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Oldest Man in England Celebrates His Caring Canine Daisy Is A Big Hit 111th Birthday at Brendoncare Alton Bob Weighton, the oldest man in England, celebrated his 111th Birthday on 29 March 2019. He celebrated with his friends and fellow residents at Brendoncare Alton, where a birthday party was organised for him. Children from St Lawrence CE Primary School in Alton performed some songs from 2.30pm, followed by the cutting of his birthday cake. Also, Bob officially launched his new book of poems and recited some of the poems during the party. Proceeds from the sale of his books will go to charities who work with the elderly in Alton. Bob Weighton, said, “I am very lucky to have been healthy and active throughout my life. I enjoy social activities and like to get outside every day. I have a shed in the garden at Brendoncare where I enjoy making toys and children’s furniture.” He went on to say, “It is far better to make a friend out of a possible enemy than it is to make an enemy out of a possible friend. This is something I have lived by throughout my life.” Bob was born on 29 March 1908 in Hull, Yorkshire, where he lived and studied for a degree in mechanical engineering. After his studies, he worked in marine engineering in

Northumberland. In 1933 he decided to volunteer to teach English in Taiwan. He spent six weeks on board a ship reaching Hong Kong and a further week getting to Taiwan. He initially spent two years learning Japanese, and then taught English in a school for four years, during which time he married his fiancée who came out from England in 1937. When warnings of Second World War were made in 1939, he decided to leave for England. However, on the way across the Pacific to Canada, war broke out and he lived in Canada and USA until the end of the war. During the war, he worked with the British Government, first inspecting aircraft engines for delivery to the RAF, and then translating enemy broadcasts and preparing programmes in Japanese to be broadcast to Japan under the title of the ‘Voice of Britain’. He returned to England in 1946 with his wife and three children. He became a lecturer in mechanical engineering at the City University of London, where he continued working until his retirement in 1973. He had 3 children, 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren and some of his family will be celebrating with him.

A new four-legged friend is bringing joy to a young woman who is in the final stages of a degenerative brain condition. Lizzie Bennett’s face lights up every time playful pooch Daisy, a 10-month old Bichon Frise, scampers into her room and jumps onto her bed at the Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham. Thirty-year-old Lizzie and her two brothers, Christopher, 37, and Jonathan, 32, all have the cruel hereditary illness, Huntingdon’s Disease, which has been described as Parkinson’s Motor Neurone and Alzheimer’s all rolled into one. Lizzie and Christopher are both residents at Pendine’s Penybryn Care Home which specialises in looking after people with neurological disorders and acquired brain injury. Brother Jonathan still lives independently but will need increasing levels of care as time wears on. Diminutive Daisy, who’s just 10 inches tall, is also a massive hit with the other residents and staff, belongs to Pendine Park director

Gill Hughes. The caring canine spends every day at Penybryn while Gill works in her office or is out and about. Lizzie’s mum, Kim James, from Llay, said: “I cared for Lizzie fulltime until February 2018 when she moved into Penybryn. “She is in the final stages of the disease now unfortunately and is now unable to swallow and is fed through a feeding peg in her abdomen. She can no longer move independently. “It’s such a cruel disease. The condition is hereditary and their father carried the gene. “It’s amazing to see how Daisy just lifts Lizzie’s spirits. She gets so

excited when Daisy goes in her room. She will jump up on her bed and gently nibble her toes. It has Lizzie in fits of laughter, she just gets so excited. Gill Hughes, Pendine Park Care Organisation’s regulation and compliance manager and responsible individual, spends every day at Penybryn Neurological Centre and Care Home while Gill works away in her office. Daisy has also been a huge comfort to Gill Hughes. She explained: “After my husband passed away I was advised to get a dog if only for company. Daisy started coming to work with me every day but she was never particularly happy just sitting in my office. So, I started dropping her off with Tracey Cuthill the manager of Penybryn and she quickly made it her second home. “She’s now a firm favourite of residents, staff and relatives and spends most of the day following Tracey around Penybryn interacting with residents and relatives."

Health Plus Care Launch the Residential and Home Care Show Closerstill Media, the event organiser behind the hugely successful Health Plus Care event are pleased to announce the launch of The Residential & Home Care Show as part of the NEW Health Plus Care series. Taking place at ExCel London on 26th and 27th June, the Residential & Home Care Show is simply unmissable for care professionals, with two days of education, insight, networking and the latest products and services to support care. What’s more, delegates will still benefit from the ‘whole healthcare universe’ thanks to the co-located Healthcare Show, Digital Healthcare Show and IPC & Patient Safety Show, all part of the Health Plus Care series of events. Promising to be an event to remember, the Residential & Home Care Show conference programme includes dedicated training in vital areas including, care models, recruitment, staff development, finance and sus-

taining high quality care. Taking place over two days, and delivered by 60+ speakers, all head hunted care leaders, delegates will have the unique opportunity to learn from and network with these industry titans. Plus, over 150 key suppliers across the exhibition floor. By registering for the Residential & Home Care Show 2019 you will gain access to ‘Care Home Live’, the industry’s first purpose-built care home in the heart of the show, creating an immersive and interactive experience. Supported by some of the most well-known and respected brands, Apetito, Miele and Wissner-Bosserhoff to name just a few, delegates will see, touch, smell and even taste what it could be like to be cared for in a home, offering a unique and immersive experience Michael Corbett, Event Director, Residential & Home Care Show said: “The care sector needs an opportunity to be seen as an equal to the health market and by having its own dedicated event alongside an NHS focused event, we aim to build a voice for everyone involved. The main purpose being to help improve levels of care offered, focus on topics impacting and effecting the UK care sector, offer specialist advice to

help stabilise and grow care businesses, whilst still offering the latest case studies of care and health integration within the wider event. There is no other event in the care sector which has offered such seniority of decision makers in mass, so we are confident with the new focus and branding, we can help connect more thought leaders with specialist suppliers, serving as the platform to grow the care sector.” Register for your FREE ticket to The Residential & Home Care Show 2019 at taking place at the ExCel London on 26th and 27th June 2019. For more information and show updates visit or talk to us online using a new comment and connect feature. We look forward to welcoming you to the Residential & Home Care Show 2019. See the advert on page 16 for details.

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The Carer #44 Spring 2019  

Issue #44 of The Carer - The leading independent publication for nursing and residential care homes. Published Spring (April) 2019.

The Carer #44 Spring 2019  

Issue #44 of The Carer - The leading independent publication for nursing and residential care homes. Published Spring (April) 2019.

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