Technology helps overseas relatives bid farewell to Camelot Care resident

Vic as a young man

Web technology has helped bring overseas relatives together to celebrate the life of a Camelot Care resident.

Staff at specialist dementia care home Camelot House and Lodge worked closely with funeral directors Thomas Brothers to help relatives of Hilton ‘Vic’ Lobert living in South America and Australia share his funeral via a web cam live feed.

Richard Dempslake, activities co-ordinator at Camelot House and Lodge, said: “It was a privilege to make sure Vic had a good send-off, especially since his relatives are all so far away overseas.

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“From the minute he came into our care, he was a joy to work with – a quiet but lovely man, very polite and gentle, with a warm smile and a perennial twinkle in his eye.

“Vic’s family were so grateful to see their loved one get the farewell he deserved, and they were touched to receive a recording of the service on DVD.

“We’d like to say a huge thank-you to Thomas Brothers for the co-operative way they worked with us throughout – it was very important to all of us that Vic should have a fitting send-off.”

Richard liaised closely with members of Vic’s family, and they asked him to read a eulogy on their behalf at his funeral.

Camelot Care were winners in the End of Life Care category in the 2017 Care Focus South West Awards for the outstanding quality of care provided at Camelot House and Lodge. The group also runs dementia care homes in Plymouth, Bridgwater and Yeovil. Further details are available at www.camelotcare.co.uk

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