A series of recent events in the news have unfortunately led to the care industry having a black cloud hanging over it. I am sure you will agree that there are thousand upon thousands of fantastic carers in our country. We need to celebrate the good ones, as well as exposing those who are not. I therefore wanted to take this opportunity to write about our Care Manager, Sue and her recent work with a service user.
Sue has been caring for this particular client for nearly 5 years and has developed a fantastic relationship with her. The client is a stroke sufferer and has tragically lost the use of her right hand. Before the stroke, the client was a brilliant artist, making the loss of her right side even harder to deal with.
The client has a Granddaughter who is just about to turn 2 years old and just over a year ago, Sue started to sit down with the client to begin working on her present. The client wanted to make an embroidered cushion to give to the Granddaughter for her birthday, no mean feat for someone who cannot use their dexterous side. They have spent many hours on this project together, many of which fall outside the paid use of the Sue’s time. The cushion is very nearly finished and looks beautiful, it is a real testament to the work that has gone into it. The Granddaughter will look back when she is older and appreciate the sheer volume of work that has gone into this; especially as her grandmother has had to learn to use her left hand completely from scratch.;
The Granddaughter of the client unfortunately lives in America and will not get to see her Grandmother on her birthday. Sue, being a ‘go the extra mile’ carer, has decided to holiday in America this coming year, not far from the house of these relatives. Sue is going to take time out from her holiday and hand deliver this cushion. She will make sure that she takes a photo of the client’s Granddaughter opening the present, a memory that her Grandmother will cherish forever.