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Love, loss, a dog, and home care that makes a difference

21 February 2024

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Written bySona Bharkhada

Love, loss, a dog, and home care that makes a difference

There are things in life that are important for us to stay connected with

Staying connected to the important things in life is important for retaining a sense of identity and ageing well, for our client “RS”, she had built a lifelong bond with her golden labrador, Amber.

We began providing care for RS at the beginning of 2023 and it was immediately clear that RS and Amber had a special connection.

RS lives with dementia and Amber had sight loss, but the two always had space for one another. RS referred to Amber as “my treasure”, and Amber would never leave her side, often barging into the bathroom when Care Professionals were assisting RS. The bond between the two was so close that our team would often joke that they were getting in Amber’s way.

rs and amber at home receiving care from radfield home care leicester


Loss and endearing love

Having lived a long and happy life at RS’s side, Amber sadly passed away later that year. Faced with unimaginable grief while living with dementia, it was an incredibly tough time for RS and our team could not stand by. We wanted to do everything we could for RS, providing companionship and emotional support.

RS and her family buried Amber in the back garden as her final resting place. To provide RS with a lasting memorial, the entire care team thought it would be a fantastic idea to get a remembrance stone for Amber to be placed in the garden. Everyone contributed to the remembrance stone and when they presented this to RS and the family, they were so very grateful.

Amber's headstone in Rs' garden

The daughter of RS said: “Amber was a real beauty in her day and it has been sad having to say our goodbyes. It was the sweetest thing to give a gift to mum of a remembrance plaque for Amber. We so love the words you have chosen. Thank you to everyone for helping Mum to adjust to her loss.”

Now, our Care Professionals regularly take RS out in the garden so that she is able to go and see Amber when she wants. We are so pleased that we have had the opportunity to build a fantastic relationship with RS, support her during one of the most difficult times, and give her a lasting connection to Amber.

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Sona Bharkhada

Sona Bharkhada

Director & Care Manager

Sona has always had a passion for positively contributing to society and has a natural drive to help others.

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