Going the extra mile

A few years ago we had a lonely client with no family who had lived in the same house all his life. Unfortunately he had Parkinsons disease and he had let the house fall into disrepair with additional problems with cluttering and vermin. Social Services suggested he move into Long Stay but after 6 months he contacted us to say he wanted to come home. We arranged for the vermin to be eliminated, for a surveyor to check that the house was habitable and we arranged for the purchase of a new washing machine, fridge, and tumble dryer. Our carers volunteered to clean the house, helped him move back in. We arranged hairdressers and a chiropodist and even did a whip round so that he would receive a few small gifts at Christmas. He was doubly incontinent and bedbound but fiercely determined to stay at home where we looked after him for a further 8 years. When he died he had no one to read him a eulogy so our carers stepped up and even provided this because there was no one else at his funeral.