Harriet* is an older person experiencing several age-related issues, including Alzheimer’s disease. She lives with her adult son Stephen* who, while determined to take care good care of her, must manage some mental health issues of his own.
Petra*, an Enliven social worker, has been supporting Harriet and Stephen to enhance their living conditions for everyone’s best wellbeing and safety. Petra has supported Stephen, who has hoarding tendencies, to accept a de-clutter person to help him dispose of some items and improve floor accessibility so Harriet can move around safely. Harriet now attends Harakeke Club two days a week and Petra has started talking with Stephen about his plans for a future in which Harriet may finally need to go into care.
“Harriet’s own home provides an environment she has known and felt safe in for many years,” said Petra. “Plus, she can spend time with her son, who she trusts and has a close relationship with.”