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Concerns over caring for elderly relatives

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ACCORDING to research by Cera Care, one of the UK’s leading home care providers, 67% of Llanelli residents aged over 70 expect to be cared for at home by their loved ones as they reach old age, yet these expectations are putting strain on relationships.

An additional 18% stated that they expect to move in with their children if and when the time comes that they need additional care, however 78% of middle-aged couples admitted that working out how to care for ageing parents has caused a rift between them. According to the study, men in Llanelli are more likely to favour residential care for their parents, with 64% stating that care homes are the best option compared to just 39% of women.

At the other end of the scale, a fifth of those over 70 don’t think they will need assistance as they get older, with an additional 25% of the population admitting that they have never discussed elderly care with their parents. When it comes to the role reversal of old age, half of those surveyed in Llanelli admitted that they worry about their parents’ ageing, with a further 22% confessing that they are worried that they won’t know how to care for their parents if it was required.

Feelings of guilt and a sense of obligation also came to light during the study, with 27% admitting they would feel guilty if they were unable to care for their parents at home and a further one in ten admitting that they don’t want to be responsible for their parent’s care. People also admitted to feelings of pressure, with one in five admitting that being responsible for their parents’ care would be too much responsibility.

Life expectancy in the UK is at an all-time high, with most people living into their 80s thanks to advances in healthcare and living conditions. However, as people live longer, the need for elderly care also dramatically increases, with many families struggling to agree on the best way to look after elderly relatives.

Established in 2016, Cera Care specialises in helping people select the right care for their loved ones and offers continued support for as long as it is required. The company carried out the study of 2,000 British adults to find out how prepared families are to look after ageing generations and encourage people to discuss their wishes for care with their loved ones before it’s too late.

Sarah McEwan, Head of Carer Recruitment at Cera Care said: “The majority of people will require some sort of care during the last years of their lives, be that following a hospital stay, during an illness, or simply as they become less able due to old age. But with so many care options available, such as residential homes, assisted living, family support or at home care, it’s sometimes hard to work out what is best.

“With this in mind, we carried out the nationwide study to raise awareness of the importance of starting these conversations and encourage people to approach the subject of elderly care with their loved ones so that if the time comes when additional support is needed, families have one less thing to worry about.”

In response to the survey’s findings, Cera Care have put together a comprehensive guide on what issues people should consider when planning care with their parents and sensitive ways they can broach the topic and start a discussion.

You can see the guide at: https://ceracare.co.uk/blog/parental-planning-guide/

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Pigs seized after been found in appalling conditions

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A TYCROES farmer who had his 27 pigs seized after they were found neglected and living in appalling conditions has been ordered to pay £12k.

Adrian Alexander of The Old Stable Yard, Heol Troeon Bach, admitted a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to the animals, including piglets and sows, and one for not meeting their needs at Llanelli Magistrates Court.

In a case led by Carmarthenshire Council, the court heard that the 51-year-old did not provide enough food, water and dry bedding for the pigs despite being advised by Carmarthenshire Council’s animal health officers on a number of occasions.

Living conditions of the pigs were up to their bellies in deep slurry which prevented them from exhibiting normal behaviour. The majority of them were grossly underweight.

When examined by a vet some of the animals were given a body score of 2 and a sow given 1 – Body score 1 being visually thin with hips and backbone very prominent and no fat cover.

Others were found shivering, covered in muck and had difficulty moving around.

Although some improvements had been made following advice from council officers, it wasn’t enough to end the animals’ suffering and they were seized.

Alexander also admitted two charges of breaching Animal By-Products by failing to ensure that no animal or bird had access and burning a dead piglet in a disused bath tub.

He was banned from keeping pigs for three years and given an 18-Month Community Order. He must complete 25 day of rehabilitation activities, do 180 hours of unpaid work and pay £12k court costs. An £85 victim surcharge must also be paid.

The council’s executive board member responsible for animal health welfare, Philip Hughes said: “This was a shocking case of neglect, with the owner not even providing his animals with their very basic needs – food, water and dry bedding – and the living conditions were totally unacceptable. He was warned on a number of occasions and whilst some improvements were carried out, it was not enough and the pigs were seized. Had they not been removed from the farm then the suffering would have continued.”

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Llanelli: Police appeal for information over town centre assault in April

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses to an assault, which took place in Llanelli town centre.

A 36-year-old man made a report to police after sustaining serious injuries during the early hours of April 28.

The victim cannot recall the incident, and reported waking up near the Hungry Horse restaurant.

He sustained fractures to his head, a bleed on the brain, and multiple broken bones during the injury.

These injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

CCTV enquiries show there could have been witnesses to the assault, and officers investigating are keen to speak to them as they might have vital information. Officers would like to speak to a female with dark hair, who was wearing dark jeans and a yellow jacket, in particular.

Anyone who was in the East Gate area, or in Market Street, between 2am and 4.30am on April 28 is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101. Please quote crime reference DPP/0906/28/04/2019/02/C.

A 20-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of assault, and has been released on bail while enquiries continue.

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Life saving medical kit for police on the roads

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POLICE officers have been given equipment that improves the chance of survival for those injured in a serious crash, as part of Dyfed-Powys Police’s effort to reduce the number of people who die on the roads.

The medical kits are being given to roads policing officers, who are often the first at the scene of a serious crash. They are described as the best available to deal with the type of bleeding they encounter at road traffic collisions, and also in the case of knife and glass wounds, and are the same as those issued to ambulance crews.

Sergeant Owen Dillon, of Brecon Roads Policing Unit, worked with the Welsh Ambulance Service to trial the kit, which he has called ‘simple to use, but effective’.

He said: “We work really hard to reduce the number of collisions on the roads, but unfortunately they do still happen, and people can become seriously injured.”

“It only takes a few minutes for someone to bleed to death, so it’s vital that police officers – who are often first at scene – can deal quickly with any bleeding while waiting for paramedics.”

The equipment has been bought with funding of around £1,000 from the Police and Crime Commissioner. Traffic officers in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys will keep the equipment in their patrol cars.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, added: “Keeping people safe is a top priority for me and this investment will equip officers with the best medical kit possible to deal with immediate life threatening injuries. I am committed to ensuring Dyfed-Powys plays an active role in keeping road users safe.”

Police officers are already trained to use tourniquets and bandages, and the Roads Policing Units who work as part of Op Darwen – the force’s campaign to reduce casualties on the roads – are being given the additional training they need to use this equipment.

Figures show that in 2018, 67 motorcyclists were either killed or seriously injured on roads in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys, and men were eight times more likely to be affected than women.

The Welsh Ambulance Service is committed to working in partnership with other emergency services to save lives.

Carl Powell, Clinical Support Officer for the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “It is vital that Roads Policing Officers, who are often the first on scene and confronted with serious and life threatening injuries, are supported in preserving life with equipment that is effective in dealing with major bleeding.

“The trauma packs are a proven lifesaving asset and need minimal educational input to be used.”

As part of the Op Darwen, the force is urging motorcyclists to ride safely, and reminding drivers to be vigilant to motorbikes and other powered two-wheelers.

The campaign will run until October, when statistics say the roads are busiest. Roads Policing Units are working across the Dyfed-Powys Police area using a combination of education, engagement and enforcement, to reduce the number of casualties on the roads.

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