One size does not fit all’ approach wins new fans
Victoria had been Joseph’s carer for many years and the demands on her were steadily growing as Joseph’s Parkinson’s symptoms worsened. Victoria was very anxious about the responsibility, she felt trapped within the house and that she was losing her social connections.She was also concerned about her back, as she was the one who lifted and showered her husband each day. Victoria became quite emotional as she explained to Christine and Belinda that she felt like she was going to have a break down and really needed some time out each week for herself.
“It was very obvious the strain she was under,” said Belinda.
I’m so pleased, I didn’t know this service existed. I really need a break and now I can do Tai Chi, go to the gym and go shopping
Victoria and Joseph now have daily personal support with showering and dressing as well as respite care twice a week to give Victoria a break to go shopping, catch up with friends and go to the gym. The respite also has the added advantage of assisting Joseph with an exercise routine.
“I’m so pleased, I didn’t know this service existed. I really need a break and now I can do Tai Chi, go to the gym and go shopping. I don’t feel like I always have to be there. “We also got a LifeLink Falls Detector. My other big stress is worrying about Joseph falling out of bed or his wheelchair. Now I can be in the garden without having to frequently check him,” said Victoria.Victoria and Joseph are the first clients that Belinda was able to provide with a care package.
“It was obvious the stress the whole family were under, and by listening to their needs, I feel like I have had a direct impact on their life. “I like the idea of empowering older people to make decisions about their own life,” said Belinda.To find out more about At Home Services in your area, please call 1300 763 583.