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Graham's Gift of Time

Graham

Graham started caring for his sister Agnes when she began to show signs of having dementia. Agnes moved in with her brother so he could better look after her, and as the years went by her condition continued to deteriorate. Eventually Graham could no longer support his sister alone, and a social worker made arrangements for her to receive additional support.

Cornerstone was asked to support Agnes with three 30-minute visits per day to help her get up in the morning, bathe, eat, take medication, and to get into bed at night. Graham enjoyed these visits too because they gave him some respite from his caring role as well as giving him opportunities to get to know other people. The responsibility of looking after Agnes had resulted in him becoming isolated and having someone else around made a big difference to his wellbeing.

Sadly, Agnes died quite suddenly. With her passing, her local authority funding ceased and the team would no longer be able to visit, leaving Graham to grieve all alone. Recognising that Graham needed their support, the team that had been caring for his sister were able to help him through this difficult time thanks to funding from our ‘Gift of Time’ appeal.

With the ‘Gift of Time’ given to Graham, he received the support needed to improve his mental health and overcome loneliness. Hi was encouraged to take part in local social activities and was soon able to rekindle old friendships. He has since joined a number of local clubs and keeps very active within his community.