This project has now come to an end. For more information, please download and read the pdf document to the right.
The Axe Valley Visiting Scheme was set up to provide a one to one visiting service to people in the Axminster area who are:
- over 60 year of age
- either living in their own homes or in residential care homes
- in receipt of health and social care services
The aim of the project was to alleviate social isolation and improve the health and wellbeing of people who may have been feeling out of touch, lonely or isolated for a variety of reasons such as ill health, bereavement, significant life changes, or lack of family or friends living nearby.
To get in touch with Action East Devon regarding this project, please call 01404 549045 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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To find out more about becoming a volunteer, or how to refer a client to the service, please contact:
The Axe Valley Visiting
Mr B was 98 years old, when he was introduced to his volunteer visitor. He was living independently at home. His wife had died five years previously and he continued to miss her terribly. They had one daughter who was estranged.
Mr B had help to go shopping once a week from neighbour and daily visits from Community nurses to dress a skin lesion. The nurses had referred him to the visiting scheme as they felt he would benefit from extra social contact.
Mr B had had a full and interesting life, was a good communicator and a cheeky sense of humour!
Mr Bâ€™s volunteer visited weekly, she encouraged him to attend and accompanied him to a local lunch club until he was confident to go on his own. They shared a similar sense or humour and laughed a lot together.
Mr Bâ€™s health deteriorated gradually over time; during this time his visitor helped him to keep medical appointments, giving him lifts and reminders. Mr B reached his 100th birthday and she organised a card from the Queen to mark the occasion and attended the celebration at the lunch club.
Soon after this, Mr B became unable to continue to live safely at home. A respite placement was found in residential care. The visitor helped Mr B to pack for his stay and continued to visit him at the care home. He died at the care home a few weeks after arriving. His visitor sat with him during his last hours of life.×