Retired amputee claims carers' work has helped him avoid moving into a nursing home

PUBLISHED: 12:58 09 June 2016

Carewatch Bexley at Sainsburys, The Broadway . Picture by:

Carewatch Bexley at Sainsburys, The Broadway . Picture by:

This week is national carers' week

A Bexleyheath pensioner who had his leg amputated due to diabetes and suffered a severe stroke has thanked the work of his carers, who visit him three times a day.

Lionel Glover, 69, who uses a wheelchair, has been cared for by workers at Carewatch for the past 12 years.

The retired officer worker says without their visits, he would have to live in a nursing home.

He said: “I lost my right leg due to gangrene which came about as a result of diabetes.

“I can’t have a prosthetic leg due to the fact I suffered a massive stroke when I was 55.

“I haven’t got the balance anymore and couldn’t learn to walk.”

Having used the care service since 2004, Mr Glover said he looked forward to the carers’ visits.

He said: “People don’t realise how much work carers do and how people like me rely on them just to get through each day. It can be very frustrating when you can’t do the things you want to or if you drop something and can’t pick it up.”

June 6 to June 12 is National Carers Week, which has been celebrated at the Sainsbury’s store at Bexleyheath’s Broadway Shopping Centre.

Priya Chawla-Lidbury, director and registered manager of Carewatch (Bexley), said: “It really is nice to hear from clients who are happy and appreciate the service they receive.

“It is important we help people to live independently and remain in their own homes.

“Our motto is always if a life is worth living, it’s worth living well.”

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