The service is able to support individuals from the age of 17 as part of a transitional model of support we promote at Regard.
An individual we support has been managing severe anxiety levels is now making ‘great progress’ after moving to one of our residential services in Sittingbourne.
Lamar Romans-Smith, a young man on the autistic spectrum, left the family home in July to live at Rhyme House in Chaucer Road which supports people with learning disabilities.
Ten months on Lamar enjoys going out and living alongside his house mates, and his key worker, Chelsea Bosley, supports him to manage his anxiety using a planner which is organised by Lamar himself to arrange his day.
“Lamar has his own magnetic photographs which staff support him to choose to stick on his planner according to what he is going to do that day,” said Chelsea.
“He typically fills in the planner after breakfast, and then again after lunch. Being able to visualise the day ahead of him has drastically reduced Lamar’s anxiety levels.
“Because he now feels more secure, he is much more flexible and able to handle any changes to his routine more easily.”
Chelsea says Lamar, who moved to the service from London, is now less rigid and better able to concentrate.
He enjoys a variety of activities in the community, including weekly swims and going to Gravity Trampolining Park in Maidstone.
“Lamar’s family are delighted by how well is doing and can’t believe how much he has settled and developed,” added Chelsea.
“Rhyme House staff support him to do the weekly house shop, and occasionally he cooks for everyone. He is a very capable all-rounder, and is making such great progress. We are all really proud of him.”
Lamar’s mother Pamela, said: “This is amazing to me because Lamar could never accept changes. Since his diagnosis in early childhood any change would cause a huge explosion in his behaviour.
“I’m so glad I decided to put my trust in all the brilliant hard working staff at Rhyme House, and with all their expertise in autism I believe that Lamar will continue to make progress.”
Rhyme House provides accommodation for up to 10 young people, aged between 18 and 28, and includes a self-contained flat.
The service provides 24-hour background core support, including a sleep-in night member of staff and background staff during the day.
Rhyme House currently has a vacancy for a large first floor room with shared bathroom. For further information contact Theresa Cook on 07812 072043 or visit the service page below.