Celia

“It’s a step in the right direction to living on my own”

Celia is feeling positive about moving on after spending time at our supported living accommodation

She has been staying at our supported living residence in Paignton to help her to live more independently again after struggling with her mental health.

Celia has bipolar disorder and came to stay with us after receiving acute care.

She says: “I’ve had it for 22 years. With bipolar you can get a high when you are spending money. You don’t realise you have spent thousands and don’t know why. On the other side when you are low you don’t want to get out of bed or see anyone and you cut yourself off from everyone.”

Supportive

At our accommodation, Celia has her own room and shares the house with other residents. Together they share a cooking and cleaning rota, and do their own washing. Support workers are on-site throughout the day to provide one-to-one support.

Celia explains: “Here they encourage you to do cooking and help to plan a menu for the week. We go out and shop to a budget.

“One of the support workers has been very helpful to me with managing my shopping. It’s a step in the right direction to living on my own.

“I’ve done a couple of shepherd’s pies and I’m making spaghetti bolognese which I haven’t done before.

“Staff are very supportive. If you have a problem you can go and talk to them and they will help you out with whatever it is.”

Feeling better

Celia has also enjoyed being able to go out to places, including our nearby Daybreak service.

She says: “People come and go if they want to. If they want to go to Torquay or into Paignton they can. I did a stress management course at Daybreak which I enjoyed. I’ve also enjoyed doing colouring and artwork there and having a chat. I enjoy doing the different activities. I also like reading and going into town for a cup of tea or coffee.

“I am definitely feeling better. I can cook more. I get on very well with the residents here. I have improved with my medication which I take in the morning and at night.”

Celia is now looking ahead, and says: “My greatest wish will be to take a train to see my mum this summer. And I hope to have my own flat in the future.”