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Students provide wellbeing boost to Derwen residents     

An exciting learning project between Cardiff Metropolitan University and Derwen has been launched, providing residents with free access to health related services, whilst supporting a new generation of health and housing.

Derwen residents are at the centre of this learning partnership, informing and advising the students of their experiences throughout the project.

With improved health and wellbeing high on the list of new year resolutions and 2013/14 Statistics released by Age Cymru stating ‘40% of people aged 65 and over in Wales say their health is only fair to poor’, Derwen have come together with Cardiff Metropolitan University to ensure their residents have a head start with access to expert advice, increased social interaction and a wide range of treatments.

The partnership project, “Keeping well in your home” will see students across a range of disciplines in the School of Health Sciences offer complementary therapies, a pop up podiatry clinic, speech and language therapy, nutrition and public health and housing. The project is emphasising the learning that will take place, enhancing future professionals’ understanding of working inter professionally and also the patients’ story.

Over 10 students attended the launch at Pantycelyn’, in Newport to meet some of their future clients, and talk about the calendar of events and activities planned for 2016. To ensure residents enjoy the full experience, Derwen and the University are also transforming a former warden flat into a peaceful and relaxing treatment room.

Derwen’s head of active ageing Victoria Hiscocks said:

“We are delighted to be working with Cardiff Met on this innovative project, which will hopefully bring a huge range of health and wellbeing benefits to Derwen residents. The older people who attended our launch event were really excited about the project and were impressed with the professionalism and enthusiasm of the students who came along”.

With pressures on the NHS well documented in the media, many essential preventative health interventions are becoming harder to access as the NHS focus on the management of more acute or crisis-level needs.  ‘Keeping Well at Home’ will allow residents to access preventative health services such as podiatry and complementary therapies free of charge in the comfort of their own homes.

Amanda Protheroe, principal lecturer, Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University said ”We are so pleased to be working with the residents and staff at  Derwen. This is a fantastic opportunity to provide the next generation of healthcare and housing professionals  an opportunity to understand and experience and learn from the residents and from each other in a fantastic environment

Residents will also have an active role to play in contributing to the learning and development outcomes for the students and provide valuable feedback to support their progression.

As well as the major health and wellbeing benefits to residents, the project supports the university’s aim of providing studies-centred learning opportunities that are accessible, flexible, inclusive lifelong and the highest quality.



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