OAP Ray gets stuck into care home project

Residents Ray Hunt and Veronica Coatsworth start the work

Residents Ray Hunt and Veronica Coatsworth start the work

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WHEN managers at The Meadows care home, Didcot, told Ray Hunt they were building a workshop, he whipped off his shirt and said: “Where do I start?”.

Mr Hunt, 78, a self-confessed “DIY man”, says even though The Meadows is a “marvellous” home, he still gets itchy to do a bit of tinkering.

So when the daughter of one of the residents made an anonymous donation of £1,500 to build a workshop to keep residents amused, Mr Hunt, a father-of-five, grandfather and great-grandfather welcomed the news.

He said: “If you take me to a tool store you can get me in but you can’t get me out.

“I’ve always been used to working with my hands, making things, mending things – I just love tools.”

Last month, he and other residents helped to lay the paving stones for their new workshop at the Britwell Road home.

Staff from B&Q in Abingdon have volunteered to come and build and paint the rest of the workshop on Wednesday.

Run by the Orders of St John Care Trust, The Meadows cares for 68 residents.

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8:55pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Myron Blatz says...

So where are the Care Home Management's Health & Safety Regulations at the Care Home, to allow Residents to do this? Do private care homes work under different government regulation to those run by local authorities, and who pays for the accident insurance and who is responsible for accident liability?
So where are the Care Home Management's Health & Safety Regulations at the Care Home, to allow Residents to do this? Do private care homes work under different government regulation to those run by local authorities, and who pays for the accident insurance and who is responsible for accident liability? Myron Blatz
  • Score: -10

10:01pm Mon 11 Aug 14

7squatcat says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
So where are the Care Home Management's Health & Safety Regulations at the Care Home, to allow Residents to do this? Do private care homes work under different government regulation to those run by local authorities, and who pays for the accident insurance and who is responsible for accident liability?
Maybe you should take a course at the local college to find answers to those interesting questions. I am sure the whole community will await the answers with bated breath.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: So where are the Care Home Management's Health & Safety Regulations at the Care Home, to allow Residents to do this? Do private care homes work under different government regulation to those run by local authorities, and who pays for the accident insurance and who is responsible for accident liability?[/p][/quote]Maybe you should take a course at the local college to find answers to those interesting questions. I am sure the whole community will await the answers with bated breath. 7squatcat
  • Score: 9

12:14pm Tue 12 Aug 14

JanetH(Davies) says...

Get a life love just because there in a care home doesn't mean there just sit there like cabbages. My dad who is in the photo gets great joy out of helping out gives him a purpose in life snd makes him feel worthwhile.
Get a life love just because there in a care home doesn't mean there just sit there like cabbages. My dad who is in the photo gets great joy out of helping out gives him a purpose in life snd makes him feel worthwhile. JanetH(Davies)
  • Score: 10

5:19pm Tue 12 Aug 14

cornflake girl says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
So where are the Care Home Management's Health & Safety Regulations at the Care Home, to allow Residents to do this? Do private care homes work under different government regulation to those run by local authorities, and who pays for the accident insurance and who is responsible for accident liability?
Get off your high horse and what a wonderful man, what a lovely story and a good luck to him. would be great if more able people thought the same way raher than worry about the "politics" of it all
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: So where are the Care Home Management's Health & Safety Regulations at the Care Home, to allow Residents to do this? Do private care homes work under different government regulation to those run by local authorities, and who pays for the accident insurance and who is responsible for accident liability?[/p][/quote]Get off your high horse and what a wonderful man, what a lovely story and a good luck to him. would be great if more able people thought the same way raher than worry about the "politics" of it all cornflake girl
  • Score: 4

5:03pm Wed 13 Aug 14

piper2011 says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
So where are the Care Home Management's Health & Safety Regulations at the Care Home, to allow Residents to do this? Do private care homes work under different government regulation to those run by local authorities, and who pays for the accident insurance and who is responsible for accident liability?
I am sure Mr Hunt has more sense and ability than either you or some jumped up H.S.E clown can ever dream of. May i point out that we as a species have survived thousands of years without do-gooders and their mission statements but i do wonder if people like you can make it through the night, without a hand wringing fool.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: So where are the Care Home Management's Health & Safety Regulations at the Care Home, to allow Residents to do this? Do private care homes work under different government regulation to those run by local authorities, and who pays for the accident insurance and who is responsible for accident liability?[/p][/quote]I am sure Mr Hunt has more sense and ability than either you or some jumped up H.S.E clown can ever dream of. May i point out that we as a species have survived thousands of years without do-gooders and their mission statements but i do wonder if people like you can make it through the night, without a hand wringing fool. piper2011
  • Score: 0

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