How can Case Management help?
A Case Study Example:
A case of a senior couple in their 70s living together in a two-room HDB flat. As their two adult children do not live with them, the seniors depend on themselves for their daily needs. Their struggles are unknown to others due to their solitary lifestyles with little desire to interact with their neighbours.
To make matters worse, the elderly gentleman suffers from dementia and other chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure. As such, he is very dependent on his wife for his daily activities. Being the sole caregiver to her husband, the elderly lady does not have any serious illnesses for now, but the occasional aching in her left leg due to an operation 10 years ago.
Her mental well-being has also been affected ever since her husband has been diagnosed with mild dementia. The dementia has also slightly strained the relationship because of challenge in engaging her husband. The usual forgetfulness, mood swings of her husband and little support from their children have all contributed to her stress.
* Note: The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this case study are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased) is intended or should be inferred.
Some possible needs and presenting issues identified from the case study:
Physical/ Mental Stressors
- Home safety
- Old age
- Chronic physical illnesses (diabetes and high blood pressure)
- Mental illness (dementia)
- Physical condition of occasional aches due to leg operation
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Emotional/ Social Needs
- Empty Nest Syndrome and Social Isolation (may be due to their individual personalities)
- Lack of respite for wife taking care of husband with multiple health issues
- Struggles and strain in the spousal relationship
- Lack of resources e.g. emotional support, financial resources
- Caregiver stress due to lack of :
- (i) Support for daily activities
- (ii) Family support
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