During his time at Care Ashore he was actively involved with the social events that were provided and really enjoyed the company of others. In early 2016 he was diagnosed with Lung Cancer and a lengthy period of treatment begun and eventually he was operated on and had one of his lungs removed.
Frank recalls “The day I was told I had cancer was the most devastating days of my life, I was frightened and angry at the same time, I really was not coping very well with the diagnosis. Had it not been for the caring support of the welfare team and in particular, Carol, Dawn and Debbie, who provided me with unwavering support throughout my treatment I would never have got through it.
They escorted me to each of the treatments ensuring I was kept in good spirits and took on board what the doctors were saying as I just could not take it all in. They also kept my family up to date with every step of my progress and gave reassurance to them, which was appreciated. It was a very dark period for me, I would not engage with other residents like I used to and kept myself to myself.
It was through the gentle encouragement of the welfare team that my confidence grew and I started to get involved with social events and now am back in a better place. I know there are challenges ahead but having Care Ashore to support me gives me the peace of mind that I will not be facing them on my own.”