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But though an old man, I am but a young gardener

But though an old man, I am but a young gardener

A keen gardener, Mr Andrews enjoyed his home-grown fruit and vegetables.  Aged 81, he lived alone in his own home and maintaining his large garden was very important to him.

Mr Andrews had a history of gout affecting his lower limbs and right hand. He wore a prosthesis on his left arm due to a congenital deformity. During flare-ups of his gout, Mr Andrews could frequently be incapacitated for three days, unable to move around, with significant problems with personal care and meal preparation.


At the time he came into contact with our Stay Well at Home service, he was becoming increasingly concerned about how to get help quickly when the early signs of a flare-up began. Although he had been given some medication to help reduce the difficulties brought on by the gout, he was still anxious about getting immediate practical assistance.

Faced with his situation, Mr Andrews was reluctantly considering a move to sheltered accommodation, leaving behind his much-loved vegetable plot and fruit trees.  He had viewed three flats – but they were all without a garden.

What we did

We arranged for Mr Andrews to have emergency contact with the local community health team when needed and organised for electrical work to be carried out, so that a Careline could be installed.

We then explored with him, at some length, the option of getting help with the garden and being able to stay in his current home rather than moving into sheltered housing.  This led to him taking up an offer of help with the garden from his neighbour, supplemented by the assistance of two young lads with the heavy work as and when needed.


Mr Andrews now oversees these tasks and his confidence and self-esteem is boosted by passing on his gardening skills and knowledge to younger people.  He is now confident in remaining in his longstanding home for the time being and continues to benefit from the fresh produce of his garden.

But though an old man, I am but a young gardener

Thomas Jefferson

For more information about how we can help you, or someone you care for, stay well and independent in their own home, contact our Stay Well at Home service.


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