Annie has lived in a residential home for people with dementia for 12 months. She was quite unsettled upon arrival, but she has now said that she quite likes the home and calls the staff her friends. Annie denies that she has dementia but believes that it is best for her to live in the home in order to stay safe.

The care home has a locked door policy and the residents are all under constant supervision so Annie has a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard and POhWER’s Relevant Paid Person’s Representative, Natasha has been appointed.

Natasha visited Annie. She observed that the home seemed quiet and homely and staff were making an effort to protect Annie’s dignity. She learned that Annie has had a long career as a journalist and lecturer in journalism and still worked well into her eighties. She does not have family who visit her.

Natasha met with Annie in private and explained her role. Natasha asked Annie if there was anything that she was not currently doing that she would like help with in the future. Annie said that she would quite like a typewriter so she could make notes. She also said that the Senior Team Leader mentioned the possibility of her contributing to the home magazine for the residents. Natasha asked Annie if she wanted her to enquire about this and she said she would.

The team leader informed Natasha that the decision about the magazine sat with the home manager and that she was concerned that the typewriter would be too expensive for Annie. Natasha clearly explained the positive benefits of this and why is was important to Annie.

When Natasha visited a month later she found that Annie was working on her first contribution to the magazine and she was told by the home that she enjoys using the typewriter which had been ordered for her. Annie feels happy that she is experiencing elements of her old career which she greatly enjoyed and took pride in and that the residents are benefitting from her sharing her skills.