"The carers are really professional... they treat you with dignity"

Tony Gillard had an accident and since he has sadly been paralysed from the chest down, something someone as young as Tony should never have to go through. It was one evening like many others when Tony went out to meet some friends, to chat, have a laugh and enjoy a good night out with his mates.

“It was 1993. I was out with some friends, and as often people do on a night out, I wasn’t really counting how many beers I had, and on the spur of the moment I dived in a pond and broke my neck. Later at the hospital, they told me I sustained a C5 neck fracture, I would not have been able to walk again."

Supported independence

“Before being able to settle back home, I spent a year in Hesslewood Hall, a local nursing home, while my parents worked on their house to make sure it was accessible for a person in a wheelchair. An extension at the back of the house was built, where I could have my own independence and privacy. I like to have my own space and retreat somewhere where I can read, listen to music or use my computer. I have two main carers who come in every day to help me with things that most of us take for granted like having breakfast in the morning, getting dressed and getting ready to go out.

“From time to time I will go away for a week for respite care while my parents go on holiday or simply stay home to enjoy some time on their own or to go out for walks or shopping trips.”

Many people with complex care and support needs are cared for at home by their family. At Sue Ryder we realise that this can take a lot out of the family and that, every now and then, it is important to have a break. There is a limited amount of specialised short-term care in North and East Yorkshire suitable for people with complex conditions. Sue Ryder Holme Hall provides an invaluable service to families in the local community.

The needs of each individual staying for a period of respite are assessed so that their requirements can be met. During their stay people in our care are monitored and receive tailored care. This assessment process provides long term benefits for individuals. For example, alternative therapies may be suggested or medications altered which will improve their day to day life even after they have returned home. To be a carer it’s a demanding role both physically and emotionally. It’s vital that carers have a chance to rest so that they can relax and enjoy time on their own without guilt.

Friendly faces, professional care

“I have been coming for respite care at Sue Ryder Holme Hall for the past 5 years. If I should name one thing in particular that I like about Holme Hall is the fact that there are always the same people working here and it is nice to see friendly faces who know who you are. I get on with everyone and carers are really professional. They know when to have a joke and be friendly, but also when to be professional. This is really important for me, especially when they have to look after me and help me for instance to have a wash, as I don’t feel uncomfortable at all or embarrassed. They treat you with dignity.

“Usually I like to spend time by myself but it is nice to know that if I want I can join in with the daily activities organised at the care centre or take part in trips out. Sometimes when I want to go out for a while, I go to the local pub for a drink with a couple of carers that work at Holme Hall.”


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