Mr F was the primary carer for his wife who passed away last year. Since then, Mr F’s physical health has deteriorated. His daughter who stays near is very worried about her father and feels he is extremely isolated and his mental health has deteriorated over the last year. He was under the community mental health team but was discharged in February.

Mr F normally uses taxis to go to places and after contacting OPAL was awarded full benefits after an income maximization check. His daughter was wondering if there were any groups or activities that Mr F could attend and a discussion ensued about EDICT and Men’s Shed, and information was sent out.

The OPAL adviser followed up the case and the daughter explained that the difference in Mr F is night and day, mostly down to the Men’s Shed. Mr F’s daughter explained that her father is never away, now travels on his own and has built up friendships. His health is better and is no longer isolated and Mr F’s daughter is amazed at the difference in her father.