Alison’s story

Alison’s brain injury has affected her ability to communicate.

Supported housing has given Alison the chance to look after herself and enjoy having a busy active life. This is Alison’s story:

Prior to living at Queensberry Place, Alison was an inpatient at a neurological rehab unit following a brain injury. Alison’s brain injury has affected her understanding of language and she can not express herself easily. Alison is able to learn new routines.  Prior to her injury, Alison lived independently and was working.

Alison moved into Queensberry Place, a supported housing scheme provided by Irwell Valley Housing Association in January 2015. The support offered has meant that Alison can be independent and can do her own cleaning, washing, shopping and paying bills without people doing it for her because she is able to do this herself now, so it has helped a lot.  It has also helped her to access activities in the community that she wouldn’t have known about otherwise.

If Alison didn’t get an opportunity to live in supported housing then when she came out of hospital she would have needed someone to look after her and that most likely would have been in a care home, where she wouldn’t have re-learnt the skills to live independently, giving her a better quality of life.

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Thousands of people have gained their independence through supported housing. The Starts at Home campaign aims to ensure that people who need extra support will always have a home that meets their needs.

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