As Paul loves to be on the move, he will sometimes ride his stationary bike for up to an hour. He knows the routine of his home so well that if he knows it’s time for his blood pressure to be taken, and the equipment isn’t at-the-ready, he’ll stand at the office door as a gentle reminder that it’s time.
But one of the most significant steps that Paul has taken is, perceived as a simple one for many, but has changed the way Paul cares for himself.
To destress, Paul welcomes the comfort of a hot cup of tea and a couple of biscuits from the biscuit jar. Initially this was prepared for him by one of his ASW’s and usually it was for morning tea.
With gentle guidance, support and oversight, today Paul will walk to the kitchen at 10.30am (if he’s not at his day program) and check the water level in the kettle. If it’s all good, he’ll flick the switch on and put his tea bag in his cup, waiting for the kettle to boil. He’ll make his own cup of tea, take his plate of biscuits and sit down at the kitchen table.