For many years Tim has lived in a variety of shared living arrangements. All of those shared the common feature of overnight staff presence.
Over a period of time through our person centred planning process of exploring what may or may not be possible and through us providing information on those different options available to Tim, he decided that he would like to try something different to shared living space and dependence on continuous staff presence. Tim was offered one of the one bed apartments in the Rafter’s Lane development.
This development was specially designed for Older Person’s and seemed like it could be the perfect fit for Tim. One of the first areas to change were the times that he gets support from staff. Now staff are available to Tim at times when he needs it which means he doesn’t have staff sleepover anymore. To help prepare for a successful transition Tim and his support team worked in advance of the move on a range of activities of daily living in which he was supported to do himself.
He continued that process when he moved in and now is proud to say he is more involved in his own food shopping, cooking and cleaning. Another area where he has taken on more responsibility is in his budgeting. Now he’s a tenant of his own home he manages his own rent and bills payments so being on the ball with his finances has added importance. Tim plans to continue to develop these and other opportunities for personal growth and development in 2020. He looks forward to baking for his friends and family when they come to visit him.
Tim thoroughly enjoyed buying things to decorate his own home and he has left no one in any doubt about his love of Liverpool FC. He has decorated it to his own tastes, without having to worry about what anyone else might say and his pictures of family and friends that he has on the walls and shelves tell visitors this is his home. While Tim only moved in to the area in early December 2019 he has already positioned himself as “Mr Sociable” and has made it his business to get to know his neighbours. He even has plans to decorate his small garden area to the front so that he can sit out at the front in the Summer and meet more people in his neighbourhood.