Case Study: Chris


Chris has been living with muscular dystrophy for many years. Recently his lung collapsed and following a tracheostomy, he required 24-hour care. Chris was determined to return home from hospital and live as independently as possible.

His critical medical condition gave him bouts of anxiety that impacted how he felt, so he needed to trust his care team. He worried about the loss of personal space from 24-hour adult complex care arrangement, so it was key that Chris and his carers got on well, so they could be honest with each other about the level of care he wanted.

Prestige Nursing & Care responded quickly with a team of carers to support Chris who would best meet his needs.  So that Chris could feel reassured and he had continuity we happily employed Chris’ live-in PA of 8 years, James, as part of the team. This approach enabled Chris to have control over his care team which was very important to him.  James was medically trained at the hospital, with additional training from Prestige.  Another carer was provided to deliver care in the morning and evenings, as well as a carer through the night to attend to his medical needs and personal care.

The complex care provided by the team at Prestige to support his muscular dystrophy symptoms included tracheostomy care, BPAP, suctioning, cough assist, ventilator and nebuliser support, handling and hoisting, as well as personal care and domestic care of his home.  Chris now lives a fulfilled life at home with his dedicated team of carers, and his mother is able to enjoy her life again.

Chris said: “My carers give me much-need emotional support, as well as practical help.  My views are completely respected and I feel understood.  My carers are more like friends, and most of all I have my life back.”


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