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A documentary about care for elderly Deaf people

A documentary that looks at care provision in England for three elderly Deaf people. Beatrice has been living alone since her son died and looks forward to visits from her SignHealth worker. Stephen is in his 90s and would like to live in a residential home but is torn between choosing a care home in London near his friends or the nearest home for Deaf people, which is in Kent. Meanwhile, Alan, who has Parkinson's, has moved into Wynfield House, a care home for Deaf people in Blackpool, where his wife visits three times a week.  Directed by Camilla Arnold, filmed and produced by Louis Neethling for Mutt & Jeff Pictures - www.muttandjeffpictures.com

SignHealth has set up an email address for anyone who has questions about care for elderly Deaf people following this programme: whocares@signhealth.co.uk

Stephen Pink, who features in this documentary, passed away in the summer of 2013. You can read a tribute to him by Deaf filmmaker Joe Collins by clicking here. Beatrice, who also featured in the film, passed away in May 2014.

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  • This is heartbreaking. As I get older and my these things start to become a reality. There are no deaf care homes in my part of the country, Scotland. I already know of deaf people in care homes and there is no support for them. A care worker did not even know how to change a ladies hearing aid battery. Elderly deaf in the community get on as best they can as many of them have no access to services *tears*
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    160824
  • Hi, I am deaf. I understand that I am shocked that deaf elderly are low and without help but my family from Africa cos my grandmother and my granddad are still storng as support them. I need to support deaf elderly in London as I feeling same deaf elderly that's important. Can you send me for deaf elderly as want to know for information. Thanks 
    Posted on
    160311
  • That's so lovely and good idea for old people care home for the deaf people , That's brilliant.. I know most deaf old people like chat with BSL group... plus staff too.. I would love work there.. I'm still work in Carer and support worker with deaf people. I wish in Cambridgeshire will have new deaf home carer for the old people i will love it... xxx
    Posted on
    151002
  • watched this documentary and was saddened as there are so many deaf people in the world but few deaf care homes! I am a CODA (child of deaf adult) and worry about the future for my deaf parents.
    I am also wanting to help 2 deaf friends find work and think that there would be a fantastic opportunity for them to help other deaf people. Could anyone tell me where there are deaf care homes/residential homes in the Bradford/Leeds West Yorkshire area.
    Thanks in advance
    Posted on
    150818
  • Hi my name is Danny Murphy my age 11 that movie make me heart broken because poor old people hard life. So I hope Beatrice was okay and keep happy. Please tell me today how are they ?
    Posted on
    150710
  • this breaks me heart.
    Posted on
    150709
  • I kept crying and crying...

    The children should take care of their parents.

    But this programme is different - I understand about Breatice and Stephen situation.

    This video must show the world see how fragile and alone elderly deaf people who suffered.

    The time had much changed, no one care about elderly people.

    I hope it shows to get better for deaf people in the future.

    I
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    150401
  • i feel sorry about old deaf peole live on own i never agree deaf people put in old people house with bsl my husband pass away i live on own and ready very lonely but good job i always go to my family house for keep me busy
    Posted on
    141023
  • thank you for this video. Grandmothers/grandfathers/old people are so beautiful. I'm so sad to see there's not enough deaf homes for all of them in get in if they need a home & carers. Well done. Unfortunately, a bit disappointed as there's no subtitles when a lady in this video has spoken, without bsl (the scene where she drove and spoke at the same time).
    Posted on
    141020
  • Its deplorable that the deaf elderly are overlooked, but are we really surprised? Look how the elderly in general are treated in this country! As usual, it will take members of the public to make life easier and less lonely for the vulnerable
    because it isn't financially viable for this or any other government to care about. I would give my time volunteering or would love to work within a sector that supports our deaf elderly. Shame on Britain (certainly isn't great!)
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    141020
  • I felt so sorry for some of the elderly deaf people in this documentary, old age can be lonely for a lot of people but I think its harder for the deaf with not enough people signing. I am partially deaf and wear hearing aids and I am doing my BSL Level 2 so when I improve on my signing, this film has made me want to help other elderly deaf people.
    Posted on
    140616
  • aww..... This make me Think about my Grandma (not deaf) she is 93 now and she in care home and her care home are Lovely and big so I sometime see her but always make me feel sad....but I will always remember my grandma she lovely and happy.
    p.s I am deaf.
    Posted on
    140520
  • I stumbled across this film while looking for videos to help me prepare for my BSL 201 exam - oh my goodness!

    I am currently a teacher in a secondary school, but also an ex nurse, and it just makes me want to renew my registration and open a nursing home for deaf people and try and improve my signing skills, so that we can all communicate effectively and residents be cared for in an appropriate environment.

    I'm sure there are lots of people like me who would be happy to visit deaf people on a regular basis, maybe do a few errands, or just try and chat a bit - but how do we find them, and how do they find us?

    My last point has got to be -What on earth is our government doing about this dreadful situation? I am not looking forward to growing old, but my goodness, I feel for elderly deaf people having watched this, and wonder if anyone is doing anything to campaign better care?
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    131127
  • A sensitive, powerful and beautiful film, very sad and poignant.
    Posted on
    131107
  • this programme is so powerful but its quite heartbreaking..i wish i could do volunteer but its very far...
    Posted on
    131003
  • This is a very well made programme. Absolutely heartbreaking and brought tears to my eyes. This programme has made a real difference as I have spoken to a few people about this and they are now going to volunteer by visiting deaf people in their homes. I certainly will be doing the same. A very well done to the researchers, producers and all those involved in making the programme.
    Posted on
    130717
  • I cant see the keyboard, what a moving video, I am profoundly deaf and hadnt thought about old age till now, very scary!
    Posted on
    130717
  • hi iam deaf and this flims make me very emotional and tears...my heart pouring out to them....i do very understand it arent fair for any deaf eldery send to care home with full of hearing,, cos it will cause any deaf eldery very distress,,,unpleasure,,,no joy..and can lead into depressment and lonely....

    i do very keen visting any deaf eldery home and having chats with them,,,i u stand some perfer want to stay where they belong and thier memory home feeling comfortable.....i would be very happy if u want my help to visting any lonely deaf eldery home.....cos iam very caring for other.....

    my heart pour out to beatrice and very understanding why she perfer staying in her home where she belong......bless her.....

    i hope to god in the future building up more care home for the deaf eldery and it will make them happy and nice company and loads chats to life thier sprirts high.........very heart breaking in this flims...i would be the same i wouldnt like go to care home with full of hearing......

    god bless them thinking of beatrice.......
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    130717
  • Hi there

    We are based in Keighley, Bradford and other local areas here to help your client group, we have advertised for sign health care workers for home visits after seeing this documentary.

    If we can help in any way in our area in West Yorkshire please let us know , we also specialise in people from ethnic minorities too, so we understand the cultural issues too.

    Regards
    Aziz
    Posted on
    130601
  • Not looking forward to old age....need to get commissioning right from health & social care prospective and where is the community support????......have we forgotten how to care Britain!!!!!!
    Posted on
    130601
  • A very moving documentary, you feel compelled to want to help in some form or fashion. I myself am taking up ASL in college and was unaware of this culture of people, the stresses of the challenged comminication and to see it compounded with the stress of aging... now that is just beyond heartbreaking. An Agony... really.
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    130601
  • John and I agreed that deaf elderly people should be happy in Care home for deaf people it is an important for those deaf elderly people communicate with new friend, and confidence. We feel sorry for deaf old lady lives alone in her home with no relative.
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    130601
  • What a wonderful film. What a difficult choice Stephen has to make! And I think Alan's wife is SO brave. She remains so cheerful. This is the real meaning of 'til death us do part'. I hope I can be half what she is when my husband is older and wobbly!
    Posted on
    130601
  • Outstanding production, such a touching film. Really makes me think about my own Deaf parents and their future.
    Posted on
    130527
  • my heart goes out to those deaf elderly, something must be done to have more old people homes for the deaf and that they dont have to move too far away. I would volunteer if i lives near them.
    Posted on
    130527
  • I am very interesting watch but it is very sad and make me crying . I agree with people what they says.

    Posted on
    130527

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