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Alan’s Story - Moving wasn’t even on the cards

Alan has lived in an Assessment and Treatment Unit for many years. Staff weren't even considering a move for him. But his advocate realised how wrong this was for him. In supporting Alan to move out of his ATU into a community placement, Alan has changed from an isolated, uncommunicative man to an outgoing, talkative one.

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Joe’s Story - From ATU to independence

Joe has been working with his advocate on and off for three years now. At first, when Joe needed to move out of the Assessment and Treatment Unit he was living in. Then when professionals wanted him to stay in his formal, fully supported, care setting. Even now, when decision makers have agreed that Joe can move to where he wants to go, we'll keep working with him, helping him understand what is happening at each stage and making sure that his voice is heard.

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ATU Challenge - Bethan’s Choice

Bethan had been living in an ATU for 2 years. She knew what she wanted and she and her family were trying to get the best outcome. But things weren't moving and Bethan was, on her 18th birthday, going to be moved into an adult service. Thankfully, Bethan's advocate was able to escalate Bethan's situation until, supported by NHS England and her local MP, Bethan was moved into her own supported living flat.  

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Jerry’s Feet

Jerry let his feet do the talking for him.  After a stroke left him unable to communicate he tried to show the staff at a residential care home that he wanted to go home by leaving under his own steam.

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Oscar - An Unwise Decision

Oscar is refusing medical tests. Doctors think that he doesn’t have capacity to make that decision.

With his advocate, Oscar helps them understand his reasons and his decision. It may be an #unwisedecision but Oscar knows his own mind.

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Sue’s Story - Getting Home

Sue was moved out of her family home, into a care home, against both her and her family's wishes. She has been fighting to get back to her family ever since.

Working with an advocate, Sue and her grandaughter Gemma came up with a plan to show decision makers that she was better off living with her family.

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