Ms. B was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and had no family, and limited resources. She thought she had to manage her health by herself, but her doctor knew contacting Angel On My Shoulder could to help change her present life circumstances. She consented to our support.
After our initial assessment, it was determined that Ms. B did not have the resources for the medications prescribed. As a result, she felt she had few choices to manage her health, and her limited support system made life appear even more overwhelming to her. To make things even more complex, she was one of many people today caught in the circumstance of making too much money for assistance, but not enough to manage her health.
We gained Ms. B's trust by empowering her with choices to improve the difficulties she faced. Together, we established a treatment plan with short and long term goals. These included obtaining health insurance, and setting up a support network.
Our nurses accompanied her to support groups and medical appointments until she was comfortable going alone. We navigated the community transit system together, and helped make new social connections.
Ms. B learned she could be successful with her treatment plan. She soon began to feel better once she had her medications and the social support.
Ms. B has decided it is time for her to give back to the community that supported her, and she is currently working as a volunteer.