Mirsad, last year’s Shared Lives Carer of the Year, has supported his customer Eric for a number of years. Eric is an older gentleman who had found that his ability to get ‘out and about’ had deteriorated over recent years and he said that the support from Mirsad “makes a hell of a difference” to his life. Mirsad would visit Eric every week and take him the daily newspaper, then they would go out to wherever they had agreed to visit that day. Sometimes Mirsad and Eric might visit a local park or museum but sometimes they ventured further afield to places like Llandudno, Chester, York or Liverpool.
Eric has an interest in model boats so Mirsad took him to join a model boat club to chat with likeminded people and watch the boats. Eric says that “Mirsad is a constant companion”, without him he “would never go any distance” and that he “looks forward to seeing Mirsad very much, we get on very well”.
In the past couple of years Eric’s condition has deteriorated. He has developed Dementia, he no longer recognises his own son, and now lives in a care home. However, Mirsad was still visiting him, taking him his favourite fruit and croissants and taking him out up to four times per week.
Since the COVID-19 Crisis, the home has been in lockdown and Mirsad has not been allowed to visit, but he has been ringing every day to see how Eric is. Three months on since they had last seen each other, Mirsad was sure that Eric would not remember who he was. Then he received a phone call from the home; Eric had been asking them where Mirsad was and why hasn’t he been to visit him - and he would like to speak to him on the phone. Which of course, he did, and there followed an emotional telephone reunion between the two.
Since then, Mirsad has been visiting Eric and seeing him through the window. As you can see in the pictures, Eric certainly recognises Mirsad and is very happy to see him.
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