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Clever system helps Pauline communicate; CASE STUDY ++ HEALTH AWARDS ++.

PAULINE ROBINSON cannot communicate verbally.

Her key workers Julie Powell and Julie Vance at The Willows in Sadler Way, Bedworth, have come up with an inventive way of finding out what she wants to wear and what activities she wants to do.

Pauline, age 53, who has severe learning disabilities, is able to tell them through a book of picture symbols.

Julie Powell said: "Pauline shows us what she wants to wear whether it's slippers, shoes, skirt or trainers, and what she wants to do from dancing to playing the stereo. Pauline loves to dance!"

The two Julies have produced a Life Story of her day-to-day activities. Now they are in the process of obtaining childhood photographs of Pauline to show her growing up.

Julie Powell said: "Pauline moved in last August. She is very affectionate and loves cuddles. Unfortunately she has just lost her dad."

Pauline's support workers have also made a "Tree of Life" to support her health, personal, physical and emotional well-being.

Julie said: "If a new carer comes in and does not know Pauline they only have to look at the book to know how she likes to be supported in great detail - from what bubble bath she likes in her bath to how she likes her hair."

Judges said: "This is a simple project that makes a huge difference to individual people's lives."


DJ210408WILL3 KITCHEN DUTIES... Support key worker Julie Powell helps Pauline Robinson at The Willows residential home for people with learning difficulties. Picture: Joe Bailey
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 17, 2008
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