Mrs Doherty is 84 years old and with the aid of a Home Care Package, still lives at home with her husband, Benjamin (87). They have been married for 60 years but were unable to conceive any children. They have a dog, Maroney and a cat, Tinker, whom they regard as their family.
Mr Doherty is otherwise well but has advanced glaucoma causing severe vision impairment.
Mr and Mrs Doherty enjoy reading together in the afternoons. She used to read aloud, but finds this more difficult now due to shortness of breath. They were quite social, although it has become difficult for them to participate at the local senior citizenís centre since Mrs Dohertyís health deteriorated.