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THE NATION’S FAVOURITE FRENCH CHEF

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Getting your finances into shape Did you know that according to recent studies the average 50 year old is now often fitter and healthier than the average 25 year old? Whether you keep in shape by cycling, walking the dog or running around after the grandkids – it pays to take the time to get your finances fit too. 50 Plus Magazine asked the Financial Ombudsman Service – the free service with the power to sort out financial problems – for some handy tips to help you get your finances healthy.

Five steps to getting financially fit 1. Check your account regularly so you know exactly how much money you have coming in and going out. Keep a date of when payments are due to make sure you have funds available. Some payments, for example to catalogue companies debit your account every 28 days so your payment date will change each month. If you spot a payment that you don’t recognise talk to your bank - if you don’t need it, cancel it! 2. Shopping around can ensure you get the best rate for your car, home or travel insurance. But be careful to read the small print and check any exclusions that apply. Remember the cheaper policy may not be the best one for your needs. Check that you have given the business all the relevant details – like a list of vehicle modifications for your motor insurance or information on any pre-existing medical conditions for travel insurance. 3. Interest free deals on credit cards or loan agreements can be a great way to spread the cost if you’re thinking of treating yourself to a new three piece suit or car. But make sure you know when the interest free period ends as repayments after this date can be expensive. Remember – the interest free period may be conditional on you maintaining the minimum repayments so keep a date of how much you need to pay and when. 4. If you’re considering putting your money into some investments, take some time to think about how much risk you’re willing to take. While riskier investments could bring bigger rewards, these aren’t guaranteed. Don’t take a chance if you can’t afford to risk your capital. 5. Most importantly, don’t bury your head in the sand! If you have a money related problem let your bank or insurer know as soon as possible – they should be able to help. If you’re still unhappy, contact the ombudsman on 0300 123 9 123 or www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk

inside... TRAVEL & LEISURE 6-7 Malta A touch of England in the Med. 8-9 Robinsons Holidays Affordable peace of mind.

FOOD & DRINK 12-13 The Hairy Bikers... ...take a scientific approach to food. 14-15 Jean-Christophe Novelli Shares some Port Salut recipes with us.

INTERVIEW 26-27 Russell Grant... The Comeback Kid.

HEALTH 32-33 Bone & Joint Centre at the Spire Liverpool Hospital Hip and knee replacements for the 21st Century.

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HAVING A TWITTER with Graham Smith Things ain’t what they used to be

You must be joking

The size of Waggon Wheels says a lot about the state of this country in my opinion. I was chatting, tweeting even, to a friend the other day and he set me thinking because he was dreadfully upset about his Penguin bar, almost in tears he was.

What passes for humour today often leaves me cold. Winner of the top joke at the Edinburgh Fringe was Stewart Francis with the offering, “Know who gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks.”

They’re just not the same any more, and when I mentioned Waggon Wheels he almost had apoplexy. “They’re like tiddlywinks compared to when I was a lad,” he sobbed. I had to agree. I don’t have a sweet tooth often but I have noticed that since we joined the Common Market, or whatever we’re supposed to call it now, things have not been the same. Jelly babies have become positively embryonic, wine gums have become a third of the size they were when I was at school and when did you last see a whopping great tomato in a supermarket? You won’t, because the supermarkets now employ people to make sure all fruit and veg is of virtual uniformity and colour. The tomatoes have to stand to attention every morning while some sergeant major of an attendant inspects them and anything over a centimetre bigger than its neighbour is probably splatted with a swagger stick.

Oh come on you can do better than that! What happened to the golden age which produced real comics such as Morecambe and Wise, Les Dawson and Dave Allen? They could not only deliver the stuff with immaculate timing but write it as well. Their actions and expressions were funny and they didn’t have to resort to the vernacular vulgarity so often seen at televised fringe events where the laughter is canned and the comic probably should be. Stewart Francis by the way is Canadian, which, if you’ve had a drink or two, sounds like comedian.

If a banana curves at more than the prescribed EU definition it is fed to the local zoo, gooseberries have been ordered to the barbers if they are too hairy, the list is endless. I recall that Rileys toffee rolls were twice their size in my youth. We bought them in loose “quarters” then, that was sensible measurement, but now they’re shrunk wrapped in at least three layers of cellophane which is more designed to keep the flavour out than in. Mars bars are in serious danger of extinction if they get any smaller and gobstoppers simply can’t compete. So why are we a nation of increasingly obese people if everything is getting smaller? That’s easy. Every café now seems to be serving “mega all day breakfasts” with enormous helpings of greasy spoon material, pizzas are getting bigger and it seems to be the norm now to walk down the street eating large pastries, spitting crumbs everywhere and heeding no one because there is a piece of electrical equipment plugged into every bodily orifice. Give it five years and some of these kids won’t know what birdsong and traffic sound like.

There is one saving grace to it all though, if they are run over by a Waggon Wheel it won’t do much damage.

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The Swansea tribe I have a fondness for quirky people and had to smile at the Swansea man who lives as an Apache Indian and was almost prosecuted for wanting to turn badger paws and eagle wings into a headress. Mangas Colaradas, 60, was due to stand trial for keeping protected wild animal parts but the Crown Prosecution dropped the case. He brought the bits back from Spain, where he lived in a tepee, to his three-bed semi in Swansea. He refused to reveal his real name and appeared in court wearing a ceremonial headdress, tassled suede jacket, moccasins and a snake’s head necklace. He said, “I wear this all the time, I’m not just some weekend Indian. I don’t put it on to show off, I put it on because I want to wear it.”

Geronimo! You tell ‘em Mangas.

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Malta is a fabulous Mediterranean destination especially if you dislike the hassle of foreign languages. Everyone speaks good to perfect English yet Malta retains all the charm of the Mediterranean.

bureaucrats have forced the withdrawal of the famous orange vintage Leyland and Bedford buses.

The universality of English is down to Malta being part of the British Empire from 1814 until 1964 but strangely it was not one of the Empires conquests. In the Napoleonic era Malta was between a rock and a hard place - at risk of being invaded by the French and the Russians. It opted for the protection of the British Empire and subsequently played a crucial role in defeating Rommel’s Afrika Korps in North Africa during WWII.

The Upper Barrakka Gardens provide a must-see harbour and city view and the Grand Master’s palace and armoury is a must. Don’t be put off by the plain exterior of St John cathedral; it belies a fabulous Baroque interior and a famous painting by Caravaggio.

It’s a tiny place, significantly smaller than the Isle of Wight, with a familiar yet foreign ambience. They have the highest density of catholic priests outside the Vatican City, produce and explode more fireworks per head than anywhere else on earth and eat an unbelievable number of rabbits. Of course, they drive on the left and something I love is how it’s kept some of the classic images from my childhood – old red telephone boxes, red post boxes and blue lights outside police stations. Sadly EU

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The World Heritage listed capital of Valletta is Europe’s first planned city, laid out in a grid system of streets and alleyways. The Knights of St John built it on a peninsula as a defence against the Turks during the sixteenth century.

Valletta’s real charm is its ambience, so it’s important to sit in an outdoor cafe and soak up the palpable sense of history rather than just rushing around the sites –the perfect excuse for loafing. But all this is just recent history; Malta’s prehistoric megalithic temples are older than Stonehenge or the Pyramids. It’s a dream destination for historians and reads like a textbook of western civilisation, probably with more human history packed into its122 sq miles than anywhere else on earth. There are 23 prehistoric sites dating back 6,000 years including the impressive megalithic temples of Taraxien and Hagar Qim but the subterranean

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Valletta’s real charm is its ambience, so it’s important to sit in an outdoor cafe and soak up the palpable sense of history... on Malta en-route to Rome and his indelible legacy of Christianity is still evident in the islands 360 churches. The marks of Norman and Arab conflicts are everywhere on the island, culminating with the spectacular city of Valletta built by the Knights of St John in 1566. Malta’s history rolls on involving the Spanish Empire; Napoleon predictably turned up and of course the British. But its not history that makes Malta one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations - it’s the glorious weather, the friendly people, the Mediterranean lifestyle and the convenience of English speakers. When Malta’s history, shopping and nightlife pall the 20-minute ferry across to Gozo is like moving to another country. It is Malta’s exclusive hideaway island with a pastoral ambience compared to Malta’s brasher tourist developments. Everything runs at a slower pace on Gozo.

hypogeum of Hal Saflieni is perhaps the most breathtaking. It is the only known underground prehistoric temple. Not much is known about these ancient temple builders or their mysterious parallel ‘cart tracts’ gouged into the limestone. They’ve been likened to a complex railway junction (Clapham Junction) because they criss-cross the landscape and some even disappear off the edge of the cliff - creating an endless source of myths and legends. Homer’s Odyssey tells of Ulysses being shipwrecked on the nearby island of Gozo where Calypso captivated him on his journey back from Troy to Ithaca in Greece. Then there are the Phoenicians from the Biblical cities of Tyre and Sidon who traded and settled Malta until ousted by the Roman’s. St Paul was also shipwrecked

The islands capital of Rabat was renamed Victoria in 1897 to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond jubilee but its still the beautiful quant town of alleyways, cafes and little shops it always was. The imposing walled citadel sheltered people from the marauding corsairs who plagued island communities throughout the Mediterranean. Gozo has its share of prehistoric monuments such as the Ggantija temple - supposedly built by giantesses and more mysterious ‘cart ruts’. The impressive Romanesque Basilica of Ta Pinu dominates the Gozitan skyline and has become a local shrine with a Lourdes-like status for miracle cures. Inside the walls are adorned with artificial limbs and other relics left by grateful pilgrims.

So don’t bother with a history book in Malta, just stroll around and let it all seep in, and between momentous historical events you’ll be able to find a perfect pasta and a decent pint of beer.

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Dave Myers and Simon King alias The Hairy Bikers were in the middle of a regime of diet and exercise when we chatted, recalls Angela Kelly. Yes, sorry, I know you’ll probably have to read that sentence again. Those two well-covered foodies? Diet? Exercise? Fear not. It’s all in the cause of a new cookery book about dieting and Dave and Simon had thrown themselves into both food and exercise regimes with the kind of enthusiasm they normally reserve for a piece of garlic-dripping Italian foccaccia bread or a couple of their favourite beers. “Yes, I know,” explains Simon, the blonde Geordie member of the famous chef duo. “It doesn’t sound like us, but obesity is a real problem in this country at the moment, hen, and we’re just trying to help.” As a result, Simon, aged 45, had been hitting the gym regularly – “and it’s working. I’m not sure how much weight I’ve lost because I’ve got some dodgy scales that say 20 stone 5lb one minute and 14 stone 8lb the next, but I know I can get into some jeans I couldn’t before. Mind you, I’m still a fat lad!” he roars familiarly.

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Dave, at 55, sounds like he’s taken a more scientific approach to the subject. He’s lost a stone and a half, has taken up boxing but still manages to sound incredulous when he says :”Do y’know, I’m actually enjoying the sessions.” You might be forgiven for not putting “weight-loss” and “The Hairy Bikers” in the same sentence because the likeable lads have spent the past eight years showing us what fun food can be – both making it and eating it. They’ve travelled around the UK and across the globe gathering culinary experiences and footage for their TV series, astride some seriously large motorbikes. Their trademark has been making new friends via food, cooking in people’s homes and generally acting as brilliant ambassadors for the best dishes that people can make for themselves. “The new cookery book will still be about food, though,” states Dave, the darker, bespectacled one. “It’s just that we’ll be showing good food that you can easily make with fewer calories in it so it won’t put too much weight on.” The two are speaking ahead of their new country-wide tour that starts in September and takes in 41 venues over the next three months, from Barrow in Furness to Bolton and Lowestoft to Liverpool. It’s their first live tour since their last sell-out tour two years ago, and it sounds like their usual eclectic mix of fun, socialising and, er, some cooking.

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INTERVIEW “It’s definitely not going to be two blokes on a sofa talking about food,” laughs Dave. “There’s loads going on. We’re having strip tombola and an escapologist – oh, and we’ll be doing the tango. We’ll also have a couple of people from the audience having a meal with wine and beer on the stage with us. We love that, and so do they!”

They’ve also sold millions of cookery books linked to the series, and now earned themselves a BAFTA nomination for their Meals on Wheels programmes. These highlighted the vital visiting service to the elderly, and they also tried – successfully - to put the emphasis back on regular freshly-cooked meals for them.

In fact, Dave and Simon love most things about their lives currently, although it wasn’t always as easy or straightforward. Both grew up with ailing parents: Dave’s mum had Multiple Sclerosis and Simon’s Dad was on kidney dialysis.

They’re both delighted about the nomination and, Simon insists, they hope the subject will continue to catch the public imagination because it’s an important one. “In the series, it wasn’t Dave and I who were the stars of the show but all these marvellous older people,” he insists.

For Dave, who was born when his father was 55, his earliest memory of cooking is when he was around eight helping his mum bake bread, simple fruit scones and a Victoria sponge. As an older dad, his father was able to spend plenty of time with Dave, although from around the age of 13 it was Dave who did the bulk of the cooking at home. He later went to art school “but I was a better cook than an artist,” he recalls. It was when he became a make-up artist specialising in prosthetics and was working on the set of a Catherine Cookson TV drama that he met Simon, then a first assistant director and locations’ manager. The two shared a love of bikes and food, began cooking together – and a legend was born. Simon’s first foodie memory is of making sandwiches, strangely enough “with the crusts taken off and cut into little triangles”, when he was about six and helping in the kitchen. “But most of the time I was just off out scrambling about, no time to cook!” he says, with that gentle rumbling roar of laughter bubbling up. Their first programmes for the BBC eight years ago were more travelogue than cookery show, but the emphasis gradually changed to the enjoyable format that has attracted so many viewers today.

“They’ve got the most wonderful cookery knowledge themselves. It’s so important for older people to keep on cooking good food like they always did, and share their skills with their grandchildren to keep these going and become a real legacy.” The two Northerners and their easygoing style has already been credited with tickling taste-buds at home and abroad, whether that’s sampling breads in Poland or guzzling nougat in the French town of Montelimar. But it’s plain they are genuinely passionate about all that’s best in food and sharing the enthusiasm to create it. Although the new cookery book has a dietary theme, food enjoyment as always comes first. “We’ll be doing dishes like a really tasty cassoulet and a great Masala Spatchcock Chicken,” states Dave.

As for the problematic weight-loss, they’re both confident they can lead this new campaign trimly from the front. “Well,” adds Simon, “If God is good and he keeps me off the brown ale!”

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THE NATION’S FAVOURITE FRENCH CHEF Jean-Christophe Novelli is a 5 out of 5 AA Rosette and Michelin award winning chef and he has been dubbed the “the nation’s favourite French chef ”. Exclusively for Port Salut, Jean-Christophe has created two French themed recipes. “Port Salut is a classic French cheese which I have always enjoyed, so I was delighted to be asked to work with the brand. For the recipes I have used Port Salut to give traditional French dishes a new twist”

CRISPY GRANARY BRUSCHETTA, POACHED EGG, SPINACH AND A PORT SALUT GLAZE. INGREDIENTS 4 eggs (free range, large) 2-3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar 4 thick slices of ciabattas bread 25ml olive oil 1/2 tsp dried herbs 400g washed baby spinach leaves 100ml double cream 4 egg yolks 100g Port Salut (grated) 50g butter (optional) Sprinkle of ground nutmeg

METHOD 1. Place the slices of ciabattas on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil and season with dried herbs, salt and pepper. 2. Place in a hot oven and bake until crisp and golden brown. 3. Place on four plates or a serving dish. 4. In a large sauce pan heat plenty of water to boiling point. 5. Add a couple of tablespoons of white wine vinegar and season to taste with salt.

8. In a sauce pan bring the cheese to the boil, reduce for a few minutes to thicken. Remove from the heat. 9. Stir in the Port Salut and the eggs, allow the cheese to melt 10. In a frying pan add half the butter if used and add the spinach cover with a tight fitting lid and bring to the boil allow the water from the spinach to cook the leaves and when soft and wilted strain to remove any excess water remaining.

6. Once boiling stir with a whisk to start a circular motion in the water and crack in the eggs one at a time, bring to the boil and immediately turn down to a simmer. Cook for 3-4 minutes if a soft egg is required, a little longer for a firmer egg and 5-7 minutes for a hard poached egg.

11. Season with salt and pepper and spoon an equal amount onto each ciabatta bruschetta.

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14. Garnish with some snipped chives and serve.

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CHAR GRILLED CHICKEN, LEEK, PORT SALUT AND BUTTON MUSHROOM FRICASSEE, WHOLE MEAL CROUTON INGREDIENTS 4 x skinned and boneless chicken supreme’s (cut into thin strips) 2 leeks, trimmed, washed and cut into thin slices 2 x spring onions (trimmed and chopped into thin roundels) 1 clove of garlic (peeled and crushed) 100g chestnut or button mushrooms (sliced) 100g grated Port Salut 50g breadcrumbs 50g grated Port Salut 75ml double cream 25g butter 1 bunch of chives (chopped) 4 slices of wholemeal bread (cut into fingers) 25ml olive oil 1/2 tsp dried herbs 1/2 glass white wine

METHOD 1. Heat a char grill skillet until very hot, brush the chicken strips with some of the oil and season with salt and pepper and your favourite spice, paprika is good as is cumin or garam marsala. 2. Quickly char grill the chicken pieces until well coloured and cooked through. Remove from the skillet and keep warm. 3. In a large saucepan melt the butter over a low heat. 4. Add the leek and spring onion and sweat until tender. 5. Add the garlic and the mushrooms and continue to cook until the mushrooms are tender and softened. 6. Add the white wine and the cream and allow to boil 7. Add the 100g of Port Salut and continue to simmer until the cheese is melted and the sauce is thick. Add the chives. 8. Add the strips of chicken and stir in to coat with the sauce. 9. Place in an oven proof serving dish. 10. In a small mixing bowl combine the 50g of Port Salut with the breadcrumbs and scatter this over the top.

FOR THE WHOLEMEAL CROUTONS METHOD 1. Place the bread fingers on a baking tray. 2. Brush with olive oil & dried herbs and season with cracked pepper 3. Bake in a hot oven until crisp and golden brown. Serve on a side plate with the chicken and leek fricassee.

11. Bake in a pre heated oven until the crumbs are crisp and golden and the cheese has melted.

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IS IT TIME TO DOWNSIZE?

THE children have all left home for lives of their own or you suddenly realise one day that the house you’re in is simply too big for your needs. Whatever the reason, it’s time to DOWNSIZE! Once, downsizing carried a bit of a stigma, almost as if you couldn’t afford the home you had so you had to go for something less. But, in today’s cost-conscious, energy-efficient and finance-orientated world, many more people are downsizing for all the right reasons. Along with finding a smaller property to live in, however, comes some unusual dilemmas – along with the usual dilemmas of how to furnish the new home and what is surplus to requirements. Interior designer Chrissy Halton from Innerspace offers some simple advice: “When downsizing, don’t try and replicate the house you had – go for a new look. “And only take with you items that really mean something to you. Off-white walls look great with more antique furniture items, for example. Less is more!” The advantages of moving to a smaller property can be that your bills are likely to be smaller and there will be less housework needed. The first big minus, though, is that you’ve probably got far too many possessions to fit into your new home. “You can’t take everything with you,” says Chrissy, “so start by having a really good de-clutter so that you can really see what you have that you love. That way you can more easily make the decision about what to take – and you don’t have to pay the removal company too much!” Ask your relatives and friends if they would like to have particular items that you don’t want to take with you. There’s a growing trend for mixing old and new furniture currently so they may be glad to be offered a piece they’ve coveted or that may fit in their home. Or look to sell items on ebay and start afresh in your new home with some new furniture. The National Association of Estate Agents says that downsizing offers a chance to have “a thorough springclean and focus on exactly what you want in 18

Interior Designer Chrissy Halton your new home, and what you don’t.” “You may have furniture which isn’t suitable for your new home, or that could do with replacing. So think ahead and make sure you have taken proper measurements of your new property so you don’t struggle on moving day with items that you probably shouldn’t have brought with you.” For many of us, the pull of our old home is all about the memories that we’ve shared as a family within those bricks and mortar. Our children may have grown up here, and every room can be associated with personal milestones or events that matter to our own family history. “If you’re worried about losing all the history behind your old home, think about using photos to show your life,” adds Chrissy. “It’s easy to make them into beautiful collages, and that way you can ‘take’ the items with you without having the real thing.” When it actually comes to chucking out much-loved – and possibly worn – furniture or other items, contact a local charity which might be glad of household goods and especially furniture in good condition. The national homeless charity Emmaus, for example, may have a local collection service for unwanted furniture, or another charitable organisation may be willing to pick up your item to sell for funds or to give it a good home with someone else who really needs it. It’s important to plan ahead with your new space. “Think about how you’re going to use the space you are moving to,” says Chrissy. “What is the purpose of each room? How many people will you need to fit in to sit? Will you really need a dining room specifically?” “Situations change and what you once needed you may no longer require. If you actually look at how much time you spend in each room of your current home now, you may be very surprised at how little space you actually use on a regular basis. Take this – and what items you use – as a gauge for what you need to take with you.” For example, she points out, if your new bathroom is smaller than you’ve been used to, is it worth removing the bath and having a larger shower? This may not only make more sense for your daily living but can help with any current or future mobility issues. www.50plusmagazine.co.uk


LOVELY LOUNGE – Relaxing toning, muted shades, a lack of clutter and plenty of light can be the hallmark of your new lounge when you downsize.

Whatever style of décor you choose for your new home, it’s worth trying to avoid clutter and opt for today’s cleaner lines and minimalist approach – if only to cut down on housework! Take a look at current interior styles and how these can be easily achieved. Open up a dark room or small bathroom with a roof window or skylight, for example. Take advantage of the wealth of modern flooring including natural woods that can make a room warm and homely in Winter and cool and calming in Summer. You might like to team this type of flooring with a handsome rug in a shade or pattern

BEDROOM BEAUTY – Go for pretty fabrics in blinds and warm shades that can be picked up in bedding to create this attractive smaller bedroom.

that tones with your room’s chosen colour scheme. Plain walls matched with attractive fabrics in curtains or blinds give a room a modern look and allow smart furniture and impressive pictures or photographs to really come into their own. If the downsizing also applies to your pocket, then you don’t have to spend a fortune on your new place. In fact, there’s often an enjoyable challenge in keeping within a tight budget yet coming up with something fresh, new and comfortable even if the items are cut-price or second-hand. Again, ebay can be a boon here.

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The key to successfully moving at this crucial stage is to take a fresh look at your lifestyle, and decide to make a new start. That way you can downsize the costs – but upsize your enjoyment of your new home!

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Types of Lasting Powers of Attorney With effect from 1st October 2007 there are now two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney available. The first type of power gives your authority to your attorneys to deal with your property and financial affairs, which includes managing your domestic accounts, paying bills on your behalf and ensuring that your investments are properly looked after. Your attorneys are also able to pay your mortgage payments (if any) and keep your property properly insured and repaired including selling your property and buying another smaller property should you so require. The second type of power deals with your personal welfare and can only be used once you lose your mental capacity. It can deal with decisions as to where you live, and what medical treatment you should or should not receive, and indeed who should have contact with you at any time. 20

Your Attorneys As with any Power of Attorney it is important that you appoint someone that you trust and who has the time and the skills to make the correct decisions on your behalf. It is advisable to appoint at least two attorneys since in the event that you only appoint one, and that person becomes unable to continue, for whatever reason, the power will fail and the Court of Protection will, at the time, have to intervene. Assuming you do appoint more than one Attorney, a further decision has to be made as to whether or not your Attorneys are to act on your behalf "jointly" which means that both must sign everything, or "jointly and severally" which allows either of your Attorneys to sign at any time without the other's counter signature. This may of course be helpful when one of your attorneys is either away on holiday or unwell. Many attorneys prefer it to be joint, for their own protection as they may not wish to make any unilateral decisions. The downside of an appointment of joint attorneys occurs when one of the joint signatories is www.50plusmagazine.co.uk


unable to sign for whatever reason, in which event the Lasting Power of Attorney will again fail, as if only one attorney has been appointed in the first place. It is therefore prudent, should you wish your attorneys to be appointed on a joint basis to appoint a substitute Attorney, and in the words of the Act a Replacement Attorney who can take over from either one of the attorneys at any time in the event of that Attorney is unable to continue. A replacement attorney has no power until such time as his or her appointment is recorded at the Office of the Public Guardian as Attorney. This ensures that a joint Attorney appointment will not fail, whilst there is a Replacement Attorney registered available to take over.

When does a Power of Attorney become effective? The appointment by you of your Attorneys can only become effective when it has been registered at the Office of the Public Guardian. This DOES NOT mean however that once the application has been approved by the Office of the Public Guardian that your Attorneys can take over your affairs immediately. The choice is yours. Once the power has been registered you can either retain the same power in your possession and continue to manage your own affairs until such time as you require help or alternatively if you have already decided that you would like your attorneys to take over, then they can as soon as you authorise them so to do. In other words the Power can be retained by you and not activated until you so require. It is for this reason that more and more middle aged persons rather than, just, the "elderly or retired" are applying for registration and keeping their powers in the "old oak chest" to await the event which hopefully will never be required

What happens if I do not make arrangements? You may make a Lasting Power of Attorney at any time providing you have the mental capacity to do so. Delay may however mean that you are faced with making a decision when you are seriously ill and if you do not have the mental capacity at that time of making a Power of Attorney procedure will not be available to you. Your family will at that time, have to apply to the Court of Protection for the Court to appoint a person, known as a Deputy, to make the decisions on your behalf, and if effect become your Trustee. Then there could be serious disadvantages, not having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place, when the same is required.

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50 YEARS OF THE BEATLES Liverpool Celebrates 50 Years of The Beatles Book your tickets for the Cavern through www. VisitLiverpool.com and save time and money! Enjoy the music of the Beatles performed by one of the Cavern Club’s resident Beatles tribute bands who present a theatre style show in the Cavern Live Lounge. Every Saturday we celebrate the music of the Fab Four in the place it all began! Our resident Beatle band THE CAVERN CLUB BEATLES, will take you from those early Cavern days through to Let It Be and beyond.

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The show takes place theatre style in the Cavern Live Lounge, the very stage that Sir Paul McCartney played on his return to this historic venue in 1999. Seating is unreserved and pre–booking strongly recommended. Please note –There will no Beatles tribute shows 19 May, 16 June, 25 August and 24 November. For more informaton please go to www.visitliverpool.com

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MACMILLAN CHIRSTMAS ARTS FESTIVAL Art For Macmillan is pleased to present it’s Christmas Arts Festival, taking place at the Macmillan Art Centre at 49 Tulketh Street in Southport from 27th October to 30th December. It will feature art demonstrations by well known local artists, sculptors, craft makers and designers. There will also be poetry readings by accomplished local poets and a host of music and dance performances. Entry to events will be by donation to Macmillan Cancer Support and drinks including tea and coffee will be served. The Arts Festival will also include an exhibition by fifteen artists from around Merseyside and West Lancashire and comprises a number of other exhibition venues around Southport such as TDF Café in Marble Place Shopping Arcade; Monument Café Bar at 405 Lord Street and the latest venue: The Kitchen Sink showroom at 111b Eastbank Street. This will launch as part of the arts festival and entry to the exhibitions is free. For more information please go to www.visitsouthport.com

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The Word is Out:

Greyhounds make great pets You may have heard the latest news that greyhounds make great pets, but what is all the fuss about? Can the fastest dog breed alive fit in with the lifestyle of Britain’s families? We’ve answered a few of the most common questions from those thinking about adopting a retired greyhound.

Q. Are greyhounds highly strung? A. No. They are naturally calm and rather self-possessed. As a breed they have been around for a very long time and they are genuine thoroughbreds.

Q. Are greyhounds good with children? A. They are as good as any dog and better than most, because of their characteristic gentleness. Most greyhounds never get their fill of fuss and are happy to be hugged and loved by children.

Q. Are there character differences between males and females? A. The differences between greyhound genders tends to be less pronounced than in many other breeds. Spaying or castrating can normally relieve most behavioural problems and is recommended.

Q. How much exercise do they need? A. Surprisingly, they need very little. Twenty minutes, twice a day is usually more than enough. While greyhounds are sprinters, they use up their energy in short bursts so short, slower walks are preferred.

Q. Will I need a special bed for the dog? A. No. An old quilt folded in two is perfect. But they are used to sleeping off the ground and will need no encouragement to take over your bed as well as your settee. They do like to stretch out and get into all sorts of unique sleeping positions.

Q. How do greyhounds get on with other dogs? A. They are normally ok. There will be an initial wariness, but familiarity and common sense is the order of the day.

Q. I have a cat, so can I have a greyhound? A. Just like any breed of dogs, some greyhounds get along great with small animals and cats. When enquiring about a greyhound, make sure you mention that your house has a cat, so you can be matched up with the ideal greyhound.

Q. Are greyhounds easy to train and do they come back when you call? A. Yes, but it needs patience and understanding. Like any dog, a greyhound loves to please and tasty rewards are highly appreciated after the racing regime.

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RUSSELL GRANT: THE COMEBACK KID When Russell Grant first danced into the hearts of the viewing millions on “Strictly Come Dancing” last year his stars might well have predicted great success and a comeback of cosmic proportions. For arguably Britain’s favourite astrologer may not have won the series – well, let’s face it, his dancing was more entertainment than excellence – but the live audiences and those at home loved him. And for Russell this TV appearance provided a passport back to fame.

Blackpool, Russell met his partner Doug Beaumont and the two have been together for almost 40 years. Although Russell first came to prominence in 1978 after he held an astrological reading for the Queen Mother which led to him being dubbed “Astrologer Royal”, his theatre, TV and film career was surprisingly comprehensive and successful. It spanned more than 30 musicals and comedies, including work as varied as touring with “The King and I” to TV’s “On The Buses”, “Please Sir!” and “The Fenn Street Gang”. He’s been in “Tom Brown’s Schooldays” in the West End and was an effective panto dame in shows all over the country.

Born in Middlesex, Russell was brought up in a council house by his set designer father Frank and secretary mother Joan who both worked at Pinewood Studios. His parents separated when he was 11 and he moved in with his maternal grandmother but, in spite of the upheaval, Russell has always said he had a happy childhood.

However, TV beckoned and it was Russell’s fascination with astrology and his exuberant personality that brought him before the nation, first on Yorkshire TV and then on Granada TV where he was a regular onscreen explaining the daily horoscopes. From there he moved to breakfast TV with BBC’s “Breakfast Time” and later to TV-am as resident astrologer on “Good Morning.”

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celebrity quiz “Star Choice”. He later had his own six-episode series “Russell Grant’s All Star Show.” He worked for Channel 5 just after it was launched and directed and starred in “Russell Grant’s Postcards”, a collection of more than 100 five-minute travelogues produced by his own company Russell Grant World Productions. Russell worked solidly on a number of TV projects, with his astrology skills ever present, and he wrote a number of popular newspaper columns and horoscopes in regional newspapers throughout the country as well as in various magazines. Like many TV personalities, however, his star waned for a while. In 2006, he took part in the fourth series of “Celebrity Fit Club” and lost over three stone, but he later suffered from depression and his weight rocketed, this time to 26 stone. He became something of a recluse at the 30-acre Snowdonia estate that he shares with Doug but, being Russell Grant and a trouper, determined that the show must go on, he began losing weight – around 10 stone in two and a half years by disco dancing each day for half an hour! In 2011, an online group called “Get Russell on Strictly” finally persuaded TV executives to have him as a contestant on the show. In September last year, he burst onto our screens with his lovely professional dancing partner Flavia Cacace. Surprisingly light on his feet and with genuine rhythm, Russell sported a number of colourful and outrageous costumes and certainly won the day with viewers. In fact, they kept him in the knock-out programme until late November – in spite of much criticism from the judges, in particular the often acerbic Craig Revel Horwood. The abiding memory of Russell from the series, however, is of him being shot from a cannon as part of one particularly fun number!

and revived Russell’s theatrical reputation once more. The production also brought him under the dancing wing of choreographer and dance teacher Arlene Phillips – “She even had me dancing the Charleston”, said Russell. Following his memorable appearance in the hit musical, Russell has been brought in as a guest star for a new tour of the show “Grease”, taking the role of Teen Angel at various venues including Newcastle, Llandudno, Southseas, Wimbledon, Dartford and for a one-week run in Manchester in October. He’s back working with Arlene Phillips, whom Russell insists is his “dance sister.” “Arlene brought out the very best in me working on ‘The Wizard of Oz’,” he stated. “So when she said I was right for Teen Angel and, if I took the part, she’d create the choreography, how could I resist!” The sparkly suit and no doubt mesmerising performances are bound to leave the audience hopelessly devoted to Mr Grant’s special charms again. And it’s one more dancing role which he now loves, as he explained: “Teen Angel has a Strictly twist and shimmy which captures the joy of dance I’ve been lucky enough to have discovered.”

As for the future, who knows? Russell hasn’t set himself any special showbiz boundaries and his fans are never surprised – just happy to see their favourite star once more ascending.

This great revival by the “comeback kid” caught the attention of the famous musical writer and producer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. He invited Russell to return to the West End stage – and the Palladium Theatre where he’d last performed 34 years before – and take part in a three-month stint replacing Michael Crawford as the “Wizard of Oz” in a new production. “I was worried as I was due to have an operation on my knee,” commented Russell. “I’m 61 now. At this age you know your limitations. But you also sense your mortality. So there was a two-way thing going on. I was trying to talk myself out of it, thinking ‘Can’t I just go back to Wales?’” Fortunately, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Russell’s close friend Lulu convinced him the part was right for him, and a highly successful run followed which enhanced www.50plusmagazine.co.uk

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Crossens Pharmacy

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Hesketh Park Pharmacy 91 Queens Road Southport PR9 9JF

Tel: 01704 538500

Pharmacy Care Plus community pharmacies are working hard to ensure we meet the needs of our patients in the community and with four pharmacies in Southport, we want to make sure your needs are met. • Why not let us make your life a little easier for you by ordering and collecting your prescription requirements from local surgeries and if needed, delivering your medication to your home using our dedicated, liveried delivery vehicle. • Useful advice is always available on how best to take your medication. This can include receiving a review of your medication conducted one-to-one with our pharmacist in confidential surroundings. • Where appropriate, your medication can be pre-packed in blister packs to assist in taking your medication correctly • We operate locally funded services and treatment & advice for minor ailments, along with a blood pressure monitoring service

Opening Hours Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm Sat 9am – 12.30pm

St Marks Pharmacy

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HIP AND KNEE REPLACEMENTS FOR THE 21st CENTURY

place as Charnley pioneered or fixed by ‘uncemented’ means where the bone grows into the artificial joint. We can truly offer the patient a wide variety of component sizes, shapes and materials to suit all ages and sizes and provide the hip that the Low Friction Arthroplasty originally produced over 50 years ago.

When Sir John Charnley pioneered what he called the Low Friction Arthroplasty in the 1960s, he paved the way for a improved lifestyle for millions of people with arthritis of the hip. His total hip replacement solved many of the problems that had hindered his predecessors and when total knee replacements were introduced within the decade, finally a reliable surgical solution to arthritis of the hip and knee joint was available.

Whilst hip replacements have shown many advances, the knee replacement has evolved almost beyond recognition in an even shorter time period. The knee joint is between the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (shin bone) and whilst appears to be a simple hinge joint, is far more complex with an element of rotation that modern replacements can now replicate and so improving their function.

The hip joint is a ‘ball and socket’ joint and Charnley’s hip replacement was a simple model with a single sized metal ball (head) of seven eighths of an inch on a stem which was inserted down the cavity of the thigh bone or femur. All patients had the same size head, irrespective of their height or weight. The new socket was made of a plastic called polyethylene and both components were ‘cemented’ in place with a biological grout. This type of hip replacement was and remains very successful with many patients using their new hip for 20 to 30 years. However, surgery continues to advance and whilst Charnley’s hip is still available, the 21st century surgeon now has a range of options to offer the patient. Today we can offer the patient a range of sizes of head to suit the individual although a smaller artificial head to the native one remains the best option. These heads can now be made of either metal or ceramic and attached to a larger variety of stem sizes allowing a more bespoke fit. The cups also come in a larger variety of sizes with polyethylene, metal and ceramic components. They can either be cemented in 32

Total knee replacements consist of a metal covering over the end of the femur which moves on a polyethylene base that sits on a metal tray attached to the tibia. The patella (kneecap) can be covered with a polyethylene cap but modern knee replacements are designed to be far more in keeping with the natural contours of the knee and many do not require a patella cap - the patient can keep their own kneecap! Similar to hip replacements, the components can be ‘cemented’ or ‘uncemented’ although the former remains the most commonly used, unlike hips where the ‘uncemented‘ variety is becoming more popular. However there are new advances in the metals that are used such as zirconium implants which are 4900 times harder than the traditional cobalt chrome which suggests that these new implants may last 75% longer. Probably the biggest change to knee replacement surgery has been the ability to replace only part of the joint. The knee joint is divided into three parts - the part behind the kneecap known as the patello-femoral joint; the part on the inside of the knee known as the medial compartment; and the part on the outside of the knee known as the lateral compartment. In the past, a patient with arthritis in only the medial compartment

Bone & Joint Centre reception at The Spire Liverpool Hospital would have to have a total knee replacement, effectively replacing two thirds of a joint that was normal. Unicompartmental knee replacements allow the surgeon to replace just that medial part meaning the patient keeps much of their own knee with an outcome that is often better than a total knee replacement as the knee feels much more normal. Recent research has shown that this type of isolated arthritis is different to the general arthritis that affects the whole joint and hence in many cases the rest of the knee will not develop arthritis with time. Similarly, the patello-femoral joint can be replaced on its own, giving the patient an artificial kneecap and underlying bone but maintaining the majority of the knee resulting in much improved activity in a largely normal joint. These partial knee replacements are inserted through a smaller incision than a total knee replacement would require which can mean a quicker recovery. However, the 21st century has produced what may turn out to be the biggest single advance in knee replacement, the ‘Patient Specific Implant.’ By scanning a patient’s whole leg its precise angulation can be calculated and through computer technology, a bespoke cutting jig manufactured for the patient. This can be attached to both the femur and the tibia and allows the surgeon to implant the replacement in a precise position, specific for that patient. This technique can be undertaken with less cutting of the tissues often resulting in less pain and a quicker recovery period. Charnley pioneered the total hip replacement with his low friction arthroplasty and over 50 years later

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H E A L T H we have hip and knee replacements of differing shapes and sizes, of differing materials and replacing all or part of the joint. We can utilise implants that can be matched through scanning to the individual’s own knee allowing the most accurate replacements yet. Whether you have a ‘wear and tear‘ arthritis such as osteo-arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis due to previous trauma or one of the many other variations, there are surgical options to help you to live a healthy and active life.

by Mr Alasdair JA Santini MBChB FRCS(Glas, Eng) FRCS(Orth) Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Bone & Joint Centre In 2006 the BJC was formed by specialist consultant surgeon John Davidson along with five other leading orthopaedic surgeons who had a vision of providing a holistic approach to treating joint and muscular problems. Back then, the specialists in the team consisted of of John Davidson (hip and knee), Andrew Taylor (sports injury/ knee), Dan Brown (hand and wrist), Alasdair Santini (hip and knee), Peter Brownson (shoulder and elbow) and finally Chris Walker (foot and ankle) Since 2006 the team has grown and now has a further four specialists who are Viju Peter (hip and knee), Joanne Banks (knee), Matt Smith (upper limb) and Inigo Guisasola (shoulder and elbow). The BJC is unique in that all the surgeons only undertake and see patients in their own specific area of interest. The benefit of this to the hospital is that this reduces complications and cost, and consultants are then also able to pass on patients rapidly to colleagues who have expertise in conditions other than those that they themselves treat. The BJC treats patients from all walks of life and GP’s can refer private and NHS patients alike with the knowledge that from a clinical perspective all patients are treated the same.

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About Mr Alasdair JA Santini... Mr Alasdair Santini is a Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics at the Bone & Joint Centre at The Spire Liverpool Hospital where he specialises in knee replacements, revision knee replacements, partial knee replacements, hip replacements and knee arthroscopy. Mr Santini trained in Sheffield and Liverpool where he was awarded his surgical fellowships from the Royal Colleges in both Glasgow and England (FRCSGlasg & FRCSEng). Subsequently he achieved the specialist fellowship in Trauma and Orthopaedics (FRCS Trauma & Orth) and then won a Royal College travelling fellowship to St Louis, USA. He became a consultant at the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital in 2005 where he specialises in primary and revision knee replacement, knee arthroscopy and hip replacement. He is the orthopaedic clinical lead in infection control and prevention and is the lead clinician for the lower limb sub-directorate. Mr Santini was instrumental in re-designing the then Core Skills Course in Orthopaedics at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He chairs the organising committee and wrote and edited the accompanying book and DVD. Now under the name Specialist Skills in Orthopaedics, the course is run in five centres across the UK and this year, Mr Santini ran the first international course in Dubai. In 2008, he founded the Grosvenor Orthopaedic Club to promote education and research for hip and knee surgeons in Cheshire and Merseyside. The club meets four times a year and have been joined by a variety of international guest speakers. In addition, he is a member of the British Orthopaedic Association, British Association for Surgery of the Knee and Chair of the speciality skills course in Orthopaedics for the Royal College of Surgeons. He has an on-going research interest, having won many grants to run clinical trials in knee surgery. The results of these have been presented both nationally and internationally. He also lectures both nationally and internationally on knee surgery.

Contact E:alasdairsantini@boneandjointcentre.com

T:0151 522 1810

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You don’t need private medical insurance to have private treatment at your local Spire hospital Did you know that you can get private treatment, when you want, without having private medical insurance? You can be seen and treated quickly. You can even choose your consultant and the times of your appointments and treatments. Private self-pay treatment at Spire Liverpool Hospital lets you pay for medical treatment when you need it.

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A Guide to Dentures ....

The Importance of Dentures The eyes, nose and teeth are the focal points of every face; they give the first impressions of your personality.

In most cases we do not know what your teeth looked like, what size they were or what position they were in originally. We have a few indications but mostly we have to rely on our visual and artistic judgement.

Natural teeth grow in proportion and in harmony with your facial features and your dentures should be made accordingly.

At the same time we have to use our technical expertise in order to make the denture stable and functional. Denture construction is more art than science.

Your teeth, or your dentures, have many important functions: to support your facial muscles, to help formulate your speech, and most importantly to chew your food and start the digestive process. It is very important to chew food properly, as poorly chewed food will take longer to digest, especially for the elderly who could risk problems in the digestive system.

Difficulties in Constructing a Good Set of Dentures Constructing a functional and aesthetically pleasing set of dentures is the most difficult task in dentistry. We are not only replacing lost teeth, but also lost tissue matter and bone. In other words, we have to re-create your facial features as they were before the loss of your natural teeth.

Choice of Dentures There are three main quality standards in denture materials: Denture Base Acrylics: standard quality, high impact much stronger non brittle and the latest thermoplastic. Denture Teeth: 2-layer acrylic very basic and cheap, 3-layer acrylic re-enforced much harder, 4-layer composite extra hard and natural looking. However, good materials on their own will not make good dentures. A skilful and experienced clinician and technician are required. The best results are achieved when the whole job is done by the same person.

Removal Partial Dentures It was long thought that removable partial dentures had to be rigid to be effective. The innovation of the Valpast flexible partial denture allows the appliance to adapt to the constant movement and flexibility in your mouth. The preparation is relatively simple as your natural teeth don’t need to be altered. The Valpast flexible partial denture is virtually invisible, no telltale metal clasps and the material itself blends with the tissue in your mouth so that the only thing that shows is your beautiful smile.

How Long Should Dentures Last? The question we should ask is, how long will my dentures be functional for? Dentures can last twenty or more years, but will lose their function (chewing ability, proper fit etc.) probably after two years. This will depend on many factors: 36

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Quality of dentures. Age of Patient. General health of patient. Any drastic change in weight.


Dentures Need Regular Servicing

Summary

Dentures are in constant use almost 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are also in a pretty hostile environment in the mouth, being attacked by strong acid, bacteria, hot, cold and spicy food. Denture material absorbs liquids and food odour.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Daily cleaning is essential as well as professional ultrasonic cleaning in a dental laboratory at least once a year. Due to constant bone resorbtion dentures will become loose sooner or later. Loose dentures will increase damage to the gums and bone structure, and increase the risk of breakage. Have them re-lined as soon as possible to get a good fit. It only takes a day or two. Have your dentures inspected by a dentist or denturist at least every two years, or more frequently if necessary.

Your Dentures need Attention 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

When they become loose. When teeth or denture base discolours. When tooth surfaces become flat. When denture base does not fit around natural teeth (in partial dentures). When you develop deep lines around your mouth. When your chin sticks out, and the corners of your lips are constantly wet, developing sores. When you stop smiling and feel embarrassed.

Clean your dentures daily with a denture brush and denture cream. Have your dentures inspected every two years, and re- lined or ultra-sonically cleaned. Have a new set made every 5 years if possible. Keep a spare set for emergencies. Remember, dentures do not have to hurt and do not need to be uncomfortable. With a new set of dentures, you should receive a written guarantee, a detailed prescription of the materials used in your dentures, cleaning and servicing instructions, and a cleaning kit. Dentures so life-like you’d think they were real.

This article was written by 50 Plus journalist Sheila Alcock.

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Dentures with worn down teeth Teeth can be replaced with a new set.

Major improvements in Facial Features Padding dentures to reduce lines and fill up sunken cheeks will require a new set of dentures. It is advisable to have a new set of dentures made every 5 to 10 years.

Should I have a spare set of Dentures made? Yes, it is very important to have a spare set of dentures for emergencies in case of breakage.

Where do I go to have a good set of Dentures made? Every dentist can make dentures, but not all of them will specialise in denture making. Denturists will take the greatest care to make your dentures look natural and fit properly. They can give you and your dentures the time and attention you deserve.

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Changes To NHS Funded Care Primary Care Trusts (PCT) currently have responsibility

With recent surveys indicating the average length of

for assessment and decision making for NHS

stay for residents in care at 4 years, at an average cost

Continuing Health Care (CHC) provision. Subject to

of care at ÂŁ540 a week, it means those requiring care

the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill, the

will pay in the region of ÂŁ112,000 in fees. Very often

statutory responsibility for CHC will transfer to clinical

the cost of care means savings quickly reduce and the

commissioning groups (CCGs). This is being used as

family home has to be sold in order to meet costs.

an opportunity to close down retrospective claims for care which was wrongly charged.

CHC funding is a complex area of law and requires specialist advice. Dawn Joughin and her team at

As of 30th September this year, it will no longer be

Merseyside law firm, Canter Levin & Berg work with

possible to claim for care provided prior to 31st March

families to review their situation, and if there is a case

2011.

for funding by the NHS take forward their claim on a

Is your loved one paying for care that should be funded by the NHS?

no win no fee basis. They can also assist with funding going forward, and reclaim fees that by right should not have been paid out. In many cases recovering monies for families, after the resident in care has

Individuals with a primary health care need are entitled

passed away. Claims may be brought on behalf of

to receive Continuing Health Care Funding by the NHS.

a resident by an attorney, close family member, or

Whilst there is no legal definition of a healthcare need

executor of an estate.

in the context of NHS continuing healthcare, in general terms it can be said that such a need is one related to the treatment, control or prevention of a disease, illness, injury or disability, and the care or aftercare of a person with these needs (whether or not the tasks involved have to be carried out by a healthcare

If you believe a member of your family is entitled to NHS funding they are not receiving, contact Dawn Joughin or her colleague Krystal Lewis at Canter Levin & Berg on 0844 335 2905. There is only a limited time to make claims for CHC funding claims.

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CARE HOME NHS REFUNDS! It is estimated that about two thirds of the 150,000 in nursing homes who pay for their own care should be funded by the NHS that's around 100,000 paying unnecessarily

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We can also help you save on inheritance tax by guiding you through the most tax efficient methods of estate planning and the writing of a will which ensures that your estate passes to those you intend to receive it.

Recent cases include backdated payments of up to £165,000 where the family home was sold to help pay for care. Others included a refund of £130,000 because the NHS deemed the problems ‘social’ rather than ‘health’ related. If you feel that you have been incorrectly charged, speak to one of our specialists on:

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You could claim a refund for fees paid for care that should have been provided free!

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LMH Sheltered Housing Liverpool Mutual Homes provides sheltered retirement accommodation for residents aged 55 years or over in each of our 17 purpose built schemes located across Liverpool. Our schemes benefit from extensive mature gardens, quality fixtures and fittings and have an ongoing programme of fitting new level access bathroom facilities and modern designer kitchens in progress. Scheme Name

Address

Telephone Number

Alderwood Lodge

2 East Mains, Speke L24

0151 425 4562

Appledore Court

Dymchurch Road, Speke L24

0151 486 8460

Carnarvon Court

Carnarvon Road, Walton L9

0151 521 3236

Devon Court

Tynmouth Close, Anfield L5

0151 260 4348

Dingle Grange

Dingle Brow, Beloe Street L8

0151 727 3885

Flaxman Court

Botanic Grove, Edge Lane L7

0151 264 9783

Handel Court

Lodge Lane, Liverpool L8

0151 727 8302

Kilrea Lodge

Kilrea Close, West Derby L11

0151 256 6277

Mazenod Court

Addison Way, Holy Cross L3

0151 236 1887

Meadow Court

Out Lane, Woolton L25

0151 428 5393

Parkhill Court

Parkhill Road, Liverpool L8

0151 727 5204

Pine Lodge

Crain Close, Walton L4

0151 260 4144

Portland Gardens

Walsh Close, Vauxhall L5

0151 207 3590

Shallcross Court

Breckfield Rd South, Liverpool L6

0151 263 5965

Telford Court

Harbord Street, Liverpool L7

0151 708 9601

Thomas Winder Court

Great Mersey Street, Liverpool L5

0151 207 6838

White Oak Lodge

Beechwood Road, Liverpool L19

0151 427 9158

If you think that LMH Sheltered Housing could be for you, why not pay us a visit and see the services and facilities we offer? To make arrangements please call any of the schemes listed. Further information is available online at www.liverpoolmutualhomes.org


HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT HOME CARE AGENCY Whether you’re choosing a home care agency for a family member or starting to plan for your own future, there are several important things that you should consider. Here are a few useful pointers to help you along the way. Your chosen home care provider is there to look after you. It should help you to make your own decisions and support you in maintaining your own independence. That also means treating you with respect, valuing you as a person and respecting your privacy. If you need assistance with tasks such as dressing, bathing and toileting, you have the right to choose your carer, whenever possible. Remember, it’s your care and you have the right to be involved in every aspect of your care. Don’t ever be afraid to ask for a family member or friend to be kept informed about your home care too.

Home care agency standards All agencies have a ‘Statement of Purpose’ that sets out their aims and objectives and the type of the services they offer. If you’re employing an agency, they should give you a contract explaining all terms and conditions. This will include things such as their confidentiality policy – for example, how they will hold and use personal data. All home care agency employees should also have clear written guidelines and follow robust procedures on how to administer and assist with any medication needs.

Before your home care starts It’s important to always make sure that the home care agency you choose visits you at home, before care starts. This will give you the chance to discuss your requirements in detail to ensure that you’re happy with your choice of provider. A good home care agency will answer any questions you may have during this visit. The visit will also give the agency the opportunity to see the environment in which they will be working. If possible, arrange for a family member or friend to be there when the home care agency visits.

All staff should be fully trained on using equipment such as a hoist, to help bear your weight safely, if needed.

Keeping you safe and secure in your own home It’s the job of the home care agency staff to make sure that you are safe and secure in your own home when they are working with you. Every home care agency must have procedures in place to protect those using home care services, to reduce the risk of accidents, and protect people from any form of abuse including physical, emotional and financial abuse. This will also include an agreement about gaining access to your home. Care workers should have ID cards to show their photograph, their name, the agency’s name and agency contact details. Home care agencies must also have a policy in place that sets out how staff should handle money, if you ask them to buy things, or to pay a bill for you.

Top 10 key questions to ask when choosing a Home Care agency •

Can the agency provide the care needed, and have they provided care before for someone with similar needs?

Are you confident the agency and staff will respect your privacy and dignity?

Have they taken the time to understand your personal likes and dislikes?

How do they match the most suitable care worker to your needs? Will you always have the same person caring for you, and what happens if they are sick or go on holiday?

So you’re thinking about using an agency to provide home care? But how can you make sure that the home care provider you choose treats and cares for you in the right way?

What charges will you be expected to pay (Is there a minimum charge)? And how you will be invoiced?

Is the agency insured to protect your safety and interests?

Do all care workers undergo a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check before being employed? And what ongoing training do they receive?

Initial home visit by a home care agency

Does the agency have a copy of its latest inspection report available for you to look at?

During the initial home visit by the home care agency, they will carry out a detailed risk assessment of your home, as well as a manual handling assessment. This is important, as it will identify how the agency staff will move you safely around your home, if assistance is required.

Can your agency be contacted outside office hours or in an emergency?

Will the agency give you a copy of the agency’s standard contract to read before signing?

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Personal attention and service guaranteed Is old age getting the better of you or a loved one? Do you want assistance from experienced professionals? Then look no further than Castletown Homecare.Your mobility matters to them and they can help!

• Quality Customer Service • Experienced Friendly Advice • Free Home Demo/Trial • Full Warranty

Founded over 18 years ago, the business based in Southport twon centre has gone from strength to strength. Castletown are specialists in the mobility industry and offer a second to none advice/ supply service for a whole range of mobility and nursing equipment. Their services include sales and delivery of mobility and continence products, from a £1.50 walking stick tip to a £2000 scooter, rentals of wheelchairs / high seat chairs / walking equipment are available, free home demonstrations, free at home trial periods. Free professional advice and home visits. Castletown will endeavour to deliver your item on the same day with no delivery charge. Their staff offer a confidential continence advisory service and have over 35 years experience in the healthcare industry. Owned and managed by Caroline Rodwell, Castletown Homecare offers the customer a personal caring service that bigger stores and catalogues can't offer. Caroline said "Our customers are going to get personal attention, they are going to get experienced advice and all our products are competitively priced. We are also starting to offer some homecare services to our regular customers who need a little help with the shopping and daily chores"

Castletown Homecare really is Southport's leader when it comes to personal service and experienced advice to help you with your independence!

We stock a wide range of: • Scooters • Wheelchairs • Rise/Recline Chairs • Stairlifts • Bathlifters • Adjustable Beds • Daily Living Aids • Healthcare Products

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A button that could save your life!

VNC Lifeline are your friendly, local,, emergency alarm people. Our telecare service allows you to press for help on a pendant, 24 hours a day, from anywhere in your home. We then get you the help that you need. e, being able to live Whether for yourself or a loved one, rything. independently at home means everything. al osts just £2.99 per week, The alarm costs with a one-off -off installation fee of £25*. FREE ffer Thi xcelllent value for money This is excellent nO o i t a l l a t Ins lus’ fo ce of mind that you can enjoy! for the peac peace all ’50 P

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Once you are protected and have the basic Lifeline system, there is a range of sensors that can be programmed to the base, which can reduce a range of risks in your home, and make your life even safer. Extreme Temperature Monitor

Environmental Sensors Smoke/Flood/Carbon Monoxide/ Gas Detectors

This is useful for people in extremely cold winters, who live alone but who might resist putting the heating on due to fear of energy bills. It monitors the room temperature and can be set to activate either if the temperature drops to a level where hypothermia becomes a risk, or if there is a sudden rise in temperature indicating that there may be a fire. Monthly monitoring cost: £5

These are designed to send an alert to us when levels of smoke/water/carbon monoxide/gas are detected and are useful for people who may forget to turn appliances off, particularly if they have dementia, poor mobility or are hearing impaired. Monthly monitoring cost: Smoke - £4, Flood - £6, Carbon Monoxide - £12, Natural Gas - £14

Falls Detector Falls are one of the greatest risks for frail or elderly people. The falls detector will trigger if you have had a fall and will contact us automatically, even if you are unable to summon help yourself. Monthly monitoring cost: £7

Bogus Caller Alert

Bed Sensor This sensor works over a preset time period. The device detects when a bed has been left and will contact us after an agreed delay. This allows the person to visit the bathroom or make a cup of tea but will notify us if they have not returned within the agreed time. Monthly monitoring cost: £8

This is a button, similar to the pendant, normally fitted at the front door. If the client is unsure about a caller they press the Bogus Caller Button which activates the Lifeline unit. We can listen to what is happening and intervene by speaking to the caller or contacting help. Monthly monitoring cost: £4

For a full list of all the sensors and adaptations we provide, visit www.vnclifeline.co.uk. All the prices stated exclude VAT, however most customers are exempt from VAT based on medical conditions.

Key Safes: We highly recommend that you have a key safe, as they are an integral part of our telecare alarm service. A key safe is a small, metal box which holds a spare set of keys outside your home which can easily be accessed in an emergency situation. If you press your pendant for help and you’re unable to move, or we cannot reach any of your contacts with a key; we can provide the confidential PIN combination of your key safe to the emergency services / a carer / home help to get in to your home. Having a key safe avoids forced entry which can be costly and inconvenient. What’s more, it does not compromise the security of your home as it can be installed discreetly, and hidden from view, in a location of your choice. Key safes are reliable, rust-resistant, weather-proof, wall-mounted and simple to use. From just £50, (including supply and fitting), why not order yours today?

Call the team now to join Lifeline, it really could save your life! Call on 0151 298 2440 or visit www.vnclifeline.co.uk for more information.

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Asmall Hall Care Home

“Excellence Comes as Standard�

Providing Short Term or Long Term Care for adults including Day Care. Our 17th Century, prestigious building set in 5 acres of gardens and, opened as a care home more than 20 years ago and had retained many of its original homely features and comforts. Situated within 2 miles of Ormskirk centre, only half a mile from the bus stop makes us within reach of many other community activities by mini-bus or taxi. Inspection invited without obligation where some of our devoted staff have worked at the home since its opening in 1991. We at Asmall Hall pride ourselves in the delivery of high quality, Person Centered Care by providing regular training and supervision for our staff as we aim to maintain and continually improve our services for your benefit.

A Quality Service is the only acceptable one! Proprietors and Managers are Mrs. Jennifer and Mr. Allen Chapman with Unit Manager Mrs. Tracey Farrington. Asmall Hall offers Long and Short Term, Residential, Nursing and Day Care to individuals from all walks of life, who come to continue to enjoy a varied and independent life whilst receiving care and support appropriate to their needs and disabilities. We pride ourselves in also delivering 'End of life Care' to those whose needs are sometimes more intensive over the 24 hour period that family and friends are unable to provide in their


own homes. To achieve and enhance this care on a continual basis we are working towards the National 'Gold Standard Framework' for end of life care.

• Open Visiting • On Site Chapel/Prayer Room • Own Minibus for use of regular outings • Full social calendar (by our activities co-ordinators) • Own Hairdresser • Complimentary Therapies Residents are welcome to bring personal effects from home with which to furnish or decorate their room, so ensuring they are able to relax in a familiar and private space. Asmall Hall prides itself in offering home cooked food wherever possible and choice of menu is available including special medical diets as medically prescribed and the majority of bedrooms are single although we also offer 3 double rooms, if this is desired. Short term care is available if someone is recovering folloing surgery or hospital stay and requires that extra support in the time whilst they recover enough to live independently again at home. Registered and caring for both male and female clients we offer a relaxed but staff competent environment including Qualified Nurses on duty for each 24 hour period with the majority of Care Staff having N.V.Q. qualifications or equivalent. Registered and inspected regularly for the Quality Standard BS EN ISO 9001:2002, Asmall Hall Management are continually looking to improve the delivery of care standards to ‘Best Practice’ levels.

Tel: 01695 579548

QUALITY GUILD

Asmall Hall Care Home, Asmall Lane, Scarisbrick, Ormskirk, Lancashire L40 8JL. www.asmallhallcarehome.co.uk Fax: 01695 579978 email: asmallmatron@aol.com


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