Steve’s Story

Steve’s Story

Steve, 22, moved into his flat which he shares with Paul 2 years ago. Previously, Steve lived with his family. However, his Mum and Dad were finding it increasingly difficult to support him as his behaviour was becoming more challenging as he was getting upset up to 20 times a day. Steve would smash up furniture and began throwing things at walls and at people. Staff worked with Steve and his family to develop a Person Centred Plan. They gained an understanding of how Steve communicates and incorporated that plus information on what he likes to do, how he likes things to be done and with whom he enjoys doing activities. The support staff team had the help of the Heritage Care Positive Behaviour Team who gave advice and training.

His support staff discovered that Steve loves baking and cooking so they supported him to go along to a cooking class and now also do baking with him at home. They discovered that Steve likes walking and so, with the support of staff, Steve is now involved in a rambling group. Other activities he likes are gardening and football so he has joined a voluntary gardening group and also meets up with friends to play football.

Over the last year Steve’s communication skills have improved greatly and he is enjoying life and not getting frustrated and upset. The cost of his support has also decreased as there is no longer the need for 2 staff to support him. The Positive Behaviour Team has been successful in enabling him to live the life of his choice.