With Tracey’s patient support and encouragement, Ethan's confidence is building. He now attends college, and his local youth club, where he meets new friends and tries activities. He also takes part in everyday tasks such as washing, ironing, and has developed a passion for cooking.
“He’s not even aware of how much he’s achieving. Ethan has come such a long way in a short space of time."
In the future, Tracey would love for Ethan to continue taking steps towards living semi-independently near to his mum. This seemed like an ambitious target before Ethan arrived, but with the support of Tracey and her family, this seems possible.
How Shared Lives has helped Tracey
Shared Lives has a support network for Carers that runs throughout the duration of the programme, including planned respite and carer advice.
"The training is extensive and flexible, and the ongoing support is fantastic. The team are always there to help when I need them.” Tracey adds.
She's been quick to promote the Shared Lives programme to her friends and former colleagues.
Ethan is also quick to add his thoughts on Shared Lives and living with Tracey and all the family.
“Shared Lives is good. It’s really good.”