When he moved to Woodlands due to his Motor Neurone Disease, Jonathan thought he would have to say goodbye to holidays.
Since moving in August 2014, Jonathan has been completely reliant on his tracheostomy and his ventilator, which he uses 24 hours a day to breath. He receives therapy twice a week and the rest of his social and psychological support is given by the team at Woodlands.
Despite enjoying regular local trips to places including York Racecourse, he has never been able to stay anywhere overnight due to the amount of equipment he requires and the two members of support staff that need to be with him at all times.
That was until the team at Woodlands came up with the idea of Jonathan taking a holiday to one of Christchurch Group’s other services in the UK. They spoke to the team at The Laurels in Lincoln and decided that together, they could make it happen. Following a short period of planning and preparation of all of the equipment he would need, Jonathan hit the road and headed for his holiday in Lincoln.
Jonathan said of the experience:
“I had a wonderful weekend in Lincoln and it was great to get away for a couple of days. I am deeply indebted to Clare, Emma, Norma and Vicky for their professionalism, hard work and great enthusiasm in making the visit such a success.
“As the Lincoln unit is quite different it was necessary to pack a considerable amount of equipment. I would like to thank Liz, Danielle and Toni for their meticulous planning and packing. When we got to Lincoln and on the Sunday Aileen made us most welcome.
“Having been here for just over four years, I desperately needed a change of scenery for a couple of nights and I now feel considerably refreshed. I would like to thank the team at The Laurels for entertaining the idea in the first place and to Christchurch Group for agreeing to make it happen – a true team effort!”
Woodlands is owned and operated by Christchurch Group, which was established in 1998 to provide high quality brain injury rehabilitation within a community setting. Longer-term support is also provided at Woodlands for people with progressive neurological conditions such as Huntingdon’s disease, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Christchurch Group has grown into a leading provider of specialist neurological rehabilitation that offers a range of specialist services across eight centres in York, Lincoln, Birmingham, Northampton, Bedford and Harwell in Oxfordshire. It was recently presented with the Complex Care Provider of the Year Award at the high-profile Health Investor Awards.