Hayley's story

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Hayley (*name changed)  has a learning disability, personality disorder and behaviours that challenge. She was referred to Advance after being sectioned. At the time she was living an isolated life with accommodation at a refuge for women.

In her refuge she was unable to have visitors. Her family had cut off contact due to her challenging behaviour. She had not left her room for any significant length of time for over two months. Hayley struggled to engage with others and took part in no activities. Her health and wellbeing was being significantly impacted and by the time she came to Advance she weighed under 6 stone and was losing hair.

Due to her challenging behaviour Hayley was given six months’ notice by her Housing Association. It was at this point that our specialist team of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) staff got more involved in Hayley’s care. They met with Hayley and worked with her to develop an assessment of her specific needs. Our PBS team worked closely with her clinical psychiatrist and Behavioural Therapist to carry out a detailed Functional Assessment which was used to develop her personalised PBS plan.

Advance had discussions with the local housing department and an agreement was made to lease a property to give Hayley as the foundation for a more stable life. We worked closely with the local authority Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist to better understand Hayley’s communication preferences and put in place solutions to help her to be understood.

From this we were able to identify that Hayley had a passion and interest in gardening and have pursued opportunities for her to get involved in local activities we know she enjoys. We then worked with the local church to re-integrate Hayley with her Faith – something she wanted to do. We also worked with a social worker to make contact and facilitate visits from her family at her new home.

Today Hayley has a stable tenancy, a home furnished with items of her choice, a pet budgie and her own bank account. Her family visit her regularly. She is supported to go shopping, cook, volunteer locally and access her chosen church.

She now visits her psychiatrist on an annual basis rather than monthly. Her increased independence and stability has meant she relies less on support and the annual cost of her support has reduced by approximately £10,608 per year.

(*Name changed by request)

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