Christopher Saycel’s Story

Christopher had a very active career as chauffeur to many parliamentarians and the rich and famous before his accident.

Christopher Saycell came to Fairlie house in July 2016 after being in King’s College Hospital intensive care unit for more than 12 months. Christopher sustained his spinal injury due to a fall which has left him tetraplegic and dependent on a ventilator for his breathing. The early days of his injury were very traumatic and Christopher had experienced severe depression, anxiety and confusion during this period.

The Fairlie House pre-assessment team assessed Christopher in the intensive care unit and was able to offer a placement in FH on the high dependency unit with the understanding that the external psychological support team would provide visitation regularly in the early months of his admission. On admission, Christopher was dependant on ventilator 24/7, not able to speak, had not sat on a chair for 12 months and did not get an opportunity to have a shower for 12 months.

After admission to Fairlie House Christopher was assessed by our visiting respiratory and speech and language consultants on a regular basis and was able to progress towards using a speaking valve through the ventilator tubing and voice project and speak, and was also able to taste ice cream, mashed potatoes and Baileys cream and teaspoons of brandy when he was sitting upright in his chair.

This progress was achieved in time for his first Christmas with us in FH. This was great progress for Christopher. This progress brought further self-confidence to venture out to the outside world.

Christopher has a life membership with Crystal Palace Football Club and we made it possible for him to go to the club and watch a match. The club treated Christopher and our staff to the VIP lounge which was enjoyed by all.

Christopher continues to enjoy his outings to book stores, betting shops, and shopping trips and he is planning to go and watch horse racing this year.

Christopher is a delightful gentleman who had a very active career as chauffeur to many parliamentarians and the rich and famous. Christopher has very good general knowledge and beats every resident at quiz sessions in the house.

He is a well-loved resident on the 2nd floor who really appreciates the care staff who look after him and in turn, looks after them with treats when he returns from his shopping trips. We as a home are privileged to be able to care for this gentleman when he needed a comfortable and safe home.

Christopher Saycell Christopher Saycell came to Fairlie house in July 2016 after being in King’s College Hospital intensive care unit for more than 12 months. Christopher sustained his spinal injury due to a fall which has left him tetraplegic and dependent on a ventilator for his breathing. The early days of his injury were very traumatic and Christopher had experienced severe depression, anxiety and confusion during this period. The Fairlie House pre-assessment team assessed Christopher in the intensive care unit and was able to offer a placement in FH on the high dependency unit with the understanding that the external psychological support team would provide visitation regularly in the early months of his admission. On admission, Christopher was dependant on ventilator 24/7, not able to speak, had not sat on a chair for 12 months and did not get an opportunity to have a shower for 12 months. After admission to Fairlie House Christopher was assessed by our visiting respiratory and speech and language consultants on a regular basis and was able to progress towards using a speaking valve through the ventilator tubing and voice project and speak, and was also able to taste ice cream, mashed potatoes and Baileys cream and teaspoons of brandy when he was sitting upright in his chair. This progress was achieved in time for his first Christmas with us in FH. This was great progress for Christopher. This progress brought further self-confidence to venture out to the outside world. Christopher had a life membership with Crystal Palace Football Club and we made it possible for him to go to the club and watch a match. The club treated Christopher and our staff to the VIP lounge which was enjoyed by all. Christopher continues to enjoy his outings to book stores, betting shops, and shopping trips and he is planning to go and watch horse racing this year. Christopher is a delightful gentleman who had a very active career as chauffeur to many parliamentarians and the rich and famous. Christopher has very good general knowledge and beats every resident at quiz sessions in the house. He is a well-loved resident on the 2nd floor who really appreciates the care staff who look after him and in turn, looks after them with treats when he returns from his shopping trips. We as a home are privileged to be able to care for this gentleman when he needed a comfortable and safe home.

covid-19 update

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