Case Study – One
An elderly couple living at home were receiving home support, however as a result of their deteriorating mobility they were both isolated and had lost touch with all of their friends. The loss of connection to friends and family resulted in the male becoming very depressed and losing interest in life. His wife also suffered depression as she was unable to go out and leave him for long; feeling an overwhelming need to care for him twenty-four hours a day.
A strategy was put in place for the couple to attend a day centre where they were able to mix with others, take part in activities, have health checks, receive nutritious meals and work towards regaining some of their strength through specially designed fitness programs.
The strategy was very successful and the couple became happier and felt better about their lives. They took more pride in their appearance as they were going out to meet other people and the fitness and meal programs allowed them to increase their strength and become more active.
They both started enjoying their lives again.
Case Study – Two
An older couple were living independently at home however were becoming increasingly less able to take care of themselves. The elderly man was physically unwell and suffered from an acute/terminal disease, however he was mentally quite fit. His wife was physically fit but suffered from advanced dementia and had to be cared for around the clock.
The couple had two adult daughters who worked part-time, sharing the care of their parents equally whilst both caring for grandchildren of their own. The family was gradually breaking apart.
After much anguish, the daughters finally decided to place their parents into our residential care facility. Through expert assistance they found them a small house which reminded the couple of home. It also enabled them to remain as independent as possible (with 24 hour nursing support on call). The nursing staff were able to support the elderly man who had several visits to hospital. Due to the support of the facility the man was able to relax and recuperate as he knew his wife was being cared for whilst he was away. She enjoyed the activities being held at the home as she loved singing and dancing, something her husband had been unable to do with her for many years. Whilst the woman was enjoying these activities the husband was able to have some quiet time to himself.
The daughters were able to relax and had the worry of their parents taken away. They enjoyed visiting their parents in their new home and were able to enjoy family life themselves again.
Case Study – Three
A 60-year-old man suffered a severe stroke which resulted in him losing the use of one side of his body. Following the incident he attended a special rehabilitation centre however did not make much progress; he was then moved to an aged care residential home for further rehabilitation.
At the young age of 60 the environment of an aged care home was daunting for the man. Having lost his independence, he withdrew into himself and gained an enormous amount of weight. His lack of mobility in his left side meant he was unable to feed or care for himself. As he had to depend on others for his normal daily living activities, such as showering, eating and walking, he became severely depressed and stopped conversing with others, isolating himself from those around him.
Through dedicated aged care services, a special training program was developed which included purpose built resistance gym equipment, designed especially for rehabilitating older people. The equipment that is designed to build muscle, assist in posture and aid weight loss increased the mans endorphins and made him less depressed. This exact equipment is also designed to assist people with no strength in some limbs, working these for them.
Within the first month the man could use his hand again and was able to feed and wash himself with minimal assistance. He became happier within himself and started talking to other residents and staff. Following the program, the man lost 30kgs and now has increased movement in his arm and legs. Today he is able to walk independently with the assistance of a walking stick. He has been assisting in the organic garden and has taken responsibility or some of the tasks around the home, which have significantly increased his self-esteem.
These are, by way of example, the services we offer to our international clients.