Students at Futures have been developing their independent living skills by taking part in a range of practical activities. They have been learning about health and safety when using appliances and applying this knowledge when preparing simple meals. They have also been developing their understanding about accessing services within their community, exploring accommodation, and living options that may be available to them in the future.
Recently one of our students, Iona, has successfully transitioned into her own supported living bungalow. This has proved to be a positive step for her and her family.
Iona moved into a supported living bungalow in March this year.
It was a very difficult decision for us to make however on the whole it has been a positive one, for Iona, us her parents and her sibling. There have been some blips along the way but Iona has become more independent, and now enjoys cooking, shopping and housework etc. She is very proud of her home. She has become more sociable and now also accesses more clubs and activities within the community.
If your young person is considering moving into supported living then my advice would be to look at properties and choose the best one for all of you, be firm about preferred members of staff, diet etc and ensure regular reviews take place with the care providers. Also ensure that your young person meets their care providers before their move. Iona met and spent time with her care providers for about 2 months before her move in order to make the transition as smooth as possible.
We are looking forward to supporting other students to achieve their aspiration for developing independence within their current setting and independent living in the future