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Alfie's Story

Real life examples of how we help people

About Alfie

Alfie is 14 years old and lives with his parents and sister. He has a disability which leaves him with muscle weakness in his arms and legs. He has been avoiding drinking at school as he needs to have more help with holding the cup and finds it too embarrassing to ask his friends. As a result he has had a few urine infections and was getting more tired from the dehydration. His Mum was getting more worried and didn't know what would help Alfie. She heard about Safe+Well for Children when she did her weekly shopping and spotted a leaflet in the supermarket.

Solution: Safe+Well™ Telephone Advice

Alfie's Mum telephoned Safe+Well and spoke to our experienced OT who discussed a range of options available for Alfie - from cups with easy grip handles to ones that clipped onto his wheelchair. Having talked it through his Mum was concerned with what Alfie would like so they agreed that he should come along to one of our local demonstrations and try a few out.

Alfie came along to a demonstration in their local community centre after school and tried a few cups out. He loved the Hydrant as it clipped onto his wheelchair and the best part was he didn't have to ask any friends for help! His Mum ordered one for him and it was delivered to his house 48 hours later.

How did Safe+Well™ help?

Alfie was really pleased with his new water bottle - he clipped it to his wheelchair and was able to have a drink whenever he needed to at school without any embarrassment. He was pleased to see that the bottle didn't leak at all during the day too. Alfie's Mum said:

"That is one more worry off my mind! I was really stressed thinking that the lack of water was making his tiredness worse and when he had a couple of water infections it really upset me. I never knew there were so many simple solutions to our problem and am delighted that Alfie is happy with his bottle and drinking during the day again!"

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