Clients' Stories

Mark's Story

Many years ago, Alicia Wood (Housing Options) and CIaire worked with ‘Mark’ and his family to find local housing and support for Mark. Until that time his only option had been a residential care home for people with challenging behaviour 100 miles away from where he and his family lived.

The case study prepared by Housing Options outlines the difficulties and decisions taken in order to assist Mark to remain in his local area. Mark now owns his own home on a shared ownership basis and has a creative support package tailored to his needs. As a result his sleep, health and communication have improved significantly.

Mark moved in 2000 and at the time his housing and support arrangements were seen as cutting edge and extremely innovative. Twelve years later there are still lessons to be learned from this case; many people with learning disabilities still do not have the opportunities which Mark now enjoys, particularly those people who have been labelled as “challenging”.

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