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Frank’s Story

An Alternative to a Care a Home

Frank is 85, is single and has dementia. His two sons had always promised to help him stay in his own home for as long as possible. However, with both of them running their own businesses, they were unable to care for him themselves.

Because of their promise to Dad, Frank’s sons needed an alternative solution than a care home and therefore asked us to arrange live-in care. We’re so pleased they did.

Frank has led an incredibly full and active life and still has an active mind and bags of energy. He speaks several languages, having served as a translator in the war. He’s represented Great Britain in table tennis and has played internationally – he even met his former wife whilst competing against her in Holland. He’s also cycled all his life and has a passion for Rugby and Spitfire planes.

As well as providing care and domestic help, we made sure Frank was able to continue to cycle. We fitted a tracker to his bike so he could safely cycle alone, with his carer keeping a careful eye from home. As his dementia progressed, his carers started riding with him.

Knowing Frank enjoys mental stimulation too, we also helped reignite some lifelong passions. One of his carer’s can speak French and Frank loves the opportunity to put his language skills to the test.

Our carers often take him to watch Leicester Tigers with his son’s or attend local air shows. We also signed him to his local U3A (University of the 3rd Age), and he now plays table tennis every Wednesday morning. Before we began supporting him, he hadn’t played for over 40 years.

Although Frank’s dementia is progressive our care plan is reviewed regularly and adapted to his needs and abilities.

Frank is still determined to squeeze every possible drop of fun out of life and we love helping him to do it!