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Support and positive relationships

Stephen's story

Stephen was independent in lots of areas of his life and was able to manage his medication so well that the frequency of his seizures reduced and with the support of his team, his family, and multiple healthcare professionals, his social worker agreed that with the use of a falls alarm, Stephen should be able to spend some time alone when he requested.

Stephen has been supported by Milestones Trust for over 10 years. First he lived in one of our residential homes where he got on well with the team but felt he would like more independence, which often caused him additional stress.  Then in January 2014, without support, Stephen found himself a flat near a train station to be able to indulge in one of his favourite pastimes; trainspotting and his social worker agreed that Stephen should be able to live alone with a 24 hour package of support.

This felt like a step in the right direction towards increased independence, but Stephen was still frustrated with the large amount of support he received as he felt he didn’t need it.  However, his social worker disagreed due to his severe epilepsy – which could cause Stephen to die if it wasn’t monitored.  This caused some difficult times for Stephen and his team felt his frustration. Stephen was independent in lots of areas of his life and was able to manage his medication so well that the frequency of his seizures reduced and with the support of his team, his family, and multiple healthcare professionals, his social worker agreed that with the use of a falls alarm, Stephen should be able to spend some time alone when he requested. This has helped Stephen maintain the positive relationship he has with his team and recently staff and Stephen planned for him to go to the pub independently for the first time, another of his favourite pastimes!