A new project, coordinated jointly by Ashbridge School in Hutton and Preston based provider of home-based care, Mosaic Community Care, is aiming to put dignity and respect at the heart of UK care services to enable a positive experience of care.
School children from Ashbridge School have been visited by two members of the local community who are themselves receiving home care support during the day with the aim of giving the pupils the opportunity to gain insightful, first-hand views of what it’s like to rely on home-based care support.
It is hoped this will create an understanding of the many issues those requiring care are faced with and raise awareness to respect people’s dignity no matter what age they may be.
56 year old Tim Laycock and Laura Carr who is 23 took part in the project.
Tim, who has Multiple Sclerosis and wheelchair bound receives four hours of homecare each day. Laura is currently awaiting a leg amputation, which she hopes will improve her quality of life after being born with Club Foot. Laura is visited three times a day by a carer who ensures her daily needs are met such as washing, dressing, preparing meals as well as undertaking other basic tasks we all take for granted. She also receives an additional ten hours support each week which enable her to enjoy community and leisure based activities including shopping and horse-riding.
The pupils were encouraged to ask open and frank questions about what it’s like to rely on home care, as well as managing their individual conditions, whilst the users spoke openly about their needs.
Claire Fryer is the Managing Director of the Mosaic Group. She said of the initiative (which is in support of the National Dignity Council): “The visit was a huge success, it was great to see the pupils taking such a keen interest in the challenges our users face, as well as the importance of respecting their needs, not just the elderly.
“Both Tim and Laura really enjoyed speaking to the children, Laura’s been invited back following her amputation, and this is something we’re now looking to extend to other schools throughout Preston.”
Mrs Sharples, Ashbridge School’s headteacher added: “’The experience was of real benefit to all involved. Tim and Laura helped the children to understand the challenges they face and it was a great opportunity for our older pupils to share their thoughts and opinions on the importance of care in our society.”
Mosaic Community Care, which was established in 2007, is a specialist company that provides a range of care and support services to children, adults and elderly people with disabilities or mental health needs. They also offer invaluable day to day support to people who have suffered physical or sensory impairment through accident or illness.
Their services include domiciliary care, home from home supported living and most recently through the launch of their elderly home care service, where children with special physical needs can now enjoy long, short term or emergency residential placements.
Mosaic also work with local authorities, health care professionals and families to deliver a programme of tailored care for children with a range of special needs. This includes a range of outdoor pursuits, away days and invaluable respite care facilities for carers.
In the picture above are Deputy Head – Mr Wood, Laura Carr, Tim Laycock and Head Mistress Mrs Sharples with pupils taking part in the session.