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Charlie: Case study



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  • 1. Optimising the performance of activities Charlie’s story
  • 2. Introducing Charlie •  Charlie is a single 30 year old man, who sustained a spinal cord injury (C6-C7) 2 years ago as a result of an off-road motor bike accident. Click here to find out more about levels of spinal cord injury. Photo credit: Charlie Evatt
  • 3. Introducing Charlie •  Charlie was a park ranger for the Forestry Commission prior to his accident. •  He wishes to return to full employment, but does not want to be “just stuck behind a desk”. Photo credit: Charlie Evatt
  • 4. Introducing Charlie •  He is now a permanent wheelchair user, living alone in a ground floor flat, which has been adapted for wheelchair users, and gives access to a small garden with: •  A lawn and washing-line •  Containers and hanging-baskets •  However, this flat is on the outskirts of town. Although most facilities are accessible by public transport, the service is sporadic; and he consequently feels isolated from his friends. Photo credit: Charlie Evatt
  • 5. Charlie’s problems Charlie is desperate to regain his independence, and to take more control over his own lifestyle. •  Although he is now independent in self-care, he still relies on daily visits by Home Care services for domestic tasks such as vacuuming. •  When he is alone, he wants to be able to answer the door to visitors safely and easily. •  He is also frustrated that he cannot tend to the garden or carry out simple tasks like opening a window by himself. Photo credit: Charlie Evatt
  • 6. Charlie’s problems Charlie is desperate to regain his independence, and to take more control over his own lifestyle. •  The difficulties that Charlie has with transport means that he spends a large amount of his spare time reading and watching the TV. •  He is proud of his large collection of wildlife films and books; but often finds that he has to wait for a visitor in order to access those which have had to be stored on higher shelves. •  He is worried about the effects of his injury on any future relationships, particularly in terms of having sex. Photo credit: Charlie Evatt