When Edward* was sadly diagnosed with dementia, his wife Judith* naturally stepped up and volunteered to be his full-time carer, opting to look after him herself in their family home. She selflessly put aside her personal life to concentrate on caring for her husband to ensure he would feel most safe and comfortable.
Judith had been looking after Edward for some time, and since she was unable to take time out for her own health and wellbeing needs, she had become overwhelmed. Stress was beginning to take its toll.
Also, Edward was lacking social interaction from outside the home and his overall demeanor had begun to deteriorate as a result. Something that could have damaging effects on his already delicate mental health.
Judith was not sure what to do, but knew she and her husband needed help, so one day the couple dropped into one of Presbyterian Support’s Enliven Harakeke Clubs – a day programme service which offers activities and social interaction for older people with memory loss or dementia.