Edwin was involved in a road traffic accident in 2007 which resulted in a brain injury. This injury occurred in Malaysia and, as a result, extensive information regarding the nature of his injury was not available. However, after years of rehabilitation in several organisations, Edwin was admitted to the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) service in Milton Keynes, Thomas Edward Mitton (TEM) House, in September 2016. During his time here, Edwin progressed in his confidence and independence in several ways; his goal remained consistent throughout: he wants to lead the most independent life possible.
To help him achieve this he has been supported with personal care tasks using prompts and tick sheets; engaged in travel training using buses within Milton Keynes; become more independent through meal planning and preparation; and has been undertaking a graded approach to community reintegration. All this has enabled Edwin to trial lone community access and undertake work placements.
Alongside these functional goals, Edwin has been supported to develop his communication skills and insight into his brain injury. He has also been supported to use appropriate social skills and develop his conversational skills. This was an amazing experience for Edwin:
It was a great time for me to use the skills that I have learned during my rehabilitation. Now that I have returned to Thomas Edward Mitton House I want to continue working towards my goals that will all increase my independence.
There are many areas which Edwin has focussed on during his year at TEM House but this is a summary of successful multi-disciplinary working to help a service user maximise their independence and quality of life.
This has even allowed Edwin to enjoy going on holiday again. He recently went on a three week trip to Malaysia with his mother, visiting friends and family. Whilst there he took part in lots of activities including visiting his old primary and secondary schools; visiting the zoo at Negras and the city of Malacca.