Adult placement carers offer support to vulnerable people who have a wide range of needs.
They are volunteers who receive training before being approved by the council’s adult placement team. The February edition of Bolton Scene features Pauline, a carer for more than 20 years.
She and her family have shown an enormous capacity for welcoming people into their home. Paul moved in with Pauline and her family after spending 16 years living in a large hospital near Blackburn, since he was 12 years old, because of his learning disability. At the time there was a belief that institutional care was the right option for people with disabilities.
Paul developed a great closeness with all the family and enjoyed holidays with them to Australia, the Dominican Republic, Spain and the USA. Paul had a sister in Australia whom he hadn’t seen for many years and Pauline said that one of the biggest thrills of her life was in seeing them meet up again after so long.
Paul’s death in 2008 was a huge shock for everyone as it was unexpected and he was still a relatively young man. The consolation for Pauline’s family is that they can reflect on the variety of experiences they were able to share with Paul in the more than 18 years he lived with them and feel contented that he had a happy life with them.
As well as to someone living with her as part of her family, Pauline has played an important part in the lives of some people who don’t have family or whose family don’t live close.
Take a look at this month's Bolton Scene to find out more about how Pauline has made a difference.
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