When one of our clients, Lynne, decided she wanted to do something in support of her mum she was not about to take an easy option.
Lynne has severe arthritis in her lower back and a degenerative spinal disorder but having had her mum recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease she looked into ways she could do something to help. She chose to raise money for research and to do a Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The three mile walk took her three hours to complete with her daughter and friends. The walk saw her raise £300 for the charity.
We provide a care worker for Lynne twice a week and among those showing their support of Lynne by walking with her was our Norfolk registered manager Tracey McGee.
Lynne said that having the support of Caring Together means a lot to her. Her daughter, Michelle, is now her main carer after she lost her husband in 2017.
Lynne said the twice weekly visits from one of Caring Together’s care workers means that not only does Michelle get a break from her caring responsibilities, but that she herself can get out and do something she wants to do.
While one of her visits is paid for the other she now has to pay for herself due to changes in funding. But as Lynne and her daughter both value the benefits it brings they have found the money to continue the second visit.
Lynne is able to go out to walk to the local shop or if she’s having a bad day she and her carer will get a taxi to head out, whether to the shops or for a coffee.
Tracey said, “The carer who supports Lynne really wanted to walk with her but due to prearranged commitments, she was unable to do so.
“I thought it would be a nice gesture for me to walk with our client in place of the care worker.
“Additionally, it gave me the opportunity to meet, get to know and spend time with this lovely lady, her daughter and friends.”