Father gets his life and freedom back
Before becoming involved with Cheshire London three years ago, Stuart Rexworthy was trapped. “I lost my job, my kids, my relationship, and was surrounded by death and dying,” shares Stuart.
Along with living with cerebral palsy and fibromyalgia, Stuart was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). With the combination of the PTSD and Stuart’s other diagnoses, he began experiencing full body muscle spasms, which resulted in three years spent in various long-term care homes.
Through Cheshire’s Everyday Dreams Fund, Stuart’s apartment now feels like home, with various assistive devices such as bathroom tracking, and an electronic ceiling track and lift at an arm’s length. “My apartment has given me back my freedom. It’s given me back my life.”
From being cared for in long-term care facilities and a Cheshire group home, to comfortably living on his own, Stuart is now finally able to have his daughters, Amber and Kelly, over on weekends.
“One of my daughters has never lived with me full-time. The other day, I was able to pick her up early and spend some quality time together. That’s because of Cheshire,” says Stuart.
With four visits from Cheshire staff per day, made possible through government funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Stuart feels at ease even on difficult days. “It’s piece of mind for me, my daughters and my family.”
Stuart’s adaptability and determined mindset allows him to be independent when he is able. With support from Cheshire when needed, he is able to continue giving back at Mission Services of London’s office and retail store, volunteering three times a week.
Cheshire has gone over and above for Stuart on multiple occasions, including seeking out support on an important out-of-town medical appointment in a matter of hours.
“I can’t say enough about Cheshire. I’m able to do what I want, live a life and get the care when I need it. People are always there.”