Going on holiday can be a stressful time for anybody, but when you're planning a trip with a loved one, who has Dementia, Parkinson's and limited mobility, this really does present huge challenges.
Ann spent months researching an appropriate place to take her husband. They needed an environment that mirrored what they had at home, for Dick to be able to be away. There was very little choice and Ann started to doubt that such a place existed until she stumbled on a beachfront apartment run by a couple who had been in Ann's shoes, who came to the rescue, providing a home from home for Dick and some space and views for Ann to enjoy.
Ann booked a week away for early October and started making plans for their trip, which included the booking of a local care agency to help with Dick’s routine. Knowing that this could possibly be the last holiday her husband would be able to make, Ann thought of everything to make it extra special.
A week before the holiday, we received a phone call from Ann, who was devastated that the care agency by the sea had let her down and now wouldn’t be able to help Dick while on his holiday.
Home Instead provides in home care for Dick in New Malden, so knew about how important the holiday was for Ann. The holiday had to go ahead and we set about finding a solution.
After a lot of re-scheduling and logistical conundrums – Home Instead were able to send two of Dick’s regular CAREGivers to spend the week with Dick and Ann, helping Dick with his care in the morning and evening, giving Ann a break and the chance to have a proper holiday.