Maggie had always been the matriarch of the family and loved nothing more than cooking a big family meal for everyone on a Sunday. Karen had always helped her mum with the shopping and began to notice that her pristine cleaning standards had slipped. Karen also noticed that her mum was more prone to accidents which meant regular trips to A&E.
Karen found herself checking on her mum more and more often, she was forgetting names and dates, and often talked about what her sister was getting up to even though she had died several years earlier. Karen approached Gateshead Carers to talk about her concerns.
A Carer Support Worker helped Karen to stay in employment while aiding her mum on visits to her GP and hospital, and finally to get her Dementia diagnosed. It was clear to Karen that her mum could no longer live at home without lots of help and as the family were not in a position to provide this level of care, her Carer Support Worker supported Karen in finding an appropriate care home for her mum.
Karen’s Carer Support Worker gave her all the reassurance she needed to know she was doing the best thing for her mum, who had always been the person she turned to for her strength and guidance. Her Support Worker also helped Karen to manage her work so that she could see her mum in the morning and also keep her phone handy to make sure she could be contacted in an emergency.
Karen had this to say… “I was feeling so low when I contacted Gateshead Carers, I really didn’t expect them to do much for me but I couldn’t have been more wrong! My support worker was so understanding and knew exactly what I was going through, it was a relief just to make that first call. I dread to think what situation I would be in now if I hadn’t got support from Gateshead Carers”.