Audrey & Bill's Story: Caregiver Respite
Audrey, 88, and her husband Bill, 96, have been happily married for over 65 years. According to Audrey, Bill’s fall last summer changed both their lives. No longer able to carry out day-to-day tasks on his own and suffering from Alzheimer’s, Bill required support twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It was then that Audrey became a full-time caregiver to her husband with a goal of keeping him at home as long as possible.
“At the time, I was scared. At my age, I knew I couldn’t provide the care he needed on my own. I was so afraid I would have to move him to a nursing home,” says Audrey. “The result of that would have been devastating. If Bill had to leave his home, he would give up – that would be the end”.
Through the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre, Audrey receives respite support four days a week. This support ensures Audrey gets the rest she needs, can leave the home to run errands or connect with friends for a visit or a game of bridge.
“Knowing Bill is receiving the care he needs gives me great peace of mind and the chance to also take care of myself. I am so thankful for the support. Bill is much happier being at home and that means the world to me”.