Agnes is a 70-year-old lady who lives with her husband John who is several years her senior. Agnes uses a wheelchair and has had adaptations made to her home. She is in the first stages of Dementia. John provides all her support. John has recently been getting bad nights’ sleep because Agnes now needs care during the night. It is also important to note John and Agnes have never been separated throughout their married life.
John and Agnes’ short break
It was clear that a short break would need to be identified which could accommodate Agnes’s care needs through the night to give John a necessary break. It was also vital that they could continue to spend as much time as possible together.
What was identified and offered proved to be very successful. Agnes went to stay in a nursing home in a scenic part of Scotland not too far from her home. The nursing home had a designated respite bed and was able to meet her needs. In addition John was to stay in a bed and breakfast facility directly next door to the nursing home concerned. As part of the agreed plan each morning John would leave his bed and breakfast accommodation and join his wife for breakfast in the nursing home next door. They would then spend the remainder of the day together exploring the area, visiting the usual tourist attractions. Each evening upon their return they would enjoy dinner together in the nursing home before John left Agnes for the evening in the capable hands of the nursing staff.