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Experts shine a light on stroke care and supporting services available in Suffolk

As part of the government-backed Good Care Week, Christies Care, one of the UK’s leading home care specialists, is running a free, all-day event on Wednesday 16th April at their training centre in Saxmundham to explain the care options available in the region with a particular focus on caring for those who have suffered a stroke.

The event aims to answer the many questions from those who may need care, their relatives or those associated with the caring profession. Expert speakers will explore fundamental issues from stroke awareness, to power of attorney, caring for someone who has suffered a stroke and the mobility options available to help them get moving again. The range of speakers includes experts from Age UK, Christies Care, The Hearing Care Centre, Co-Op Pharmacy, Gotelee and Suffolk County Council as well as the personal testimony of someone who has been through the trauma of a stroke.  

The Hearing Care Centre are bringing their mobile hearing unit so they can offer free hearing tests on the day and there will be a range of information and a variety of relevant stands for attendees to browse.

The day will be of value to people looking into the care options and services available in the area to make life easier. It is based on the Christies Care ethos that 24/7 live-in care is an affordable alternative to residential care homes. The event will provide an insight into the training, recruitment and everyday activities undertaken by the carers who care for people in their own homes.

Christies Care director Lin Barnes said: “Everyone is welcome and visitors can attend for the whole day, chat to experts over lunch or just drop in for an hour or so. Attendance to this event is free of charge but those who wish to attend are required to reserve their place before 10th April, as spaces are limited.”

You can book your place by emailing or calling 01728 605 013. The event will be held at Training Centre, Street Farm Road, Saxmundham, IP17 1AL on Wednesday 16th April.

Draft programme:

9.30                        Welcome – tea/coffee – chance to look at stands and leaflets

10.00                     Open Day welcome – Lin Barnes, Christies Care Ltd

10.15                     Stroke Association – Tracy Groves, Regional Information Officer

10.30                     Jan Ballard & Suffolk Psychologist Sue Ward-Booth – recovering from a stroke, a personal experience

11.00                     Break

11.15                     Christies Care – Helen Drain and Bill Brooks – cause of strokes, how we train our care workers and experiences as a former paramedic (Bill)

11.30                     The Hearing Care Centre– Karen Finch, Managing Director

11.50                     Gotelees Solicitors – Emma Wollard, Partner – Power Of Attorneys – how to set up, their role

12.05                     Lunch

13.00                     Co-Op Services

  • Pharmacy – Angela Kemp, Pharmacy Superintendent – services on offer

  • Mobility Centre – services on offer

13.30                     Age UK Suffolk – Sharron Cozens, Director of Services – Open Door Project

13.50                     Headway Suffolk Services – Helen Fairthweather C.E.O

14.10                     Suffolk Family Carers – Judith Goldsmith, Training Facilitator

14.30                     Close – Hugh Gathorne Hardy – (Chairman) Christies Care Ltd

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