Bob’s Story

Help getting around and cleaning

Bob’s son, who lived ten miles away and had a family of his own, realised he couldn’t provide all of the care Bob needed.

Although he was reluctant at first, the family enlisted the help of Louise, a Right at Home CareGiver. Louise arrives early several mornings a week. She waits outside of the bathroom as Bob bathes, just in case. Then she helps him as he gets dressed by fastening buttons, putting his socks on and tying his shoe laces. Bob loves it when she combs his hair and shaves his stubble with his electric razor. He says it reminds him of going to the barber on the Army base. Each morning they run through a series of simple exercises given to Bob by the Community Physiotherapy Team, after Louise arranged a referral through Bob’s GP. She also arranged for the Occupational Therapy team to install some grab handles around the house and provide a tri-wheeled walking aid on loan. Before she leaves for the day, Louise always gets Bob’s mail and reads him the front page of the paper. After a couple of weeks Bob admitted to his son that he actually very much enjoyed her visits and felt more confident moving around his home.

Right at Home provides numerous companionshipphysical assistance, hygiene and well-being services to Bob, including:

  • Walking assistance
  • Helping get dressed
  • Positioning in chair when necessary
  • Stand-by bathing/showering assistance
  • Grooming
  • Shaving with electric razor
  • Safety supervision
  • Cooking
  • Reading aloud from books, newspapers and magazines
  • Light housekeeping
  • Range of motion exercises
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