Bluebird Care 'Getting Loud About MS'
Bluebird Care host specialist MS event in support of National Multiple Sclerosis week.
Bluebird Care host specialist MS event in support of National Multiple Sclerosis week.Over 100,000 people in the UK have MS. Bluebird Care - Alton & Alresford’s high quality home care provider - hosted a special 'Getting Loud About MS' event this week to mark National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Week at their office on Cross & Pillory Lane in Alton.
The specialist event was attended by over 30 care professionals, several local residents, representatives from the MS Society, as well as staff and customers of Bluebird Care. The morning began with an MS information session delivered by Rebecca Connolly and Rosie Jackson from Bluebird Care. Allison Flesher, one of the Care Assistants at Bluebird Care, then spoke about MS from a Care Assistant’s perspective, including how she has built up relationships with the customers and even a method of communication through blinking.
Bluebird Care customers, Mr & Mrs Carpenter from Alresford who both have MS themselves, then spoke bravely and honestly about what it is like to live with the condition. It is very rare to have a couple both be diagnosed with MS, especially only a few short years after they married. Listening to Christiana and Paul’s emotional story was incredibly moving and insightful. In particular hearing first-hand about how MS has affected not only them individually, but also learning how their relationship has had to evolve in order to deal with daily life. Christiana and Paul are very close and it was at first very daunting for them to admit that they needed help to care for Paul at home, but they have been delighted with the service from ourselves and are now very familiar with their regular Carers, whom they trust.
Christiana Carpenter, who spoke at the event, said: “We are so grateful to Bluebird Care for supporting our family. Both my husband Paul and I were diagnosed with MS in 1991 and 1993 respectively. Thankfully mine is currently benign, however Paul no longer has any mobility and relies upon his Bluebird Care Assistants to help him with his daily needs. MS has completely changed our family’s lives, but with the support we receive from Bluebird Care I am able to keep working and I still have some much needed ‘me’ time. I simply can’t explain how reassuring it is to know that Paul is safe at home, being cared for by such a lovely team of local care professionals.”
Vice Chair of the MS Society, Phillip Edwards, attended the event to represent the local Alton & Petersfield District MS Society. The MS Society works to help people with MS take control of their lives and provide support to them & their families, alongside funding research into helping beat MS for good.
He said: “We are very happy to support Bluebird Care with their ‘Getting Loud about M.S.’ event and we would like to thank them for helping to raise awareness about this widespread condition. One of our goals here at the M.S. Society is to help people with M.S to continue living happy and independent lives and Bluebird Care’s services help make this possible which is so important within our local community”
Most people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too. Roughly three times as many women are affected than men. Bluebird Care provides high quality home care and companionship services to customers from as young as 13 and currently their most senior customer is an impressive 103 years. We enables people in our local community to remain living independently and happily in their own homes surrounded by their family, friends and possessions.
If you or someone you know has suffered from MS and would like to contact our local MS Society then please visit www.alton-petersfieldmssociety.org.uk for more information.