Ann, 75 – Dementia
I am a 75 year old Russian immigrant with dementia and my only son David is married and has a family of six young children. David contacted Bikur Cholim as he was overwhelmed by his caring responsibilities to me, his mother and the impact this was having on his family life. His marriage was strained as he was constantly out caring for me. A Bikur Cholim support worker made a referral to Social Services and advocated for a care package. She also arranged a rota of volunteers to visit regularly. David’s marriage has drastically improved now that Bikur Cholim are sharing the burden of my care. I appreciate the support I am receiving from the staff and volunteers at Bikur Cholim and it is obvious that they are trained in understanding the needs of people with dementia as I do not communicate as well with anyone else.