The physical disability that multiple sclerosis (MS) brings with it should not stop you living an independent life, in your own home.
With a live-in carer, someone with MS can still get up when he wants to, go out when he wants to, wash when he wants to and live life as he wants to.
Whether our client needs full time care, or a family carer just needs someone for a respite break, Christies Care has over 25 years’ experience of finding suitable, well trained carers to help people with MS carry on living independently at home.
Christies Carers are trained to be able to do the physical tasks of hoisting, personal care and helping with medication (as well as cooking, cleaning and other housekeeping tasks).
They are also trained to enable their clients to live as independently as possible. They have a ‘can do’ attitude, as can be seen by Lorenza’s story about her client, Ruth, below.
What does it cost? Depending on your wants, needs and management model, the total cost is usually between £900 and £1,300 a week.
The MS society funds research, give grants, campaign for change, provide information and support, invest in MS specialists and lend a listening ear to those who need it.
Ruth worked as a hairdresser and a dinner lady. She was a keen horse rider and loved sketching and drawing. Juggling motherhood and work was naturally difficult but very fulfilling.
Ruth was diagnosed with MS after she gave birth to her first son. For many years there were no symptoms at all and she had a second son and thought that “maybe the doctors had misdiagnosed, or the illness had gone away”.
The first sign that the MS was progressing came when she started tripping up kerbs and over time little things like everyday household chores were becoming harder.
Driving became impossible as the illness progressed and it was hard for her to accept that the things she loved to do had become a thing of the past.
Her younger son cared for her at first, though as the MS progressed she felt she had become a burden and it was especially difficult when she needed showering and toileting.
When her son got a job, he couldn’t look after her any more and she needed someone else to give her full time care, so Christies started to supply live in carers. With this help Ruth has managed to remain in her home and now has a more dignified and independent lifestyle.
As Lorenza, one of Ruth’s carers says, “she is a lovely lady, who still has so much to give and although her illness has taken much away from her, she still retains an incomparable sense of humour and a love for life that she lives to the full.”
All of our carers are trained to help clients move with a hoist.
The carers practice putting different types of sling on and off, using different kinds of hoist and are even hoisted themselves, so that they know what it feels like.