Ruth moved into a permanent flat in our Leicester Transforming Care service in early 2016 after nearly a decade in hospital. Ruth previously lived in a restrictive and noisy environment, with little access to the community. Her bedroom and kitchen were not accessible during the day and access to a computer was restricted, as it was in a locked room elsewhere in the hospital. This was one of many factors that led to Ruth’s behaviour becoming increasingly challenging.
Affinity Trust worked closely in partnership with the community nursing team to ensure a smooth transition for Ruth to her new home. We organised visits for Ruth in advance of her move and her staff team received specialist training specific to Ruth’s needs.
Since moving in, Ruth has personalised, and takes great pride in, her flat. A key ambition for her was to be able to look after herself – and she has really succeeded. She plans her weekly menu, shops and cooks for herself, making her own healthy meals, mostly from scratch. Ruth also independently washes and irons her clothes and cleans her flat. Ruth is also making great strides in learning how to budget and manage her own money.
Ruth loves being part of her local community. She has learnt to ride a bike, and through this, got to know the surrounding area. Having got back in contact with her boyfriend, they now often meet up and go out together. Recently, Ruth went on holiday for the first time, to Center Parcs, and whilst there also drank her first ever glass of wine – both of which she enjoyed immensely.
Ruth has been supported to meet many of the goals she has set herself. One of these was to lose weight – so far she has lost over a stone thanks to regular exercise (mainly walking and cycling) and healthy eating. She has also taken up horse riding, as well as going shopping and to the disco every week. Ruth’s other interest is in gaining computer skills – she has already been supported to purchase a computer and hopes to attend an IT studies class soon. Her greatest ambition for next year is to do a parachute jump for charity.
One of the biggest changes in Ruth’s life since moving has been the reduction in her stress and anxiety and behaviours that challenge. “Ruth is delighted with her new life. Having her independence and freedom is, to her, the greatest outcome of her move” said Bex, Operations Manager.