Carers help cancer sufferer
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.”