Carers Stories

Sharing stories of your caring role can be an important part of the journey for some Carers and can help other Carers in the process.

Carers  journey

I signed up as a carer with the Wandsworth group in
November last year and underwent a face to face assessment
with Geogia Pollicot the lead professional in Dementia .
This resulted amongst other things in my attending the Sunflower
Cafe in Putney on a monthly basis ,firstly on my own, then latterly with my wife.

She is in the mid stages of Dementia having been diagnosed
in February 2018. We also attended a month course titled Mindfulness
and Dementia organised by Georgia earlier this year.
My responsibilities are considerable because my wife and I have a
fifty five year old daughter with severe learning difficulties who lives in
a supported living project locally and needs a lot of help with daily living

Sometimes the stress levels are extremely high and they got to a point last year
where I had an acute reaction to the stresses and had to be hospitalised.
Since my recovery I have had a number of face to face consultations with
Georgia and she will always single me out for a chat if I haven’t spoken in
the carer s group at the Cafe and enquire as my health and well being.
Of course this was not possible following Lock down but I have stayed
in touch and joined the group via Zoom and Georgia her self via several
long phone calls.

Helpful though these have been I would say that they are not a substitute
for face to face or group contact I found the carers group hugely helpful.

Jaycee’s Poem

Jaycee La Bouche is a volunteer and Carer with Wandsworth Carers’ Centre. She is a beautiful public speaker and has performed a poem she wrote about her caring role; watch the video below.

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