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SiLS is a service to enable you to improve and make changes to your life. When these changes start to happen, you will begin to need the service less and less and usually want to start making plans to move on from our service.

 

If you have lived in a home rented from SiLS, you might want to resettle into a more permanent home of your own.

 

One of the main parts of your support from SiLS will be re-settlement (helping you to move on). Work around this will be usually be included in your support from the start of your service until you leave. 

 

Moving on from supported housing and into a suitable home of your own, needs careful preparation and planning so that you are fully supported and have a succesful move-on.

 

Your new home may not be owned or managed by SiLS.

 

 When you have developed your skills and feel confident and ready to move on, SiLS can support you with:

  • Finding out about what housing is available
  • Contacting agencies that might have a home for you
  • Applying for (trying to get) a new home
  • Arranging to move into a new home
  • Settling into your new home

SiLS can support you to register with agencies in your area to find a home. You will usually be able to search their website for a suitable home.

To find out about:  

Home Choice for the Devon area click here

Home Choice for the Bristol area click here

Home Choice for the South Gloucestershire area click here

Getting a home in the Milton Keynes area click here

 

You can find more information about 'resettlement' (finding a permanent home)  by clicking  LINKS

Your life - you can change it !

Be Safe2Making changes to your life includes keeping safe and being free from harm by others. Everybody has the right to be safe. If you have a learning difficulty or a mental health problem, you may find it more difficult to protect yourself from being treated badly or being abused by other people. Abuse is very serious.

If you have a mental health problem, you may need to be safe from harming yourself.

Or you may be in a bad relationship, where a partner threatens you or harms you.

It's important to keep safe in other ways too. If you are out in your local community, can you keep your money safe? What would you do if someone asked you to give your money to them? Sometimes it's easy to know the answer, but more difficult to carry it out, unless you have a lot of confidence.

What about your safety at home? One example is having proper locks on doors and knowing who you can let into your home and be safe with.Sometimes it can be confusing, knowing who are good friends and who are people that intend to cause you harm in some way.

If you have a physical disability, you may benfit from aids and adaptations to your home to help with keeping you safe, if you do not already have these.

Keep safe. It's your right. Your life - you can change it!

If you are unsure about your personal safety or just want advice about how best to keep safe, you can have support from SiLS.

Support can be with any aspect of your safety:

Giving you advice on keeping safe at home and out in the community

  • Supporting you to develop skills in keeping safe
  • Supporting you to contact other agencies that could help you, if you are not able to keep yourself safe
  • Understanding the risks there are to you and other people (e.g. knowing how dangerous fire can be)
  • Keeping risks as low as possible (e.g. by doing or not doing certain things)

If you think you are at risk and you would rather talk with people from another service or agency about your safety, SILS can support you to to do this, if you wish.

Click on the links below for Safeguarding Adults contacts in your area

Bristol 

Torbay

South Gloucestershire

Milton Keynes

Devon

IMG 9707Looking after your health is really important, as it helps prevent you from becoming ill or needing to visit the doctor too often.

Do you look after your health? Do you feel this this important to you? If not, it may be important to other people in your life who care about you. Keeping healthy can also add to your overall feel good factor.

If you have a long term illness or a medical condition, are you able to manage it? What about medication?  If you have it, are you orgainised so that you take it as prescribed?

Many people often talk about weight. It isn't healthy to be very over weight or very under weight. Even if your weight is fine, it is important to eat a healthy diet. Would you like to eat in a more healthy way? See also cooking in  'Daily Living'

Some people like keep fit by going to a gym. Joining a gym or health club and going on a regular basis may help to improve your health and it's also a great way of meeting new people.

You may already have a personal Health Action Plan that has been created by you and your doctor. If not, you may like to focus on becoming healthier by having your own plan.

All of the above can help with mental well-being too. If you have mental health issues, you may want support to help you care more about yourself and this includes keeping as physically healthy as possible.

Your life - you can change it!

 SiLS can support you to look after your health

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Contacting doctors, hospitals and other medical services

Supporting you to understand instructions and advice given to you from doctors, hospitals and other medical services .

Encouraging you to follow the advice given.

Arranging and reminding you about appointments.

Arranging your medication, and supporting you with instructions about your medication.

Following a Health Action Plan.

Creating a new Health Action Plan with your doctor.

 

Mental health

Contacting mental health services.

Informing mental health services of concerns about yuor mental health.

Understanding instructions and advice given to you from mental health services and encouraging you to follow the advice given.

Arranging and reminding you of appointments.

Arranging your medication and with instructions about your medication.

 

Bristol health trainers:  www.bristolhealthtrainers.co.uk  

IMG 8970Washing-MachineThere are so many parts of daily living that we all just deal with every day. Maybe you don't think much about it!  For example: eating ! We all need to eat, but you may wish to think about your health and want eat in a more healthy way. How could you start to do this? What food would you need to buy? How much would it all cost?

Some people enjoy cooking. They are not chefs, but they can cook good healthy meals and then enjoy them. Maybe you are a good cook? If not, would you like to learn to cook some simple healthy meals? Or would you like to improve your cooking skills?

A lot of people choose to have tidy homes. It is easy. They usually just have a very simple routine that is carried out regularly, that helps keep their home clean and tidy. This is good as it can give a sense of well being, a feel good factor! Would you like to set up a simple routine for a tidy home? This can also include a routine for your laundry, so that you always have fresh clothes to wear.

A part of daily living that everyone needs to deal with is letters that are posted to us. Some people find it difficult to know how to deal with forms that need to be completed, bills that need to be paid and so on. How do you work out what is important and what is not so important?  What is junk mail and what is not? 

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Of course there are many more daily living tasks that we all have. If you would like to become more independent in any of the above, or with other daily tasks, SiLS can support you with all or some of the following:

  • Planning what to eat
  • Shopping for food
  • Buying good food on a budget
  • Cooking simple meals
  • Improving your cooking
  • Cleaning and tidying your home
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Sorting your post
  • Dealing with letters and filling in forms
  • Many other daily living tasks

Your life - you can change it!

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Do you sometimes have difficulty getting your views listened to by others, or getting your point across? If so, this can be frustrating if your view is important to you, or if your view may help change your life in some way and no-one seems to be listening to you.

Perhaps you find it difficult to choose the right words or the right way of putting something across to other people about important things in your life.

For example:

  •     making a complaint about a service you receive
  •     if you feel you have been treated differently because of who you are
  •     talking to your doctor about treatment you are having
  •     talking to your bank about your money
  •     other important meetings or events

An advocate is someone who can talk on your behalf, if you don't feel you can do this yourself right now. 

An advocate can also help you to:

  •     understand what others are saying
  •     speak for yourself, or speak for you
  •     be clear about what you want

An advocate can help you with finding out information and with making sure that you are listened to. It is important to know that an advocate will not say what he or she thinks is best for you. It's your choice, you decide.

Your life - you can change it!

 If you would like someone to speak on your behalf (an advocate), you can have support from SiLS to find one.

Click on the links below for advocacy services in your area

Bristol

Torbay

South Gloucestershire

Milton Keynes

Devon

 

 

 

 

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