I’m waiting for the Outreach worker from SignHealth to arrive. They come during the week to help me manage my money and keep my flat tidy and clean. Today someone is going to have a look at the food in my fridge and make sure it’s all in date.
They help me with all sorts of things, from cleaning out my tropical fish tank and walking my dog to ordering my medication. Sometimes they take me to the local café.
Things used to be very different. I was struggling with my finances. People would ring my door and ask for money. I was frightened, so I gave it to them. This had an impact on my savings.
When I met SignHealth they organised for a door camera to be fitted. Now, before I open the door, I can take a picture of the person ringing and decide whether I want to answer. This gives me peace of mind.
They helped me set up direct debits, so I don’t have to carry lots of cash. My flat was full of things I thought I needed or were useful. I had to sleep on the sofa as I couldn’t get into my bedroom. SignHealth helped me make a plan to reduce my collection of things.
Now my kitchen is clean and staff help me keep it that way throughout the week. I can now go to my bedroom, but I choose to sleep on the sofa watching TV until I fall asleep.
It’s been a good year for me. I really look forward to seeing my Outreach workers. With their help I feel back in control of my life and able to make the choices I want.