Dave joined us at John Cabot house in April 2017 after incurring a brain injury. Dave had bilateral neck injuries, a sternal injury and a dense right hemiplegia. This resulted in Dave having very limited use of the right side of his body and left him completely nonverbal.
When Dave first arrived at John Cabot House he required an intense amount of support. Our team would assist him with all aspects of personal care, including getting dressed and showering. Dave also needed assistance with making food and drinks.
Dave was really motivated to get better and become independent again. He worked incredibly hard with our teams and also during physio to begin walking and talking again. Our team encouraged Dave to become more independent and to learn to do things by himself once again. Before we knew it, the hard work was paying off! Dave was soon able to get up in the morning, get himself showered and dressed before making his own breakfast. This was a huge achievement for Dave, and he was so proud of himself!
Every day at John Cabot House, Dave pushes himself to do more. He is learning lots of new words and skills and is completing things he thought he would never be able to do again, like climbing the stairs! He is very dedicated to his recovery and has goal is to maintain this level of commitment and fitness so he can keep recovering.
Without the support from support staff and physio at John Cabot House, Dave may never have come as far as he has. Our team have supported him through every step of his journey, and we are just as committed as Dave is to his development. He has come so far since joining us three years ago, so much so, he is now ready to live in an independent flat with just a few hours support a day.