Here are some case studies of situations where advocacy helped:
Bill took a fall in his home when tending to his beloved pigeons and was immediately admitted to hospital with a suspected broken hip. On further exploration, the hospital finds Bill´s hip is not broken. When Bill recovers, he quickly realises that his family think he would be safer in a residential home. Bill feels all he needs is some support in his home, he is a big part of his local community, he doesn´t want to lose touch with his neighbours and he knows his pigeons wouldn´t be able to move with him. A Best Life Advocate helped Bill communicate his feelings to his family who agreed to support Bill´s decision. The advocate then helped Bill access the support he needed through Adult Social Care and Care Line including a personal alarm. Bill is now back at home with his pigeons, still a big part of his community.
Maureen walked to the shops every day until some School children started calling her names and shouting rude remarks about her age. This escalated and Maureen had empty bottles thrown at her. A Best Life Advocate gave Maureen information on Hate Crime and supported Maureen to report the incidents to the Police. The Police spoke to the School and the children, helping them to understand the consequences of their actions and now the children regularly volunteer at the local day centre.
Roy was feeling very lonely after his wife passed away. His family lived at the other end of the Country and he didn´t want to ‘burden’ them with his worries. One day while walking into town he just happened to pass a Best Life Building. While he was reading a poster in the window, a Best Life Advocate invited him in for a cup of tea. Roy and the Best Life Advocate got talking and eventually Roy felt comfortable enough to speak of his loneliness. The Best life Advocate gave Roy lots of information on local support groups and even went along with Roy the first few times so he didn´t feel nervous. Now Roy doesn´t have time to call in to the Best Life Building for a cuppa!