Ben’s Story – The Grange

August 7, 2015

The Grange is a beautiful detached six bedded home providing care and support in Carmarthenshire, where we celebrate the life Ben is building through his own determination and the great support provided by our team.

Ben moved into The Grange in April 2014. On moving to The Grange Ben was attending a part time placement at Plas Y Dwbl Farm in Pembrokeshire where he was pursuing a course in horticulture.

Within a few months of being at The Grange Ben had completed his placement at Plas y Dwbl and gained masses of confidence which on arrival he did not believe he could achieve. When Ben arrived at The Grange he appeared extremely anxious and had obvious difficulty with self-motivation, however, with 1:1 support, reassurance and time Ben has managed to transform his life and blossom into a fantastic young gentleman with heaps of confidence.

The team at The Grange supported Ben to enroll in an organisation called ‘FRAME’ where Ben volunteered on a shop front floor dealing with customer services relating to the upholstery of run down furniture and general woodwork. Ben has also begun independently volunteering at The British Red Cross as a customer services representative. Ben has excelled in both positions, with fantastic reports from co-workers who say Ben presents himself as a confident, pleasurable young gentleman.

Since being at The Grange Ben has been supported to learn to live independently and is currently learning to cook, Ben recently cooked a 3-course meal for Eddie Morgan which was deemed a great success. Ben is currently in the midst of arranging his first supported holiday to Magaluf in Spain which is planned to take place this September. In order to help achieve this Ben has been supported to budget his finances and has successfully managed to save the required monies to fund his own holiday. Ben is currently looking for further volunteer placements to build his CV so that he can apply for a paid position in the community.

The home was recently inspected by the CSSIW and they were very complimentary about the service:
“Overall we found that the service is run for the benefit of people and found that people are actively involved in the running of the home; this is because people have the opportunity to be involved in staff interviews, have a voice in the activities that they want to participate in the running of the home and the food that they eat.” – CSSIW Report for, The Grange Care Home Lime Grove Avenue 13th April 2015.