Megan first moved into Broadview, one of our National Autistic Society accredited residential care homes in Hampshire, back in 2019. She is autistic and when she first moved into Broadview it was clear that Megan was out of her comfort zone. Moving into a new home, with new housemates, can be daunting and Megan spent a lot of time in her room, only joining the rest of the residents at mealtimes. Megan needed encouragement to get up in the morning and get involved with any activities. The team at Broadview worked with Megan to create a person-centred care plan, helping her to get used to her new home and together they set some goals for Megan to work towards.
It was really important for the team to understand how Megan processes information and exactly what she likes and dislikes. Before working with Megan to co-create a person-centred care plan, the team spent time getting to know her, which included the creation of sensory profile and an environmental assessment. These assessments helped the team to learn a lot about Megan, including that she enjoyed her own space, but also that she benefited from keeping busy and occupied. Making sure Megan was involved at every step of the way was really important. It allowed her and the team at Broadview to create a care plan focussed on meaningful activities that would help Megan to develop and achieve her goals.
Megan and the team worked on creating some clear goals, which included encouraging Megan to get out of bed and carry out her own personal care. Introducing activities that Megan is interested in really helped her to come out of her shell. She now gets herself up to enjoy a cup of earl grey tea and loves trips out to the shop or to the cafe. Megan also enjoys being in the garden. Along with the other residents at Broadview, she helped out with the vegetable patch last year, growing chillies, courgettes, and pak choi! A great way to build independence and cooking skills!
Since Megan joined Broadview, she has already achieved many of her personal goals, and even set new ones. She now gets herself up in the morning and carries out her own personal care with minimal verbal prompts. She enjoys socialising with other residents and regularly gets involved in activities such as baking! Megan has built so many skills enabling her to live a more independent and fulfilled life.
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