New equipment helps brain injury sufferers

SPECIALIST kitchen equipment to help people with brain injuries and dementia is being put to good use in Shoreham.

Adur East Lions donated £500 to buy equipment for the training kitchen at Glebelands Day Centre, in Middle Road.

S33300H13 Adur East Lions president Susan Saunders (back) and members find out how the equipment they donated is helping customers at Glebelands Day Centre

S33300H13 Adur East Lions president Susan Saunders (back) and members find out how the equipment they donated is helping customers at Glebelands Day Centre

Members went along on Monday to see the equipment in action and learn more about how it can help the day centre customers.

Julie Moore, community connector at Glebelands, said “This specialist equipment purchased is to help customers who have a range of disabilities.

“The equipment has enabled our Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) customers to be part of a Living Skills course run by Aspire, aided by support of day centre staff.

“The course has been successful for the customers to re-learn old skills and acquire new ones with the adapted equipment.

“The training kitchen can now be used by other health care professionals based at Glebelands, e.g., occupational therapists, to show their customers what can be achieved in their own homes.”

Aspire, West Sussex County Council’s adult and community learning service, helps customers to keep skills going or learn new skills.

Julie explained the equipment chosen included a talking microwave, tipper kettles, talking scales and ergonomic saucepans.

“This equipment makes all the difference,” she added. “It is all adapted equipment, which means it is possible for these chaps to be successful in the kitchen, whether left-handed or right-handed, or with sight difficulties.”

John Humberstone, 62, from Shoreham Beach, has been using Glebelands for 16 years, having suffered a stroke when he was a bricklayer, and then a brain haemorrhage.

He said: “I still enjoy coming here. I never get fed up.”

Another member of the group, Steven Hale, said the tipping devices were particularly useful to him because he can’t use his left arm.

He added: “I have only just started using my right arm again, so the jug makes it so easy. The tipping kettle is so useful, I could not do it otherwise.”

Susan Saunders, president of Adur East Lions, said: “It is what we are all about, community service.

“I said that my focus for the year would mainly be youth but this demonstrates that our community service covers all sections of the community.”

She said the Lions had visited Glebelands having seen an article in the Shoreham Herald, and the donation had come from there.

She added: “When you see a list of equipment, it doesn’t really mean anything but seeing the items in use, it is going to be so helpful.”

The Living Skills group has been learning to make sandwiches and a lunch of chicken salad, and also went on a shopping trip to Tesco.