SOCIAL workers in Sheffield have helped to improve the quality of life of a man diagnosed with a heart condition.
The future looked bleak for Malcolm Hitch, of Shiregreen, when he was told he had severe heart failure following a period of ill health. Medics gave the 57-year-old, who has learning disabilities and autism, a poor prognosis.
But help was at hand in the form of a team from support provider Dimensions, who refused to accept that Malcolm’s situation could not be improved
Senior support worker Holly Kitson pressed for an accurate diagnosis and prognosis and then led the team in overhauling Malcolm’s support plan to recognise the severity of his health challenges. She also arranged for him to have an advocate to ensure his needs were met.
His diet, salt and fluid intake have been watched closely, which led to a glowing report from Malcolm’s cardiac nurse following a check-up.
Holly said: “To celebrate, Malcolm organised a day trip to Whitby. Having not left Sheffield for years, Malcolm and his support workers had a brilliant day.”
“None of this could have been achieved without Malcolm himself, and his outstanding resilience, understanding, trust, good humour and inner strength.”