Why life is like a box of chocolates, and Leeds Dying Matters week!

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Craig and children Why should you read this? Because you never know what curveballs life will thow at you, expect the unexpected as the saying goes and as Dying Matters Week (8…

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Caring about caring – better services, new ways of working

InspiringChange_12Apr_0122In Leeds we are committed to making that sure care users and their loved ones can be confident their care is both sustainable and high quality.

Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Leeds City Council executive member for health, wellbeing and adults highlights how Leeds is seeking to ensure this.

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Linking up across the city to improve community health

H&WB Icons3The Civic Hall recently hosted a gathering of like minds and committed partners who are part of ‘Better Together’.

With an underpinning commitment to building ‘Healthy Communities and Healthy Lives’, Better Together is the name of the new locality community health development and improvement service for Leeds.

Better Together service providers will link with other local partners  to improve health and reduce health inequality by targeting and focusing support on individuals and groups living in the ten per cent most deprived neighbourhoods in the city. Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, tells us more… Continue reading

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Dying Matters display at Leeds City Museum Leeds Stories Gallery

On the lead up to Dying Matters week 8 – -12 May why not take a look at this fascinating exhibition.

“Death is one of those experiences that is both very personal and can unite people the world over. But even though every person experiences death and dying, we can often shy away from talking about it. The curators and community team at Leeds Museums and Galleries have linked up with the Leeds steering group of the national Dying Matters initiative to bring this topic to the fore for a seven month display in the Leeds Gallery at Leeds City Museum, from 17 December 2016 to 30 July 2017.  The topic of death and dying is a very sensitive one, so we have worked hard to deal with it appropriately, and promote positive debate.”

Antonia Lovelace, Curator (World Cultures), Leeds Museums and Galleries tells us more about the exhibition.

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Supporting World TB Day in Leeds

Rebekah Cutter works with Leeds City Council’s public health team. She tells us about a disease still infecting people in Leeds…

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A whole new approach to extra care in Leeds

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The new extra care complex Wharfedale View

Leeds is now home to  a state of the art new housing complex offering older people the option of extra care in a home they can call their own.

With a restaurant and hair salon on site amongst other facilities, it really is a great place to grow old in.

Read on and find out more about the site, and see newly released pictures of the interior.

Wharfedale View marks the first of its kind extra care building for Leeds and a new era for housing for older people in Leeds.

The multi-million pound extra care housing scheme, Wharfedale View, was officially opened by leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake last month.

With a restaurant on site, and facilities such as a hair salon and space for tenants to invite friends and family over to socialise, the complex has been really well thought out with tenants in mind.

Councillor Judith Blake spoke about the huge benefits that new sites such as Wharfedale View could bring to the city of Leeds – here more in the video below.

The flagship scheme, owned and managed by Leeds City Council, saw its first tenants move in just before Christmas. The ‘extra care housing’ offer in Leeds helps people stay independent in retirement by offering apartments with flexible 24/7 care as well as communal facilities.

Situated in Yeadon, the new complex includes 45 self-contained apartments (18 one bedroom and 27 two bedroom apartments). Each apartment has its own front door and its own kitchen and bathroom so that residents can live independently but with access to an assessed level of care dependent on their individual need.

Available for rent or shared ownership, people will be able to choose how they want to be supported as their care needs change in a safe environment.

As well as health and care needs being catered for by newly appointed Roche Healthcare Ltd, residents will get the opportunity to get involved with organised activities in the scheme’s communal areas and the chance to get a spot of pampering at a hair salon.

On site there is a restaurant, run by the council’s Civic Enterprise Leeds which will allow for family and friends to visit and socialise with their loved ones.

If you would like to find out more information about Wharfedale View you can call the housing team for this complex on 0113 378 9439.

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Don’t just walk the talk but drink the talk during Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017

This week is national Nutrition and Hydration Week  March 13th – 17th – are you ready to take part in the challenge?

Here in Leeds we have celebrated this week since 2014 and this has enabled our partners across the city to get creative, have fun and importantly raise awareness of the benefits of good nutrition and hydration.  For example, innovative display boards have been created in public spaces, events have been themed around the week  and organisations have had fun with food, presenting fruit in the shape of small animals.

The founders of Nutrition and Hydration week National Association Care Catering, the Hospital Caterers Association and Patient Safety First have a new challenge!

New for 2017 the challenge we have been set is to raise staff awareness of our own hydration and nutritional requirements! As well as supporting themed events:

Monday – Big Breakfast

Tuesday – Suppertime

Wednesday – Afternoon Tea

Thursday – Thirsty Thursday

Friday – Fruity Friday


Richard Porter, Chair Older People Food Matters Group tells us why it’s important not just to walk the talk but to drink the talk as well. Continue reading

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