Providing much needed respite care
Mr W was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease five years ago. His condition has progressively deteriorated and his daughter, Mrs M, who is his main carer, has found that looking after him 7 days a week was taking its toll on her. As a result, Mrs M looked into respite care for her father at a nearby day centre.
Mr W went along for a couple of sessions but did not like the day centre. As a result, Mrs M contacted us and we offered to provide the respite care in Mr W’s own home. Mr W preferred the idea of a male carer, mainly for a bit of male company, so we arranged for David to go round to Mr W’s house every Friday. The two spend time at Mr W’s house but also go out together round town, to the park and to the pub.
Both Mrs M and Mr W are feeling a sense of relief from having a bit of space from each other.