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“FIFTY-SIX years ago, Mel Charles was the new owner of a Brazilian football shirt. He had been given it by a young Brazil striker whose goal knocked Wales out of the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.The striker, Pele, rated Mel as the best defender of the tournament.

Time has marched on and Mel, 79, is now a resident at the April Court Care Home in Swansea’s St Helen’s Road. Mel is one of 70-plus residents at April Court. Sitting in her bedroom upstairs is another, Wendy Mills, who arrived from Singleton Hospital two years ago after suffering four strokes in quick succession.”People like to say they want to be in their own house, but for safety reasons this nursing home is the best place to be,” she says.

LYNNE Cullen has been the registered manager at April Court for the last four years. When asked, Lynne admits it is in a care home’s interest to be as full as possible. But she adds: “Standard of care is the most important thing.” Welsh care inspectors visited last October and concluded that residents “were treated with respect and dignity”.”-South Wales Evening Post, July 08 2014