42 year old Dave has been living in the north, away from his family, for some years and had told staff at his residential home that he wanted to move back down south to be closer to them. But as the time got closer, Dave changed his mind. It was up to Dave's advocate to listen carefully to what Dave had to say, to understand what was driving Dave's change of heart and what Dave wanted to achieve.
With support from his advocate, Dave was able to explain why, although he did eventually want to move back south, now was not the right time for him. Together, Dave and his support team have found a community placement close by where Dave is happy to work towards his eventual independence at his own pace.
Sahil came to the UK with his little brother, confused, isolated and distrusting. He's now 17, studying for A levels, whilst living with his brother in a children's unit. But now, once more, Sahil is being told he must leave everything he knows.
Sahil's advocate helped him challenge the decision and fought for him to remain where he was.
Alex was spending more and more time alone in his care home, where he lived under a Deprivation of Liberty (DoL) order. Alex's advocate worked with him to find a way to communicate and looked at what activities and support options were available to him. Using their new communication techniques, Alex was able to let staff know what he wanted and a programme of inclusion has been put together. Alex is now happier, and more settled in his home, and staff there are now able to include Alex in decisions about himself.
Peter and Jenny have been together for 44 years. But Jenny's dementia meant that she was moved from their shared flat into a higher support residential service. Unfortunately, although both Peter and Jenny have learning disabilities, Peter was not considered to have high enough care needs to move with Jenny. They were to be torn apart.
George is a quiet, thoughtful gentleman, who had lived an independent life until six months ago. A serious fall meant that George was admitted into care, and there he was diagnosed with dementia. After five months of physical therapy, George has recovered from his fall, but his dementia has gotten much more severe. After being assessed as lacking capacity to make a decision about where he could live, a VoiceAbility IMCA starting working with George.
Daisy is an informal patient with the adolescent services unit. She is young, capable and intelligent but suffers from depression and anxiety and has been diagnosed with anorexia. She missed socialising with her friends and family and has looked at discharging herself from her unit against the wishes of medical professionals. Daisy asked for an independent advocate to get an independent explanation of her rights and the options that she had.