Sarah, 22 – Cerebral Palsy
Sarah is twenty two and has Cerebral Palsy. Despite her learning disabilities, and limited mobility Sarah manages her personal care and is quite independent. She recently met David, a bright young man who understands her well as he has the same diagnosis. The couple married in May and moved into a ground floor flat with Disabled Access.
Our Support Worker provided practical support every step of the way towards their transition to independence and balanced a fine line between recognising their limitations and empowering them to their utmost. Although an application to Social Care for daily support was refused, the support worker has found creative ways of supporting the couple to live independently. The support worker helped them apply for a grant for a suitably adapted kitchen and they eat on disposable paper-ware as they cannot wash up. A grant for a honeymoon was the most wonderful thing which happened and the couple are relishing their new found independence and ability to live together in their own home. The support worker continues to provide occasional support and it is clear that the initial investment of resources and careful planning is what has made the move so successful.