Dominic, a gentleman we support, unfortunately lost contact with his paternal family when he moved into one of our care homes – due to a relationship breakdown between his parents.
The 39 old, who has profound learning disabilities, physical disabilities and is nonverbal, moved to our Derbyshire home in 2006, after previously living with his mother.
Dominic has always had good relationships with his maternal family, but Dominic’s support team at our St Marks Road home believed he would benefit from a relationship with his paternal family members, especially his father.
“We discussed this idea with Dominic’s mother back in 2017 as we thought it would be in line with his best interests. We all agreed that this will benefit him in the long run,” said Home Manager, Hayley Massey.
The team soon made contact with Dominic’s father and arrangements were made for him to visit his son.
Dominic’s father first visited him at the care home and they spent some time catching up with each other.
Dominic and his father have since spent more time together, watching films and they have recently started to go out in the local community together.
“Since their first meeting, we’ve also supported Dominic to make contact with his half brother and sister,” stated Hayley.
Thanks to all of the hard work Dominic’s support team have done, he now has more connections with important people in his life.
“When Dominic has spent time with any of his family members, you can clearly see him expressing his happiness. He smiles a lot and expresses positive body language. I’m so proud of the team for making this possible and for really making a difference to Dominic’s life,” said Hayley.
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