Roger started caring for his wife Anne when she was diagnosed with dementia. After more than 10 years of caring and looking after her, Roger and Anne were separated when Anne went into a care home.
The sudden lack of company and responsibilities made Roger feel really lonely and depressed. He missed having Anne at home, and he even missed the visits from care workers which gave him someone to chat and have a joke with. Sometimes he went two or three days without speaking or seeing anyone.
Roger's daughter found out about Help & Care and gave our Gateway Team a call. We provided her with information about social and support groups for Roger. We also referred Roger to our telephone befriending service so that he could receive a weekly telephone call from one of our volunteers and have a chat.
“Help & Care made a real difference to my quality of life. At that time I was feeling really depressed, and joining the local support group helped me take up some new activities and enjoy life again. I also look forward to the volunteer’s call every week, we talk about gardening and reading, our common passions.” – Roger.
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