Char­ity gets Karen back on her feet

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A CARE cen­tre for adults with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties has helped one of its res­i­dents to find vol­un­teer work.

Life Op­por­tu­ni­ties Trust’s home in Heather Lane has also taught 55-year-old Karen When­man,

a num­ber of im­por­tant life skills since she moved to the Hilling­don cen­tre.

She had lived with her par­ents un­til their deaths and was then placed un­der an adult care scheme.

How­ever, when Karen fell ill she was di­ag­nosed with Coeli­acs dis­ease and her carer de­cided to move her to the Life Op­por­tu­ni­ties Trust’s home.

Since then the care and su­per­vi­sion of­fered by the char­ity has spurred Karen on to de­velop her daily living skills, take swim­ming lessons, en­rol in col­lege cour­ses and work part time as a vol­un­teer at Bell Farm Chris­tian Cen­tre.

The home’s team leader Michelle Carter said: “Karen is now able to do her own laun­dry and iron­ing, she has en­rolled in col­lege cour­ses and when one fin­ishes is al­ways ea­ger to sign up for an­other.

“She makes her own break­fast and sand­wiches at lunch time with­out sup­port and has had one-to-one swim­ming lessons, at­tends two evening clubs and is al­ways out and about with a mem­ber of the staff team at­tend­ing dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties like line danc­ing, clothes shop­ping, lunches out and en­joys a hol­i­day of her choos­ing each year.”

She vol­un­teers one day a week at the Chris­tian cen­tre where she serves food and drink to older users and helps tidy up. A WOMAN who worked at a care home in Hayes has been handed a suspended sen­tence af­ter as­sault­ing one of the el­derly peo­ple in her care.

Su­san Reed slapped 93-year-old Ever­line Gar­diner while work­ing at Kings­ley Court Care Home in April last year.

She had de­nied as­sault by beat­ing but af­ter be­ing found guilty at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates’ Court ear­lier in the year, the 39-year-old was handed a suspended pri­son sen­tence and com­mu­nity ser­vice on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 11.

Julie Bignell, the reg­is­tered manager at the nurs­ing home in Uxbridge Road, said: “We have got our whis­tle blow­ing pro­ce­dures in place and we have a zero tol­er­ance of any type of abuse to vul­ner­a­ble adults.”

Mrs Gar­diner, a great grand­mother, died on June 5, a month af­ter turn­ing 94.

Her death was not re­lated to the as­sault.

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