People helped by Thera
Lucy’s life has significantly changed in the last seven years. She had lived in an NHS Assessment and Treatment Unit (‘ATU’) since 1999, when she was 17 years old. She only had access to the lounge, hallway and toilets during the day. Lucy needs someone to support her throughout the whole day and has two people to help her when she is out and about.
Now she has her own space where she is free to do as she likes. In her new house, she can make drinks when she wants and, with support from Thera’s staff, she enjoys preparing and cooking her own meals.
Lucy now has her own car to enable her to get out and do things in her local community. She goes swimming, bowling and for day trips. She visits family and has been able to stay with them overnight, including for a family wedding. She’s visited the Harry Potter Studios and, at Easter, had a holiday at Holton Lee Discovery Centre in Dorset.
When Lucy was living in the ATU, she was unable to spend time with the people she lived with, as the people around her found it hard to understand and to cope with her behaviour. With more focussed support at home, and out and about, Lucy is helped with her behaviour, which is incredibly important to her and helps her to feel safe and understood.
As a result, Lucy is now much more independent, able to do most household tasks with support. Her new house and support at home is perfect for Lucy. It has enabled her to be part of her local community and to build relationships with people she wishes to spend time with. Moreover, living independently has enabled Lucy’s family to feel part of her life again. They can have more input into the way Lucy chooses to lead her life and are able to help her make decisions in her best interest.