“At the age of 73, I suffer from severe arthritis and was a carer for my husband who had dementia to the extent that he no longer recognised me. I was receiving Disability Living Allowance but rang Signpost for their help after struggling to complete Attendance Allowance forms for my husband.

Pat from the DCASS team visited us at home and helped us to complete the forms. Pat noticed my terrible arthritis and that I was struggling to walk, let alone care for my husband. We explained that we had no services coming in to our home, and had little or no adaptations to help with our needs.

There and then, Pat referred us to the Adult Social Care team in Stockport. She also provided me with a great deal of helpful information including the existence of the Weekend Day Centre, Dementia Training Courses and Travel Vouchers.

In the following weeks, Pat checked back with me to see how I was coping. Sadly, my husband had passed away after a fall. He had been granted Attendance Allowance which I donated to the Alzheimers’ Society to continue their good work.

When Pat next called, I was able to tell her that I’d had two grab-rails fitted in my home by Adult Social Care and a special chair for the kitchen. I have been struggling to cook so Pat suggested a food home delivery service as an alternative which I will look into. I am very glad that I got in touch with Signpost and grateful for all their practical help and emotional support.”

Kate, Offerton (*Kate’s name and image have been changed)

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