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Child with type 1 diabetes

History and diagnosis:

Lexi is a child with type 1 diabetes. Lexi who celebrated her 4th birthday at the end of May was born with Downs Syndrome and she lives with her loving family – mum Paula, dad Arron and big brother Travis in the picturesque village of Hemingbrough.  At 1 ½ years old Lexi suffered further complications to her health, being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and suffering from alopecia.  Her type 1 diabetes is unstable and her blood sugars can fluctuate, especially if she is unwell. Lexi requires her blood to be checked eight times per day, the administration of insulin and can sometime struggle to communicate.  Lexi’s parents wanted her to attend a joint mainstream/special needs school in order for her to access the same opportunities and facilities open to children of the same age and ability.

The plan:

Voyage Specialist Healthcare were contacted by the local PCT to provide support for Lexis on-going type 1 diabetes requirements. Meetings with lexi, her parents and her MDT were arranged to fully understand her needs and to develop a person centred care plan. Both Jessica and her family were involved in the recruitment process which sourced suitable healthcare assistants who could support her needs. Once the healthcare assistants had been recruited, they received mandatory clinical training sessions from our in house specialist trainers and on-going clinical competency support from our clinical managers. Voyage Specialist Healthcare provides five hours of care on a weekly basis and support Lexi to communicate and attend school. Our healthcare assistants also support Lexi in dressing and undressing, feeding, monitoring blood sugar levels and administering insulin.

Outcome:

Physical and emotional:
With the support of our healthcare assistants, Lexi has been able to start school. She has ample opportunity to be stimulated by play and is now learning Makaton techniques to help her to interact with other children and to communicate her needs more freely. Makaton is a language programme which uses signs and symbols to help people to communicate.

Client and family feedback:
Lexis mum stated that she “felt a bit guilty and apprehensive at first but the healthcare assistants have totally reassured me and has become part of the family.  The assistance with care has made a huge difference to our family as Lexi cannot be left unattended. I can now have a bit of time for myself which is usually spent catching up on housework or ironing, and we can also spend more time with Travis, who enjoys trips to the cinema”.

Commissioner feedback:
Very positive feedback has been received from the PCT regarding the speedy response to the commencement of the care package and the reliability and quality of care being provided by our healthcare assistants.

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