Dagenham care home lends helping hand in guide for carers

PUBLISHED: 07:49 02 June 2017

Cherry Orchard care home in Dagenham has launched its Helping Hands scheme Picture: WPR

Cherry Orchard care home in Dagenham has launched its Helping Hands scheme Picture: WPR


A care home is lending helping hands to carers of people over the age of 55.

Cherry Orchard in Richard Ryan Place, Dagenham, launched its A Helping Hand guide on Friday, May 26, after surveying 1,000 people who care for the elderly.

The guide informs people on caring methods and techniques gleaned from experts at Care UK after the survey found 36 per cent of London carers never ask for help in what Cherry Orchard home manager Michelle di Bella said was a wake-up call for carers everywhere.

“Caring for someone can be incredibly rewarding, though it can also be physically and emotionally demanding,” she said. “We want to remind people that if they’re caring for an older relative or friend, it’s important to remember that they may feel isolated or overwhelmed at times – but this is natural, and they are not alone.”

Her study also showed 32pc of London carers weren’t aware of the available government support and 44pc said relationships with their partners suffer as a result of caring for the elderly.

Michelle warned carers to seek help if they feel their responsibilities are becoming to great to bear, adding the guide could point them in the right direction.

“Though they often feel overwhelmed, many people don’t think of themselves as carers, and don’t recognise that care takes a variety of forms: from helping someone to get well after an operation, to popping in to have a chat with someone each day,” she said. “This all constitutes caring, and the responsibilities can mount up.”

She encouraged carers to pick up their free copy of A Helping Hand from the care home, with an electronic version available for download at “Our doors are always open, and our trained team is on hand to talk to people who care about the support available to them, as well as the different options for respite or permanent care for their loved one,” she said.

For more details on the care available from Cherry Orchard, call Michelle on 03300 572 255 or email

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