Maria & John’s Story: Maria and John are an older York couple in their 50s and 60s. John has Alzheimer’s and Maria uses a wheelchair. As well as his wife, Maria is his full time carer.
Unable to go to any Social Clubs through shielding during lockdown, Maria was feeling trapped in her own home and feeling low. Caring for a loved one with dementia most of the time was fine for her, but sometimes it could be very hard and feel very lonely.
Maria heard about Community Bees through … and contacted them to see if they could help.
Michaela from Community Bees started to bring craft activities to the couple’s garden on a weekly basis, having a cup of tea with them and being creative together.
Maria particularly enjoyed the chat and fresh company, John loved doing the activities, especially the model railway kits, something he has been passionate about all his life.
“It means the world to me that you give us the support we both need, especially for John who trusts you, enjoys your company and so looks forward to you coming round.”
As the weeks went on, Community Bees moved on to helping John in his garden, supporting him to erect panels and painting his own fence. This brought new purpose to John, enabling him to do something he would have found impossible without additional help. He also started a new hobby; painting gnomes.
And Maria felt much more able to cope with John’s dementia as she gets respite every week and the chance of new conversation and a laugh.
“You don’t realise how much you mean to us, it’s everything. A billion pounds wouldn’t buy the support and work you do for both of us, I can not thank you enough for what you do.”
Community Bees strongly believe in a person-centred approach, offering the service that most suits the individuals involved. They also know spending quality time with people, over a cuppa and an activity, improves wellbeing no end.
And Maria would agree.
“You are worth your weight in gold.”