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MP visits empowering Care Home

Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP for Coventry North East meets staff and residents

Bob Ainsworth, Member of Parliament for Coventry North East, visited a local care home that is empowering older people to remain active and engaged in their later years.

Youell Court Salvation Army Care Home in Skipworth Road, Coventry, provides care to some 40 older people, some with dementia, who can no longer live independently. Residents are encouraged to be active in all areas of life, including the running of their home. Every quarter, residents provide input to activities at Youell Court and raise any concerns or issues during a residents’ forum.

Bob Ainsworth MP with West Midlands Divisional Commander Major Samuel Edgar and Home Manager Tracey Furey

Daily, residents can take part in two organised activities, arranged by an activities co-ordinator. There are day trips away from the home, too, as well as special meals and events onsite throughout the year. Onsite events bring residents together in the main lounge so they can socialise. The care home has 40 ensuite rooms set in clusters of eight – these clusters have a small dining room and lounge.

Residents have various experiences of religious faith – coming from experience of one of a variety of religions, Christian denominations or who do not express religious faith. Staff work to provide appropriate spiritual support and, on a resident’s request, will contact a local religious leader to visit so residents can continue to live out their faith, even if they are unable to physically attend a place of worship.

Bob Ainsworth MP with resident Mrs Lilah Hodgson age 103

Bob Ainsworth MP visited the care home – which has a spacious garden, an orchard and a hair salon – and discussed The Salvation Army’s provision of, and the key challenges facing providers of, older people’s social care, in particular the amounts and models of funding which are currently available. Mr Ainsworth also chatted to staff and residents about their experiences of the service provided at Youell Court.

He said: “The Salvation Army has a long history of offering practical support to those who are most vulnerable. It also has a history of empowering them to support themselves and live with dignity. In Coventry, I was pleased to see The Salvation Army’s work bringing dignity to those who, although unable to live independently, still have a zest for life and a desire to enjoy their later years actively engaged. It is encouraging that residents contribute to the programme on offer and the running of the home. Youell Court Salvation Army Care Home truly is home to many, with a dedicated ‘family’ of staff providing residents with lasting dignity and care.”

Delicious cupcakes were baked for Bob Ainsworth's visit

Home Manager Mrs Tracey Furey said: “The Salvation Army wants older people to feel fulfilled in their later life. Our staff work hard to ensure residents feel ‘at home’ at Youell Court. Not only do we offer a programme of engaging events and activities for all, we ensure older people are treated with dignity and respect, recognising and valuing the tremendous contribution they make to their families and in their communities.

“The care we offer engages the whole person and addresses their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We encourage residents to make choices which enhance and enrich their life, to participate in activities which bring them fulfilment and to share fellowship which eases possible isolation.”