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Lynda’s story – Carers Week 2019

Lynda's story

He can’t wait to go there. He likes being fussed over I think! He’s straight in the door and having a cup of tea and biscuit.

Lynda, 63, from Sea Mills, Bristol, cares for her husband, Ian, 72, who has progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare and progressive condition that can cause problems with balance, movement, vision and speech. He was diagnosed four years ago.

“The biggest challenge is the difference in the way you live. He’s not the same as he was. He falls and struggles with co-ordination”, she said.

Lynda has elderly parents whom she regularly takes to the hospital, three daughters, a son, and a grandson, 13, who she has brought up.

Lynda takes her husband to the day centre service at Humphry Repton House in Brentry, three times a week. It provides a safe and supportive social environment, where adults with dementia and physical care needs can be cared for, whilst providing day-time respite for carers.

“He can’t wait to go there. He likes being fussed over I think! He’s straight in the door and having a cup of tea and biscuit.

“One of my daughters joins in the karaoke sometimes. They also play billiards and there’s a darts board and other creative activities, for example they built a bird house one day. The staff are really friendly.”

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If you’d like more information about Humphry Repton House Day Centre and what they provide, please click here or contact the Home Manager, Denise Cullen, on 0117 959 2255.