20 June 2019
Lucy is 26 and has complex needs including a learning disability, and until recently, received 24-hour care from SweetTree. Her support workers were Hibo, Katie, and Hannah. Kezban and Chiara were her case supervisors. We asked her some questions about what she likes to get up to in her day-to-day life.
Q. What is your favourite activity during the week?
Going to college where I am studying art. I enjoy painting, especially in my favourite colour, purple. I like being creative and am very happy to be attending college as it is something I have wanted to do for a long time and gives me a sense of feeling normal. I enjoy the activities I am taking part in and have a new and busy social life.
Q. What do you enjoy doing with your Support Workers?
Taking my dogs Lola and Marley for walks. Lola is a good girl and is my baby, Marley is older. We took Marley to the vet and were told that he is depressed, he has been prescribed anti-depressants. Since then Marley has seemed much happier and has stopped hiding in the corners of the room.
Q. Tell us about your important possessions?
I have a thoughts book where I sit down with a Support Worker and write my feelings, emotions and behaviour for that day.
I also have a board in my bedroom which has pictures of my activities and support workers. Every evening I attach pictures to the board so I know what the structure of my day looks like. I can then plan what I am going to wear etc.
Q. Who do you most admire?
Lettie Lutz, the bearded woman from The Greatest Showman. She doesn’t care what people think of her, she is her own person.
Q. What is the most annoying question that people ask you?
When I’m in my wheelchair and people ask me to hurry up!
Q. What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
I can’t stand it when someone is writing about me but not telling me what they are writing.
Q. Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
I would like to be working, helping both adults and children.
Q. What’s your favourite food?
Curry! I love spicy food. I am PEG fed but I also choose to eat small bites of food because I love eating. I know the risks of eating solid food but I am happy to accept them because it improves my quality of life.
Q. Are you happy with your care?
I get good care. If I was not happy, I would make it known. If I have any questions or concerns I pick up the phone and let Kezi know.
Lucy gave her answers with Kezi’s help