Age UK Integrated Care: Beatrice’s Story

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Beatrice lives alone with a small dog. She has diabetes and gets very breathless at times, which causes her a lot of anxiety.  Beatrice had a stroke a recently leaving a lot of pain in her right arm. Beatrice is also partially sighted.  She was highly dependent on support and relied on carers for most daily tasks, having four visits a week.  She was in regular contact with her GP and District Nurse and had support from the community mental health team to help manage her anxiety.

How we helped

Over a period of weeks, we helped Beatrice to build her confidence and increase her social activities.

We arranged for her to have telehealth support to help manage her diabetes and have a functional assessment with an exercise buddy to help her improve her balance and stability, initially doing exercises at home.

Three months later...

With the help of an exercise buddy, Beatrice now attends a balance and stability class.

Beatrice joined a group on a shopping trip that we organised and now attends a ladies social group. 

Her confidence has grown and she recently hosted a coffee morning in her own home.

Eight months later...

Beatrice’s wellbeing score has increased from 19/35 to 29/35.

Beatrice took the initiative in reducing her own social care package from four visits a week to two.  She has less contact with the community mental health team as she is learning to self-manage her anxiety.

Population groups: 
Older people
People with long term conditions
People with mental health problems
People with physical disabilities
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Age UK Integrated Care Team