Our clients with cerebral palsy are among the most active we have. They may have been born with a physical disability, sometimes a very serious one, but this has never stopped their leading as full a life as they choose.
For our clients, having a full time 24 hour carer or personal assistant (PA) to live in their own home with them means that they can have the independence to live life however they want.
Our carers are ‘enablers’ in the fullest sense. Our underlying philosophy is that all carers should assert their clients’ dignity and independence – this forms a key part of their training.
If they offered ‘care’, they would usually get into serious difficulties with their client!
We train all our carers to give as much personal care and help with mobility as is needed (including Hoisting), as well as to carry out the usual tasks of daily living such as cooking, laundry, light housework, and helping their clients get out and about.
The cost of a live-in carer or PA depends on your wants, needs and your management model, but the total cost is normally between £900 to £1,300 a week.
Wesley Scott is a prime example of how carers from Christies Care can help a clever, determined man live life on his own terms and achieve the same dreams of contributing to society that many people share. In his own words:
“I’m a 28 year old man who has, since birth, had Spastic Quadraplegic Cerebral Palsy. As a result of my impairment I need to use an electric wheelchair on a full time basis to enable me to maintain independent mobility. I also require 24 hour care support to enable me to live independently.
I grew up in Greater London where I was educated at various mainstream schools. When I was 19, like most people, I left college and took up a place on a degree programme (Computing BSc at Coventry University). After graduating with a first class honours degree, I began my PhD studies at Coventry University. This is looking at how we make the research process more inclusive, specifically, to those that have Specific, Critical, Additional Needs (SCAN).”
“Whilst at University I am a part-time lecturer and I also work as part of the Adult Nursing Admissions Team here in Coventry as a service user representative.
In relation to my personal and family life I am a twin and when I am not at University, I live at home with Mum and Step Dad.
Like anybody else, when I finish my PhD and get a job, I’ll be living independently, wherever my work takes me.
I’m planning to continue teaching and trying to help people to understand that disabled people are differently abled and not disabled – so that society should change to enable its differently abled citizens to lead full and productive lives.
I have been using Christies Care since 2011 and whilst I’ve had my ups and downs I find that the well trained care assistants Christies provide enable me to both live independently and contribute to society in a meaningful way.”