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At 17 years of age, Shane was involved in a road accident where he sustained a severe acquired brain injury. I first met Shane and his family in 2017. Shane was 10 years in a Community Nursing Home where he received excellent 24-hour nursing care. His families wish was for Shane to come home to a specially adapted apartment attached to the family farm house. In my role as Case Manager, the families wish was achieved.
Shane, aged 28, went home on a phased basis, firstly on a day trip, then overnight and recently for good. There are 30 staff led by a nurse manager presently caring for Shane at home, some part-time. Shane is content at home and is out and about in an adapted vehicle when weather permits. Shane’s complex medical needs are now being met at home with ongoing case management in conjunction with his family and care givers.
Update June 2019: Shane is now home almost a year. The family are so happy to have Shane back where he belongs.
Update April 2020: Shane is now 30 years of age and has been living at home for 2 years. He loves his recently installed sensory room. With the current Covid-19 restrictions in nursing homes, at home, Shane's family can visit him anytime. Shane is receiving excellent nursing care in accordance with HSE guidelines, all staff are using PPE. As case manager, I am providing remote support on a regular basis.
Update August 2020: Visiting Shane and his family now again adhering to social distancing and government regulations.
Thank you to Shane and his parents for allowing me to publish this.
I have worked with George and his family for 3 years now. George is a very energetic teenager who is attending his local special school. I organised the services of 2 personal assistants to work shifts around Georges busy schedule. George is an avid gardener and has designed his own vegetable garden and has a polytunnel and a glasshouse. George recently received a Hero award for his part in the successful resuscitation of a sports coach in the gym where he attends. This inspired George to complete a first responder’s course.
I am currently assisting George and his Mum with a re-build of a recently purchased bungalow to accommodate George’s needs as he grows older.
Update June 2019: Georges new build has finally started, happy days.
Update April 2020: Georges new build is now complete and George absolutely loves his self contained apartment within the family home. George is currently in Leaving Cert. He has plans to travel the Wild Atlantic Way once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. As case manager, I am providing remote assistance on a regular basis.
Update August 2020: George graduated online from secondary school and is looking forward to his work placement in September.
Thank you to George and his mother for allowing me to publish this.
Antoinette suffered a catastrophic brain injury following a road traffic accident in 2014. I first met Antoinette and her lovely family when she was 3 years in an acute hospital setting.
Over a period of time and research, we visited different acquired brain injury units. Antoinette now lives in Peamount Hospital, acquired brain injury unit, St. Bríds where her care needs are being met in a holistic and calm and caring environment. The team is led by Dr Eugene Wallace, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine and Clinical Nurse Manager, Mini Paul.
Update June 2019: Antoinette has had her tracheostomy removed.
Update April 2020: A transition to home plan is now in progress. Antoinette's planned 40th Birthday celebrations had to be cancelled but will go ahead once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Update August 2020: Antoinette's family can visit her now (although through the window) they are delighted to see her in good spirits.
Thanks to Antoinette's Family and Dr. Eugene Wallace for allowing me to publish this.
In this photo, Matthew is 15 years of age and attending the CallanTansey "Pathways to Progress" Medico Legal Conference in Sligo with his parents. At 17 months, Matthew contracted Haemophilus Influenza Type B, which led to Meningitis, undiagnosed at the time, resulting in Matthew being left with a severe neurological deficit and ventilated. He is presently attending his local Community College.
It was a pleasure, as Matthew’s Case Manager, to support Matthew and his parents, Cathy and Alan, who were keynote speakers at the conference. Matthew's solicitor, Roger Murray introduced Cathy and Alan who spoke about their experience with the court system and how the family's life has changed. The McGrath's are an amazing family who are an inspiration to everyone they meet.
Update June 2019: Matthew has completed his Junior Cert.
Update April 2020: Matthew is now in transition year and traveled to Barcelona on his transition year school trip in February 2020.
Update August 2020: Matthew upgraded his power chair and is now an expert in its use. He is preparing to return to 5th Year in September.
Thank you to Matthew and his parents for their permission to publish this.
My son was an exemplary student of law and was extremely ambitious before he suffered a brain hemorrhage. However, due to his brain injury, he was struggling with the demands of full-time employment and some general day to day tasks. My solicitor requested an immediate needs assessment for the courts. Siobhan's report identified many immediate and long term needs we had not considered ourselves. Many of these have been implemented, we continue to work with Siobhan and are hopeful her interventions will improve my son’s quality of life. Siobhan is very emphatic, personable, approachable and kind.
Thanks to Ann for allowing me to publish this.
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