Staff at Sheringham Avenue have been encouraging the people we support to continue to achieve their goals – even in lockdown!
One of the main goals for the residents during this time was to learn how to maintain their garden. Although the specialist autism care home has a contractor who usually does the gardening, staff felt this was a opportunity for the people we support to get outside, get some fresh air and learn some independent living skills. So, they bought a lawn mower!
Richard takes on the gardening
Richard is used to going out in the community and living independently, so being in lockdown was a big change for him. When Richard saw the lawn mower, he told all the staff and other residents that he would love to be responsible for the gardening! He even showed everyone that he was a qualified gardener and had the certifications to prove it!
Staff supported Richard to assemble the lawn mower and showed him how to charge the battery, ready for use. With this support, Richard is now able to work in the garden independently. Richard told us, “I feel a sense of achievement after working in the garden!” Everyone in the care home praised Richard for the work he has done in the garden.
Gardening in the future
Richard’s support workers shared the photos and videos of him gardening with his family and friends and they were surprised and pleased that he was able to achieve his goal. They’ve even said that they will pay him to work on their garden after lockdown! This will form a part of meaningful activities for Richard. After lockdown, his staff are going to work with Richard to visit other care homes nearby and explore opportunities to maintain their gardens too.
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