E. G. was in hospital for 2 months recovering from operation. He needed to be discharged with 24 / 7 care and he had no family around. E. G. was an accountant in a popular family business before retirement.
E. G. had an elderly friend who was no longer able to look after him. He had a nephew who lived 60 miles away. E. G. had a very lonely life and no visitors. He didn't like to socialize and refused any help from family and friends.
With a Live in carer E. G. was able to be discharged from hospital and get back home where he wanted to be. E. G. was very happy to be in his loved home. We fulfilled his wishes. He was afraid to stay alone.
E. G. felt loved and very well looked after in his last days of his life. He didn't feel lonely, he had company and talked about his life and his memories. E. G. was able to eat his favourite meals home cooked by the carer. He was happy. His nephew was relieved and very grateful that someone will look after Mr E.G. Also his elderly friend was coming for a chat only without worrying about preparing meals and assisting with housework and shopping. Mr G's GP was constantly kept informed. Without live in care, he would stay in the hospital or be moved to a nursing home which were not his wishes. There he would not be given the choice to eat his favourite meals, the meals wouldn't be home cooked. He wouldn't have his friend visiting daily.
Mr A. B. lived with his wife in a house next to his daughter's. His daughter had a farm for turkeys and was very busy with the business over Christmas. Daughter couldn't look after them and found a rest home for them for a short term
The daughter was their main carer. Being unable to do so for the Christmas period she had to put them in a residential home where they were not happy and she had to bring them back home in 1 week. Without us that wouldn't be possible.
Mr A. B. was so happy to be back home. He felt much more secure, loved and comfortable. His wellbeing improved dramatically and he felt our carer as part of the family. He enjoyed activities like games, favourite movies, books and songs.
The carer organized friend’s gatherings and cooked for all. They played bridge and she took them to play bingo. The carer escorted them for Christmas shopping, she took them out to have meals in their favourite restaurants and listened to Christmas Carols together. The daughter was over the moon to be able to work without worries for her parents. She went to Scotland with her family for Christmas for a week - something that never happened before and left Care Worker to celebrate with Mr and Mrs A. B.. They wouldn't stay in the residential home, the daughter had to struggle and look after them, leaving her busy farm business behind. She had a nervous breakdown unable to cope with the stress, so understandably the family were all are very delighted, when circumstances changed.
H. D. lives alone in a 3 storey house. He is a widower - his wife died in June 2015. Mr H. D. has no children. He has a nephew living in Dorset. H. D. worked as an aviation consultant before he retired and has been in the aviation industry all his life.
Mr H. D. was quite anxious, particularly when he got stressed. He was confused and disorientated, especially during the night. Sometimes he would get up during the night and get ready to go out thinking he has an appointment or assignment.
H. D. was still grieving for his wife. He was emotional and tearful at times. The Live in carer helped him to regain his will to live and to be motivated to continue doing things for himself. The carer cheered him up when he was upset.
The carer has developed some good strategies to help him communicate better-describing the object if he cannot remember the name, using gestures or writing etc. The carer encouraged him to go out and escorted him to local shops. The care worker assisted with attending medical appointments. They reported his Mental Health and all other concerns to his GP. If he were not in his home, his health would deteriorate and he would feel lost. To be in place where he lived with his wife helped him to feel nearer to her and in a way still with her. This helped him get over his depression.
Mr J. B. lived with his wife. His daughter lived nearby and was visiting regularly. The daughter had to take care of mum who was in hospital for a major operation. Mr J. B. was confused and at risk to himself if left alone.
Their daughter was struggling with balancing care for her elderly parents and work. Stressed and worried about mum in hospital and dad at home not able to take his medication, being disorientated and wondering at night looking for his wife.
Mr J. B. was very well looked after by ourlive in care worker. He felt the carer was his friend. The care worker ensured that Mr J. B. is clean, well dressed, had his meals, plenty of fluids, medication and a good night sleep. The carer ensured that Mr J. B. is safe and comfortable at all time
J. B. was able to go out daily to the local pub and meet friends. He was also able to visit his wife in the hospital. He attended a few hospital appointments with his care worker and even had friends visiting. Mr J. B. and his carer often discussed newspapers, sport, politics etc. The daughter was very much relieved that her dad is in safe hands. She relied on the live in care worker to call an ambulance for emergency and to make decisions about his dad. Mr J. B.’s wife was also very happy that he is well and safe. J. B. refused to go in a residential home. If he was left alone at home, he could be at risk of his own safety and the safety of the community. His wife was in hospital for a long time and his daughter was unable to stay with him 24 / 7 for 4 weeks.
Mrs S. V. lived alone. She has a partner who visited her regularly. She had visits with us 3 times a day. One day her daughter called us terrified of her mom drinking some cleaning stuff, and she wanted to find a restful home for her mother.
The daughter was visiting when she could, but having her medical issues herself it became impossible to stay with Mrs S. V. 24/7. Her daughter called the GP who advised that S. V. cannot be left alone. The daughter asked us for advice and help.
Mrs S. V. and her partner did not want to look for a care home as they wanted to stay independent as much as possible. Mrs S. V. is much calmer now, she is cheerful, eats and sleeps well, she is not as confused now having our reassurance.
Mrs S. V. likes her privacy when her partner visits. She goes out with the care worker to the local community club for lunch and performs other activities there encouraged by the carer. Mrs S. V. is enabled to participate in cooking and she enjoys having guest around. Her daughter said that we've put her mind in rest. She wanted to find a care home for her mom but now she stopped looking for one as she can see the difference in her mother’s life we are making. Mrs S. V.’s partner is also thrilled and grateful. S. V. was at risk for her own safety and for her life if left unsupervised. A residential home would have been an option, but Mrs S. V. was reluctant to go in a home. If she had no live in carers, her health would dramatically deteriorate and she wouldn't feel happy.