How we've helped...
It is a long time since Friendly Homecare first introduced one of their team of carers to us. Seamlessly, as the need became greater with my husband’s frailty, other ones joined us – each contributing their particular qualities, but all of them qualified to make life in our own home, lived as nearly as possible, in our own way.
The last heart-breaking months of my husband’s life with Alzheimer’s was still managed with compassion and humour, whatever the difficulties. Now, on my own at 100 years old and needing help with two hearing aids, painting professionally is what keeps me sane. It is the carer with her manifold capabilities, among them dealing tactfully on the telephone, that makes time in my studio possible.
I am grateful for all the help, forethought and attention to my wants as well as my needs. I cannot imagine how other frail ‘elderlies’ having to rely on the homecare available on the NHS, can safely be living at home on their own.
When circumstances have changed and a new ‘carer’ is introduced, there has been sufficient flexibility and trial given to match a newcomer with my, no doubt, eccentric expectations.