Carers Case Study

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Carer is caring for husband who is 73 and has severe Parkinson’s disease with early onset of Dementia. Carer’s husband had been in hospital after a fall and had no support in the home other than family. Carer was struggling with the thought of caring for her husband with regards to moving and handling as she was quite frail and her husband was a stocky man. The Carer had always managed with the support of her daughters to care for her husband but after this fall and due to work commitments the Carer was feeling more anxious about her caring role.

Circumstance

Carer had always had an active life with her family and friends however since her husband had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and now with the early onset of Dementia Carer was feeling more and more isolated as she did not want to leave her husband . After the recent fall and stay in hospital she realised that she would need further support to enable her to care for her husband at home.

What impact has/does caring had/have on the carer

Carer was feeling more and more isolated and feeling uneasy about her husband coming home after the fall as she was not sure as to how she was going to cope . Her daughters had their own families and jobs and so Carer was feeling that she did not want them to worry about the situation either. Carer accessed her GP with regards to her own wellbeing.

The Carers Health Worker has supported the carer to access the following services since the initial meeting:

• Peace of Mind 4 Carers Contingency Plan
• Carers Assessment
• Referral to Social Services for OT assessment
• Referral to Social Services for respite
• Referral to Social Services for needs assessment
• Newsletter
• Coffee and Chat Group
• Carers Chat and Talk Helpline
• Lancashire Wellbeing Service
• Sitting in Service
• Welfare Rights (Benefits Check)
• Information regarding Alzheimer’s Society
• Information on Charnley Fold
• Information on Lifeline

The Carer was asked generally about the impact of the meeting with the Carers Health Worker and the following summary details this;

Both Carer and family felt supported and informed about services that were available .Carer used the Chat and Talk Helpline as this was a great way for her to talk about her situation without her feeling she was burdening her family. Lancashire Wellbeing Service was able to support Carer to engage in community groups when a Volunteer from the Sitting in Service supported her. The contingency plan enables the Carer to feel less anxious about her concerns about her becoming ill or if there was an emergency. Benefits check enable d them to access Attendance Allowance which gave them some financial benefits to pay for services. A care package was put in place along with adaptations. Carer felt empowered to be able to maintain her caring role with the reassurance that services are there to access.