22-year-old Jade started her journey into care with ISS Healthcare back in May 2017. Founded in 2001, ISS Healthcare provides social care services to hundreds of people living across the South Wales region.
Jade currently cares for Shaun, a 27-year-old vulnerable adult who has recently moved back home after a three-year residential placement. He suffers from quadriplegic cerebral palsy, learning difficulties and epilepsy.
Initially, living at home presented some challenges for Shaun, which led to Jade having to complete specialist training to help Shaun manage his epilepsy and his visual impairment safely at home. In the time that Jade has cared for Shaun, they’ve built a real bond.
“We’re both in our twenties, so it’s actually like we’re friends,” said Jade. “With a bit of support, Shaun’s able to meet his friends, attend cookery classes and music concerts – all the things people our age enjoy doing. It’s lovely to chat with him about these things and have shared interests.”
There are many rewarding parts of Jade’s job, but one of the most rewarding factors for her is how she’s able to support Shaun’s mum and enable her to continue her work as a teacher. “It’s brilliant because it means that she’s able to teach and do what she loves every day, whilst also being confident that Shaun is receiving the support he needs,” explains Jade. “It’s amazing to know that as well as supporting Shaun, I can also play a small part in helping her out too.”