Robert is an elderly gentleman who has had Parkinson’s disease for some time. He cannot now be left alone and his wife, Pat, does everything for him. This meant that she found it increasingly difficult to do essential things such as keep dentists’ appointments (she had to take Robert with her) or to do the things she had enjoyed such as attend meetings at her church where she had always taken an active role.
Robert and Pat’s short break
Robert has had the support of a paid carer twice a week for three hours for almost ten years now. The paid carer takes Robert out to places that he continues to find of interest, and this gives Pat the breaks that she needs in order to continue to live a life of her own.