Brian and Pam who were discharged to Beckside care home, run by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), in a critical state last year, have beaten the odds and survived Covid and an Acute Ischaemic Stroke (respectively). They are now thriving thanks to the expert nursing care and continual encouragement of the North Hykeham home’s dedicated team.
The two firm friends recently came together to speak about their experience with Home Manager, Andrea Brooks, Deputy Manager, Sal Barton and Administrator, Claire Campbell (pictured). They shared their journeys with joy and humour and paid credit to the team at the care home for their constant care, optimism, and cheerfulness.
Brian, 79, from Brant Broughton, was discharged from hospital to the home in November in an immobile state and heavily medicated after contracting Covid. Despite being on an end-of-life care plan Brian made a full recovery and has returned home. He has been reunited with his dog, is back to driving and is planning to become a volunteer at the home.
Pam, 71, who lived in Gate Burton for over 30 years, came into the care home from a hospice after a stroke left her unable to speak or walk. She now tracks her steps count on a Fitbit and enjoys joining in with the home’s quizzes. Pam recently bought a new bungalow and is having it adapted before she moves into it later this year.
Sal Barton said: “Seeing Pam and Brian recover from the critical state in which they were admitted into our care to the lively, confident people we know today has been overwhelming for the team here. They are both inspirational people, with a big presence here around the home. I’m humbled to be part of their journey.
“It is unusual for residents in a care home to make a full recovery, but we treat everyone who comes to Beckside for care as an individual. Despite their poor prognosis we encouraged Brian and Pam to make small steps and now they are ready for independent living.”
Brian said: “Beckside is a magical place. The care is excellent, and everyone is friendly.”
“The team remained cheerful, even when I didn’t think I’d get better. They helped me to stay positive and now I’ve got my life back.”
Andrea Brooks said: “We will miss Pam and Brian very much, and we look forward to them coming to visit regularly.”