ZANE would like to share how difficult life is for the elderly they support – without regular visits from the ZANE carers, many would have no way of surviving.
I visited and assessed Mrs Janet W (80), who lives together with her son and daughter-in-law in Prospect, a relatively poor suburb of Harare. She is a very pleasant woman who was clear headed and intelligent and was easy for us to talk with.
Her son is finding it increasingly difficult to cover the costs of looking after her and she is worried about being a burden on them. After asking all the necessary questions, we decided that we will help her with a monthly food parcel and cover the cost of her with important medications.
I visited several people at one of the smaller care complexes:
I have spent time with Jim D who frequently wanders around the gardens, not communicating with other residents, but seems contented and is always grateful and courteous when I deliver the money to him.
Similarly Ivy D. gets by with the small amount of money she has, but doesn’t complain and is always easy to talk with. She has some health issues but has not seen a doctor as she worries about the money. I suggested she definitely does this and we will help her. Ivy is lonely and doesn’t mix with other residents there.
Jill and Charles
The lives of Jill and Charles are becoming difficult again because Charles’s bi-polar is starting to spiral dangerously upwards. While sitting with them there, Jill lost her temper loudly and angrily, furious with Charles because he had knowingly put himself in a situation which always causes him to become upset.
The argument became volatile, culminating in Jill bursting into tears with Charles staring vacantly at the wall. None of this was surprising and happens frequently with bi-polars, but is horrible for their families. I’ll have to keep a closer watch and do more quiet talking with them.
They have no other people with medical knowledge of this nature, who they can confide in and ask questions of.
* Names and images may have been changed for privacy reasons
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