Affinity Trust supports Anita, who has severe learning disabilities, and is a wheelchair user. Anita’s many health conditions have to be carefully managed and her support staff have specific training to administer Anita’s daily medication. None of this stops Anita – she is a positive person and with the right support is able to live an active life.
Anita does not use words to communicate, instead her support team has been trained in non-verbal communication, and also know Anita extremely well, so they can understand what she wants through her body language and facial expressions.
Every week Anita is supported to go to hydrotherapy sessions and to go swimming. Both activities improve her wellbeing, make her happy and relaxed and allow her a freedom of movement not possible in her wheelchair. Her ideal day also includes doing some shopping – providing it is not too busy – and a stop for a coffee or hot chocolate at a café. Her support staff note that when Anita is out and about she is content and enjoying herself, and as a result hardly ever needs health interventions.
Anita is also supported to attend college every week and has completed her chosen courses of fl ower arranging and food preparation. She is looking forward to starting a music course shortly. Another thing that Anita relishes is being supported to spend time with her friends. Anita has a good sense of humour and loves to joke and laugh – her staff say Anita finds it particularly amusing when she is travelling on the bus and it goes over a bump or if staff accidently drop things.
Anita’s family are extremely important to her. Her mother and father attend meetings and reviews and love hearing what Anita has been doing, frequently remarking how happy they are with the support she receives.