Community engagement improves life of Scotia Heights resident, Andy

25 August 2022

Photo of male resident sat fishing in the sun

Andy lives at Scotia Heights care home in Stoke on Trent. He moved there in 2014 following a stroke in 2009. The stroke left Andy with difficulties in processing and comprehending information, and weakness to the left side of his body. Andy also lives with schizophrenia and in the past has experienced episodes of psychosis and disorientation.

When he first arrived at the home, he would often attempt to abscond.  However, with the support of the Scotia Heights team, his Schizophrenia is well controlled and he no longer attempts to abscond.

Despite his challenges, Andy is independent in most aspects of his day to day living and continues to live a fulfilled life, taking part in his favourite hobbies and volunteering with a local charity group.

With support from the Care Team and input from the Activities Team at Scotia Heights, Andy enjoys a good quality life that’s full of the things he loves. 

Andy has always been a private person, enjoying his own company and often spending time on his PlayStation.

Our high staffing levels enable Andy to progress at his own pace and build trust with the Care Team.

“The staff are brilliant!”

Meaningful activities

Since the home has welcomed a Physiotherapist and introduced a focus on community engagement, Andy enjoys taking part in a range of activities. He’s keen to get involved in anything and everything that’s happening around the home. 

The team encourages him to develop his life skills and build his independence. His care package provides one to one staffing for Andy. The staff member is there to enable Andy to engage in meaningful activities both inside and outside of the home.

Andy has recently started fishing, a hobby that he enjoyed when he was younger. He previously did rod fishing, but due to his left sided weakness, he has had to adapt, taking up pole fishing instead. He was thrilled to have caught five fish on his first time back. 

“I whip the rod back and make sure that no one is behind me. It was quiet for the first 15-20 minutes, then OOMPH… I got it. It was mint!”

A keen footballer, Andy also attends walking football sessions at the local Dimensions Leisure Centre. He loves having a kick around with friends and keeping active to maintain muscle function in his legs.

Volunteering with a local community group

A few months ago, Andy started volunteering at Green Door at West Port Lake. Green Door is a community group that offers outdoor activities for local people, especially those who are older or disabled.

Here, Andy works at the bike hire centre once a week, on a Thursday between 10.00 and 13.00. He interacts with customers, moves the bikes around and has learnt how to fit a bicycle bell, which he’s very proud of.

Andy loves volunteering and treats it like a real job. Since starting a few months ago, his confidence has grown and he’s learned new skills – he loves interacting with people and getting out in the local community.

In future, Andy would like to increase his hours at Green Door, and his long-term goal is to try to get a paid job.

“Any bikes that go out, we have to lock them up to stop them getting nicked. [Green Door staff] are brilliant!”

In-house physiotherapy sessions

To support his hobbies and volunteering, the Physiotherapist has recently purchased functional electronic stimulation equipment to support Andy to regain some function in his arm.

We hope this will enable Andy to do even more things for himself and make it easier for him to take part in a wider range of activities.