Beatrice is 84 years old and infirm. She’s lived on her own since her husband and son died. She is profoundly Deaf, and she is featured in a fantastic documentary about care for elderly Deaf people.
When Beatrice fell after turning on the TV she lay for two days without food, water or help. Now the weekly visit from one of SignHealth’s Outreach workers is the only help and company she gets.
For an hour or two, once a week, Vicki helps Beatrice with things she can’t do alone. She translates letters into sign language, and makes time to have a chat.
Beatrice tried living in a care home, but surrounded only by hearing people and unable to talk to them she felt even more alone.
Without Outreach from SignHealth, Beatrice would be completely isolated, without anyone to help.
The documentary is called Who Cares and you can see it here: Who Cares