Caring for the Carer

14th May 2015

Mrs B was discharged home from Addenbrooke's after having a knee replacement. She was the main carer for her husband who was disabled and in a wheelchair. Following the operation, Mrs B was anxious about how they would cope after the operation as she would not be very mobile. Not only would she struggle caring for herself, she also had her husband to think about.


We visited her soon after her return from hospital and a volunteer was quickly placed with the couple. The volunteer was able to help with shopping, putting out bins, posting letters and collecting prescriptions.  This gave Mrs B the opportunity to concentrate on her recovery.


We also signposted Mrs B to Crossroads Care (now called the Carers Trust Cambridgeshire) so she could request a visitor to sit with her husband when she was well enough to go out and about.  


Mrs B soon became more confident and physically able to undertake the jobs independently.