Here at Chaseley we not only support residents who have neurological disabilities, but also those who suffer from progressive neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS). One resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, has lived at Chaseley for 2½ years now and was diagnosed with Optic neuritis whilst at University studying Biology. Optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve that carries messages from the eye to the brain and although it is associated with MS, not everyone who has it will have, or go on to develop, MS. Many people will have optic neuritis with no further symptoms.
This resident however did go on to develop quite progressive MS which has affected their eyesight, mobility, memory and dexterity. They tell us that their “memory can be good at some points, but absolutely terrible at other times. It is a mental challenge!” An electric wheelchair has also proved invaluable, especially due to the physical challenges that are faced by those with progressive MS.
During their 2½ year stay at Chaseley our resident has been benefiting from rehabilitative support from our Therapy Team and says “Chaseley has a very good Physio team, who are really supportive and know how to assist me”. In addition, they have “really enjoyed the social interaction. I am quite alright in my own company and enjoy certain types of activities, so when they take place there is a good chance I will get involved”.
“If you are thinking of using Chaseley’s services, I would say it is a good idea because it is a very nice place with very nice people and the staff that work here have the capability to assist when necessary”.