Twenty three years ago, in August 1995, Jamie was knocked over by a car outside his family home aged just 7 years old. Jamie suffered a severe brain injury, resulting in his complete inability to walk, and severe epilepsy.
Jamie was one of ILS’s first clients, and Karen Marie, our now director began his occupational therapy in 1999; proceeding to initiate case management shortly after. Since then, Jamie has had several ILS case managers assigned to his care. Now twenty eight years old, Jamie has been an ILS client for over fifteen years.
Since his accident, Jamie was in and out of hospital and undergoing rehabilitation for approximately ten years. He requires twenty four hour care and support, and uses a powered wheelchair both indoors and out.
In 2011 ILS case manager Eliot was assigned as Jamie’s case manager. Eliot has supported Jamie and his family in all manner of areas. From supporting his transition through educational facilities, to recruiting and supervising the correct support workers to aid his rehabilitation, and choosing vehicles that can be adapted for Jamie’s wheelchair. Jamie now has one main carer between the hours of 9:00am-5:00pm which provides his mum, Lucy, some respite from his everyday care – a support that is very valued by the family. Jamie also has a physiotherapist and occupational therapist to continue his multi-disciplinary therapy. Alongside this, he is encouraged to do his recommended stretching, and uses his standing frame at home.
"It is a real privilege to work with Jamie and his family to help them work towards their goals. We learn and grow together" - Eliot Lamb
He works closely with a neurologist which has meant that his epilepsy is almost completely under control. Eliot also arranges bi-annual team meetings for Jamie, his family and his support workers to get together, review Jamie’s progress from the past six months, and set goals for the next.
"ILS helped us through some of our most difficult times" - Lucy, Jamie's mum
Recently, Eliot introduce Jamie to Disability Initiative, a charity run to support people with disabilities in partaking in activities. To date, Jamie has taken-part in boxing training, cooking, sewing and ceramics – a very good match for Jamie who is particularly creative. In his spare time, Jamie has been companion-cycling with his support-worker, enjoys going out for meals, and loves to play board games with his family and support worker.
"Feels like we have our own personal emergency service, my case manager is always there to help" - Jamie