Katie's Diary

Taking Control - Luis' Story

30th July 2015

A couple of years ago, Luis had an accident. He broke his knee cap and needed to have an operation in hospital to help it to mend. When he came out of hospital, Luis found that he lost some of his confidence. He found walking difficult and became reliant on a wheelchair. He found that he didn’t want to sit with other people and chose to spend much of his time alone in his room. He gained a lot of weight and he began to suffer from a variety of other health problems.

Occupational and physiotherapists insisted that he should wear special shoes which he found very uncomfortable. They also insisted that he sign up to a swimming class but because of his injury he had to be hoisted in to the swimming pool. Luis didn’t like either of these interventions and they were very upsetting for him. He felt that he had lost his independence and the ability to make choices for himself had been taken from him.

ubu encouraged and supported Luis to find his voice and to complain about his shoes so that he didn’t have to wear them anymore. They helped him to regain confidence in walking and to start using a rollator walker rather than relying on a wheel chair and be pushed around. Luis began to feel more independent and became much happier.

Last year he went to Benidorm on holiday with some of his house mates. He spent a lot of his time in the swimming pool enjoying the exercise rather than feeling he had no choice. He was able to get into the water on his own which was a great achievement. Luis had a wonderful holiday which inspired him to work even harder with his enablers from ubu to improve his diet and well-being.

Luis and his ubu enablers took advice from a dietician and together were able to make meal plans which included foods he enjoyed and which were healthy too. He has taken the decision to exercise regularly, at least five times a week and with support from ubu he has lost weight and regained his confidence. Luis is now able to walk up stairs without help and is enjoying his independence again.

Taking Control - Luis' Story

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