Jean came along to our Hospice Hub drop in and shared with the group what she finds particularly challenging as someone who cares for someone living with Alzheimer’s, which is the lack of signposting and support – particularly regarding finances.
“And from the point of diagnosis, your left alone to figure it out.”
Jean’s openness and honesty really helped the team to understand what support and signposting would best help Jean and Derek.
Jean told us all about Derek and described him as a very hands-on man, because of his career as an electrical engineer and his love for that hasn’t changed since his diagnosis.
Listening to Jean and learning about Derek helped our team to recommend sessions at the @St Margaret’s Centre where they have a well-equipped workshop for those who enjoy working with their hands!
We also signposted Jean to our Community Outreach Carers support groups where you are welcome to come as you are or with your loved one living with Alzheimer’s.
Not only did speaking with Jean show the team what support and signposting is missing but most importantly it allowed Jean the space and time to speak her mind in a safe and welcoming environment. We appreciate everything Jean had to share, and we hope that Jean continues to win that internal battle and visits us again for a cuppa and a chat.
Since then Jean has also spoken to the Durham Mental Well-being Alliance who dropped in to our Hospice Hub Coffee Morning to provide support and advice for our guests.