You have received a diagnosis of young onset dementia, a life changing moment. At a time when you would normally be expected to be employed, supporting children through school or University and still paying a mortgage, you now find yourself unemployed, your partner caring for you and what sometimes feels like being confined to your own home. That is certainly one way that you can approach the diagnosis, but we are delighted to tell you about one of our clients, Steve, who has decided to utilise the support that we provide to help him live his dream.
Steve has been a long fan of aeroplanes and he is taking the opportunity of utilising his support from our team to pursue this interest. This recently resulted in a visit to Blackbushe Airport where, much to his delight, he came across charity Aerobility. Here he discovered not only people with a similar interest, but a friendly and welcoming team who would like to do what they can to enable him to make his dream come true. He was given a tour of the premises and, more importantly to Steve, of the cockpit of a plane itself. Not holding back, Steve has said he would not only like to become a volunteer within the charity, but that he would also like to learn to fly, booking his first flying lesson there and then. As Steve said “Don’t let dementia get in the way of anything. This is the best day of my life. I haven’t stopped smiling.”
Steve is a fantastic example of not letting himself be limited by a diagnosis, but to live life to the full, to focus on what he can do, not what he can’t do. He is an example to us all. So next time you hear yourself say “I can’t do that”, take a leaf out of Steve’s book and say, “How can I do that?”.
If you would like further information about the support that Banyan Home Care Services can provide, or more information about working for us, then please give us a call. We would love to hear from you.
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