Marjorie Cleghorn - a Carer's Perspective.
I worked full time, had a busy schedule and looked after my mother, who has dementia, and my father who is an amputee. My husband is invaluable as he supports them as well as organising hospital visits, doing shopping runs and being a taxi generally! This really curtailed our lives as we could no longer just go away for the weekend to visit family. We haven't had a holiday in ages as we live in the country; we need to arrange everything as neither parent could cope with buses or even taxis.
Crossroads became involved after I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the start of this year, having survived a brain tumour four years prior to this. I had to go in quickly for surgery and we called Crossroads Fife Central to assist, which they did providing care and companionship for my parents two days a week. We purchase this support, which is ongoing.
This made a difference to us be easing the pressure on ourselves and it meant that I could try and recover without the added worry of my parents.
Now, my life is better than it has been in a while and I would most certainly recommend Crossroads to other people.
Marjorie Cleghorn - November 2016