“We support Lynne, who came to FitzRoy for respite care when her mum developed dementia. When you meet Lynne, she comes across as very capable and able, but she struggled to manage when she was living alone. Once back at home, her health seriously deteriorated. She lost her mobility and had lots of health issues. We saw that she needed long term support, and it was a relief when she moved in so we could support her properly and not just offer respite. One of our support workers recommended Able2B for Lynne, as her brother had been going there. The way they worked with Lynne and supported her was just brilliant. She doesn’t go anymore as she doesn’t need to, plus she is too busy doing other things and enjoying her independence. Her confidence has skyrocketed!
“After seeing the impact of Able2B on Lynne, we knew that it could be great for Brigette too and several other people we support at Northfields.”
Able2B was set up by Rachael, an experienced orthopaedic surgeon and Jon, a former professional boxer.
Rachael said, “We aim to help children and adults with a disability optimise their aerobic fitness and muscle strength as well as improve their concentration and self confidence in a fun way. It’s also about challenging other people’s perception of what these children and adults can do. When people only ever say ‘you can’t do that’ it becomes self-limiting and we want to break that.”
Jon said, “When Brigette started, she had no confidence in her physical ability, so we worked with her to build it up alongside her mobility and now she’s the life and soul whenever she attends. She loves to be the centre of attention.”
Brigette’s sister Lesley said “I would like to send my heartfelt thanks to the managers and staff at Northfields. Their love, care and attention meant that my sister was not confined to a wheelchair. Their patience has enabled her to have a quality of life we didn’t ever dare to hope for or expect. Brigette is happy because of their care.”