Jackie's Gift of Time
Jackie has a learning disability and a condition called myasthenia gravis, which affects his muscles, making him weak. Over the last few years his condition has worsened and he needed to move to a different care home, more suited to his changing needs.
The team who had been supporting Jackie in West-Dunbartonshire for the last 14 years, were concerned that this move would very difficult and confusing for him. Their biggest fear was that the new environment would scare him into becoming withdrawn and isolated. The only option they had for his wellbeing was to continue visiting him, providing the necessary transitional support he needed to settle in.
The team were able to fund his hours of care thanks to funds raised through the ‘Gift of Time’ appeal. This support proved to be essential for Jackie, who relied on the regular visits from his ‘friends’ to reassure him that he is in a safe place. This support was provided to Jackie until he was comfortable enough to make new friends and become familiar with the environment.