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Martin is having the time of his life living independently


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Martin has spent most of his adult life living in care services and hospitals across the country is now leading an independent life in the community in rural Lincolnshire.

He has a number of physical and mental health needs, but is now being supported to live in his own self-contained one-bedroom bungalow.

Locality manager for Lincolnshire, Katrina Greff said: “Martin is quite a character. When he first came here he said he was so happy that every day was like Christmas Day.

“He loves to go out and about seeing the sights, and visiting the seaside at Skegness and Great Yarmouth. He is a real ‘people person’ and is the life and soul wherever he goes.

“For someone who has spent most of his life in care units, to see him settled in his own home, living his own life, and making his own decisions is inspiring.

“Since moving into his own home, Martin has been on holiday, had barbecues and parties at his flat..

“It may all seem like simple things to most people, but they are so important to Martin, and are things he was unable to do before.”

Martin has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, a mild learning disability, complex needs and is fed directly into his stomach through a special ‘peg’ device.

Over the past year, the team have focussed on developing Martin’s independent living skills, which include managing his own medication, washing his clothes and keeping his home clean and tidy.

Kat Greff said: “Although he is unable to eat food himself, he adores baking for other people or having a barbecue. He absolutely delights in preparing things for people to enjoy.”

For further information on similar vacancies in the area please email Helen Petitdemange at: Helen.Petitdemange@regard.co.uk or call her on: 07944 105428.