Dementia Support Transformed Barbara’s Life

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“My name is ‘Barbara’* and I am the 24/7 carer for my husband ‘Trevor’* who is 65. He was diagnosed with early-onset dementia in January 2012. He had to retire from work at aged 59 due to his diagnosis.

The MindCare Support Worker allocated to Trevor took him on outings which he really enjoyed and they developed a good rapport. As the service was working well and Trevor was happy with the Support Worker, within a few months, I increased the amount of respite… Trevor really looks forward to the Support Worker’s visits.

This has transformed my life as it gives me the opportunity to catch up with friends, but it also gives Trevor the male company that he so misses.

Having the Respite Service has been invaluable. It gives us a break from each other, I don’t feel quite so guilty being able to continue to play golf and have time to myself and I know Trevor really appreciates the time spent with the guys.”

*names changed

Dementia Respite at Home Giving Carer’s a Break

Bromley MindCare Dementia Support Respite at Home provided an average of 217 hours a week of respite in the home to give family carers a break, from April 2016 – 2017.

Flexible care packages include regular daytime and evening respite, extended overnight or weekend respite and programmes to support active lifestyles.

MindCare staff engage clients in a range of stimulating activities during their visits. The Respite at Home service is registered with the Care Quality Commission.

 

MindCare Dementia Support is part of Bromley & Lewisham Mind. Find out more about Bromley & Lewisham Mind services in the Annual Review 2017.