Jim’s Home Care gives him more control of his life and health

Baptcare Home Care client James (Jim) Pattie talks about his experience living with early-onset dementia and Type 1 diabetes.

Jim Pattie is a history buff and former history teacher who has worked in schools across South Australia and Victoria, as well as with indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

Jim’s first symptoms of early-onset dementia emerged at work, when colleagues noted worrying lapses in his short-term memory.

As the condition developed, it forced him to retire early – a huge upheaval for an outgoing person who was only in his early sixties.

Jim became increasingly isolated as he grappled with a number of problems, including incontinence. “I shut myself off. The power was off and I was just isolated; I wouldn’t answer the door. I didn’t know what was happening to me,” he said.

A local Chemist noticed that Jim was not getting his insulin prescriptions filled regularly, and visited him at his house.

This thoughtful act triggered a process that resulted in Jim becoming a Home Care Package client with Baptcare.

Jim’s Baptcare Care Advisor, Tirita, has helped him to organise the practical aspects of daily living, which has given him more control of his life and health. And through encouragement and support from Baptcare’s diversional therapy and pastoral care professionals, Jim has reconnected with the community around him.


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