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My name is Carla McGlynn. I moved into Darwin Place in 2008. In February 2013, I moved into Wellington and lived by myself with help from staff. I didn't like living on my own so I came back to Darwin Place to live with my friends. I'm happy now living at Darwin with my friends. I enjoy going out and doing activities like having a massage, going swimming or buying new things. I have beautiful staff who listen to me when I want to talk. I have a lovely tidy bedroom with all my favourite colours and things in there that are my choice.
Before I came to Swanton I was living at home with my parents. I felt like I wanted to move on, but I felt nervous. I was introduced to Amanda who worked as a support worker for Swanton and we spoke about what Swanton could offer me with my specific needs. About a month later I moved into my own flat. I felt very excited but still a little nervous, the staff that was on with me made me feel safe. I feel that Swanton has given me the chance to have my own independence. I have learnt how to run my own home with support from my staff. Swanton has made me feel safe and secure. I trust the staff and the management 100%. I am working towards the future with Swanton, They have supported me through college where I have been able to pass several courses that will help me towards living independently. I think they have changed my life for the better. I am going to Edinburgh Tattoo with my staff. I am really looking forward to it very much. They have supported me on previous trips and holidays. They like me to get as much out of my life and not to miss out on anything that would make me very happy. I feel like I have come on leaps and bounds. I am looking forward, staff and managers, please keep up the good work!
All in Thirteen Months...
I moved into Treeview Court towards the end of February 2013 from the residential unit. I was on the maximum support then but the staff who did my assessment were convinced that I was making enough progress in my recovery that they can help me move my life forward in supported living and who doesn't want an independent life?
I'm still not the world's greatest cook, but I now cook for myself at least three or four days a week from raw food unsupervised, and try to get the kitchen clean and tidy when I remember. It has been a long journey from having meals delivered to me by staff at Hollybrook House to starting with staff at Treeview Court supervising me to cook once a week.
In addition to cooking, I now self medicate with staff administering the weekly dose and there is no doubt that I will soon be holding the key to my medication cupboard and doing everything with my medications from ordering to taking independent of staff.
I also now handle my own finances independently of my mum (who has been my appointee all this time) for the first time. My grocery shopping is under much better control than it would be naturally, because ‘there's an App for that'. I find that just inputting the name and price of all the things in the trolley going along means I don't get nasty surprises.
Sometimes I'm not that good at complying with one-to-ones — just out of being busy, out, or disorganised. Yesterday I managed to forget about them, and will have to apologise. This is because I do my shopping on a Monday, and what with buses to Sprowston Tesco and two buses back it usually takes most of the day or at least all afternoon. It is likely that Monday one to sessions would be dropped at my next review seeing that I no longer require them.
It's reasonably tidy in here at the moment, because I'm trying to keep it under control.
That's not all, I now own a pet cat and with a little prompt from staff every now and then I take good care of my cat and we are happy together.
Today I cleaned the cat tray and he'd gone on the edge bit. He was not a popular cat. I don't take well to dealing with the result of cat obnoxiousness, but I did manage it all by myself.
I'm learning how to get on better with my one-to-ones. I struggle with learning social behaviour, which means that when people come to my door I'm often busy reading or using the Internet, and it seems like a sudden jolt, but I'm getting used to it. It helps when I tell myself that it's useful to learn social behaviour.
Being lazy, I started with people doing too much for me, until they encouraged me to do more for myself. Now I have learned that if I do one part of the housework while my helper does another thing (particularly something I find hard), things get done faster and I think it's really useful.