Managing director Andy Roberts
I spent several years caring for my late mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2006.
She spent the last 18 months of her life in residential care but, for four years, I was my mother’s primary carer.
What struck me during the last six years of my mother’s life was that dementia care was still something of an afterthought, not the priority it should be for an ageing population, competing of course for limited resources in our financially-challenged world.
There are marvellous people and organisations out there fighting this corner.
But the support for dementia care needs to be better joined up, not least for those who have to go through a difficult and traumatic time caring for loved ones with dementia.
Admiral Nurses, who could help, guide and support these carers, are desperately needed in Northamptonshire. It is a travesty there are none operating in this county.
Silverstar’s aim is quite simple – it is to support the provision of Admiral Nurses and help raise their profile.
Everyone knows about the valuable work that Macmillan nurses do for cancer patients and their families. Few people have heard of
I fully support the need and right for older people, whether physically frail, mentally frail or in good health, to remain independent for as long as possible.
Older people are easily overlooked and often get a raw deal. Silverstar is offering long-distance travel benefits to older people who either have no car or have no wish to rely on the car for long journeys (see Travel).
The company offers a punctual, polite, quality service and a luxury saloon vehicle that is fully licensed, insured and valeted.
Returning to Templemore Care Home
It was fantastic to return to Templemore care home in Northampton, where my late mum received 18 months of excellent care in 2011/12.
From the Silverstar profits, I bought a range of audio equipment to help residents re-live happy memories of the past in a quiet room providing families with the opportunity to spend quality time with their loved ones.
Tea, coffee, music and reminiscence on tap! It was lovely to chat with home manager Teresa Warren and residents Ann, Dot and Colin. Happy listening and reminiscing!