Recently, a coworker told me a story in relation to an individual in his household which definitely gave me some food for proposal. He told me on how one of his Uncles had started to show a few signs that he may possibly no longer be competent to subsist on his own - in his own family, that he had been living in for over forty years. The gentleman had been regarding his own for quite various time and had previously experienced no difficulty with his conundrum (as a minimum none of that his immediate family members were sentient of). Now nonetheless, he was beginning to encounter some serious problems with even a few additional mundane tasks which many of us would just take for granted; such things as going up as well as down the stairs between floors in his household had at this time become a conundrum for him, as had making the daily trip from his domicile to the local coffee shop, only few blocks away. The almost daily visit to the coffee shop was a staple of his social calender but at this time whenever he would attempt the stroll over he would discover himself feeling too fatigued and unsteady on his feet to actually make the journey.
The effects of these fresh and increasing restrictions on the subject of his personal mobility were beginning to have a serious impact vis-à-vis the older man's spirits as well as his perceive of personal pride; in addition there were signs that he was starting to enjoy a degree of depression, and showing signs which his physical health could be at risk because of his prevailing challenges: my coworker told me how his uncle was beginning to look a bit thin as if he was losing weight. He believed that it was likely which his Uncle, now largely unable to go out and do his own grocery shopping as he had continually done before, was showing the ill effects of not being capable to keep a sufficiently stocked pantry in his household as well as as a result was at this time not eating a healthy diet about a daily basis. For sure also with food in the home, it was possible that he had lost much of his appetite from depression.
Evidently the onset of this conundrum had the immediate family members assesing the situatioon, and apparently they had reached the point (no doubt with a degree of mounting concern) where they were seriously considering the merits of having him relocated to a community care facility, to ensure that his condition did not deteriorate any additional. the other bona fide concern however, was how well the single would react to this proposal (in short, how would he take it?) as well as how well would he ultimately adapt to the change in his personal setting?
There was obviously much stress and concern involved with this challenging dillemmna and a awkward decision ot be made, it would seem. Obviously it was one of those times when there was a decision to be made that everybody involved wished they did not have to make it.
It was at this point that an additional home member suggested which the family consider exploring the chance that the older gentleman might actually be competent to get by without being relocated to any kind of care facility or instead assisted living challenge; it was observed which, pending an assesment of his dillemmna by the reasonable health services representative, it could very well be possible that he could instead be capable to remian in his modern household if he were to receieve an sufficient level of household support services as well as the installation of the right mobility aids in his household.
After the interview with the gentleman as well as an assessment of his challenge, it was recommended which he would likely benefit as much - if not more from setting up a regular ongoing arrangement with a community care support agency to
have a schedule ready up for having support workers come in to his home and help with certain of his increased challenging daily activities of living, such as getting the laundry done and maintaining the abode both outside and in. In addition, it was decided that the man in question would additionally benefit greatly from having a chair lifts for stairs installed in his family to assist him regain access to the upper floor of his family. The assesment additionally called for him to start using a mobility scooter so that he could continue to partake of his customary routine, meaning which such activities as going shopping for groceries and even just going out for coffee could then again be doable for him.
When I first heard news that the gentleman in question was being given this chance to maintain his own personal dignity and independence to continue living his life in familiar surroundings, i was quite cheered to hear it. It was sounding like a more positive option had probably been located. It sounded like the closest thing to a 'win-win' dilemma that someone involved was likely to find.
The concluding I heard, most of the recommendations had been acted upon or instead followed up and my coworker's uncle was now enjoying a much greater standard of living. Apparfently his state of mind had improved greatly as well as he was no longer showing any possible signs of depression, and had even suggested to those close to him which he was sense better concerning his own personal situation than he had in over a year. It was apparently quite an eye opener for those close to him to hear how his standard of living might be so well maintained or instead in large part also improved upon with the timely setting up of a few relevant mobility aids like a stairway chair lift, as well as a weekly schedule of visits from domestic support workers.
And to be honest, it would have been quite an eye opener for me, too, if I was not already concerned in the community care sector. Instead I think of it as just another example of why I feel appropriate on the subject of the support services offered in my community.