Mrs Broad had a bad fall, caused by overbalancing because of the effects of a stroke she had had six years before. Here is her story, in the words of her daughter:
“My mother led an extremely active life and was rarely ill until she had a severe stroke in 2005 at the age of 82. At the time, she was running a guest house, walking, swimming, cycling and maintaining a huge garden.
She has shown incredible courage in facing the mental and physical challenges that the stroke posed and remains an inspiration to others showing optimism and determination under extremely difficult conditions.
Although told that she would never walk again after the stroke, with typical strength of character, she ignored the medical opinion and gradually progressed to walking well with a quad stick.”
“Despite major health complications, she remains cheerful and strong throughout all challenges and continues to live happily at home with the help of family and carers. In 2011, my mother broke her hip and subsequently became unable to walk and totally dependent on her wheelchair. At this stage, we asked Christies Care to step in to provide 24 hour live-in care.
From the first meeting, when they were asked to assess my mother as a matter of urgency, Christies has provided an outstanding service, professional, efficient, friendly and kind. She currently has two carers who know her well and with whom she has been able to build up strong personal relationships.
The two carers alternate, being with her for 6 weeks at a time, providing wonderful companionship as well as professional personal care.”
“With Christies help, my mother has been able to maintain a good quality of life, living in her own home and enjoying the garden she developed over 30 years.
Although I visit every day, I am able to continue with my career and relax in the knowledge that my mother is cared for safely by professional people sensitive to her individual needs.”