Car­ers help can­cer suf­ferer

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Staff at Der­went Cot­tage in Seamer have been praised for their role in help­ing a per­son in their care beat can­cer – just in time for their 60th birth­day.

Der­went Cot­tage pro­vides spe­cial­ist per­son-cen­tred sup­port to four peo­ple with a learn­ing dis­abil­ity, autism, men­tal health or other com­plex needs.

One of the residents, who has autism, with ex­tremely com­plex needs and se­vere com­mu­ni­ca­tion bar­ri­ers, had be­come un­well.

Staff at the home know and un­der­stand her very well and could tell that some­thing was not right, de­spite the as­sur­ances of nu­mer­ous health pro­fes­sion­als.

The team per­se­vered un­til fi­nally a screen­ing was car­ried out, which iden­ti­fied blad­der can­cer.

As a re­sult the per­son un­der­went che­mother­apy and surgery. Her team, in­clud­ing ser­vice man­ager Kelly Barnard, did not leave her side dur­ing her hos­pi­tal stay and gave her all the care and love she needed and de­serves.

Kelly said: “This has been ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for both the per­son her­self and for my staff team, who care deeply for her and all peo­ple we sup­port. I’m so very proud of my team for their pro­fes­sion­al­ism, de­ter­mi­na­tion and ded­i­ca­tion to the per­son we sup­port and for hav­ing the con­fi­dence to chal­lenge those pro­fes­sion­als who said noth­ing was wrong.”

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