Shopping trip suggests more progress in store for AH
We recently passed on some encouraging news about the personal growth of AH, a service user who has achieved some excellent progress since moving into one of Heathcotes’ independent supported living apartments. Having worked with our staff to develop his money management capabilities, AH recently completed his first online purchase and he has now taken this new-found confidence to the high street, with his first visit to a supermarket since the start of lockdown.
The threat of Covid-19 has made most of us apprehensive about trips to the shop. AH certainly felt that way, so he relied on the Heathcotes support team to carry out his food shopping during lockdown. Following the easing of restrictions, AH decided that he was ready to venture back out into the community, accompanied by Heathcotes staff to offer support when needed.
The support team were struck by how at ease AH seemed as he loaded his trolley and ticked each item on his list whilst observing the supermarket’s social distancing requirements. AH needed minimal assistance from our support team, demonstrating the strides that he has made in increasing his daily living skills.
Heathcotes’ independent supported living services are designed to help service users to develop these skills. Residents enjoy self-contained accommodation with 24-hour staffing which provides assistance when needed. That combination of independence and on-call support has been successful in enabling service users to become more self-sufficient in many aspects of their lives.
AH is a fine example of how independent supported living can work – with continued support from Heathcotes, we’re sure that he has plenty more progress in store!