Jenny

Live in Care Case Study

Jenny is a well-known figure in her local community, having owned and operated the local dairy for nearly 20 years. When she retired at 73, she slipped on the bathroom floor one cold night. She wasn’t discovered for another 12 hours, and when she was taken to hospital, she was admitted with a broken femur. Her initial injury healed well, but Jenny found rehabilitation difficult and her niece (having no children of her own) was advised to place her into full time care.

Knowing her aunt would hate to leave her own home and live in a residential home, her niece contacted tlc4u2, to see what we could offer Jenny. With her niece, we decided that a full time, live in caregiver was the best option. With the care and supervision of her caregiver, Jenny has recovered from her injury.

Early Dementia means that Jenny can no longer live on her own, but with the ongoing support and companionship of her caregiver, she is able to maintain her independence in the home she loves. With her caregiver’s assistance she is able to take part in activities such as going shopping and enjoying her garden again. Her nieces have the peace of mind in knowing that their aunt is well cared for.

Nola

Respite Care Case Study

Nola is a woman in her early 80’s living with Alzheimer’s Dementia. Her husband John is her primary carer and generally they manage very well together. Recently, John engaged our services for a four day respite period so could attend a wedding some distance away from their home.

Maintaining a routine is crucial for people living with Alzheimer’s and John felt that the journey would have been fraught with too many disruptions for Nola. A caregiver was assigned to Nola and after spending a few hours with her, John felt happy that his wife was settled enough for him to leave for his trip.

With support from her new friend, the caregiver, which included homecare, meals and companionship, and in the familiar environment of her own home, Nola coped well with the absence of John. In turn, knowing that Nola was being well looked after, John had peace of mind, and was able to relax and enjoy the wedding.

John and Nola utilise tlc4u2 up to four times a year to provide respite.

Alan

Rehabilitation Case Study

Alan, 71, engaged the services of tlc4u2 for assistance prior to undergoing surgery for knee reconstruction. With no family members living close by and little social support, Alan came to us for the extra support he needed. He needed our support to be safe in his home, and he also needed assistance with homecare and personal care tasks while he recuperated. After a thorough assessment was completed, a caregiver was introduced to Alan. The caregiver worked with Alan for 2 weeks while he recovered his mobility, supporting him in his follow-up appointments, managing his pain with regular analgesia and encouraged him to regain his independence. Alan has now returned to his position as a pastor for his local church in Northland.

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Ken

Palliative Care Case Study

Ken had been living with cancer for several years. His symptoms became worse, leaving him immobile, incontinent, fluid overloaded and unable to enjoy food. Through all this he retained his sense of humour and a determination to spend what time was left to him in the family home. Tlc4u2 provided a caregiver to help Ken with personal cares and to assist Ken’s wife with household chores. With the support and assistance of the caregiver, Ken’s family did not have to take on the challenging role of caregiver but instead took the opportunity to be with him as wife, daughters, sons and grandchildren. Ken passed peacefully, surrounded by everything that meant the world to him.

Victor

Overnight Care Case Study

Victor, 92, still maintains his independence at home with the help of DHB funded home based support services. Victor has engaged tlc4u2’s Overnight Care service to assist him with getting into bed, carrying out safety checks and ensuring he has support throughout the night, should he need it. Victor’s family can rest at night with peace of mind, knowing that Dad will be well taken care of during the night.