Paul makes a full recovery thanks to ‘Stirlings’ care home love and support
Paul, who went to Stirlings care home after a fall last summer, will soon be returning home, thanks to expert care and encouragement by employees at the Wantage care home.
Seventy-three-year-old, Paul, who lives in Kennington, Oxford, had gone to the care home after a fall left him weak and immobile. He was also disorientated due to missed medication and low blood pressure. Following expert care and attention from the team at Stirling Paul is now mobile and will go back to living in his home once domiciliary care has been arranged.
Paul said: “I am very grateful for the care and support I received from the care team. My recovery is down to their encouragement and cheerfulness, along with my determination to get better.”
Paul, who has lived on his own for over 30 years, enjoys his independence. He was a book printer, having trained at the Oxford University Press. In his retirement Paul has been active and sociable, regularly catching the bus into town for some shopping and to catch up with friends in the pub. However, a fall at home stopped him going out and made coping with daily life very difficult.
Initially Paul was cared for in bed, and had his medication managed by carers at the home. Within a few weeks Paul was joining fellow residents for activities like bingo and quizzes and making friends in the dining room. Speaking about the care team, Paul said:
“Everyone has been very friendly and good to me. I’ve been really well looked after. I’m happy with my progress now that I can walk with a frame. I don’t remember the first two weeks I was here, but I am grateful to be better now. I am looking forward to getting back to my own home, and I’ll be making friends with new carers.”
Paul spent his Christmas at Stirlings. He said: “It was lovely, we all sat down to eat together, on two long tables with all the trimmings. A very nice Christmas.”
Paul would reassure anyone concerned about moving to a care home not to be, he said: “They shouldn’t worry, you get looked after well here, really spoiled, I haven’t had to lift a finger.”
He quickly made friends with all the carers, as well as other residents. Some of Paul’s friends came to visit him, as well as his sister, who lives in Devon. The care team showed him how to use an iPad to stay in touch with his mates.
Home Manager Lisa said: “It has been wonderful to see Paul return to full health, from being poorly and disorientated, to the happy, chatty character that we see today. He’s made everyone here smile and it’s been a pleasure to care for him.”