Dartmouth Caring have been working with Albert, an elderly gentleman in his nineties, since September 2014 and have worked to build up a good relationship so that he can remain living in his home, whilst being able to call the charity as his first point of contact when is having problems.Albert is a fiercely independent and private man who until 12 months ago, looked after himself very well. Dartmouth Caring was introduced to Albert when he began experiencing difficulties with his physical health and his short-term memory began to deteriorate.
Dartmouth Caring provide help to Albert with shopping and bill payments and a gentleman befriender from the charity has been visiting to help with practical things such as replacing a broken microwave and installing a small freezer. Albert has established a good friendship with his befriender and really enjoys having someone to talk to in his own home.
The major benefit of Dartmouth Caring working with Albert is that we they have been able to prevent numerous hospital admissions by getting a GP or District Nurse to visit him promptly at home. A cleaner now makes weekly visits and Dartmouth Caring is currently arranging for external grab rails to be installed in order for Albert to move around more easily.