A live-in carer employed at The Good Care Group has gone above and beyond to help her client celebrate his 60th wedding anniversary.
Decreased mobility, ill health and shielding meant the 92 year-old client was unable to treat his wife, 87, to a romantic meal. That was until his carer, Robyn, stepped in.
The Good Care Group has shared the story as part of HCI’s Good Care News series, which launched in January to highlight the important contribution that care workers make to society.
Names have been changed to protect the privacy of those involved.
Robyn, a live-in carer with 11 years’ experience, has been working with ‘P’ for 15 months, helping him recover after a hospital stay and supporting him with a number of health and mobility-related challenges.
“When I first started, P had just come out of hospital following an operation on his foot, and he’d then contracted sepsis,” said Robyn.
“Well, P is the most determined person I know and he fought to get better and come home. Once home, his day-to-day routine had changed and he had to adjust. He now has various medical needs and was only mobile in the house when in a wheelchair. For the first time in his life he needed full time care.”
She added: “P was absolutely determined to get back on his feet and it’s thanks to his steely determination that I and other carers were able to help him get to where he is today. We did it slowly and in stages and things started to get better. His appetite improved, his general outlook improved and his health improved. Within a few months P was walking with the aid of his Zimmer frame. It was incredibly rewarding to see how he was getting better.”
Robyn has gotten to know P well, his preferences, hobbies, likes and dislikes. And this knowledge enabled her to help him when he worried about how to celebrate his upcoming 60th wedding anniversary.
“The two of us had lengthy chats about his recovery and during one of our chats he mentioned how sorry he was that their 60th wedding anniversary was coming up and he couldn’t take his wife out for a meal,” said Robyn.
“That was it for me. I had a chat to P’s daughter about doing a surprise dinner for them and she was delighted with the idea.”
On the day, P’s daughter took her parents out for a drive whilst Robyn revamped their small lounge to create a ‘restaurant’ at home.
Robyn explained: “I moved furniture about, set up a table for two, decorated with flowers and candles, set the table beautifully and made it look as special as I could. I even managed to get a CD with their favourite classical music, which was playing softly through the evening.
“They came back in time for dinner and as they walked in and saw what was set out before them, the look of surprise on their faces and their ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ brought me to tears.”
Robyn prepared a three-course meal for the couple, consisting of their favourite food, and brought them cards to open from their friends and family.
“They couldn’t thank me enough, they were so appreciative and over the moon,” said Robyn.
“This was the best gift I could have given them, and just seeing their faces and knowing what a special evening they had was amazing and a special moment for me. By the next morning, the whole village knew their special 60th wedding anniversary dinner.”
Robyn said she couldn’t ask for a better client than P.
“He is the most amazing, kind and intelligent person. It is incredibly rewarding and special to be in a position where you can provide such tailored care and make such a difference to a person’s life,” she said.