Callum’s Happy Home9 March 2020
It’s estimated that the average adult makes around 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day. It’s an outstanding figure which can make you appreciate the amount of times we have the independence to make choices about what we want in our daily lives.
When somebody has a disability, decision making, choice and independence can sometimes appear limited. At Cornerstone, protecting and promoting the independence of the people we support is very important.
Our Angus Court housing support service in Aberdeenshire opened in 2013 and offers state of the art equipment and modifications which enable the people we support to live independent and valued lives. Spanning over two floors, Angus Court supports six people with varied needs in individual flats.
For many people in receipt of care and support, having their own independence is key to living a happy and fulfilled life. Today, we are lucky to have an array of technology that can promote the independence of somebody living with a disability. The use of technology has been a life-changing addition to Callum, a person that we support.
Callum has been supported by Cornerstone for over 20 years, he originally received community support in his parent’s home but in 2014 moved into Angus Court. Callum’s flat has been adapted to best meet his needs and promote his independence.
Almost every feature has been considered – his kitchen units and oven lowered for cooking and accessible for his wheelchair. A state of the art bathroom and widened door frames to move around with ease.
Technology has allowed Callum to communicate via a speech aid built into his wheelchair alongside functions which enable him to open his front door without assistance.
We have been lucky enough to catch up with Callum and his mum, Lynda, who told us how technology and the adaptions in Callum’s home have enriched his life. Lynda said, “We were apprehensive when Callum first moved into Angus Court, but he settled in really well. Callum often has his friends round to watch the football or go out into the garden, which he loves! To have his own home, adapted in a way that makes the most of his independence means a lot to Callum and to us as a family.”
Whether it’s widening a door frame or the introduction of specialist tech, having a home that is fit for purpose can go a long way to enable the people we support to live valued lives.