Simon and Ann’s story: learning disability social care

Simon and Ann’s story: learning disability social care

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My name’s Ann. I have a son, Simon, who’s 40 years old now. Simon: My name is Simon. Ann: When Simon was 18 we were very lucky to get him into a small care home with three others, which was in the next
village and where he lived for fifteen years and was very much part of the community Simon knows everyone in the area, he went to school here and everyone knows Simon. So he very
much belongs here Then he was having behavioural difficulties. They put on an additional member of staff. When this was proven to work, they requested from the council that it was funded just the few extra hours and we were then told that Simon would need to go through an assessment process before that could happen. We were told that Simon would have to move to another
care home whilst this assessment was undertaken. We were extremely reluctant because he’d been settled for many, many years, but we acquiesced under protest and Simon moved. He was suddenly deemed by the doctor there to be too dangerous to return home. They were having to restrain him something that had never happened to Simon in his life before. They were physically restraining him numerous times a day and they refused to allow him to come home. And at that point he was transferred to another unit in Malborough. They were
completely unable to cope with Simon and he was sectioned and sent to Winterbourne View. Simon spent 15 months in Winterbourne View. It was an hour and a half away from
us. Visiting was difficult and so I saw him
less and less frequently We were first alerted to what was happening at Winterbourne View when Panorama contacted us and it came as a complete and total shock. We weren’t permitted when visiting Simon to actually go onto the ward we were restricted to a parents room or a visiting room. So we had no knowledge of the things that had been occurring there. We were extremely lucky that the house where Simon had lived for many many years had a free room. And they were very happy, very happy, to have Simon home again. The concern when Simon first came home was whether or not he’d be able to stay in that placement he was on a one-to-one during the day and it enabled him – or does enable him – to live his own life completely fully the way he chooses to do. He’s active; he’s constantly out rain or shine he’s out shopping on the buses, traveling. He has his own
transport and he just has a wonderful time. Yes he does have
fears about going back I have no doubt that there are residual
difficulties from his time at Winterbourne View. He’s definitely a changed person but the security and the care that he receives, and the love that he receives, now he’s home again, has helped enormously. The staff have learnt to manage him in an amazing way. They never restrain they keep the training up to date. He’s
safe and the concerns are for the future that if the funding is reduced then that might be at risk and that’s a
huge worry always as I get older.

4 comments

  1. I have no words for how disgusting and sickening this is. How anybody could ever hurt or belittle somebody with a disability, mental or physical is completely beyond me. How can one or in this case quite a few human beings do something like this to other human beings? And not just human beings but vulnerable human beings as well! Hope they got life in prison without parole!

  2. I'm so glad that he's not getting abused anymore ! I just adore Simon he's so cute and very loving God bless his family ! I'm so glad those monsters have been locked up 4 abusing the winterbourne patients

  3. Behavioural difficulties? Simon climbed over the fence and killed a 4 year old girl. Funny how she never mentioned it, im sure viewers think different of him now. Remember it could have been your child folks, personally i would have had this monster put to sleep.

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