Peter spent his first year in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt Hospital after being born 13 weeks early. Peter was able to leave REMEO® and return home, where he thrived with the support of his family and was no longer dependent on a ventilator.
John spent over a year in ICU following a heart transplant. He came to our REMEO® centre, where after 3 months he was weaned from a ventilator and was able to go home to enjoy an active life.
29 year old Michael came to our REMEO® centre after a car accident. He was be able to return home without any ventilation assistance 23 days later.
Matthew is a chronic tracheostomised patient who has been staying at a REMEO® centre since September 2010. If there is an activity going on, Matthew is sure to be found participating. He has enough energy to motivate everyone around him. Matthew does not want to sit still; he wants to live life to the fullest.
Matthew's favourite activity is going on a trip to the shopping centre. He likes to interact with people and enjoys having the freedom to shop.
Amy arrived at REMEO® ventilator dependent in late September 2011. Her medical history is somewhat complicated, with chronic pain, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia. Since her admission, she has been on and off the ventilator multiple times due to fatigue. She was fully weaned from the ventilator in early 2012.
Jim came to us from the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at 10 months old suffering from five congenital heart defects. Due to his clinical complexity, he required high-complexity mechanical ventilation. After 4 months, he was able to use a portable ventilator and gradually could sit up on his own. With this freedom, Jim quickly began to advance to crawling. Interdisciplinary care planning with physical and occupational therapy allowed Jim to begin walking, making him stronger and able to be taken off the ventilator during the day. Today, Jim is beginning to verbalise with a speaking valve and despite the complexity of his heart condition, continues to make outstanding progress.
Eighteen-month-old Barbara arrived from another long-term care facility on full ventilator support due to complications from a premature birth. She had poor muscle tone and minimal work of breathing. In the following four months, Barbara was successfully weaned from the ventilator, progressing to drinking from a cup and using her speaking valve to verbalise. After just six short months, we celebrated her transfer from the Sub Acute Unit to General Skilled Care, where she continues to thrive.
Road trip in the US
In partnership with the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, REMEO® provides disabled individuals a fully accessible car service allowing them to travel far beyond the walls of their room – anywhere within the metropolitan area of Nashville.
St. Margaret’s Centre, Albany*
On a clear Monday afternoon in March, a special event took place in Albany (New York State). William’s* wish to be a fireman was granted with the help of the Make A Wish Foundation.
The Mayor declared March 12th 2012 “William Smith Day” and presented him with a plaque, a hat and a fire jacket. All loaded in the truck, ready to roll with lights and sirens! Two respiratory therapists, three fire-fighters/paramedics, and his mum made the trip – with a videographer along to capture the event. With the help of Gabriel’s new friends, the “fire” was safely put out and everyone was safe.