The challenges a quadriplegic can face are unimaginable, but having a caregiver to help with daily tasks can enable one to live at home. The option to be able to choose from a list of caregivers can help answer questions, provide backup for your primary caregiver, and provide daily support.
In this video, Shawna and her boyfriend talk about her accident, becoming a quadriplegic, and needing assistance to be able to live independently. Watch the video below or watch it on YouTube.
Shawna and her boyfriend talk about her quadriplegic homecare needs.
Living independently as a quadriplegic
Video Testimonial Overview
Shawna was driving drunk when she just ran her car off the road. She went to a nearby house and they helped pull her car out of the ditch and put it on the gravel road. Still drunk, she took off and shortly after that wrecked her car. In this second crash, she was injured and became a C-5 quadriplegic. She lost the use of her arms and feeling from the chest down. Needless to say, it’s pretty depressing.
Shawna’s boyfriend told us that she was doing positive things. After her accident, she started giving speeches, going to schools, and talking about drinking and driving. She has even been to Saint Louis a couple of times to support people who are handicapped and have brain injuries.
A Quadriplegic’s HomeCare Needs
Shawna cannot do anything on her own. She’s in a power chair (wheelchair) full-time. Her boyfriend told us “I get her up and down. I help her brush her teeth. I do her hair. Help her with her makeup. Actually, I did her eyeliner today.”
Shawna told us that being able to choose her own caregivers makes her life a whole lot easier. She doesn’t have to worry about people not showing up, being sick, or needing backup. She transferred agencies because I didn’t have any luck with the other company, they never had any case backup. Shawna is happy with the switch to Advantage Home Care, she said “oh my gosh, it’s like night and day. Advantage has a list of girls available and I have their application. So it gives me something to look at when I’m trying to find someone. And they feel more like friends. We’re constantly in touch.”
Shawn’s boyfriend is happy that Advantage is local and said “I haven’t had any problems and nothing to complain about yet since like Shawna said we can get hold of them quickly for anything. If the person that you’re talking to on the phone can’t answer your question, they’ll get ahold of somebody who can. When you’re on the phone or have them call you back as soon as possible with the answer to your questions.”