Anthony had ongoing mental health issues and chronic alcoholism, often drinking a litre of vodka or more a day. He lived in an apartment at Webster Court, a sheltered housing block run by St Anthony’s mobility became poor very quickly. Staff would check on him often and would help him to communal areas in his wheelchair when he wanted to socialise. Sometimes he chose to be alone for periods of time. We listened to his needs and would find other ways to check on him without disturbing him.
Anthony’s health declined rapidly, but before he died, we helped accomplish his wish to go to Great Yarmouth for the day. Anthony had discussed his funeral plan with us. He wanted to leave some money aside for a wake for the other tenants at Webster Court. His desires were carried out and all the other tenants attended a barbecue in his memory.
Together with palliative nurses, social workers and occupational therapists, our staff ensured that Anthony’s comfort, care and independence was maintained.
Anthony’s quality of life was greatly improved in the final weeks of his life as a result of the collaborative work of our staff and health professionals.
Anthony’s quality of life was greatly improved in the final weeks of his life as a result of the collaborative work of our staff and health professionals. We believe Anthony experienced a comfortable and peaceful passing whilst ensuring his wishes were fulfilled.