Rossendale Case Study - March 2019

Background

Client is an 86 year old gentleman referred to Community Connectors by the Integrated Neighbourhood Team (INT). Client is the main fulltime carer’ for his wife. Client had previously been very socially active but had lost contact with friends and social groups.

INT have arranged for a social assessment and a package of care for his wife, and requested support for client with gaining some social inclusion again.

A phone call was made to the client and an initial assessment was arranged. During the assessment the reason for the referral was confirmed and additional information on his health and wellbeing was identified.

Needs

Client felt he would benefit from some ‘me time’ whilst paid carers sat with his wife

Client has some mobility issues and unable to walk long distances.

He had previously enjoyed a lot of sport activities but felt that this was no longer an option and would like to find new hobbies and interest.

Action Taken

At the assessment several options of groups and activities were discussed. Client felt he would like to visit The Man Shed and stay for a session.

A visit was arranged for two weeks’ time, and support given to attend the group – Man Shed.

Client was referred to Communicars, for future transport needs to attend the group.

Outcomes

Client enjoyed the session and asked for weekly support until he felt able to engage and attend alone.

He actively join in with activities and stated he thoroughly enjoyed his time there, he conversed with other gentlemen at the group, and contributed to new projects.

Client Comments

“I feel I have a purpose other than my role as a care”

“I haven’t enjoyed working so hard since I retired, it felt good”

“I worry about my wife when I’m not with her, but I’m eager to tell her what I have done, when I return. The group is good for us both”