In 2014, Bob and Anne enjoyed busy, active lives, and were looking forward to retiring together. But when Bob was diagnosed with dementia, everything changed. Each new day brought fresh challenges. They struggled to cope, until they first came to Sage House.
“We knew that something wasn’t right, but the diagnosis was still a huge shock. Bob had always been so healthy and active – he was a carpenter, martial arts teacher and an Army Veteran too. The man I love, the man I married, started to disappear. Our whole world turned upside down. Bob struggled to come to terms with his condition, especially when his driving licence was revoked. Meanwhile I felt utterly bombarded with information, form filling, and taking on responsibility for both our lives.
Over the last few months, our Wayfinder has helped keep Bob occupied and happy through organising a placement at a carpentry workshop. She’s also helped me secure funding for Bob’s care, and we now have a carer who comes in to help me during the week. Having the carer means I can get ready in the morning without worrying about Bob. He comes into the kitchen looking like a shiny new pin, with a big smile on his face. It’s made a huge difference for both of us.”