Callum* is a 22 year old young man who loves music, hates sweet things, loves being with friends and chilling out at the side of a swimming pool, enjoying the sun. He has a learning disability, epilepsy and visual impairment. Callum is generally a happy, expressive young man, making a variety of sounds to indicate his mood.
Callum is beginning to use simple sign language and will also communicate his needs by leading his carer to what he wants, for example he will go to the kitchen if he is hungry. Callum needs close supervision but in places familiar to him he can explore independently and he can move freely in his home.
In his early life, Callum lived with his mother and brother. To give him new experiences, he began to go for respite with Liz and Mike* when he was 13. This changed when his mother began to struggle with his care so Callum went to live with Liz and Mike full time. Liz and Mike support Callum with all aspects of his life, for example, his personal care and keeping himself safe. Within his home he has some independence and makes choices about, amongst other things, his food and clothing.
On leaving school at 18, Callum started attending a day service near his home which supports him to take part in various activities. Before Callum turned 19, Liz and Mike were supported through the Children and Families Department. Callum was supported by the Practice Team and Liz and Mike through Family Based Care. From age 19, Callum has been supported by adult services. At the request of Callum, Liz and Mike, they were assessed as Shared Live Carers, which is a scheme for vulnerable adults who require a full time placement with carers who can meet their needs. Liz and Mike also provide a foster placement for another child so are registered as both children and adult carers. Callum is a young man who has moved from children’s to adult services. His carers Liz and Mike have been able to continue to support him into adult life.
(All names have been changed to protect confidentiality.)