Woman says brother with brain injury needs 24-hour care
Until a space at a care facility opens up, Theresa Kersey is not sure where her brother should go
A woman in Beaver Bank is desperate to find help for her brother who has a brain injury.
David Lecky suffered two severe head injuries. The most recent was in August and it left him with no short-term memory. Now, he needs somewhere safe to live.
Lecky spent eight months in rehabilitation before moving in with his sister, Theresa Kersey, three weeks ago.
On Tuesday night, Lecky ended up in the emergency room at the Halifax Infirmary because his sister determined that leaving him home alone was too risky.
Kersey found her brother urinating off the porch when he couldn't find the bathroom. He burned her yoga books in her stove. Even after removing the knobs on the stove top, Kersey came home to find propane pouring out.
"He needs 24-hour care," she said.
Leona Burkey is the executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia. She said coming home after rehab is typically when problems begin.
"It's a classic story," she said. "Somebody calls us every day with a story like this one. It's either a mom or it's a spouse, or it's a father, or a it's a brother or a sister."
Kersey said her brother will stay at the emergency department until they can find him a hospital bed. Then he'll move to a care facility when an appropriate space opens up — but no one knows how long that will take.