John was 91 years old and the carer for his wife, who had dementia. John had fallen at home. His wife was in hospital but ready to be discharged home. Although John missed her, he didn't know how he was going to cope. He made repeated attempts to talk to someone about his concerns at the hospital, but felt that nobody was listening to him.
Our Advocacy and Support Worker installed a careline for John and also arranged a meeting at the hospital to discuss John's concerns about his wife. As a result, Maureen was reassessed as needing a care home placement.
Whilst funding for Maureen was being decided, John continued to feel that he was not being kept informed of his wife's medical situation. Another meeting was requested and at this the Consultant advised John that the prognosis was not good and his wife may not make it to a care home. Our Advocacy and Support Worker supported John to write a letter expressing what he felt would be his wife's wishes about her treatment. She also referred him to Bournemouth Society for the Visually Impaired for counselling through the impending bereavement.
Maureen's condition improved, however, and she was discharged to a Care Home. The advocacy worker enabled John's involvement in the process and also gave him practical support to make his wife's room as 'homely' as possible.