Kirsten gets the keys to an independent life
A few years ago, Kirsten could never have imagined she’d be making her dinner in her own flat, but that dream of an independent life has now come true.
The 28-year-old, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, has just got the keys to her own flat after moving out of an Adjuvo Care Essex supported living scheme in Southend-on-Sea.
She spent three years at Hart View where she was able to learn the skills needed to live independently and has now made the move to her own home.
Kirsten said: “I spent time in hospitals from the age of 16 to 23, but after I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, I moved into Hart View. At first it was a bit of a shock when I first moved into Hart View as I was able to do so many things for myself. After a couple of weeks, it felt like I had been here for ever. The best thing is the staff. From the moment I moved in they have supported me to live more independently.”
In addition to learning life skills, such as cooking and shopping, Kirsten also volunteered at a local homeless charity and now has a boyfriend.
Her housing association one-bedroom has only just been built and Kirsten has been fitting out the new home with furniture from friends and family, as well as items she has found online.
She said: “It is just the small things that mean so much to me in my new home. I can open my fridge for a drink or something to eat. I know these are things most of us take for granted, but I have never been able to do this before. I really am living an independent life now.”
Delia Parker, Hart View deputy manager, said: “It is, of course, very sad to see Kirsten leave us. She is like a member of the family, but we say goodbye with huge pride. We know we must have done a good job as she has the skills needed now to live independently. We’re certainly all looking forward to hearing how she does in her new life.”