Patrick has been coming to the Day Centre two days a week for about two and a half years. He was a qualified engineer and had many interests in his younger days, including gardening, clay pigeon shooting and holidays abroad. Unfortunately, because of ill health, he took early retirement. Patrick has had many illnesses over the years and has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for over 30 years, during which time he has undergone many surgical procedures, including amputations, which have affected his mobility. He now walks with the aid of a walking frame but cannot walk any distance.
Patrick lives at home with his wife and started coming to the Day Centre following concerns the effect his ailing health was having on her as a result of being his home carer 24/7. Patrick told us that his wife is a great socialiser and is extremely creative and active in their local community and that he was afraid she would lose her independence, which in turn would have a negative impact on her emotional wellbeing.
Patrick feels that being picked up in the minibus and coming to the Day Centre two days a week is enabling his wife to fulfil her independence through her activities and the pastimes she loves, without having to worry about his safety or wellbeing, which makes him happy.
He is a very active member at the Day Centre, is on the Amenities Committee, bringing many good ideas to help improve the service we provide. He also supports the Centre by regularly donating items to sell to raise funds for activities and entertainment.
Patrick has made many friendships and during his visits, he particularly enjoys his chats with fellow members and is very welcoming to anyone new coming into the group, ensuring they have a positive and enjoyable experience.
He always joins in with activities and is a regular participant in the competitions run in our monthly newsletter. He is appreciative of the staff and all they do. Knowing they are always there to support him, particularly on his ‘down’ days, gives Patrick great comfort in the knowledge he can voice his concerns and anxieties, without worrying his wife.
One of his daughters lives in America and Patrick loves sharing his experiences with her through the monthly newsletter. She has even contributed an article.
Patrick is proud to be a member of Brandon Day Centre and told us, “Coming to the Day Centre means everything to me. I enjoy seeing my friends and it gives my wife a well-earned break knowing that I am safe and happy.”