Back to living independently: Joy’s story

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Scenario: In the past

Scene 1: Meet 70-year-old Joy. She lives an active life and is fit, healthy and independent.
Joy, 70, lives alone in a residential area with lots of other retired people. She is an active member of the community and she regularly volunteers in her local community centre.

Scene 2: Joy has an accident and is hospitalised after breaking her hip
One day while cooking in her kitchen, Joy slips on some spilled water and falls badly breaking her hip. She needs surgery to correct the problem and is admitted to hospital for treatment.

Scene 3: Joy becomes dependent on residential care and is unable to do things for herself
Following her surgery, Joy is worrying about going back home. Even though she may be medically well enough she doesn’t feel confident enough to go home so accepts a temporary place at a care home.

Joy’s family are worried about her and they agree a care home is the best place for her to be until she is well.

Scene 4: Joy has lost her confidence and a care home seems like the only option.
After being in the care home for a few months, Joy doesn’t feel confident enough to go back to her own home. She is worried that she may fall again and as she is still not that steady on her feet she feels remaining in the care home is the best option.

Joy’s family are also keen to ensure she is safe and they feel the care home is the only place she would be looked after.


Scenario: In the future

Scene 1: Meet 70-year-old Joy. She lives an active life and is fit, healthy and independent.
Joy, 70, lives alone in a residential area with lots of other retired people. She is an active member of the community and she regularly volunteers in her local community centre, making refreshments for visitors.

Scene 2: Joy has an accident and is hospitalised after breaking her hip
One day while cooking in her kitchen at home Joy slips on some spilled water and falls badly breaking her hip. She needs surgery to correct the problem and is admitted to hospital for treatment.

Scene 3: Joy receives an intensive package of support and is slowly gaining her strength back
Following her surgery, Joy receives a six-week intensive support package including physiotherapy and occupational therapy which helps her get back to being mobile after she leaves hospital. She also receives support and information about staying safe at home in future. (non-slip slippers etc).

Joy’s family can see that she is starting to re-gain her independence.

Scene 4: Joy feels better and is able to go home
After her intensive support Joy feels confident enough to go back to her own home. She knows where to get help if she needs it and she has information and advice on staying healthy long term.

Joy feels able to get out and about again and is soon back volunteering at her local community centre with her friends. Her family is also happy that she is still able to care for herself in her home where she wants to be.

 

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