Dennis experienced traumatic times in his life which consisted of sexual and financial abuse spanning many years from early childhood to adulthood. As a result, Dennis’ mental and physical health suffered, and he became an alcoholic.
Dennis has a history of physical health issues after suffering strokes.
Dennis’ mental and physical health suffering contributed to suicide attempts.
Dennis was admitted to Christchurch View in October. On admission he was addicted to alcohol, suffering from a brain injury sustained from two strokes, and had repeated falls and seizures.
Dennis was unable to live an independent life.
Dennis now has regular weekly input sessions with our psychologist who helps him to discuss any issues that he has.
Dennis identified that his alcohol use was excessive and therefore with the help of staff at Christchurch View has reduced his intake. Dennis was also informed by staff that he could attend S2S (Substance to Solution) if needed, for additional support.
With the help and support from staff at Christchurch View we have managed to get Dennis signed up with a doctor’s surgery and dentist. Dennis is on daily medication from the GP and has regular check-ups.
Dennis has become more independent following support and has recently become a volunteer, helping other residents with arts and crafts, and general activities such as cooking.
Dennis feels more settled and states ‘’I can look at myself in the mirror now and like myself.”
Dennis has also been able to manage his finances better and budget his money each week for food and personal items.
Dennis’s hygiene has improved and he’s now able to take regular showers and keep himself clean.
Dennis has attended the gym twice a week for over a year and has improved his fitness. Dennis has reiterated how he enjoys the gym and the people that attend so this is something that he wants to continue to do. It has improved his general fitness and state of mind.
Dennis has told staff that he feels safer and looked after at Christchurch View, and that his quality of life has improved ten-fold since being here.
He has also stated that he will continue to listen and receive support from staff at Christchurch View and if he has any issues or concerns, he knows he can talk to staff or the psychologist.
Staff will continue to motivate Dennis by encouraging him to use self-affirmation and to remind him of how positive his life is now.
Dennis has informed staff that he feels proud of the progress he has made since his journey started and that he will continue to strive for improvement. He has always thanked staff for the help and support received and he understands that he still has work to do to improve his quality of life.