This case study highlights the use of additional AHP support which was provided to community service users through the use of Change Fund resources.
A man with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease was referred to Speech & Language Therapy. He was experiencing word finding difficulties as his primary symptom and felt frustrated. I visited him at home and heard many stories about his life travelling the world with the army. His wife supported his conversation skills. Denis clearly demonstrated a passion for the topic and was motivated to communicate. I was already working with another man, John, following his stroke. His speech was non- fluent with long hesitations as he struggled to retrieve the word. He had also travelled the world with the army and was interested in sharing his experiences in therapy. Both gentlemen lacked the vocabulary to discuss their past easily with a new conversation partner. Both gentlemen were frustrated by their difficulties and felt increasingly passive. It transpired that both men held the same rank in the army (Warrant Officer 2). I knew little about this rank and their progression to this position. I asked them if they would be interested in working together and they agreed.