Dexter is a positive young man who first moved into supported living with Affinity Trust in 2012. He lives with two friends of a similar age, David and Oliver, with whom he enjoys socialising. Since the move he has achieved greater independence in his life than previously.
Since he has a learning disability, is a wheelchair user and has limited verbal communication, as well as having other medical conditions, Dexter needs round-the-clock care from his support team. The staff in his support team use intensive interaction techniques to communicate better with Dexter. This involves using a person’s non-verbal communication to interact with them through a one-to-one approach. It is because of this that Dexter’s support team understand him really well.
Dexter’s mother, Lisa, believes that supported living has made a big difference to Dexter and knows that he is enjoying the independence this gives him. “Whilst the building is good, it is the support team that have really made the difference. They know him so well, understand his likes and dislikes are and are fantastic at encouraging his interests.”
Through our support, Dexter has made positive progress. He communicates more, makes more eye-contact, and is happier. Since being supported by Affinity Trust, Dexter has started swimming again. This is something he loves to do as it gives him a freedom that he cannot get in his wheelchair. Dexter also likes trying new things, one of these being cooking. Baking cakes is his forte.