Bob and Mary's Story

Bob and Mary have been using Home Instead Care Professionals to help improve Mary's quality of life after her Progressive Supranuclear Palsy diagnosis.

Meet Bob and Mary who talk about how relationship-led care with Home Instead Altrincham, Sale and Wythenshawe has made all the difference to their quality of life.

Meet Bob and Mary who talk about how relationship-led care with Home Instead Altrincham, Sale and Wythenshawe has made all the difference to their quality of life.

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) is a rare neurological disorder that can cause problems with balance, vision, mobility, coordination, speech, and swallowing. It is often associated with Parkinson’s and Motor Neuron Disease. There are only approximately 4,000 people in the UK living with this condition.

Mary was diagnosed 2 years ago with PSP after a long 18 months of tests with various doctors and specialists. Mary and her husband, Bob, first noticed that Mary’s speech had begun to slur very quickly – symptoms that are synonymous with a stroke. After finding answers at Salford Royal Hospital, Mary and Bob began their journey of living with PSP.

We asked why the couple chose to introduce Home Instead Care Professionals into their life. After Mary had spent 5 weeks in hospital with a blood sugar infection, she was sent home with a commission care package. Mary and Bob found that those 15 and 30 minute calls were not enough time for completing any quality care and there was no opportunity to get to know the staff that they were inviting into their home. After seeing Home Instead literature with our 1-hour minimum calls, regular Care Professionals, and fixed times, Bob and Mary decided to make the change to Home Instead.

Bob told us: “Mary has a small team of Home Instead Care Professionals who she has a built up a bond with. They know Mary’s routine well and actually have the time for a nice chat to start her day off”. He appreciates the Care Professionals they have, as it takes Bob double the time to complete what our team can do and can also leave him feeling quite tired.

When asked what advice they would give to someone else presenting similar symptoms to Mary, Bob recommended them to “Always ask for help. Whether that be to get diagnosed by health care professionals or introduce some home-help or personal care assistance into your daily routines”.

Our Home Instead Care Professionals live in our local area of Sale, Altrincham or Wythenshawe and are matched to your needs. Whether that be someone to have a coffee with in the morning, or someone to help with the up keep of your home (we know how important your home is as it’s filled with so many memories). We can start a care package off purely for companionship developing to personal care, it’s important to us that we can flex to your needs, in order to help you remain as independent as possible in your own home.

We offer a wide range of services from 1 hour a day to 24-hour live in care. Arrange a consultation with our friendly team today on 0161 870 1136.

Home Instead Altrincham, Sale & Wythenshawe covers the Trafford and South Manchester areas including: Sale, Sale West, Sale Moor, Northern Moor, Northenden, Ashton On Mersey, Brooklands, West Timperley, Timperley, Oldfield Brow, Altrincham, Broadheath, Dunham, Bowdon, Hale, Hale Barns, Baguley, Broomwood, Wythenshawe, Newall Green, Well Green.