For South Sydney local and Living My Way Member Eric (not his real name), going for a bike ride without the supervision of someone else seemed nothing more than a pipe dream not that long ago. But Eric’s hopes changed dramatically after he started with Living My Way’s Support Coordination service in November of last year.
Eric was diagnosed with Alcohol-Related Dementia at the start of 2020, and his condition has been declining rapidly, affecting his ability to live independently. As an avid soccer lover who played the sport professionally in England, keeping fit has always been important to him.
Luckily, with the help of a Support Coordinator and Occupational Therapist at Living My Way, Eric was able to get an M-Care watch which monitors his location and calls for help if he gets confused or lost. This device has opened up a whole new world for Eric, who can now go for bike rides without needing someone to go with him.
Living My Way has also matched Eric with a Support Worker with who he’s bonded. As a highly anxious person, Eric would call loved ones repeatedly on more distressing days. With this new Support Worker, however, he appears to be calmer, which has helped him do more of the things he loves to do more independently.
On top of this, Eric has been succeeding in trying to quit smoking with the encouragement of his Support Worker. His cognition also appears to be clearer – he initiates and carries conversations more easily than when staff at Living My Way first met him.
This support has given Eric’s family more peace of mind while he lives alone and has helped Eric be more independent and live a life that he finds fulfilling.