Sarah who lives at our supported living service in Llandysul was invited as a special guest to the House of Lords for our prestigious care industry reception.
Sarah, who lives at Faerdre, was invited to take part in the organisation’s Pursuing Excellence in Person-centred Care event hosted by The Viscount Bridgeman.
The function, aimed at raising the profile of person-centred care, brought together 150 key people involved in all aspects of care, to discuss the need to change, develop and adapt.
Sarah was put forward for the event because she has made such amazing progress since moving to Faerdre in 2014.
Said acting service manager Hannah Lumby: “She was so excited when she got the invite she was counting off the days on her sticker-chart, willing the time to go quicker.”
Sarah, who is on the autistic spectrum, made the 230-mile trip from Faerdre in Ceredigion by car with her two support staff – Caryl and Evans.
On arrival, the 42 year old, who grew up in London and moved to Wales when her parents retired in 2008, stayed overnight in a hotel next to the City’s iconic London Eye attraction.
Sarah took the reception in her stride – enjoying a drink and canapés on the Pavilion Terrace and relaxing among the event’s 150 guests in the palace’s Cholmondeley Room.
Added Hannah: “Since coming to Faerdre Sarah has changed completely and any challenging behaviour is now rare. At the beginning there were a lot of issues but she has come a long way and is achieving things she that she struggled with before.
“She now joins in with everything we do at the house. She attends our monthly residents’ meetings and enjoys being an active part of the community.”
Sarah likes living in the countryside of West Wales and is fascinated by wildlife, especially birds, and watches everything she can by her naturalist hero David Attenborough on TV.
She especially enjoys her visits to the sensory room at Canolfan Steffan day centre in Lampeter where she likes to have a manicure while lying on a water bed and listening to classical music.
Regard is the UK’s fourth largest, private organisation providing supported living and residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.
Although Faerdre currently has no vacancies Regard does have available rooms in two other Ceredigion services: Caeronnen in the seaside village of Llangrannog, and Garthowen in a rural location outside Llandysul, details about which are available from the referrals hotline 0800 840 0313.