Let’s plan community services with Geoff
- Geoff lives with his partner Anne (and his aging golden retriever, Bertie) in Peasedown St. John.
- Geoff retired eight years ago from work in a small engineering firm, following a successful career in the prison service.
- Geoff and Anne met six years ago through Cruse Bereavement Care. Anne is a retired legal secretary who works part time for the Parish Council.
- Geoff has two children: Clare, a neo-natal nurse who lives in Lansdowne, and Phil – an architect who lives in Oxford with his partner and children. Anne doesn’t have children.
GEOFF’S SOCIAL LIFE
- Geoff loves spending time with his children and grandchildren.
- His other love is rugby, he’s been involved in the game – playing, coaching, fundraising – all of his life. He’s a member of Midsomer Norton RFC and occasionally watches Bath play at The Rec.
- Geoff likes being out in the fresh air and he takes Bertie out every day for his morning walk, when he can.
- This time last year Geoff was relatively fit and active.
- Geoff would describe himself as ‘getting closer to the scrap heap.’
- Last February Geoff was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND). He’s losing his mobility (walking the dog and getting around the house is increasingly difficult) and his ability to speak and swallow is decreasing.
- Geoff has told the medics and his family that he doesn’t want to live with MND. He’s angry about the medical help he’s getting, he doesn’t see the point.
- Geoff can see that Anne is dreading what lies ahead for them. He desperately wants to spare Anne, and his family, from this burden.
- Geoff is drinking regularly.
THINKING ABOUT GEOFF
1. Which services do you think are directly or indirectly supporting Geoff?
2. Thinking about Geoff’s life, what would help him and his family manage his end of life care?
3. How can Geoff be supported to take more control of his own health and wellbeing?