Homecare’s client George, 85, was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease at age of 79. Although elderly, George had an active and illness-free life so this news came as a huge shock to George and it had a great impact on his family. George’s wife was the first to notice small signs such as his hands starting to shake even when he was asleep or at rest. This led to a visit to their GP who made his diagnosis of “Parkinsons” disease.
Over time George’s mobility decreased and he found even his fine motor skills were affected - to which he could no longer put his shoes on or button up his shirt. Even using a knife and fork became a tremendous task. His wife was no longer able to cope and Care Assistants from Homecare Independent Living were placed to assist and promote George’s independence four times daily.
George and his wife had lost their independence and they had almost become controlled by the disease. With the Homecare carers assisting and putting their ICARE values into practice, George regained his independence and even gained confidence. The carers informed George of the Parkinsons Disease Society who have support in place for clients and they also offer support for their families, information meetings with Parkinsons Disease Consultants, days outs and dinner dances.
George said “I now live with Parkinsons rather than being controlled by Parkinsons. I felt that it was time to give up as I had no quality of life. With the help of Homecare Independent Living care staff I felt empowered with their assistance and knowledge. I had felt a burden to my wife and they have taken that burden off my wife, enabling us to have quality time together”
George and his wife call their carers “Angels who have not yet received their wings” as he said “they were a gift.”