Empowering families so loved ones can live at home

Anna Primrose-Wells, Sue Ryder Occupational Therapist, Gloucestershire

"Empowering families so their loved one can continue living independently at home is a real privilege"

Thanks to Morrisons, Sue Ryder has expanded its team of therapists in Gloucestershire.

Myself and my colleagues all work together towards the same goal of providing the best care possible for their patients. As an Occupational Therapist, my role is to help patients maintain their independence and live the best quality of life possible.

Every day is different. One day I might be teaching someone techniques to help them manage the fatigue they may be experiencing; the next I will be offering group sessions on how to prevent falls.

Some days I am out in the local community visiting people at home. I assess what they can and cannot do to try and improve their day-to-day lives so they can stay at home with their loved ones. Empowering families so they can continue to have their loved one living independently with them at home is a real privilege.

Small actions make a big difference

It really is the simple things that make the biggest difference. Arranging for a wheelchair for a patient meant her daughter could take her out for the day. I can remember how her eyes sparkled when she told me all about their lovely day trip.

People can live for a long time following a life-changing diagnosis. There are things they still want to achieve – things that are special to them or that will create memories with their families. I can help them explore how to make those things happen.

Helping families stay together at home

I want to say a huge, great big thank you to Morrisons. The funds raised make an enormous difference to people, giving families breathing space and helping them stay together at home.

It is an incredibly special thing to do and I am thrilled to be part of it.

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