Thema is from Ghana. She is in her seventies and was placed in a care home following a stroke. Thema lost her ability to speak but could make sounds to let staff know if she was happy with something as well as nod and shake her head to answer yes and no.

When POhWER Advocate, Chloe, first met Thema she was tearful and appeared to be in a low mood. Chloe found out from care home staff that Thema had planned to move to Ghana to be with her family. When people spoke about Ghana it was the only time Thema appeared to smile. She missed Ghanaian food and music.

Chloe met Thema. Easy-read guides and pictures were used when speaking to Thema to make sure that there were no misunderstandings about Thema’s preferences and her views and wishes were understood correctly.

From this, it was clear that Thema still wanted to move to Ghana to live with her daughters. It was also clear that if this option was not possible then Thema did not want to move to another care home in the UK and preferred to remain where she was. Chloe communicated this to Thema’s solicitor who represented her wishes at the Court of Protection.

The Court of Protection ordered that it was not in Thema's best interest to move to Ghana as she would not be able to get the same level of care and treatment and she would be at risk of deteriorating. Instead, the court ordered that Thema have regular access to Ghanaian food, music and pictures of her family should be put up around her room. Video calls should also be arranged with her daughters so that she could interact with them regularly.

Chloe helped Thema to communicate with staff the kinds of Ghanaian meals she would like to eat and the songs she would like to hear.

Thema communicated to Chloe that she was happy with the changes that have been made for her and she was happy to continue living at the home. She was happy to be able to see her daughters once a week via Skype.  Staff reported that Thema is now 'happy within herself' and is always smiling and laughing with staff.