Sharing a little sunshine

This page is dedicated to hosting all of our inspiring, ‘real life’ stories from our colleagues and partners across the Partnership and how they’re working together to create a more caring, healthier, safer Edinburgh.

Since early October, Home Energy Scotland has been supporting the people of Edinburgh in vaccination clinics helping and supporting them to save money on their bills to keep warm for less this winter.

To date, they have helped 870 households in this way and are following up with 169 more people who have indicated they need further support.

Jamie Gray, Home Energy Scotland Centre Manager has said, “once again the support our advisors have received from NHS staff at these sites has been invaluable, and the reception from patients overwhelmingly positive. Sadly, more people than ever are worrying about their fuel bills, but Home Energy Scotland are grateful to have this opportunity to support them through their strong partnership with the NHS Lothian.”

NHS Lothian has worked with Home Energy Scotland for a number of years and have supported many vulnerable people like Rita, who lives in a 1980’s ground floor flat in Edinburgh. You can read Rita’s story below.

Rita Walker is 69 and lives alone in a 1980s ground floor flat in Edinburgh which she
owns. She has poor mobility.

Rita met Tara, one of our Home Energy Scotland advisors, when we were working through the pandemic to support the NHS at their outdoor flu clinics. We were there to talk to patients who were finding it hard to heat their home or worried about their fuel bills and supporting them to stay warm in their homes for less over the winter. Rita told Tara that she was really worried and stressed about issues surrounding the direct debit she had with her energy supplier. She was in poor health and felt unable to sort it out on her own, so Tara arranged for one of our team to call Rita that week to provide in depth support. Another of our advisors, Rose, phoned Rita to check in on how she was and to find out more about her situation and what we could offer in the way of advice and support.

Rita said “When I spoke to Tara and Rose I hadn’t been able to read my meter, and I was getting estimated bills because my energy supplier hadn’t been sending out meter readers due to the pandemic restrictions. This meant that incorrect readings were being used and my direct debit was increased from £30 a month to £86. I knew that I wasn’t using as much as that because I worry about my bills, so try not to use much energy in my home.”
Rita was referred to one of our Home Energy Scotland Energy Carers, Caroline, who called Rita to talk through the issue she had with her energy bills. Caroline managed to set up a 3-way call between herself, Rita and the supplier, so that Rita had support on the call. The direct debit was reduced to £54 per month and Rita now has a £200 credit on her bills, so a very successful outcome.

Rose also referred Rita for Warmer Homes Scotland so she could get support with better heating and insulation for her home, and set up for the survey to be carried out on 12th November to find out what could be offered. Rita said, “I was so excited when I was offered new storage heaters, secondary glazing, a new door and draughtproofing. They will really help to reduce my bills!” On top of this, Rose referred Rita to the Priority Services Register, which is a free service provided by energy suppliers and network operators to customers in need.

Rita said, “I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, as I didn’t feel able to do anything about the situation myself and the support from Home Energy Scotland has made such a big change to my life. The constant worry has been taken away, I’m sleeping better and I’ve not felt this good in a long time. It was great to be a part of the three way call that Caroline set up because I could listen into what was happening and how she managed to sort out my issue.”

We’re delighted to announce that our partners, Libertus have been shortlisted in the category ‘Social Innovation’ for the European Social Services Awards 2021.

The European Social Services Awards (ESSA) recognise innovation and excellence in social services, shining a spotlight on successful new approaches and the extraordinary ongoing work done within health and social care.

Libertus, an Edinburgh based charity dedicated to supporting people to live independently at home, has been shortlisted for its LiberActive programme. This new and exciting programme connects vulnerable people across Edinburgh allowing them to join in on fun and enjoyable social activities from the comfort of their own home or from the Libertus Centre. This innovative programme reduces social isolation and allows them to participate in a wide range of enjoyable activities with their friends and peers.

Libertus is the only UK entry in this category, with only one other UK entry across all award categories, so this is a fantastic achievement in itself.

Please do show your support and vote.

We know that our colleagues across the partnership are doing incredible things every day to help care for the people of Edinburgh. When Jean suffered a stroke, our colleagues at the Longstone Rehabilitation Centre helped her overcome obstacles to build back her confidence and introduced her to some adjustments which helped her on her journey back to work. You can read Jean’s story below.

My name is Jean age 64 and had my stroke in 2017, closely followed by 3 TIAs which took place almost every year. This left me with right sided hearing loss and I now wear a hearing aid, have cognitive problems and slight weakness on left side.

I received help from the Longstone Rehabilitation Centre in Edinburgh. Every stroke patient in my books, should have a centre like this, because if I did not have the friendly staff support there I probably would not be here.

I was off work for about 9 months, and had a phased returned to work for a further 4 months, helped by Stuart and Cait who did an assessment of my work station, and they both had regular meetings with me and regular meetings with my Line Manager.

When I first went back to work, frustration and fatigue played a major part in my life. The frustration came from me having to re-train in my job, a position in which I held for 9 years at that time. The fatigue came as I would overdo things trying to get back to normality as I called it.

I also needed to stop staff coming in and out of my office as often, and the noise levels would build up and it would get too much. I now wear headphones to compensate the noise levels. My work also allows me to walk away from my desk when it gets too much.

Every time I have to learn a new procedure, the frustration would build again as I am so much slower when learning. My work has been good and does not put pressure on me, but I always put the pressure on myself.

With the peer group at Longstone and courses to help with the fatigue, Brain training games and Mindfulness courses they have kept me going.

I hope this information will help others.


As restrictions continue to lift we’re delighted to share Thrive Edinburgh: Physical Activity and Greenspace Collective.

Funded through Thrive Edinburgh they have been working together with Edinburgh Leisure, SAMH, Edinburgh and the Lothians Greenspace Trust and Cyrenians with one common aim – to use the power of physical activity and greenspaces to help people across Edinburgh with mental health conditions to recover, say well and live fulfilling lives.

The Physical Activity and Greenspace Collective have placed their venues, services and activity groups on an interactive map.  This includes information on how to make referrals and opening times.

This is a great initiative and we hope our Edinburgh citizens love it as much as we do.

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How one support group for unpaid carers provides help

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VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) is a Scottish charity, based in Edinburgh and Midlothian, that provides support to unpaid carers through individual support, information, training and access to services. They support carers ‘whether defined by kinship, partnership, friendship, affection or obligation’.

The VOCAL team has extensive expertise in helping carers secure Power of Attorney on behalf of those who wish this to be arranged or for whom it is needed – whether this follows a recent diagnosis of illness such as dementia or cancer, or perhaps involves a parent wishing to empower their children should they as parents become incapacitated in future and unable to make decisions for themselves.

Peter Horn is an experienced Carer Support Practitioner with VOCAL and is frequently the first point of contact for friends and family members seeking help in drawing up Power of Attorney. VOCAL often receives referrals from area hospitals, GPs and psychiatrists.

Peter explains just a few of the situations where it is important that Power of Attorney is authorised:

“In the past, we’ve been contacted after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia, where the illness has taken hold and progressed to the point where the person will likely become unable to make decisions for themselves.

We try to provide as much support as possible. Often the friend, carer or family member contacting us is reeling from the shock of discovering that they have no automatic legal rights to direct the welfare or financial affairs of their loved one.

Many people believe, mistakenly, that they automatically have rights for their partner or next of kin. However, only when Power of Attorney has been granted and registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (Scotland) is this the case. Being a named executor of a person’s will doesn’t confer these rights either because Power of Attorney is a living document that holds sway during the person’s lifetime and no longer applies should they pass away.

Power of Attorney is for people of all ages since it ensures that your instructions governing your personal welfare or financial affairs, or both, are followed through by a named ‘Attorney’ or ‘Attorneys ‘– those individuals whom you trust and have nominated to carry out your wishes in the event that you become incapacitated. We often suggest appointing more than one ‘Attorney’”.

The VOCAL team offers insight into other situations that can require Power for Attorney. For example, the family of a young person who has suffered a head injury in a car or motorbike accident or traumatic accident at work, or the parent of an adult with autism. The team also assists in fast-tracking developments for patients in palliative care for whom an expedited Power of Attorney has become critical. In many of these cases, discussions have never taken place regarding the type of care the person might want or whom they would wish to act on their behalf.

Though many Powers of Attorney are drawn up by solicitors, medical practitioners are also legally empowered to authorise Power of Attorney.

The team at VOCAL has a specialist volunteer – with extensive expertise in helping next of kin secure Power of Attorney – who can offer a phone or in-person consultation service free of charge to some carers, drawing on VOCAL’s portfolio of proprietary Power of Attorney guidance documents. They can also involve family doctors or GPs who are empowered to legally authorise Power of Attorney and generally charge a fee for this service.

The services of VOCAL’s specialist volunteer can be retained on a paid-for basis should circumstances dictate a fast-tracked Power of Attorney as the preferred option. For example, for patients in end-of-life palliative care who need the process to be expedited as a matter of urgency. In such cases, VOCAL’s volunteer will make in-person visits to reaffirm that the person commissioning the Power of Attorney has capacity to do so, that their wishes and instructions are captured accurately, and that their nominated Attorneys are accurately recorded within the document.

All Powers of Attorney must then be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (Scotland) for which a fee of £81 applies, though this charge can be waived for certain groups on low or modest incomes or in receipt of some forms of benefit.

Peter continues: “As a charity, we’re more than happy to provide multi-layered support to unpaid carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian. And we’ve never been so busy due to our number of referrals steadily climbing. Perhaps it was the lockdown affecting people’s mental health or focusing minds that any one of us could become incapacitated whether by Covid-19 or some unforeseen accident at work or on the roads.

“We feel it’s important to stress that Power of Attorney isn’t just for older people – and it doesn’t need to be a difficult or expensive process. Preparing your Power of Attorney, ahead of time, reflects good advance planning because it ensures that your wishes and instructions will be respected should something untoward take place and you can’t make these decisions for yourself. You can choose to authorise Power of Attorney purely for your welfare, or your finances, or both. Power of Attorney is a living document that relates to your lifetime, and only comes into force should something happen to you.”

Peter and the team at VOCAL counsel taking time to decide carefully who to choose as your ‘Attorney’ and, ideally, choose more than one ‘Attorney’ and not simply nominate your partner.

More details from, and social channels @StartTalkingPoA (Twitter) and StartTalkingPoA (Facebook).

Picture of Choices Team from Chalmers Sexual and Reproductive Health services team

We’ve been shortlisted for the BMJ Awards 2021

We’re thrilled to announce that our Choices Service, as part of the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, has been shortlisted for the Woman’s Health team of the year award.

The BMJ Awards recognise and celebrate the extraordinary innovative work of health care teams across the UK, and each year they continue to highlight the best teamwork the NHS has to offer.

Our colleagues, like many health care teams across the country have and continue to face immense pressures and increased demands for their expertise in response to COVID-19. But even in the most difficult circumstances, exceptional projects and people are going above and beyond to improve the lives of patients living in their community. We can’t thank you enough for your dedication and hard work.

With all that said, this really does showcase the calibre of colleagues we have working across the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership and the incredible work they do every day when caring for the people of Edinburgh.

The Primary Care Pharmacy team have worked together on a video to help give you an insight into what a day in a life looks like for them.

Watch their video to understand more about what they do to help build a more caring, healthier and safer Edinburgh.

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We welcomed Mr Kevin Stewart, MSP to our Liberton Hospital to talk about our Hospital at Home services throughout the city of Edinburgh. Hospital at Home provides short term hospital level care for older people in their own homes. It’s a great service which means patients can be treated in the comfort of their own home, without having to be admitted to hospital.

6 people pictured in Liberton Day Hospital

Pictured with our Liberton Hospital Patient; Ms Billie Flynn, Dr Carolyn Armstrong, Dr Penny Cartwright, Mr Jean-Marc Renwick and Mr Kevin Stewart MSP

This week we hear from Jess Gilmour, a student Specialist Practitioner District Nurse (SPDN). She tells her story of what it’s like to be a student SPDN, what made her realise her passion for caring for people as well as the challenges she’s faced along the way.

My story as a student Specialist Practitioner District Nurse (SPDN) – “District nursing has always been close to my heart”

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Jess, a student SPDN based in the South West of Edinburgh. I first joined the community as a newly qualified staff nurse three and a half years ago and I am shortly to start my first post as a new SPDN. District nursing was always where I knew I wanted to be, not just because I enjoy working in peoples’ homes, getting to know them and the people they have around them, but because district nursing has always been close to my heart. While I was completing my nursing degree, my Gran sadly passed away after a long battle with frailty and dementia. My amazing Auntie and Uncle cared for her in their own home with the support of their district nursing team in Sunderland and the last years of her life were absolutely the best they could be. She passed away peacefully surrounded by the people who loved her most.

As community nurses, we touch so many peoples’ lives. We might be the only visitor that person has that day, week or month. The relationships we build with the people we care for are real and I still think of people I have met along the way who I have laughed with, cried with- and those who have been a bit cantankerous too! I am often reminded of my Gran when visiting people at home, especially if they have a wicked sense of humour or give a bit of cheek! And I know that the relationships we build with carers as well can have a profound impact, as they may have felt alone and burdened for a long time before a community nurse walks in the door and just spends some time listening to them.

In my short career so far, I have faced a number of challenges. Having been part of a small team in my first post, I had to develop my leadership and clinical decision-making skills quite quickly but I was supported to do so by the truly inspirational nurses I had around me. I have also worked alongside four different district nurses who have all had very different leadership styles which I have learned from and adapted into my own authentic leadership style. Not least, I was also unsuccessful in my initial application for the district nursing course and although this was a bit of a blow at the time, I requested feedback from my interview which was very encouraging. I really took this on board and it made me all the more determined to develop so that I could succeed the next time around.

Community nursing has been an incredibly challenging place to work over the last year and a half but I am optimistic and excited about the future for district nursing, and I can’t wait to start my new post with the Pentlands team! I think it is vital in community nursing that we support each other and build a network of colleagues and friends who we can turn to when we are faced with challenges so that instead of seeing them as a hindrance, view them as opportunities to grow and flourish.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story.

Picture shows the pride flag and an outline of a man with his arms in the air in celebration of pride

We’ve been celebrating Pride Month by asking our colleagues what Pride means to them. Senior care and support worker John Ovens got in touch to share his story.

Growing up in a small town in the North East of Scotland in the late 80s and early 90s,  the only real image I had of the LGBT community was the ‘Don’t Die of Ignorance’ tomb stone advert that was on the telly, warning you that you could get AIDS if you had unprotected sex.

I can’t remember any positive role models on telly at that time, if there were it would be the stereotypical camp person, but they would get called fairies or freaks.

I felt lost in this world where I knew what I was but could not tell the family as I knew what they thought about gay people. Even in my first job in a nursing home I was called offensive names and was the butt of jokes. This was a hard time in my life – I was not really sure where to go or what to do. I wondered if it would be better if I was not here, then that way there would be no shame on the family if I did come out to them. In the end, I knew inside I was stronger and I deserved to be here.

When I did come out to my Mum it was not the best experience. I can remember my mum telling me ‘do not say anything to your dad as it would kill him, or you brothers and sister as you won’t get to see your nieces or nephews again.’ This broke my heart. Homosexuality among men was illegal in Scotland until 1980, and there was still so much stigma and misunderstanding.

I would take myself up to Aberdeen to HMV so I could buy a copy of the Gay Times. I read positive stories and the problem pages, and that along with more famous people coming out made me feel like I wasn’t alone which really helped.

Moving to Edinburgh in 2002 was a major life event:  I started to feel I could be myself.

My first Pride was ‘WOW!’. I felt proud to be who I am: not having to hide in the shadows and being part of something bigger. I have attended too many Prides now to mention, and each one I get a sense of self-worth, seeing teenagers be themselves and loving who they are.

I have attended San Francisco Pride and that was amazing – seeing a whole new part of my community, breaking down barriers, and it was also just nice walking along the Castro district reading about Harvey Milk. I loved seeing all the rainbow flags and knowing that they fly there all year and not just for one month.

Pride should be a safe environment where you can be yourself, without having to worry or look over your shoulder just in case. Even this year many countries are rolling back the rights of LGBTQIA+ people. It is still illegal to be gay in 69 countries in the world, and in some the punishment is death by public stoning. In the UK, LGBTQIA+ people still face discrimination and hatred. Just this week, murals in Manchester’s Gay Village were vandalised.

I hear people say we do not need Pride anymore, why is there not a straight Pride etc. I say we still need to educate people that love is love no matter of sexuality and that love holds not boundaries.

To end on a positive note, it is so nice to see Pride getting better each year country-wide and more towns and cities having their own take on Pride and making it more visible. I’ve loved seeing all the Pride flags around Edinburgh: Lothian buses’ rainbow made me smile, seeing that Scotrail has a rainbow train, the Bank of Scotland in the new St James quarter having the Pride flag on digital window display, the rainbow flag flying from City Chambers. Together we can make a change!

If people would like to find out more about the history of Pride, I would recommend the film ‘Pride’ which is based on a true story.

Picture shows the pride flag and an outline of a man with his arms in the air in celebration of pride

At the Edinburgh health and social care partnership, we believe love has no boundaries. We’ve been celebrating Pride Month by asking our colleagues, what pride means to them.

Growing up in the 80s and 90s it was really difficult being gay and looking for support.  There was no internet so limited ways of meeting people.  There were no buses or trains with pride colours, instead you hid your personality.  At school it was one of the major reasons for getting bullied or attacked, even at such a young age when you don’t know yourself if you are gay or what it means to be gay.  There was no education around it.

It wasn’t until I reached the age when I could go to bars that I met with other people like me and was able to connect with other LBGTQ+.  Pride is about all of this, the social, emotional, psychological and mental ways being LGBTQ+ affects you.  People say sometimes that being gay is more popular and people are more accepting which is true today but not when I grew up.  So pride is also about helping others who had bad experiences growing up, to be there as support and encourage people to be proud of who they are and be able to celebrate their uniqueness and individuality.

So now because of Stonewall and all the brave people that fought for our justice and equality, everyone can be proud and I can be happy to be gay at work or at home or with friends. This is something I didn’t have a few years ago but I can enjoy hopefully for the rest of my life. – Daniel Curran, Community Staff Nurse

Ferrylee residents and colleagues took part in the ‘Captain Tom Challenge’ along with 100 other care homes.

They came out in full force will handmade t-shirts for the special occasion to support part takers. They took full advantage of the weather too and set up a health bar to make smoothies, herbal teas and other healthy snacks.

Three residents raised a staggering £1000 – congratulations team!

Residents of a care home taking smiling and eating healthy snacks

VOCAL do a lot of great work to support and empower unpaid carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian.

We spoke with an unpaid carer this week so that we can take the time to recognise the crucial role they play when caring for loved one. Hear their thoughts on what it’s like to be an unpaid carer, along with the challenges and responsibility that comes with it:

“When my husband was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s I was at a loss to know who to get in touch with for help.  Although there is a lot of help out there, it can be overwhelming when you are trying to get your head round what the future may bring. VOCAL were brilliant, helping me with completing forms, advice and plain-speaking information.  Now two years on, the challenges that come with my role as a carer have increased. Whilst both rewarding and heartbreaking, taxes your physical and mental health to the max. Having to make life changing decisions for someone you love is the hardest thing anyone can ever do.  I would advise anyone in the same situation to carefully consider all the help on offer and choose what is best suited to you.  It’s not going to be easy, but knowing you have done your best for a loved one is a huge comfort, even if they are unable to show their thanks.“ – Unpaid Carer, Edinburgh

Did you know that part of our local COVID vaccination clinic team is made up of a band of retired GPs offering their service, and experience, as volunteers?

A group of retired GPs have been volunteering across all of our local EHSCP clinics and delivering vaccines since the beginning of the vaccine rollout.

We had the pleasure of speaking with one of our retired GPs, Ian Johnston.

He told us he feels proud to be helping and providing his expertise throughout the vaccination programme. Ian didn’t hesitate to raise his hand at volunteering his services back in February and is now vaccinating up to 70 people a day. He’s met some very interesting people along the way – one of which whom builds kayaks for the Olympics! He’s really enjoying volunteering his time and is another fantastic example of our Edinburgh Health and Social Care alumni coming together to continue to keep Edinburgh cared for, healthy and safe. Getting the vaccine brings us that one step closer back to normality.

This is a fantastic example of our Edinburgh Health and Social Care alumni coming together to continue to keep Edinburgh cared for, healthy and safe. We would love to say thank you to this team of GPs and I hope that this positive story motivates you to get the vaccine if you haven’t already, and inspires you to encourage as many people as possible to go to their appointment once invited.

We always love to hear our success stories and how our colleagues are striving to provide the best service that fits around people and their needs.

“The service provided by the team at EHSPC was both efficient and helpful in ensuring the home care package for my elderly relative was put in place soon after the discharge from hospital. At the same time, the OT team supported with the appropriate mobility equipment and safety fixings in the home. The care situation I faced was new to me and I am impressed with the support and reassurance available at the end of a phone. In terms of care needs, the support for my relative will continue. My positive experience thus far gives me confidence to approach EHSCP as and when required.  My sincere thanks to Steph Craig and her team for making a real difference to my relative’s quality of daily life”. – Citizen of Edinburgh

This is just another amazing example of our Edinburgh Health and Social Care colleagues working together and putting Home First into action.

Our colleague, Rashpal Nottay, took part in the 300k step challenge in 30 days to raise money for the Maggie’s Centre Edinburgh and Diabetes UK. Take a look at her story.

Picture shows Rashpal Nottay. Click on the picture to hear her story.

A group of colleagues from the ATEC24 Telecare Monitoring and Response team have decided take a sponsored hike up Ben Nevis in aid of Alzheimer’s Scotland on 28 June.

As you can see from the picture, they have been out training in all weathers! It’s wonderful that they are putting so much time and effort into raising awareness about dementia, which is something that affects so many people.

Good luck team!

The picture shows 5 people standing on a path with their rain coats. They were training in all weathers ahead of the hike up Ben Nevis.

Our colleague John Ovens shared with us his inspiring story to shave his head and beard to raise money for Maggies Centre.

Maggie’s Centre is a charity that provides emotional, psychological and practical support to those who are affected by cancer and is close to John’s heart after his partner was diagnosed with cancer.

Before John took the leap of faith to shave his head and beard he said,

“I feel proud to be able to have the choice to have my head and beard shaved to support such a worthy cause. I’m pretty sure my partner and family will be happy to see the beard go too – then they can stop calling me ‘Greengrass’ from Heartbeat!”

Maggie’s Centre has not only supported John’s partner, but also himself. He often visits the centre on his way home from work as it’s a welcoming and safe place for him to unwind.

Well done John!

Picture on the left shows John standing outside Maggie's Centre before he has his head and beard shaved. The picture on the left shows John after he has had his head and beard completely shaved.

You can read the heart-warming story told by our colleague, Amanda Wilkinson, Community Care Assistant, who highlights the importance of face-to-face interactions for people like John.

John is an 86 year old man who lives in his own home that he once shared with his wife for many years, until she  was diagnosed with dementia. John took on the role as her main carer, and worked hard at providing her with the care she needed at home. Sadly, his wife soon needed a higher level of care, so she was admitted to a care home where John visited her as often as he was able to, despite having some health issues of his own.

Soon after his wife was moved to her care home, the covid-19 pandemic hit and the country was in lockdown. Unfortunately for John, this meant he was unable to see his wife for many months and he began to feel lonely and isolated. Like so many others, the restrictions impacted not only on his ability to visit his wife, but also on the ability of others to visit him.

With John experiencing his own health issues, it made it impossible for him to visit his wife when the restrictions eased. John then experienced a fall and a stroke resulting in hospital admission. Thankfully, he recovered from this and was discharged. However, this came at the time of   the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown was back in place.

John worked hard at reablement  and had visiting support for care for a short period, but when this support came to an end, it was then his thoughts turned back to the loneliness and isolation he was feeling. Understandably, this was having a severe impact on his mood and wellbeing. It was not talking to someone on the phone but the lack of human contact, face to face interaction which he was missing so much, especially from  his wife.

He could Skype her once a week, but as you can imagine, people living with dementia can often find this confusing.  It wasn’t the same as being with her, being able to be in close contact with her , chat and reassure her as they were used to. At this point in their lives they had been together for more of their lives, than they had existed apart.

We worked with John and came to a solution that a day service opportunity would be beneficial for his mental wellbeing. This was sourced for a few hours a week, to give him companionship, activity, interaction and help him to go outside.

Then, Covid restrictions were starting to change. Guidelines were updated, and lockdown restrictions were easing a little. I had a call from the daycare service to advise John had cancelled his service after only one week.

Naturally, I was concerned, for John, so I contacted him to make sure everything was okay. It was then, John told me that he had a call to say that he could visit his wife indoors and hopefully on a regular basis.

For John this was like a weight had been lifted off his shoulders. His mood seemed to have lifted and as I was talking to him on the phone, I could tell he was excited, as if you could see his beaming grin down the line.

He sounded like the sunshine after the rain and the care home had arranged for him to go and visit the following day, which also happened to be  his birthday.

He had cancelled his day service as he didn’t need it anymore and he didn’t want it to get in the way of being able to see his wife. He felt that someone else may need it more.

What a difference a day makes.

It’s more often about the who we need, and not about the what we need.