Harry* is a ninety year old gentleman who is fiercely independent and has lived on his own most of his life.
When he contacted Golden Years, Cyrenians new Befriending Service in Edinburgh, he explained he was in a great deal of pain and was scheduled to go in at the beginning of June for a hip replacement operation. Harry told us he felt he wasn’t coping with day to day tasks any longer and was frightened about how he would lose his independence and become isolated when he got out of the hospital – he was feeling very low. He also shared with us that he was considering giving up the home he owns and loves and moving into a hotel so there were people around and he could get his meals.
We urged Harry not to make any decisions hastily and told him about Cyrenians Homeless Prevention Service (HPS) who would go over all the options available to him and support him to make an informed decision on his future. We told him how Golden Years could visit him support him after his operation by accompanying him on walks and journey with him to regain his confidence.
As a result of his visit from Heather at HPS, Harry found renewed confidence that he could indeed keep his home having been given the support to connect him in with services that could help with house work and gardening. When Golden Years spoke to Harry before his operation he was in a much happier place knowing he could have his operation and could return home to his own house.
Harry had his operation and was out of hospital in an unheard of two days! When Golden Years revisited Harry his confidence was high and he was happy . He told us how grateful he was for Cyrenians support, for the connections he had made with staff and he felt he did not need any more support at this time but was reassured and comforted knowing that he could contact us in the future should he need us.
For 50 years Cyrenians have journeyed with thousands of people like Harry in tough realities, helping them transform their own lives for themselves, but there is still much to do. Please click Donate to support our continued work in this, our 50th year.
*Name has been changed to preserve anonymity
*We’ve changed Harry’s name to preserve his anonymity.