight packages are designed to offer support and reassurance for you and your loved ones. This package allows for all aspects of care to be incorporated into your daily routine, again this longer provision package can be filled with any of the following tasks:

  • Assistance with personal care
  • Assistance with medication
  • Assistance with feeding
  • Toileting, stoma and catheter care
  • Assistance with mobility and transfers
  • Companionship
  • Meal preparation
  • Light household tasks
  • Laundry care
  • Shopping
  • Support in attending appointments
  • Support in attending social outings

To find out more or to book respite services call us on: 02882252666 or email: info@glencaring.com

 

Respite Services Night Out a Great Success

Caring full-time for a family member is demanding, so our Respite Services are designed to give carers a well-deserved break. But they are also about ensuring the people you care for have a great time with our respite care.

Our recent respite group event saw 6 service users enjoy a Robbie Williams & George Michael Tribute Night at the Everglades Hotel, in Derry. A big thank you to carers Luisa Carlin, Sheree Campbell, Mandy Robinson and our bus driver Gordon Peoples, who looked after everyone so well and made sure they had a great time.

These kinds of Respite Services events are organised for clients under our physical disability respite scheme. This scheme is available to those with physical disability needs between the ages of 18-65. The scheme offers a range of opportunities for services users including:

• respite in their own home
• social outings
• short breaks away
• group events

General Respite Services

Our respite services are designed to allow service users to enjoy a caring and fun experience while also providing families with the support they need to take a well-deserved break. The service includes a suitable minibus for the transport of service users offering day trips for example shopping, cinema, library, concerts – along with weekend breaks. Some of our successful weekend breaks included trips to Strangford Bay Lodge, Portstewart and Lisnaskea Share Centre.
Our sitting services and overnight packages are designed to offer support and reassurance for you and your loved ones. This package allows for all aspects of care to be incorporated into your daily routine, again this longer provision package can be filled with any of the following tasks:

  • Assistance with personal care, medication, and feeding
  • Toileting, stoma and catheter care
  • Assistance with mobility and transfers
  • Companionship
  • Meal preparation
  • Light household tasks
  • Laundry care
  • Shopping
  • Support in attending appointments and social outings

To find out more or to book respite services call us on: 02882252666 or email: omagh@glencaring.com