82-year old Don* suffers from Parkinson’s Disease. This, along with arthritis and a heart condition meant Don was very shaky on his feet, and could only walk for short distances.
It was increasingly painful for Don to continue to maintain his home and do his shopping. He couldn’t walk for a long time or carry heavy items. Although he was alright caring for himself, it was the little everyday things around the house which were getting too difficult for him.
Getting by with a little help
The Helping Hands assessor who talked to Don at his home found he was proud of his independence, but fearful that he would be made to leave his home as he was finding things a little difficult around the house.
Following an assessment, Don was introduced to Helping Hands Hope Assistant Mike*, who visited for 3 hours every week and helped Don with his housework, laundry and shopping and other things that needed to be done, like changing the bed linen and undertaking a good spring clean of the house.
Mike also noticed that Don was becoming very frustrated because his trousers were too big for him, and he couldn’t manage to go out to buy a new pair. While he out doing Don’s grocery shopping, the Helping Hand bought Don a new belt – a small gesture, but one which Don was immensely pleased about.
The Helping Hands service ensured Don could remain independent in the home he loved, but also offered a measure of comfort and friendship that improved Don’s wellbeing.
Speaking about Mike and the assistance we received from Helping Hands, Don said:
“I enjoy the time we spend together. He assisted me with so much more. We ended up being good mates.”
*names have been changed
*picture is for illustrative purposes only