Feelings expressed by some Clients.
JT - "Lockdown has been strange for me to cope with but I found the strength to help others by opening a community food pantry and that has made it easier to deal with. Also being able to talk to all of you h helped me too. Thank you all."
RC - "Thank you guys. I have had a tough past with my mum and losing two Grandad's so life has been hard to stay on top of but this company well what a difference. I've never felt anything like it, I am a different person . I have found someone in me that I never thought was there thanks to Kalm Supported Living."
Our journey so far
During this very difficult period in which Covid-19 has changed the very fabric of our lives, we at Kalm Supported Living have been providing the safest support to our clients. We have had to be creative in our work to ensure our clients still feel fulfilment and enjoy each day through artistic means, staying in touch with family, friends and loved ones or taking part in physical activities. We are all facing a very challenging time and supporting our clients through it in a way that maintains their independence and manages anxieties that have arisen due to the changes is our top priority. It is and continues to be inspiring seeing how well everyone has coped with the lockdown restrictions and changes. As lockdown is easing and we are slowly returning to normal our clients are making plans for the future like planning holidays with family or friends and returning to clubs. One of the most important aspects of our clients lives is face to face contact with family and friends. Our clients are very excited to be able to see the people they love for more extended periods of time.
Covid-19 Taking Care of your feelings
Supporting autistic people and people with a learning disability requires skill and time in what can sometimes be complex situations. The current health crisis has increased confusion, fear and anxiety for everyone, and inevitably it will bring additional challenges.
Each person is an individual. It is important therefore to think about what the person you are supporting enjoys normally – how they choose to spend their time, who is important to them, what strategies and plans typically work when things are not going well – and to continue to provide calm and reassuring support.
Autistic people and people with learning disabilities are making use, like the rest of the population, of various video call facilities and other ways to keep in touch with friends, colleagues and loved ones, and this should be supported wherever it is what the person wants. Learning Disability England have a range of resources for staying in touch online.