Case studies - how is the Prevention Programme making a difference?
The ‘Making Connections’ Service in NE Hants & Farnham helped Mrs J cope after her husband went into residential care
Mrs J is in her 70s and has a husband who has recently gone into residential care. She was struggling to access services and felt very responsible for her husband, which was impacting her own wellbeing. Making Connections sourced two volunteer drivers to enable Mrs J to visit her husband regularly in the home (something she was unable to do often due to taxi costs and geographical boundaries for Dial-a-ride). As Mrs J had been very involved in her local church previously, Making Connections also supported her to re-establish links, enabling home communion and then lifts to Sunday services, through the Pastor’s mother who befriended Mrs J. Finally, Making Connections supported Mrs J to attend eye-tests and x-rays, to get her own health back in order; as well as putting counselling sessions in place and securing Blooming Marvellous services to maintain the garden.
The Social Prescribing Service in Windsor & Maidenhead supported Mrs P with her caring role and to find some much needed space for herself.
Mrs P is a carer for her husband. In a consultation with her GP she explained that her husband who has dementia is very demanding and will not allow her out of his sight. He tends to get anxious and then angry. She tearfully explained that this is all becoming too much for her to manage. They have always been a “together couple” and done everything together so she understands why her husband is behaving this way, but the pressure is becoming too much for her. The Social Prescribing Service supported Mrs P to access a range of services, including carer support, befriending and trips out for her husband. Mrs P has really benefited, saying “I have found this so valuable to support me with caring for my husband. Things feel better now than they once did.”
Alcohol Care Team
“N. is now sober and a proud mother following support from the Alcohol Specialist Nurses”
N is 37 and was alcohol dependent. When her husband was away on business, she would have vodka by her bed which she would drink throughout the night.
N’s husband was unaware of the extent of her drinking problem until they were on a flight without any access to alcohol and she had a seizure. N and was taken to hospital on landing. After returning to the UK, N’s husband would buy her alcohol to prevent her from withdrawing and to try and stop her from driving.
N had tried rehabilitation, but the interventions failed to curb her alcohol misuse. She presented to Frimley Park Hospital with acute alcohol withdrawal, resulting in Delirium Tremens. She had to be admitted for alcohol detox as she was so acutely unwell and was seen daily by the Alcohol Specialist Nurse for relapse prevention.
Now, N regularly attends AA meetings and has been sober for three and a half years, she spends time helping others who suffer from alcohol related issues.
The couple felt that they would never have children due to her alcohol dependency; however, they now have a little girl.
“MECC training helped a care professional give a young man a new lease of independence”
A Support Co-Ordinator for Complex Adult Social Care, took part in MECC training and following this, he used the SMARTER goal setting tool with a young man, who has a Learning Disability and Autism. The young man wanted to access community transport, despite his anxieties about the change to his routine. The Co-ordinator was able to break downs the steps required, to help the young man see that his goals were achievable. A visual plan, helped reinforce what was going to happen and allowed him to share this plan with his parents, so they could support him.
The young man coped well and really enjoyed using the community transport, which allowed him easier access to his social activities, giving him more independence and provided his parents with increased respite. The young man has decided to continue to use this service and is hoping to join in with more activities in the future, thanks to his new-found independence.