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Caroline has lived independently at Kennard Court since 2018 and previously only required minimal support to help her manage her mental health and wellbeing.
Unfortunately in 2020 Caroline was involved in a serious car accident, which resulted in life-changing injuries that severely affected her mobility. The painful injuries made it difficult for Caroline to stay mobile, despite following a recovery plan including physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. Her difficulties with mobility also caused Caroline’s mental health to decline, and she suffered with anxiety and gained weight.
Though mirus staff supported Caroline to attend medical appointments and speak to professionals about how she was feeling, Caroline became heavily reliant on her neighbour for care. Caroline lost a lot of independence and motivation, and told mirus staff that she often couldn’t see any hope for her future.
mirus worked closely with Caroline and professionals from other organisations to understand her needs, likes, dislikes, goals and aspirations. Caroline was then matched with a member of mirus staff who became her Key Worker.
Working together, Caroline and her new mirus Key Worker identified future goals, and created plans to ensure she could achieve them.
Many of Caroline’s goals focused on regaining her mobility and independence, improving her diet and completing more of her daily tasks without being reliant on her neighbour for help.
To increase her independence, mirus staff supported Caroline to purchase items to make her flat more accessible and make daily tasks easier to complete. With the help of the accessibility aids, Caroline could once again carry out tasks like making cups of tea, using the cooker, and doing the washing up.
mirus staff supported Caroline to make a healthy eating plan, cook food from scratch, and increase her daily activity by monitoring her step count – all of these actions increased her confidence and helped her to take control of her physical health and lose weight. In March, Caroline walked around a supermarket for the first time in nearly 2 years. This was a massive achievement for Caroline, and led to her having the confidence to go for walks in the community with her friends.
Caroline has made fantastic progress and she wants to continue making changes that improve her mobility and independence. Plans are already in place for her to go swimming with staff support, and she will soon be booking a short break away with her friends.