They had approached the hospital and asked them to allow visitors at meal times rather than visiting times. They had also done work on dementia and a pilot project regarding helping older people on wards who had dementia. Age UK Wirral had given them 3 years of Comic Relief funding to work with GP to help them identify long term carers.
For those who had been diagnosed with a condition for the rest of their life, it was easier to help if carers were identified. This could also inform social workers to work with carers. Helping practices to identify carers as they might not be at the same practice as the patient they’re caring for.
At the Floral Pavillion there had been a two day event with 1,500 people on the wellbeing of Wirral with stalls and workshops. There was also a meeting coming up on crime that Merseytravel was sponsoring.
It was also hard to get feet looked after, the service was fine but was hard to get, other people had problems with mouth and tooth care especially in residential homes. If dentures were lost it could be weeks before they were replaced which was awful for dignity.
A member of the public asked about Southern Cross and whether they were remaining open. Kevin Adderley said they were not aware of any closing. Cllr Ellis said that was good news. Cllr Watt said they had had a weekly briefing, the Director of Adult Social Services had said his department was committed to looking after the people affected and there was no chance they would be left out in the cold.