The portrait of WJT Belsey Esq. which hangs in our office is a daily reminder of where we started and the quality of service we provide. Bill was and is the inspiration behind Cheriton Homecare. This is our story.”
I met Bill in 1997 as he was preparing to move back to his home Cheriton, after a short stay in a nursing home. I remember the day as if it was yesterday. ”
A mutual acquaintance had asked me to assist as Bill had just been diagnosed with the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. When I arrived, Bill’s tiny room was crammed with concerned family members and a number of nursing staff. The perplexing topic of conversation was Bill’s future care. All the while, Bill was standing by the window, gazing out, listening as if without a care in the world.”
When he saw me, he looked me up and down, and his face lit up. Without hesitation, he pushed everyone aside with a polite ‘‘I beg your pardon,’’ to reach me at the entrance of his room. With a firm handshake he announced that he had been waiting for me.”
We excused ourselves and walked outside. Bill asked why I was there, what was my purpose and intention, as he called it. Then he explained emphatically and in no uncertain terms that he did not need looking after and that I would do well to remember this. I agreed to do my best to treat him as a partner and not a patient.”
As he listened to my responses to his questions he agreed that I would be suitable. He never did say for what!
I would take care of Bill until he no longer required my services. I had given my word and we shook hands on it: the deal was sealed. From that moment on I became ‘’the lad who does things’’ to Bill. It was the beginning of a journey that would change and enrich my life course.