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Carer of the Month: Chiyedzo (Eileen)
Chiyedzo joined us this September 2020 and was selected as November’s Carer of the Month because of the lovely words from the customer.
“We have been delighted with the speed at which Chiyedzo fitted into Mum & Dad’s life. This placement is our first experience of live-in care and the difference in mum in particular has been wonderful, we have seen the past stress dropping away from her shoulders.
Chiyedzo loves a laugh with them both and takes such care to make sure they both feel happy and safe. Meals are always just what they like and served promptly – don’t know how she juggles everything on time!
When Chiyedzo helps my dad to eat it’s really heartwarming to see. The three of them watch tv together and discuss current affairs. She jokes with them and hearing their laughter is wonderful. It’s clear to see they are very fond of her already.
Just knowing that Chiyedzo is there and so experienced and capable has made us all as a family happier and more relaxed. She gives us a discreet heads up on anything which is worrying mum or that is worrying her about them both.“
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Read customer stories
Every family we help is unique. For each, there are different triggers that finally motivate them to give us a call. Here are some of their stories:
Joanne’s story – care to support mild dementia
Joanne’s story – care that keeps Mum in her dancing shoes Joanne and her mum, Patricia, have been with Elder since 2017. Patricia has mild dementia, but that doesn’t stop…
Wendy’s story – moving from hourly care
Wendy’s story – moving from hourly care Mum has been disabled for a few years now. She used to have hourly care visits, but last summer she sadly fell and…
Jim’s story – care after hospital discharge
Jim’s story – care after hospital discharge Helen and her dad, Jim (92), have been with Elder since May 2020. Tabayi or ‘Tabby’ is their primary carer. Helen’s sister Ruth…
Sue’s story – care for a WW2 veteran
Sue’s story – care for a WW2 veteran My mother is an amazing woman. She is very quick-witted and has lived a full life, even having a stint as a…
Jill’s story – personalised dementia care
Jill’s story – personalised dementia care Jill has been with Elder since Jan 2020, care is for her mum (Peggy) who is 97 with dementia. Jennifer is their primary carer. …
Jan’s story – care for an elderly couple
Jan’s story – care for an elderly couple Jan has been with Elder since 2017, care is for her mum (Jean) and dad (Fred). Jean and Frederick are in their…
Ian’s story – live-in care advised by local council
Ian’s Story – live-in care advised by local council It started with Dad’s health deteriorating, followed by a hospital visit. At that point, we already had morning and evening visits…