Another day. Another Twitter debate about why thousands of people are trapped in ATUs. Another debate where professionals who should know better pull out their trump card – “Lack of local expertise and skills” to shut down the real truth – lack of will and vested interests – being exposed.
I’m too fed up with that tired, offensive excuse being trotted out with depressing regularity. The implication stinks – the person is too complicated and challenging to be living in their own home and an institution is the best place for them. Engaging in that conversation perpetuates the fantasy, so let’s stop doing it.
Instead, let me tell you a few things that have happened in Cowley over the past fortnight and the input of Steven’s “unskilled, inexpert support team”.
1. Brought and fitted new living room curtains after a meltdown led to the slat blinds lying in a crumpled heap on the floor.
2. Taught Steven what the African lyrics in Going Back To My Roots mean.
3. Sat for an hour on Steven’s bed, reassuring him when he was upset and anxious about my late return from Scunthorpe.
4. Extended a shift by 45 minutes (unpaid) to go to the shop to buy some Crumbled ham.
5. Upon delivery of his new CD, learned and discussed the difference between Laurence Fox and Mr James Hathaway.
6. Took a pair of pyjamas with a hole in the crutch, home to repair.
7. Noticed the small sweet shop was busy and waited outside singing Shania Twain songs until the shop cleared.
8. Discovered a TV channel that plays 1980s music videos 24/7.
9. Mowed the back lawn.
10. Rearranged Steven’s schedule when they realised Take That were appearing on the Ant & Dec show.
That’s the sort of skilled expertise that’s developed when you have human beings interested in each other.
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