Home' Community Care Review : CCR Jan Feb 2016 Contents BILL’S STORY
aye and the IRT in-home care
team came into my life when I was
referred for a home care package
by the Shoalhaven Transitional Aged Care
Service. I’ve never been very well, but at
the time I was in hospital in a very bad way
and was told I only had a few months to
live. All I wanted was to get out of hospital
and be back at home with Rebel, my
When Kaye and the others first came
into my home, I didn’t really understand
what was going on, but over the year the
team has worked with me to help me to
understand that to keep living at home with
Rebel, I need to take better care of myself.
Detective Sergeant Kaye, as I like to call
her, makes sure I take the medication that
keeps me out of hospital. I take 15 tablets
in the morning, four to five at lunch and
another four to five at dinner. The team
at IRT have helped me to have a better
quality of life, they take me shopping and
to doctors’ appointments, help me come up
with little projects to do around the house
and indulge my interest in cars.
Kaye’s a really good worker, she’s very
helpful, she’ll run around and get all the things
I need of a morning. She’ll tidy the house every
Monday and is always looking after me. The
best thing is the team respect and understand
me. Today they brought Rebel in to visit me in
hospital. I got the surprise of my life!
I’ll be 75 in less than a week and I’d love
to be out of hospital and back home for
my birthday. Once I’m home, I want to get
some inspiration for a bit of gardening and
when I get my Holden Monaro back, I’m
going to clean her up and make her look
pretty. I haven’t got very many goals, I know
I’m going to die soon, but it’s the little
things like this that Kaye and the team help
me with that make me happy.
Bill was referred for a home care package
in 2014. He was suffering acute kidney
failure and severe endocrine and mental
health diseases and was only expected to
live for three to four months. Only Level
2 packages were available at the time,
so for us it was a really a matter of doing
everything we could to help Bill and his
doctors to stabilise his health and keep
him living independently at home.
Partners in care
Carer Kaye Tressider has been supporting Bill Pracy to manage his
complex care needs at home.
Kaye Tressider with
Bill Pracy and Rebel.
PHOTO: DAVID TOOLE
The first step was helping Bill to
understand that we were there to help him
and how important it was for him to work
with us so he could keep living at home with
Rebel rather than being in hospital. We took
the time to get to know Bill and understand
what motivates him and what his goals are.
We know Bill hasn’t got long to live, but
that doesn’t mean we stop planning for the
future. We encourage Bill to set little goals
for himself and find things he likes to do,
like odd jobs around the house. I’m now
an experienced tile shopper! He also likes
going to car shows.
A colleague recently took Bill to the Kiama
Show and Shine car show in the pouring rain.
Bill had a great time in his Driza-Bone jacket,
but the IRT care employee got drenched!
Bill is a happy, joking person, but he
has a fairly black and white view of things
and helping him to become more open and
flexible has been a real achievement.
The fact Bill has been able to live
independently in his own home with Rebel
for the past year is amazing. I believe
the restorative care approach has been
instrumental in enabling Bill and our team
to achieve that. We’ve helped Bill to take
responsibility for managing his complex health
issues, to accept our help and to identify
short-term goals we can achieve together.
Even being back in hospital now knowing
he doesn’t have much longer to live, Bill is
positive. His strength of character and spirit
is really inspiring.
It’s been so rewarding to help Bill get back
on his feet after being in hospital, to keep
him socially engaged, even if it means visiting
car shows in the rain, and most importantly,
to keep him together with Rebel. n
As told to Frances Wood.
Sadly since sharing his story, Bill passed away
peacefully after one last goodbye with his
beloved Rebel. He will be sorely missed by
Kaye and the rest of his IRT care team, who
were honoured to be able to make a positive
difference to Bill’s life. Rebel will continue
living with another member of Bill’s IRT team,
who took her in whilst Bill was in hospital.
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It’s all about relationships
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