We are delighted to say two of the people we had supported at Paxton House have now moved into their new supported living home in Derbyshire.
AT had lived within Paxton House since February 2018 whilst AW had been living within the home since July 2020. Within the home, both made wonderful friendships between themselves and others but as time went on, they began to crave more independence and autonomy in their lives. They dreamt of having a place they could call their own… Recognising the desire for progression, the Paxton team started exploring the possibility of a move into supported living still with support from carers they knew and liked.
The team in collaboration with local authority colleagues believed it would provide both ladies with the perfect balance of independence and the support to enable them to thrive. This journey of progression has not been without its challenges, but with determination and support, both ladies are now embarking on this exciting new chapter within their own apartments.
The first step was to identify the right home and environment for both ladies. The support team worked tirelessly to find a location and facilities that aligned with needs and preferences. They explored various locations and homes however after careful consideration, they found the perfect home with one apartment on the ground floor and one apartment on the first floor. It was a cosy and welcoming place which was in a location which meant friendly, supportive and established staff members could continue to provide support.
The transition process has involved meticulously planning, ensuring a smooth and seamless move. This involved both AT and AW being central in decision-making processes, allowing them to have a say in how their new home would be decorated and furnished. As the day of the move arrived, friends and staff from Paxton House gathered to support and celebrate the time within the previous home. It was a bittersweet moment as they said their goodbyes, but they were also filled with excitement for what the future held.
Over time, we hope the journey from residential to supported living will prove to be transformative. We are sure both people will thrive in being more independent, in an environment that encourages personal growth and autonomy.
The ladies’ story of progression from residential to supported living is a testament to the power of person-centred support and helping individuals to fulfil their dreams. It is a reminder that with the right blend of autonomy and assistance, individuals can truly flourish and lead fulfilling lives.