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Case Study 5

Introduction

Mr C is in his 70’s and lives alone. He contacted the team on a recommendation from his GP. He was new to the area and requested support with maintaining his independence.

What did the Live Well advisor do?              

On initial review of his needs, Mr C said he had moved to Wakefield two weeks previously. He had lived with his wife abroad until she died a couple of years ago and then he moved back to the UK in a different area.

He became tearful explaining how he still struggled with his mental health following his bereavement and that he had not previously been offered any support and felt lonely and isolated.  He was struggling in his new home due to issues with his mobility which meant he had difficulty bathing and feared if he fell nobody would know. 

Following a conversation, Mr C was referred to bereavement support.  To increase his safety he was referred for a falls pendant alarm, the fire service for smoke alarms and to the handyman service for a keysafe and grab rails in the bathroom.  Local social groups and activities were discussed at length with him and he was given a local social directory.

Mr C was very grateful and expressed feeling amazed at the support that was available in Wakefield, feeling he had made the right choice moving to the area.               

What happened?                   

At his six week review, Mr C expressed how he felt happy and confident in his new home.  He had received bereavement support and was now going to multiple local social activities ranging from coffee mornings and games activities to art groups.  He had also become a befriender himself, providing support to local people who were socially isolated.

He again expressed his thanks and how impressed he was with the range of support available within the district.