Neil has Down’s Syndrome and is 55. Before Neil became our client, he had lived with his mother all his life. Eventually, she developed Alzheimer’s disease and this got so bad that she had to go to a nursing home.
Neil wanted to carry on living in the house he grew up in, so he had carers from Christies Care. We soon learned that he had very few life skills, and very little independence, because his mother had done absolutely everything for him.
Neil’s regular team of carers worked very closely with his social worker, his psychologist, his support worker and the team at his local Mencap to teach him life skills, enabling him to be more independent.
In three years, Neil’s progress has been remarkable. He is learning to cook and his biggest achievement is that he now goes out, alone, on the Underground, whenever he wants, without getting lost.
Neil has direct payments and a support worker visits once a week to check his bills. Currently his care costs are £940 a week.