Muriel (86) who is recently bereaved and fairly mobile, has lots of friends and enjoys having them over for tea every week.
However, Muriel is partially sighted, and as a result of this needs that little bit of help to make sure the house is clean and presentable as she is a very proud woman.
After assessment by the Health and Social Care Trust, Muriel was offered help with showering and getting in and out of bed. This would have resulted in the provision of approximately 10 hours of care per week.
However, Muriel felt able to do these tasks herself and simply wanted someone to tidy the house and make sure her worktops were clean and presentable for her friends coming to tea. This would have resulted in no more than 5 hours per week. The HSCT could not offer the service that Muriel wanted as it was deemed to be low level.
As a result, Muriel no longer felt able to invite her friends round to tea and she became increasingly socially isolated to the point where she eventually needed residential care.
Under Age NI’s vision Muriel would have been able to secure that little bit of help as it recognised her aspirations for herself and she would have maintained her independence for longer, requiring less support and enjoying a higher quality of life.
Muriel's story illustrates how the provision of social care as a preventative tool would not only cost less, but would have delivered a better outcome for the individual.
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