Martha is a delightful, chatty 84 year old lady who lives alone and copes relatively well with the assistance of carers. Recently she has become more confused and frail causing concern to her family over her wellbeing.
Martha attended a weekly church event but other than this link, she has no regular social involvement. Martha’s family were concerned that she was in danger of becoming socially isolated and made a referral to Dementia Community Links, to help promote social contact away from her home environment, possibly through day support.
After spending time in getting to know Martha I discussed the benefit of day support, and arranged an accompanied visit to the Leyland Centre’ as this was local to where she lived. Initially Martha was a little apprehensive and had preconceived ideas about day centres, but agreed to visit with me. I knew from the smile on her face when she entered the building that she was pleased with what she was seeing. Time was spent looking at all the facilities and chatting with staff and other service users.
Two weeks later Martha began attending the centre one day a week, with the option to increase her day’s in the future if Martha agreed. The outcome was positive; Martha is enjoying participating in meaningful activities like baking and crafts. Her family know she is in a safe and caring environment, so allowing them a respite day.
“It’s lovely at the day Centre, they are all like me and I’m with friends”