We were contacted by a lady, Patricia, whose husband Anthony (a retired naval officer), had had a stroke the year before.
She was caring for him, and had helped him a long way along the road to recovery, but was exhausted. She needed a break and wanted to go and stay with her daughter for a fortnight. Anthony did not want to go into a residential home while she was away.
Anthony was nervous about being cared for by someone who wasn’t his wife. Patricia was nervous about leaving her husband in someone else’s care.
As well as this, she was scared that he might refuse to have someone else look after him at the last minute and she’d have to cancel her much-needed break.
The booking co-ordinator from Christies Care identified a carer who had previously been in the navy, so had an obvious link with the client. The carer arrived the day before Patricia was due to leave, so that she could get to know and be liked by both of them.
Patricia left, had a great holiday, came back refreshed and Anthony had got on well with his carer. In fact, they’ve booked their next respite break when this carer is next available in 6 month’s time.