Mr W had a long and prestigious career as a Mental Health/Learning Difficulties Nurse, and as a hospital manager. He took a leading role in setting up community care homes in Mendip, enabling people to successfully move from long-term hospital admissions back into the community.
When he retired he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, playing bowls and golf. However, about 6 years ago his family noticed that he was becoming more anxious and irritable, and he struggled with daily tasks. Mr W didn’t want to make a fuss or seek help, but when his wife needed to spend a couple of months in hospital, he struggled to cope at home alone. He agreed to see his GP and was diagnosed with vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Over the years, Mr W and his family faced many challenges in dealing with the dementia and its daily impact. He attended various community support groups, but never quite felt comfortable – then he came to us.
He fit in immediately and really enjoyed our group activities, especially the woodwork and gardening. Tapping into his skills as a nurse, he can often be found offering advice. Heads Up provides Mr W with a sense of purpose, structure and social stimulation, whilst his family have noticed that he is calmer and more relaxed after spending time with us.