Rebecca’s Story, As Told By Her Mum

“Rebecca used to live in a Residential Home with six other people with learning disabilities.  The residents were very different and had diverse interests and no one connected very much together.  Rebecca used to like going out but unless all the residents wanted to go out (due to the fact that two staff had to be with them as a group) – no one could go out.  It was only when there were extra staff or volunteers around that Rebecca could do anything independently from the others.  We found that Rebecca retreated regularly to her bedroom and she was always a very gregarious person so it was very distressing to see her withdraw so much.  Her bedroom was always in a mess which used to distress me when I visited.

Since we moved to Frontier Support and Rebecca has been in her own home with carers her life has turned around.  When Rebecca first moved in I asked her team leader if I should buy an extra comfortable chair for her bedroom. She said: “She won’t need an armchair in her bedroom- she won’t be spending much time up here except at bed time”  It was so uplifting to hear this.

Due to her fluctuating mental health – sometimes Rebecca doesn’t feel well enough to go out but the staff are always flexible to her needs. They encourage but never force Rebecca to do anything.  She is able to go out to meet her own friends and attend her clubs.  She visits Museums, parks and shopping which she enjoys. It’s so wonderful to see her in her own home leading a full life.  This is the kind of life we would all choose to have – why should it be any different for a person with a learning disability?”

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