Lockdowns have been challenging time for all of us, but for Josh he can take something positive from the time.
He has forged new friendships thanks to his short breaks with SLSW Carer Zoe Ridler in Somerset.
To help him feel at ease and comfortable he first went for two day visits before staying a weekend at the Ridler family home.
He quickly became involved with the family and was eager to help Zoe’s husband Simon in the garden and with DIY tasks.
DIY is clearly something Josh enjoys as he supported Simon to make a shelving unit to store plans on his second visit.
The match has definitely been a hit, as Josh has been asking questions about how to use the shower and how get on the wifi!
“We will continue to encourage Josh to make informed decisions and develop his independent skills when staying with us,” said Zoe who became a SLSW Carer in August last year.
“Josh can make his own drinks and has started to feel more comfortable to do this when he visits now.”
He is now also helping to prep meals and is enjoying cooking with the family. He has also made a new friend.
“Josh has also bonded well with one of the family pets- Milo our dog. Milo has helped him to settle with us and now sleeps on Josh’s bed when he comes to stay as requested by Josh himself,” said Zoe.
He’s clearly enjoying his breaks with the Ridler family and he now stays in contact with Zoe and Simon on WhatsApp and on Facetime. Good relationships have formed.
“Josh is a pleasure to have stay, he has a great sense of humour and is very good company, we are starting to get a better understanding of Josh and his likes and dislikes and feel he is starting to get to know us both a little better each time he visits,” said Zoe.