Executive councillor experiences adult social care for herself

The councillor in charge of adult social care in Trafford enjoyed a Christmas lunch with care home residents and toured an Extra Care facility as part of her commitment to experience services for herself.

Cllr Joanne Harding chatted to staff and residents of the Knoll care home, Urmston, while they enjoyed their traditional Christmas meal. She was also given a tour of Fiona Gardens, Sale, which is an extra care scheme and boasts its own salon, café, sensory room and a reminiscence room.

 She said:

I had a thoroughly enjoyable time at the care home. The residents were all saying they had a lovely dinner!

It was also great to meet with staff at the home. They were all telling me about the positive work being done throughout Greater Manchester, as well as here in Trafford.

 Cllr Harding added:

The reminiscence room at Fiona Gardens was wonderful. The room can help unlock memories for older people, especially those who might be suffering from dementia.

These memories can enable people to talk and have conversations, and this really can improve their mental wellbeing.

The trips are part of a series of visits to adult social care services by Cllr Harding.

 She said:

As the Executive Member for Adult Social Care, I want to be hands on and meet staff teams, providers of care services and residents.

It’s important for me to be aware of all the fantastic work that is being delivered across Trafford and to proudly showcase it.

I was delighted to hear of the work of the activity coordinators at Knoll Care Partnership and I look forward to attending more events in the new year.

I have also met with a new case worker at the Council this week as we try to ensure the funding of care is better explained and understood. She will work with families across to Trafford to support people through a very complex system.

Cllr Harding is looking forward to meeting with more staff, providers and residents over the coming weeks.


Posted on Wednesday 19th December 2018