Glenn did not have the option of deciding how he wanted to live up until 5 years ago, when we supported him to move into his own home.
We worked with Glenn and his advocate to decide where and what kind of home he wanted to live in. Glenn wanted to live in Dawlish near trains and buses so that he can get out and about easily. Glenn also needed an accessible flat as he is partially sighted and to keep him safe during his seizures.
Glenn moved into a ground floor flat and really enjoyed living there as it was everything he wanted at the time. He was able to go to the shops and travel around easily on public transportation.
However, over time, Glenn’s needs changed. Glenn and his Circle of Support decided that his environment did not meet his needs anymore. Glenn needed a new home.
We worked with Glenn’s care manager to fill out a housing needs assessment, which we sent to our partners Forward Housing, who are part of Thera Group. We clarified that it would be best for Glenn to move into a detached bungalow in a peaceful area to give him the quiet environment he needed. We worked with Forward to find a property that matched Glenn’s preferences. The property was modernised to meet his needs before he moved in.
Glenn decorated his new home to his own taste. He picked his own green-orange-mustard striped wallpaper and chose sparkly copper coloured kitchen utensils.
In the 5 days leading up to his move, Glenn went to his new house every day. On one visit, he had a cup of tea and biscuits in front of his new fire place. From the moment he set foot in his new house, he seemed at ease and looked as if he felt at home.
On moving day, Glenn went on a day out while his things were moved to his new home. When he arrived, he took his coat off and looked around the bungalow by himself. His team manager, Yvette asked him if the staff team have done everything right and Glenn said, “Yes, thank you.” “Is there anything else I can do?” Yvette asked, to which Glenn responded, “No, thank you. You can go now”, as he wanted to be alone in his new home.
In the days following his move, Glenn walked around his house and regularly said to his support team, “It’s nice my home, isn’t it?”
Staff said, “Glenn is really proud of his home. He tidies up after staff, which he never used to do. He looks different; he has the peace he has wanted for years.”
“Glenn is now gaining confidence again. He is choosing to go to new places and for longer. He had rarely chosen to go on days out over the past two or three years as he felt too stressed in his old home. He has recently started choosing flowers for his garden and will have a strawberry patch as he loves strawberries.”
I have known Glenn for 10 years and this is the first time I have seen him this way. He has taken ownership of his new home and he is doing more for himself. He wants his home to be his; he is the master of his home. He is happy.