Wendy Johnson's father struggled as his entire routine was wiped out by lockdown. Visits from support worker Ozzie have helped so much.

My Dad was really struggling with lockdown. He still is actually.

He’s a really intelligent man with a wry sense of humour. Since his dementia diagnosis in 2015, when we were very quickly referred to Alzheimer’s Support, Dad has enthusiastically attended every activity they have provided.

So lockdown has been a personal disaster for him as his entire routine was wiped out in one stroke.

Alzheimer’s Support staff kept phoning and providing Zoom sessions but it wasn’t working for Dad (it was for me though!).

Then came the call - would we like Ozzie to visit. We had already met him a few times so my immediate answer was a resounding YES!

Turning things around

In just a few weeks Ozzie has turned things around. Dad is doing Zoom Music 4 the Mind with him. He loves to sing and music generally but the good fortune of being with Ozzie who has a similar infectious sense of fun to Dad and also that all important military background is completely priceless.

Dad is now itching to get back to Sidmouth Street club and Movement and Music for the Mind groups. I will never ever stop being grateful to the wonderful souls involved in Alzheimer’s Support.

Their resourcefulness and innovative ideas for ways to get through this nightmare are nothing short of amazing.

Wendy Johnson