Over Christmas I visited Lane End House, one of Hampshire’s newest services. Lane End will have 17 people living there by Easter this year, in a combination of shared flats, a bungalow and individual flats. Staff and people we support have had some really big challenges over the last year. The building was an older person’s service which was modernised and the layout changed but unfortunately there were some significant building issues which led to a 50 page report detailing further work that needed to be carried out. This work was carried out over 3 months and was really disruptive for the people who lived there and their staff.
Luckily we had 2 spare flats so people could move into them on a temporary basis when work was being done in their homes. Some people stayed with family members as this worked better for them. This was a really challenging time and I would like to thank everyone for their patience and co-operation as without your help this could have been so much more problematic.
Back to the visit… I met with Elena the manager of Lane End House and she was telling me about how pleased Leonora is with her increased independence. I asked Leonora if I could interview her for my blog.
Pam: Leonora, when we met the other day you talked about how you were really pleased with all you have achieved in the last few months can you tell me about that?
Leonora: Since I moved to Lane End House, things have improved, I have more freedom and staff encourage me to be more and more independent. I am doing a lot of stuff myself in my flat. I go out to Petersfield by myself. I like to do shopping in Petersfield. I am also learning about Emsworth, I get a taxi to the Co Op to do my shopping, on my own.
Pam: How does that make you feel?
Leonora: For the first time I am feeling independent, for the first time I am having control over my life. I feel like I am being treated like an adult, staff encourage me to be independent. I have my own flat so there is no one bossing me about.
Pam: Is there anything else you would like people to know about?
Leonora: Yes, I am becoming more and more independent in my flat, I have help from the adult sensory team to develop my skills, I am doing things like making sandwiches. I am basically really happy.
Thanks to Leonora for talking to me and the team at Lane End for supporting her in a way that works for her and makes her really happy.
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