INDEPENDENT LIVING IS LIFELONG DREAM 

Andrew Hughes

Number one on Andrew’s bucket list has now been achieved. Andrew’s lifelong dream of living independently with autism has become a reality with the help and support of autism care specialists Goldcrest House.

The former Goldcrest House resident now lives independently in his own apartment. Goldcrest provide three hours a day support from care staff who visit every morning and evening to assist and support Andrew with the basics of independent living such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, as well as prompting Andrew to tidy up.

When ask what independent living meant to him, Andrew replied: “It has given me the opportunity to live in my own apartment, and the freedom to live my own life with the security of knowing that staff are there for support should I need it.

“Independent living has proved to me my family and friends that I can be trusted. I have learnt new skills; I pay the rent and electric, cook my meals – my best and favourite meal is curry, it’s my speciality.”

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “We are really proud of Andrew, he had a lot of self-doubt about leaving Goldcrest House but this soon disappeared once he found his routine.

He has a good social life in the locality, has learnt how tend to domestic duties, such as hovering, dusting, washing and ironing, and he’s really made the flat his own with pictures of family – he even has a ‘house rules’ sign! Andrew says he’s moving down his bucket list now with travel and holidays next”

Based on Boothferry Road Goldcrest House is a centre of excellence dedicated to addressing the individual needs of adults over 18 affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder and learning difficulties. It provides residential care, supported living, long and short term respite care, day services and outreach to meet the varied needs of those who access the service 52 weeks a year; its aim is to be the UK’s quality service of choice.


Autism gets creative with willow

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Goldcrest House service users take part in a therapeutic willow workshop to get creative with a natural material whilst supporting a local charity.

Run by charity the Sobriety Project, at the Yorkshire Waterways Museum in Goole, service users were provided with the opportunity to create something unique and environmentally friendly whilst learning a new skill.

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “Our service uses took part in this rewarding workshop and created something completely personal to them that they could take away and feel really proud of – a great confidence boost for all involved.”

Based on Boothferry Road Goldcrest House is a centre of excellence dedicated to addressing the individual needs of adults over 18 affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder and learning difficulties. It provides residential care, supported living, long and short term respite care, day services and outreach to meet the varied needs of those who access the service 52 weeks a year; its aim is to be the UK’s quality service of choice.


DISNEY MASTERMIND AT GOLDCREST HOUSE

Disney enthusiast Andrew Buck shares his delight with his latest  charity shop purchase of classic animation with Goldcrest House.

Incredibly proud of his growing collection of Disney classics Andrew shares with Goldcrest House carers his exceptional knowledge and a few little known facts about the films. There isn’t anything Andrew doesn’t know about his Disney movies!

Andrew sharing his Disney movie knowledge with Goldcrest House carers.

Andrew sharing his Disney movie knowledge with Goldcrest House carers.

Do you know how many official Disney princesses there are?  Eleven, and these are: Rapunzal, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Merida, Snow White, Tiana, Pocahontas, Mulan, and Cinderella.

Did you think all the princess characters were fictional? All except one, Pocahontas was actually based on a real person. And one of most treasured princess, Cinderella, was the first princess who wasn’t actually from royal descent.

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “Andrew can often be found quizzing other people about specific scenes in his treasured films and I am constantly surprised at his exceptional memory and eye for detail considering the huge size of his DVD collection.”

Based on Boothferry Road Goldcrest House is a centre of excellence dedicated to addressing the individual needs of adults over 18 affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder and learning difficulties. It provides residential care, supported living, long and short term respite care, day services and outreach to meet the varied needs of those who access the service 52 weeks a year; its aim is to be the UK’s quality service of choice.


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