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Stuart’s story – Carers Week 2019

Stuart's story

I’m very grateful to the staff there, and I’m happy to leave him in their capable care. They are fantastic. The atmosphere is easy going and calm, there’s a nice garden and everyone’s very professional.

Stuart, 55, who lives in Bristol, cares for his father, aged 92, who lives with dementia. Walking is very challenging for his father, who worked in aerospace engineering until he was 82, helping to design the Concorde. He now needs total supervision.

In fact, Stuart has been a carer for over 7 years, having previously helped his father care for his mother before she sadly passed away.

“I was unemployed when my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and one form of dementia. We cared for her ourselves before she went into a local home.

“Being a carer is full on; my whole life has revolved around them for the last 7 years. I wasn’t expecting it to be as tough as it has been.

“Previously I had my dad I could rely on to help with my mum, but now my father needs constant supervision too. With both of them to care for, it was really tough.”

Stuart has benefited from the day centre service at Humphry Repton House in Brentry, which 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.

Having used the service for the last 6 months, Stuart says: “My dad goes to Humphry Repton two days a week giving me the chance to do the things I need to do: go shopping, do some painting, mow the lawn. There’s lots of housework to get done!

“I’m very grateful to the staff there, and I’m happy to leave him in their capable care. They are fantastic. The atmosphere is easy going and calm, there’s a nice garden and everyone’s very professional.”

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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.