Active Communities scenario: Jack’s story

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In the past

Scene 1:Jack’s 74 and still enjoys his independence
Meet Jack. He’s 74 and lives on his own, cares for himself and enjoys his independence.

Scene 2: Jack’s lonely and inactive in his community
Jack has moved away from his old friends, he can no longer drive to see them. He used to play cards and was part of a gardening group in his previous neighbourhood but now he stays indoors. He feels isolated and depressed because he’s on his own so much.

Scene 3: Jack starts forgetting things but hides his problem
Jack starts forgetting things a lot but he tries not to worry about it, he doesn’t like to bother his daughter Jenny and doesn’t like going to his GP.

Scene 4: Jack’s condition worsens and puts him at risk
Jack’s condition worsens. He forgets to turn the oven off one evening and wakes up to smoke. The fire service is called and puts the fire out. The fire officers suggest that Jack contact his GP and his daughter about his forgetfulness.

Scene 5: Jack is diagnosed with dementia and his daughter believes a care home is the only option
Jack’s GP diagnoses him with dementia. Jenny leads a busy life and feels unable to support him or care for him and they agree that a place in a residential care home is the only option.

Scene 6: Jack feels unable to cope alone in his own home and moves into residential care
Jack reluctantly moves into the care home and is sad to have left his own home and misses his daughter.

COST: Residential care= £26,000 a year

Animation 2: In the future

Scene 1: Jack’s 74, he still enjoys his independence
Meet Jack. He’s 74 and lives on his own, cares for himself and enjoys his independence.

Scene 2: Jack’s got health concerns but has support from the local community and his friends
Jack’s got some health concerns but with support from his friends he is still able to visit the community centre and enjoy activities in the local area.

Scene 3: Jack’s daughter Jenny is noticing her Dad’s becoming confused and forgetful, but he doesn’t want to move
This is Jacks’ daughter, Jenny. Jenny and some of Jack’s friends have noticed that he is becoming more forgetful and they become concerned.

Scene 4: Jack’s GP recognises the early signs of dementia, but with a care plan, council supplied technology and local community support Jack can stay at hom
Jack and Jenny see the local GP who diagnoses Jack as having early signs of dementia. A support plan is developed for Jack, which allows him to enjoy his independence and remain in his own home. Jack’s support plan includes what he and Jenny can do to make best use of the support networks around them.  To help, the council installs a Telecare system into Jack’s house that will remind him to take his medication and automatically alert his daughter if something appears to be wrong. 

Scene 5: Jenny still worries about her Dad, but knows he is where he wants to be – in his own home with support around him
Of course, Jenny still worries about her Dad, but it is easy for her to check that he is safe because of the Telecare system the council provided and because Jack’s local community, neighbours and friends are looking out for him.

Scene 6: Jack’s friends, his community, Telecare system, care plan and professional assistance all work together to provide the help he needs
Jack is able to stay in his own home, where he is safe and happy with the support around him.

COST = £1,500 a year

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