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Irvin conquers skills for daily living

Irvin’s confidence has soared since he came to live at Silver Birch Road.

The outgoing 37-year-old, who has been registered blind since he was a teenager, has been supported to significantly develop his daily living skills during his time at the residential home run by New Outlook.

As a result, many of the tasks he was once unable to do, he can now manage with his carer’s help, such as making himself a drink, doing his laundry and washing and drying the dishes.

Irvin, who has limited mobility, says: “I really enjoy helping around the house. I did a cookery course a while ago.”

“We have our own chickens here and most days I help to feed them.”

Animal-lover Irvin is also supported to go horse-riding and he is currently taking a college course at a rural centre which he attends three days a week.

He says: “I am learning all about animals. So far I have been taught how to feed a horse and how to fit the saddle.”

“I also do arts and crafts as I really enjoy making things.”

Irvin says that since he moved into Silver Birch Road in Erdington, he has made some firm friends among the residents and staff. The three-storey accommodation comprises seven single bedrooms, each with their own en-suite facilities.

There is a spacious lounge and separate dining room, plus a specially adapted kitchen which has been fully equipped with a variety of aids and adaptations to help residents fully participate in preparing drinks and meals.

Despite his physical disabilities, Irvin says he has no problems independently getting around the accommodation which has been designed to support route recognition and to enable easy access for people who have a visual impairment and is fully accessible to people with restricted mobility.

Irvin says: “I have got a lovely big room with my own TV and music centre but I also like spending time with the staff and with a couple of my closest friends.”

“Everyone gets on well here and I also have some good friends within the community.”

“We are going on holiday to the Isle of Wight soon and I can’t wait.”

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