and Roberta Case History
Paul contacted the local Adult Community Center seeking respite
and in-home care assistance. Roberta, his wife of 50+ years, was
diagnosed with dementia and required a heavy load of personal assistance
with all of her activities of daily living. Paul contacted BCS and
we were soon able to set-up a routine that gave Paul flexible respite
times and Roberta the care she required to stay at home safely.
Assistance - Bathing - Dressing - Personal Hygiene
Roberta has required an ever-increasing amount of personal care
since the onset of her dementia. She is also struggling with bladder
deficiencies, UTI's (urinary tract infections), and incontinence.
Therefore, bathing and personal hygiene are high on the list of
personal assistance tasks BCS provides. This is an on-going challenge
for her caregivers since Roberta has a fear of enclosed spaces,
sounds from cascading shower water, and changes in light. BCS works
continually to reassure Roberta and works with Paul to provide household
upgrades that are consistent with Roberta's declining mental status.
- Landscaping and Interior Design - Household Services
has worked with Paul and Roberta in their home for over three years.
Because of Roberta's deteriorating condition, Paul has called on
BCS to respond with increased care hours and respite times. During
this period, BCS has recommended and implemented household design
changes to support Roberta and Paul's independence. BCS coordinated
the contractors who installed the bathroom grab bars, lift chairs,
and other required medical equipment and support devices.
- Family Coordination - Security Checks
The greatest service we provide for Paul and Roberta is reliability
and consistency. We are on-site at least four days a week. Roberta
and Paul have had two primary caregivers who have integrated into
the family routine and remain close to their entire extended family.
Our services provide the family with a sense of security that their
mother is receiving adequate and compassionate care and that their
father is getting much needed respite. BCS frequently coordinates
care times for Paul other than our scheduled times.
Roberta continues to decline and the family understands that the
day will arrive when it will no longer be possible to sustain safety
at home. BCS is working together with the family to review facility
placement options. In the meantime, BCS provides personal assistance,
hygiene tasks and companionship for Roberta and continued respite
and household help for Paul.