Great Outcomes for Betty! It takes a team.

Over the years we have worked with many individuals, and we have learned that no two disabilities are ever the same. More recently however, we have worked with a person we will call Betty. Betty is a middle-aged lady with Down Syndrome who was having an incredibly hard time settling in with her housemate and was compensating these emotions through incessant eating.

As a Support Team that supports clinical excellence, it was only a few weeks down the road that the behaviours looked like they were here to stay for a while, and we know relationships and settling in can be a bit of a journey and work in progress and often does not happen overnight.

With careful observations and data, including all family stakeholders and allied health professionals that work with Betty, we were able to not only come up with a way to guide Betty to feel comfortable and safe, however what could have ended up implementing a restrictive practice (which we have seen adopted in similar situations), through early intervention and working together with community, together we can really make a difference in someone’s life.

The upside to this story is through putting the time in and facilitating recommendations from Betty’s Psychologist and Occupational Therapist, we were also able to mend some of the bonds between the roomies to great outcomes and now they are settled and great friends. A great example of Best Practice at work, Clinical Excellence and utilising a Participants Stakeholder community.