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The impact of Support Workers: Hugh's story

Created:

20 September 2016

Hugh, aged 65, has lived with epilepsy all his life following complications from meningitis when he was a baby. He previously lived in London in a self-contained flat with helpers until he moved to Epilepsy Society last October.

He now lives in Milton House, one of our six residential homes at the Chalfont Centre in Buckinghamshire. Hugh has secondary generalised seizures resulting in increasing memory loss and learning difficulties. His behaviour can sometimes be challenging but familiar faces and a sense of routine have a positive impact on his behaviour.

"Hugh depends totally on his routine and we knew he would find the move to Milton House stressful. Extreme kindness, understanding and patience from staff have enabled him to settle in sooner than we thought possible.

"In many ways his behaviour is quite childlike and staff must by nature be of a caring disposition, immensely flexible,  patient and kind. They need to be observant and alert to warning signs when his behaviour can become difficult." Clare Padmore,  sister of Hugh Yorke-Barber.

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