New lease of family life for Vera

Vera has learning disabilities and had been in care since she was three years old. At the age of 72, she transitioned from a hospital environment to living in her own flat for the first time in her life, thanks to Voyage Care.

Vera moved to a Voyage Care service in Stoke-on-Trent and her support team were concerned she would not adjust to her new living arrangements. After living in a hospital setting for most of her life, she was now in her own home and making her own choices about how she lived her life.

Her support team needed to get to know Vera to help her settle and adjust. They spent a considerable amount of time listening to her and learning about her history. Vera spoke about her family and how she would love to see them, she had not seen them for more than 30 years.

Vera is one of 12 children and she had lost contact with all of her brothers and sisters. Her care leader found a phone number for one of Vera’s brothers, John, and called him. He was delighted to hear from her and the team took Vera to her brother’s house to meet up for the first time in more than 30 years.

John had contact details for another one of Vera’s brothers Michael and Voyage Care arranged an emotional reunion for the family. 

The family now meet up on a regular basis and being back in touch with her brothers has given Vera a new lease of life. Her mental wellbeing and quality of life have improved and she is now taking part in much wider range of activities. She recently completed a five-week baking course at her local college, with the help of one of her support workers.