CAREGiver Chris and his client Les.
When it comes to caring for someone, going ‘above and beyond’ can really make all the difference to a person’s wellbeing and quality of life. However, one Ipswich based Caregiver, Chris Drouin took going the extra mile to the extreme recently when he decided to take his client on a trip down memory lane to his birthplace over 225 miles away in Yorkshire.
86 year old Les Palmer has resided in Ipswich for over 40 years. He worked at Ransomes after moving to the town to be closer to family members. Originally from the town of Ripon in Yorkshire he is a proud Yorkshire man and hankered for a chance to go back and take a look at his old haunts.
Les’ chance came when he discovered that his Caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care, Chris Drouin was an equally enthusiastic Yorkshire man. Les suffers from memory loss and Chris visits him several times a week. The pair often talked about their beloved Yorkshire and so Chris set about organising a 5-day trip for them both.
The trip was packed with highlights, visits to several former homes, the Spa gardens and Ripon Baths. Chris managed to track down three of Les’ old friends, who still lived in the area and made arrangements to meet with them. They went to Ripon Grammar, Les’ old school and visited Ripon Cathedral and the catacombs.
Chris said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and it was lovely to see Les benefiting from a well-deserved treat. At breakfast in the hotel we looked out over Ripon Town Hall. Les told me that as a boy he had climbed up onto its roof. So, to start the day we went to the Town Hall, where we were taken to the Lord Mayor’s parlour for a potted history.”
Home Instead owner Chris Lye said: “This is a brilliant example of how carefully matching caregivers with their clients can make such a difference and it shows that where there is a will there is a way. Chris is highly trained in providing specialist dementia care to his clients and I am delighted that we are able to offer this kind of respite service which makes such an impact on a person’s quality of life.
“In order to celebrate the fantastic work our caregivers do we have set-up a ‘caregiver of the month award’, which will recognise a caregiver who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to care for their clients. Holding the award for the first time this month, Chris will be our well-deserved first winner.”