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“Every day is changing”

Jean lives a very busy full life, working full time and caring for her Husband Derek who has Alzheimer’s.
Every Monday and Friday Derek attends a support group.
“This is when I get to all my jobs and catch up on things I need to.”
Because Jean is so busy, she really debates on taking some time for herself.
“Should I go along for cuppa, or not?”
“Go on have an hour.”
And we are so happy Jean decided to take the time for herself to join us for a cuppa and a chat.
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.
“Every day is changing.”
“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.
If you feel as though you would benefit from a cuppa and chat with a Community Outreach team you can pop along to our Coffee Morning on a Monday (except bank holidays) 10am – 11:30am at the Chester-le-Street Parish Centre, Church Chair, DH3 3QB.
If you would like to learn more about our Community Outreach Services and how to contact the team please visit our Community Outreach page.

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