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WINTER 2017

THE CARER

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95-Year-Old War Veteran Receives Prestigious Military Award 95-Year-oLd resident, Mr. allan Norman, celebrated with friends and family as he received the Legion d’honneur (Legion of Honour) award at his care home, sussexdown in storrington. First established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the Legion of Honour is an award for excellent military conduct presented by the French Government. Allan Norman, formerly of the RAF Bomber Command Squadron, received the honour in recognition of his service efforts landing on the beaches of Normandy the day after D-Day and then throughout the Second World War in France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark and Germany. Allan signed up to the Air and Sea Rescue Unit in Newhaven, before joining the RAF regiment as a Sergeant. The Legion of Honour rewards him for his actions as Sergeant leading his team through the Normandy beaches to defend the airfields of Normandy. Allan’s team were also responsible for rearming and refuelling aircraft and later in the war, assisting in the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp. Allan served in the RAF until 1948. Allan was joined at Care South’s Sussexdown by Captain François Jean,

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French Honorary Consul who had the honour presenting the medal to him. Several members of Allan’s family also attended the presentation to celebrate his recognition, including his son and daughter in-law and two granddaughters who joined in the afternoon celebrations. Captain François Jean presented Allan with the award, after which family, visitors and fellow residents enjoyed a light buffet lunch together – prepared and served especially by the home’s kitchen team. Captain Francois Jean, French Consul, commented: “It must have been a very frightening experience for all involved. The Battle of Normandy went on for three months after D-Day and Allan would have certainly been right in the middle of it. It’s a tremendous honour to be celebrating this award with Allan and his family.” Heather Rogers, Home Manager of Care South’s Sussexdown, said: “We are delighted that Allan has been recognised for his bravery and the part he played in the Second World War. I’m very grateful to the staff at Sussexdown and all our guests for taking the time to make this day as special as possible for Allan, his family and everyone at the home.” combined with our commitment to research, develop and supply clothing of style and quality at competitive prices has been the key to our success since 1974. Our head office is based in Enfield and this also serves as our distribution hub and warehouse. We also have a manufacturing and distribution centre in south Wales, where we produce our own corporate wear ranges of suiting, shirts and blouses, and accessories. We are one of the only UK based manufacturers left and this unique feature gives us a substantial advantage over our competitors in turns of having direct control over production and bespoke capabilities. We are independently accredited with both ISO9001 (Quality Management) and ISO14001 (Environmental Management) standards, and are a Crown Commercial Service Supplier. For further details see the advert on page 9.

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Pressure uLCer treatment in the uK costs approximately of £1.4–£2.1 billion each year and over 180,000 pressure ulcers develop each year. Pressure ulcers are not only a significant health risk but a costly burden to care homes worldwide. With an increasingly aging population, this extreme cost is only set to rise in the future. the tragedy is that most pressure ulcers are preventable and advanced pressure relief devices are available to help prevent and treat them. One of the most effective ways to prevent a pressure ulcer is to reduce or

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We are now reading news reports nearly every day of people choking to death in residential care homes. The new LifeVac is changing this and has already saved three lives in the past four months in care homes. LifeVac is a novel non-invasive, single suction anti-choking device. LifeVac has a one-way patented valve, which means when applied it does not force any air through the mask, but when pulled creates three times more pressure than the abdominal thrust and chest compressions as trained in First Aid, with no risk to the casualty. In all testing LifeVac has dislodged an obstruction of the airway 98% of the time on the first application (reports available). LifeVac is ideal for disabled people, wheelchair bound, obese, the frail and the Dysphagia community. LifeVac is FDA registered, MHRA registered as a class one medical device and CE accredited. The device has undergone many clinical tests. If you wish to see more details of independent testing and information please let us know. LifeVac has been equipped in over 350 care homes already across the UK by both small and large prestigious care companies. Also many more people in the UK such as schools, restaurants, pharmacies and in the home.

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The Carer #35 Winter 2017  

Issue #35 of The Carer - The leading independent publication for nursing and residential care homes. Published Winter (January) 2017.

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