A spinal cord injury is sudden and life-changing and may well lead to someone becoming dependent on others for their care.
All too often, the fact that someone needs a carer reduces their independence and constrains their lifestyle significantly.
Live-in carers (or PAs) from Christies Care are specifically trained to encourage independence. It is part of our philosophy and is behind all our training. So that someone with a spinal injury can live in their own home and live life as they want to, with their personal assistant being there to help them do just that.
Christies Care trains all carers to use a hoist alone (where safe practice allows), making our clients lives easier and more independent. We also train all carers to assist with personal care and helping with medication (as well as cooking, cleaning and other housekeeping tasks).
At Christies Care we recognise that bowel care is often an important part of care for someone with a spinal injury and our carers can almost always provide bowel care.
What does it cost? Depending on your wants, needs and management model, the total cost is usually between £900 and £1,300 a week.
Dr Richard Farrar is one of Christies Care’s clients. In July 2000 he had a diving accident, which dislocated his neck at C3/C4. This damaged his spinal cord, to the extent that he is paralysed from the neck down.
Richard has had live-in care from Christies Care since 2002.
Thanks to his determination, to Cambridgeshire Social Services (who pay for his care) and greatly to the Institute of Engineering and Technology benevolent fund, he lives in an adapted bungalow in Cambridgeshire and has been able to live an independent life.
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.