Extra £15,000 funding boost helps unpaid carers

“We have a 3 hour visit once a week from a lovely lady who is extremely good at engaging with my husband, who is 91 and suffers from vascular dementia as well as other physical difficulties. As lockdown relaxes this visit will enable me to attend a bridge club for the afternoon, which otherwise I would not be able to do.”

Walton Charity is delighted to team up for a second time with Sherwood House Care Home (part of Asprey Healthcare) and Walsingham Care to provide a joint grant of £15,000 to Crossroads Care Surrey.

Crossroads Care provide respite breaks for unpaid carers across Surrey and our grant will enable them to offer weekly respite breaks for 32 older people in Elmbridge who are caring for someone with dementia.

For those in the early stages of dementia, Crossroads Care will offer companionship support with a trained volunteer, enabling the carer to get a respite break. Those in the later stages of dementia, with more complex needs, will be offered home-based respite support with a highly experienced, specialist trained Carer Support Worker. They will spend time with the person being cared for, while the carer has the chance to take a much-needed break from their demanding duties.

The carers can rest assured that the person being cared for will be well looked after in their absence as the support worker will spend time keeping them well entertained, whilst also being able to support any medical or personal needs.

Philip Connell of Sherwood House Care Home said “I’ve always felt it’s vital for Sherwood House Care Home to work in close partnership with local charities who do such valuable work supporting people in the community. I am delighted that this opportunity has arisen for a second year to sponsor the work of Crossroads.”

Debbie Beach of Walsingham Care added “We are delighted to enter into a second year of collaborative funding with Walton Charity and Asprey Healthcare to support the much valued and critical support that Crossroads Care provides locally.”

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