To assess Mrs Dohertyís health and how she is coping at home, you will need to ask her a series of questions.
Please click on the questions below to obtain Mrs Dohertyís answers.
You seem to have been quite unwell since I last met you 8 years ago. Tell me about your general state of health Mrs Doherty.
How do you spend your free time?
Who does your shopping and cooking?
And are you able to feed yourself Mrs Doherty?
Do you have any difficulties showering or dressing yourself?
And how about using the bathroom? Can you manage OK on your own?
Well, my ticker is not too good anymore and the doctor says that is causing lots of other problems too, like the swelling in my legs, dizzy spells and shortness of breath. I just canít eat like I used to. Iíve had angina for a long time, but that has gotten even worse recently. And the pain from my arthritis has been awful lately. My whole body aches terribly, especially in the cold weather. I generally donít sleep too well on account of the pain and shortness of breath. Iím hardly able to do anything for myself. And apart from being concerned about my health, Iím worried about Ben. What will happen to him when itís my time to go?
Ah love, donít you worry yourself about that and stop your talking about you not being around.
Well, we read and listen to the wireless or watch the TV. But Iíve just been so exhausted lately, I seem to spend more and more time sleeping. I donít go out anymore.
The lass from Home Support does the shopping for us and our evening meals are delivered by meals on wheels. Ben prepares us a simple breakfast and lunch.
Oh yes, I donít have much trouble there.
Well, the lasses from Home Support help me shower and change in the morning and Ben helps me in the evening. Iím not so steady on my feet anymore and Iíve lost a lot of confidence since I had my fall.
Iím not too bad with that, but sometimes Ben has to help me off the toilet, because Iím not strong enough to pull myself up. And since I move so slowly, sometimes I donít make it to the loo in time.