Read on for a lovely story from a carer who has taken up the flexible care service we offer at both of our Centres:-
My elderly mum has dementia. The symptoms started several years ago. It was not too bad at first but inevitably the condition progressed. We reached a crisis point a few months ago when she started to wander out of the house and, as her sole carer, I was struggling to cope with her increased needs for care and supervision. I had to take some time off work to look after her, but I did not want to give up work permanently. I decided that it would be best for her to move into a care home. This was distressing for me because I knew within myself that it was not what she wanted. However, I did not think there was any realistic alternative so I started to make the necessary arrangements. I decided to try Day Care as a temporary measure while we were waiting for a care home place to become available. I contacted SADSA and we were invited to afternoon tea at Auchenday. We received a warm welcome and I arranged a flexible day care package to start the following week. I was pleased to find that mum settled in quite quickly. The atmosphere is very homely, and the staff have been welcoming and supportive to both of us. I have been impressed with the care and attention which my mum has received in the past few months since starting at Auchenday. She seems much happier and more settled than she was before, and I have found it much easier to look after her at home now that I have this support in place. I have now decided to continue with Day Care for the time being, rather than actively seeking a care home place at this stage. This will allow me to return to work on a part time basis, and I am confident that I am leaving her in good hands. I am so grateful to SADSA and the staff at Auchenday for making such a difference to us at a difficult time in our lives. SADSA provide an invaluable service which I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone in a similar situation in need of support.
(A grateful service user)