Table 4

Theme 3: needs for independent living

Participant descriptionQuote
#129 Breast patient‘…a nurse said to me would you like to see a social worker? And I sort of said no, because at the time I had a partner and I felt perfectly capable of sort of looking after myself…in retrospect if I’d seen that social worker or whoever they would perhaps have said to me you realise that you’re eligible for…but because I chose to say no at the time that was sort of closed off to me.'
#116 Breast patient‘I didn’t have a bath or a shower for months, my husband tried to get some help, through social services, and a lady did come and we filled in loads of sheets, but nothing happened.'