Secretary of State for Health visits Oldham & Saddleworth

Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, paid tribute to Oldham & Saddleworth at-home care provider, Home Instead in Uppermill as he visited the area last week ahead of the local by-election.

Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley, Home Instead CEO Trevor Brocklebank and Oldham and Saddleworth owner Mick Sheehan

Mr Lansley took time out to discuss the current issues surrounding adult social care and to understand more about the services that Home Instead is providing for older people.

On meeting the owner of the Oldham office, Mick Sheehan and Managing Director of Home Instead, UK, Trevor Brocklebank, Mr Lansley explained about his own personal experience in looking for care options for a member of his family and also talked about the importance of helping older people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

Mick commented ‘It is especially important for those who show early signs of dementia to have the option to stay at home, moving into a care home can often be disorientating and exacerbate the situation.”

Everyone agreed that preventative care is essential to enable people to enjoy a better quality of life, basically there’s no place like home. Often elderly people just need help with quite simple tasks and the services that Home Instead can provide such as assistance with bathing, dressing, housework, shopping, meal preparation and companionship can really make a difference.

For more information on Home Instead in Oldham & Saddleworth call 01457 874 566 or visit