Nabila has lived in her current home for the past 3 years with her mother who is 91 years old. She is partially sighted and both are wheelchair users. An Occupational therapy (OT) assessment was recommended for further support within her home. Nabila was extremely concerned about the welfare of both herself and her mother because they had difficulties getting in and out of the property. Following the assessment the OT said she did not feel that the property could be adapted for two wheelchairs and recommended Nabila and her mother move to a more suitably adapted property. Nabila became extremely distressed and did not know what to do. She felt no one was listening to her.

The advocate spoke to Nabila about her options and what she would like to do. She stated she would like to stay in her own home. She felt the adaptation could be completed and she was very concerned about her mother’s health and having to move at her age. The advocate supported Nabila by contacting the head of Occupational Therapy and requesting a second opinion regarding adaptations to the property. The advocate explained that Nabila and her mother were extremely vulnerable and that they had demonstrated strong and clear views on where they would like to live.

After the Advocate supported Nabila at several meetings adaptation works for her property were approved. Without the involvement of a professional Community Advocate, Nabila would have been moved to another home, losing her independence and freedom of choice.