HELPING SHANE TO DEVELOP LIFE SKILLS AND SUPPORTING HIS VERBAL DEVELOPMENT
Shane has epilepsy, a severe learning disability, and autistic spectrum disorder. Following bad experiences with other care providers, Shane was living in an untidy home, was unkempt himself, had a poor diet, and had not been taking part in activities or hobbies.
Due to previous carers spending their shifts on their phones rather than supporting Shane, he would spend the majority of each day in bed and was not encouraged to develop verbally through making sounds. His car was unroadworthy with a broken seat and seatbelt alongside bald tyres, and there had been a high number of incidents in which restraint was required.
We were asked if we could provide a 420 hour package of care for Shane, and immediately began recruiting for highly skilled, experienced carers who would be reliable, proactive, enthusiastic, and able to manage behaviours. We set out realistic timeframes and were able to meet our proposed start date with staff and rotas in place.
Shane has bonded really well with his new carers and receives support with his day-to-day life. His hygiene and the cleanliness of his home are greatly improved, his diet is now balanced and he enjoys helping to prepare meals, and he is developing his life skills every day. Shane is said to be non-verbal but, with support from his carers, he can now use over 30 words which his family are delighted with.
In addition to building essential life skills, Shane now enjoys taking part in activities, such as gardening, dancing, drawing, walking, and playing games. He has also been on many trips and has tried strawberry picking and 18-hole adventure golf alongside visits to the beach for an ice cream. There are no more concerns over Shane’s wellbeing and his family members are pleased with the progress that we’ve made so far.