Archie and June, a couple in their eighties, were worried about how they were going to manage in the future.
Their health and mobility was deteriorating, leaving them feeling unsafe and unconfident to leave their home. They felt very isolated and to make things worse, Archie was diagnosed with dementia. He could not do things that he used to take for granted, like driving and managing money and was at a very low ebb. He sat at home depressed, did not go out, did not wash, change his clothes or shave.
The Help & Care Advocate assisted Archie and June to claim all the benefits they were entitled to and then helped them to put the money to good use! The Advocate supported them to access help with cleaning and laundry, set up a telephone emergency call line and a meal delivery service. The Advocate supported Archie to attend a social group and accessed community transport schemes to get him there.
The Advocate also supported June to register with the Carers Service so she got specific support which included the Carers Short Break Service so she could have some time to herself.
As a result of the Advocate’s input, Archie had a new lease of life, felt happier, safer, more confident and back in control. June felt re-charged and less stressed.
June said, “If only I’d known about this earlier”
Archie said, ‘I don’t know what we would have done without Help & Care – we can’t thank you enough’.