During Remembrance Week, Trafford Royal Naval Association (RNA) welcomed their newest (and oldest) recruit, Doug Barman, 88, with a traditional tot of rum as he took a trip down memory lane with new friends. Ex Navy man, Doug, from Broadheath was introduced to Charles and Diana Hutton, both members of the Trafford RNA by ex Naval Officer and owner of Home Instead, Alan Savage.
This Navy ‘reunion’ came about after Doug’s daughter, Liz, who is the main carer for her father who suffers with vascular dementia, decided that she needed more specialist support.
Dissatisfied with previous care services provided to her, she approached the Altrincham office of at-home care provider, Home Instead who provide bespoke, tailored care services in the area.
During Doug’s initial meeting with Alan, Doug shared many fond memories of the 12 years he spent as a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy during WW II, despite his vascular dementia, and showed his photos of ships and places that Doug visited like Brisbane, Vancouver and Hong Kong.
Being ex-Navy himself the meeting struck a real chord with Alan and after thoroughly enjoying listening to Doug’s stories he knew there must be other ex-sailors in the area from his generation that would enjoy to talk about the good old days.
Alan researched and found that the local monthly RNA meeting was held at the Conservative Club in Urmston, where more than 20 old sailors and wrens get together (8pm, on the first Tuesday of every month). Through that meeting and explaining Doug's situation, Alan immediately had a list of Navy volunteers who have then gone on to meet Doug over several visits, including Peter Haynes and Charles and Diana Hutton.
Commenting, Liz said “Dad has thoroughly enjoyed all of the visits that Alan has arranged. It is probably the combination of these visits with the continuity of care provided by Home Instead that has improved Dad’s situation. He has even started to recall memories that I have never heard before.”
Commenting, Alan said “I am proud that with Home Instead’s professional service Liz can now better manage the care of her father and feel confident that she can leave Doug in the trusted hands of his Caregiver who arrives and leaves at set times. It has been a pleasure to facilitate his afternoons spent with his shipmates from the RNA and to see Doug’s progress since our first meeting two months ago."
“As we approach Remembrance Day we should remember those who lost their lives but also the remaining survivors like Doug.”
Charles Hutton said “It is the RNA motto ‘Once Navy, Always Navy’. We are proud to have Doug onboard and would welcome anyone else with a royal navy, royal marine or merchant navy background to attend our meetings, enjoy a tot, events, outings, receive newsletters, or arrange a home visit if they are struggling to get out.”
For more information on the services offered by Home Instead Altrincham & Sale call 0161 870 1136 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk and for further details on the RNA then call Charles on 0161 748 6681.
Photo Caption: Left to Right Alan Savage, Holly Brownlee, Doug Barman, Charles Hutton and Diana Hutton