Andrew is a 30 year old man who has a learning disability and limited verbal communication.
Andrew is a 30 year old man who has a learning disability and limited verbal communication. Having support workers from Independent Living @ Home (IL@H) has enabled him to do lots of social activities, including going on holiday.
Andrew has developed good relationships with his support workers, which means they can help him identify the things he enjoys and support him to do them while on holiday. They know that Andrew reacts very positively when there are a wide variety of things to see and do, so they planned a full itinerary with him on his holiday to the Peak District.
Andrew travelled to the Peak District with two support workers and they all stayed in the accommodation together. Andrew had not visited this area before, so it was all new to him and not his usual seaside trip. His support workers helped him to manage any feelings of anxiety about going into unknown territory!
When they arrived, Andrew helped to unpack his things and they went to a supermarket to get some supplies. He enjoyed looking around Derby city and was amused when the sat-nav kept getting them all lost!
Support workers know that Andrew might be a little uncertain about some activities but they encourage him to try new things, like a cable car ride to a cliff top site. This all helps to broaden Andrew’s experiences, and make him more confident when trying new things.
The staff team worked well together and this helped Andrew to enjoy his holiday more. There was plenty of banter and a happy positive mood was soon adopted by Andrew. Andrew enjoyed his short break and his support workers commented that he conducted himself really well and he was a pleasure to be with.