Keeping company. Hestelle – a full time carer for her husband Alexander who had been diagnosed with Dementia . Rainham, UK.
“Hestelle and Alexander Harper have been married for over 50 years . In 2005 Alexander was diagnosed with cancer and in 2006 he had a stroke. From then on the change in his behaviour and memory problems led to a diagnosis of Vascular Dementia . Hestelle became his full-time carer . This story shows the wife’s love and dedication to care for her husband and her life after he passed away in 2013. ”
Alexander had limited mobility. One of the spare bedrooms located upstairs was converted into a living space with a TV and sofa. His bedroom was only a few steps down the landing.
Daily routine. Hestelle goes to check on Alexander. This means making a number of trips upstairs everyday.
Resting . A quiet moment for the carer.
Organising the medications.
Alexander passed away 24th February 2013.
Hestelle tending to her her pet lovebirds.
Memories left behind. The photo comes from Alexander’s first passport used to travel to England in 1960.