What was life like before Aspire?
Edith lived at home with her husband, who had become her main carer after a private carer had proved to be unreliable. As a result, her husband was finding it extremely challenging to care for her 24 hours a day and also to find some time for himself.He enjoyed gardening and was not able to do this. Edith was also resistant to anyone helping with her personal care needs, so her health and hygiene were beginning to decline. She was determined to preserve her dignity and independence and she could often get annoyed and frustrated. This was made worse as Edith often found it hard to communicate verbally.Indeed Edith did suffer from quite advanced dementia.
What did Aspire do?
Aspire’s aim was to ensure that Edith felt in control and was respected whilst addressing her health and well being needs. Trained carers were slowly introduced to Edith and began working with her each morning to support her with washing and dressing. They found it better to not wear a uniform and helped her to select the clothes she would like to wear, before reminding her to get into the shower. Edith had one main carer who visited her three times a week and some of her time was spent keeping Edith company. They would often bake cakes, watch game shows or have a walk round the garden.
What were the outcomes?
Edith developed a genuine friendship with her main carer. The family felt that this was because the carer provided some continuity and were happy with the support provided. This particularly impacted on Edith’s husband who could have some regular respite and spend time in the garden. Both Edith and her husband found a new sense of independence, relaxation and happiness whilst being supported by Aspire