NHS trust fund’s financial boost for carers’ charity

Reporter:

Robert Platt

A CARERS’ charity near Chester has received a cash boost to help it buy more supplies.

Crossroads Care, Cheshire West, Wirral and Shropshire, has received £2,550 from NHS Western Cheshire’s chairman’s discretionary fund to buy five bath lifts and cushions.

The fund is used on projects that help people to make positive changes to their physical and mental health.

Crossroads Care chief executive Karen Urmston said: “People often take getting up, washed and dressed for granted but it doesn’t take much for it to become a difficult task.

“Our approach is to provide a genuine helping hand rather than making people feel they cannot care for themselves.

“Our staff will help clients with getting in and out of the bath, drying and dressing, preserving people’s dignity and privacy at all times, but staying close by, should a client need them.”

She added: “The new bath lifts can be packed away into a small holdall so they are easy to carry around.

“Once we’re in someone’s home, they are designed to allow someone to lie down and relax properly in their bath.

“This is more satisfying for our clients and more rewarding for our staff.”

See full story in the Chester Leader

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