Angus was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease five years ago. His wife, Jean, didn’t want to leave him alone for long, but she really needed a break from caring. They were both in their late-seventies.
Angus was offered a place at the local day centre, but he didn’t want to go and Jean was worried about getting him there and back. Jean’s a keen singer and had enjoyed going to a local choir group and meeting with her friends, but hadn’t been able to go for months because of caring for Angus.
When Jean called Alzheimer Scotland, they arranged for one of their personal assistants to come to the house to be with Angus in the evenings, so Jean could go to choir practice. The personal assistant also supported Angus to do things he liked to do – take the dog for a walk, go to the pub for a pint, or work in the garden.