Moving out of home was something that appealed to Bradley, especially since he has two older siblings that have made that transition. He had quite a few discussions with his family about moving out of home one day. An opportunity came up at one of Interaction’s Shared and Supported Accommodation houses, and Bradley was offered a trial period – he has never looked back. Bradley immediately connected with his house mate Nathan, and since moving in his parents have seen such a positive change in him. He is proud to tell them about how he can do his own laundry,and is able to actively participate in decision about house activities.
Nathan has come along leaps and bounds since Bradley moved in, they cherish each others’ friendship. Nathan – like many with PWS – has struggled with his weight, and when he came to us back in June 2016 he was 154kg. A regular full body training program was developed for Nathan, aimed at targeting all muscle groups, as well as tightening and toning loose skin, increase strength and lean muscle mass, improve bone structure, endurance and continued weight loss. At the time of writing this Nathan is down to 97kg!
The Social Educators who work with Nathan and Bradley have put a great deal of time and effort into ensuring that both the nutrition and exercise routines are well balanced and work in well with other day to day activities that the boys are involved with.
A typical day for the young men starts around 6am – they have breakfast, tidy their rooms and get ready for their day program. Once home it’s afternoon tea time around 4pm, then exercise program before dinner at 6pm – a great time to discuss their planned activities for the next day. Between 7.30pm-10pm it’s time to clean their teeth, watch a bit of TV or play games before bed.
Nathan and Bradley are growing into confident, independent young men who – for the first time – feel like they are the ‘same’ as everyone else. They engage more with their parents and siblings, rather than seeing them as carers and minders. They are safe, content and able to lead a life of independence, whilst being supported by the Social Educators at Interaction.