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Helping to get me back on my feet.

A VITAL lifeline for people going through periods of sickness and vulnerability is helping to get them back on their feet.

For pensioner Pauline Firth of Kirkburton, Kirklees Council's rapid response service has been invaluable since she left hospital.

After spending months in hospital with a leg ulcer former nurse Mrs Firth has been left immobile.

While she recovers, carers from the rapid response team are making sure she has proper meals and is able to bathe and dress.

Debra Mallinson, senior pathway and portfolio manager for independent living at the council, said: "The rapid response team deliver support to people across the whole of Kirklees, it's usually in a time of crisis when they are unwell or providing intervention to prevent them going into hospital.

"It's an intervention to help people who need to get back onto their feet and don't need any further support."

The service is provided as a joint service between Kirklees Council and the NHS. The team comprises nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, mental health practitioners and assistant practitioners.

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* RAPID RESPONSE: Home Care Assistant Janine Clarke with Pauline Firth of Kirkburton (JH011211Acare-03)
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 27, 2011
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