Veronica Frost, a Client of Home Instead Senior Care in Stockport attended the Health & Wellbeing Conference at Stockport Town Hall on 1st March 2012. The conference was hosted by Stockport MBC, NHS Stockport and Stockport LINk. The conference was to allow people to put forward their views and take part in discussions about the plans to improve local health and care services. The conference introduced the new HealthWatch, the independent consumer champion and also presented a chance to influence the new Health and Wellbeing Strategy in Stockport.
Veronica attended the event with Community Development Officer for Home Instead, Rachel Roberts-Newton. Presentations were made by the Director of Adult Services, Terry Dafter and also by Dr Ranjit Gill, representative of Stockport Clinical Commissioning Pathfinder.
Veronica and Rachel took part in round table discussions at the event and were able to share their views and comments to help re-shape and update the Strategy. They joined the discussions regarding Healthy Ageing and Quality of Life for Older People and Mental Wellbeing as well as consultation on the imminent move from LINK to Healthwatch.
Rachel said “Veronica’s contribution was invaluable. Currently she is supported by Home Instead Senior Care as a result of an Acquired Brain Injury after a car accident 3 years ago. Previously, Veronica had been a Social Care professional for Manchester City Council. She brought to the table first-hand knowledge and experience from both sides about how services and communities can prevent isolation and the effect that this can have on Health and wellbeing. It was a real privilege to accompany Veronica to the event and see the confidence grow and her suddenly come “into her own” again and articulate views and concerns alongside Councillor’s and Senior Health & Social Care professionals”.
Veronica commented: “I found the day very interesting and enjoyable, yet tiring. I think that even I surprised myself at some of the skills and thoughts that came flooding back during the day. We both learned so much from the day and enjoyed each other’s company”.
At home care company Home Instead Senior Care, provide a range of services to promote social inclusion, days out and specialist events. For more information on the services offered please visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/tameside or contact the office on 0161 491 2925.