The team have been nothing short of fantastic. They have not only enabled Jon to return home, but they have also relieved me of the constant worry of caring for my husband. I can now go to work or take a few hours out, safe in the knowledge that Jon is being expertly cared for.
(*All names have been changed to protect our client and his family’s identity)
Jon* was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in July 2020. Initially, his illness progressed gradually but, in the summer of 2021, he returned from holiday and was feeling very unwell. He was initially diagnosed with pneumonia but, just three days later, suffered a massive seizure at home and was rushed to hospital.
His wife, Jo*, explained: “I really thought at that point that I was going to lose Jon. His oxygen levels had plummeted to just 46% and he was put in a medically induced coma.”
Jon subsequently underwent a tracheostomy to help him breathe and he spent a further six months on a respiratory ward before he was deemed medically stable.
At this point his family, with help from his hospital care team, began searching for at-home care providers to allow Jon to return home once again.
“It was something we all desperately wanted to get sorted out because, in hospital, Jon was missing out on family life and all the little milestones that he should have been experiencing with our two children growing up and starting new schools,” said Jo.
“Initially we lined up a care provider but they had problems with recruitment and guaranteeing continuity of care.
“The hospital was aware of Almond Care who had helped provide care for another MND patient so we spoke to Julia, Louise and the team and they very quickly got things moving.”
In total, Almond Care put in place a of team of eight specialist carers including 24/7 live-in care. The team ensured that all the required specialist equipment was in place ready to welcome Jon home.
Jo continued: “The team have been nothing short of fantastic. They have not only enabled Jon to return home but they have also relieved me of the constant worry of caring for my husband. I can now go to work or take a few hours out, safe in the knowledge that Jon is being expertly cared for.”
Jo is also full of praise for the quick-thinking care team who helped Jon when he again succumbed to pneumonia. “With his respiratory problems, pneumonia is always a concern and whilst we were waiting for an ambulance to come, Jon went into respiratory distress and stopped breathing.
“The care team just sprang into action. They bagged him and kept him alive until the ambulance arrived. I think if it hadn’t been for them, Jon wouldn’t be with us now, “said Jo.
“It really speaks volumes for the care team we have in place, “ she added. “They are very level-headed and know exactly what to do in a crisis. We are all very grateful indeed for the support they provide.”