‘I was living in a care home in Batley before I moved to Ivy Rose. It was similar but you could only ever go out with staff support. Ivy Rose was suggested by a social worker and when I visited the home I liked what I saw.
I was very nervous when I moved in but the staff made me feel very welcome and helped me join in with a lot of different activities. The staff gave me a lot of reassurance.
I needed help to get a local doctor and dentist and staff helped me set up my banking locally and helped me find my way around the local area including the bus routes, trains and shops.
I have tried lots of new things at Ivy Rose. Staff encouraged me to start playing football and I have joined a team in Sheffield where I play every Sunday and train on Fridays. I have a couple of local jobs; this includes a paper round, helping at a local pub and some gardening work when it comes up.
Staff always involve me with my support plans and if it’s difficult they explain things so I can go through the details before I sign.
My biggest achievements whilst living at Ivy Rose include winning trophies and medals in my football team, growing my own plants around the building (I’ve had several compliments on my hanging baskets), going out to work independently (including building up my confidence to even go get my own medication) and I also did a charity swimathon that was equal to a cross channel swim.
I’d like to meet a girlfriend now and pass my motor bike and car test and look forward to more holidays abroad, when I have saved up. ‘
‘I lived in a secure unit before coming to Ivy Lodge. I was ready to move on and my nurse and social worker helped me do this.
I did feel as though it was just going to be the same, but it wasn’t. I have much more freedom at Ivy Lodge.
The staff helped me feel calmer when I moved in.
They helped me with managing my money, taking my medication, doing my laundry, preparing my own food.
Basically I needed help with most everyday tasks and staff supported me with them all.
The staff supported me to book and go to the local gym regularly and this has helped build up my confidence. I do some gardening jobs and my confidence means I do this on my own now. I also do my shopping independently too now.
Staff have involved me with all my support plans and helped me to set my goals.
I have achieved the confidence to go out on activities or visiting my family on my own without worrying. I self medicate now with very little support and can do most everyday tasks now with little support from staff.
My next plans are to eventually move forward and get my own place with a little bit of support. I’d like to carry on with my gardening jobs and I plan to lose some weight by bike riding more in the summer.’