Blind Army Veteran
Blind Royal Scots veteran given independence and able to visit friends thanks to help from DMWS
We can reduce a persons isolation and improve their well-being and quality of life by unlocking the solutions for them. The healthcare pathway can be difficult to navigate and that is where DMWS can make a significant difference.Robert Reid, DMWS Regional Manager, Scotland and the borders
A Royals Scots veteran was referred to DMWS by Scottish War Blinded to assist with accessing GP & hospital appointments. He had previously had several strokes that resulting in poor health, mobility and poor eyesight. This removed his ability to drive and restricted his activity and ability to visit friends and family leading to social isolation. The veteran lived in a second-floor flat which restricted opportunities to leave the house. The DMWS welfare officer helped the veteran to find, view and accept a ground floor flat with outdoor area. Liaising with Legion Scotland the DMWS welfare officer helped to arrange assistance with the move into new flat and additional services that could be helpful for maintaining independence in the future including receiving care from a social worker and a cleaner.
The veteran has been able to gain back his independence and with the support and contact from the DMWS welfare officer, improved his mental well-being, confidence and loneliness.
- Improvement in to the veterans mental state. He now feels positive and hopeful about the future.
- Improved housing: The veteran will be able to stay at home and be able to leave the house with ease
- Improvement of veteran’s independence and overall wellbeing
- Maximise network of local support