The ‘Real people, real lives‘ theme of #homecareday19 celebrates the achievements and lives of people who access home care support. As part of this, we are delighted to highlight an extraordinary individual who was the winner of the Outstanding Achievement for Adults Award at our Care at Home & Housing Support Awards 2019.
Claire Easdon is an inspirational young woman who has been supported to maintain an independent lifestyle at home with her cat, despite living with cerebral palsy and associated physical and medical challenges.
She is described as very optimistic by nature, possessing a good sense of humour and a personality that charms those around her. With the help of others, she maintains a lovely home, has full choice and control of all areas of her life and has a great supportive family.
Her passion in life is wheelchair contemporary dancing and this shows in her ability and attitude. She attends two different dance schools each week and has performed publicly with them. Her family are very proud of her achievements and of her motivation to do well at everything she becomes involved in. She does not allow her physical restrictions to dictate her lifestyle.
She has inspired staff to continue in their own personal quests to see past physical disability and has given them the opportunity to use these skills to motivate other people in similar situations.
Whilst she is faced with considerable discomfort throughout each day, staff described spending time with her as ‘humbling’, especially considering how physically demanding her pursuits are.
Claire’s story is truly inspiring, and she truly deserves to be the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award.
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Photo shows (from L-R): Michelle McManus (awards host), Lorraine Forrest (Claire’s mother), Claire Easdon (winner), Professor Alan Baird (from award sponsor Scottish Care)