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How to make the most of mealtimes in care homes.

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In our new bulletin we talk about food – everyones favourite subject. But, it is not just the food that makes mealtimes enjoyable. We asked care homes around the UK for their best practice tips for when it comes to creating a social mealtime, increasing appetites and involving residents, relatives and staff in decision making.

MHL Bulletin ISSUE 18 WEB

 

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Alive in me – a poem by a care home resident

ALIVE IN ME – By Tudor Evans, Hengoed Park

I can still hear her singing

in her high, clear voice

humming around our house

two streets from the colliery,

riddling the ashes

from the stove in the scullery.

 

I can still feel his strong arms around me,

carrying me to the mine

to lie by the huge fan, 28 feet tall,

the lungs of the pit,

to cure my whooping cough.

My Mother, my father,

They’re alive in me.

 

I see her young,

glossy hair marcel-waved,

in her yellow twin set with the nipped-in waist,

laughing, joy blazing out

like a firework flaring

 

I remember him at my bedside

His big hands placing the candles,

To drive my nightmares away.

Still keeping me safe, they’re alive in me.

Writing ‘Alive in Me.’

Deb Llewellyn, creative writer, told us about how she worked with Tudor to create the poem ‘Alive in me.’

“For the last two years I have worked as a Writer in Residence for Age Cymru, in two care homes in the Swansea Valley. I listen to the residents and work collaboratively with them to form their words into poems – sometimes based on stories and memories, sometimes in response to stimuli such as paintings, photographs and objects.

It was in Hengoed Court, Swansea that I met Tudor Evans, and it was a privilege to write this poem with him. We wrote it over the course of several individual sessions. Tudor shared his memories with me of growing up in the mining town of Grovesend near Pontarddulais. His father was a miner and we spoke at length about his work.

As a young boy, Tudor caught whooping cough and his parents feared for his life. One night Tudor was struggling for breath, and in desperation, his father carried him to the enormous fan which circulated air throughout the pit. He believed that being in this strong air current would allow Tudor to breathe. It worked, and Tudor recovered. The vivid childhood memories that Tudor has of his parents form the core of this poem. Writing it was his act of tribute to them.”

 

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“I have had a lived experience of a Northern Irish care home doing really, really well in the dying process.”

Eina McHugh

A story from Slieve na Mon Nursing Home in Northern Ireland has been featured by the BBC – telling a tale of a family being supported through their father’s death.

The item, from a care home whose manager recently completed the My Home Life Leadership Support programme, tells the story of the McHugh family.

We’re delighted to see such a wonderful story in the press about the brilliant end of life care provided by the nursing home – not only for Mr McHugh himself, but for his whole family. It’s a testament to them that the family felt so moved they wanted to share their story with the world.

You can hear the interview on BBC Radio Ulster.

And read ‘How can we wake our father in a nursing home?’ on the BBC News website.

 

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MP calls for government support for My Home Life

An Early Day Motion (EDM 1588) has been put forward by Timothy Farron MP calling on the Government to take note of the evidence-based recommendations of My Home Life in drawing up new minimum standards for care homes.

At the time of writing, 75 MPs have supported the EDM. The My Home Life team will continue lobbying the Government for greater support for care homes.

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