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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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Elsie’s story

Elsie is more aware of how important her voice is. Her social worker said, without advocacy support for Elsie, she could not have completed a robust needs assessment required to help Elsie move out of her mental health unit and into her new home.

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Peter’s Story

Peter has been living in a mental healthcare hospital for over 5 years now and regularly uses the advocacy service.

Recently he has been finding changes to his ward challenging and didn’t feel that the ward staff were listening to his views. With his advocate’s support, Peter got the result he wanted and is much happier now.

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