The Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) service:
- aims to provide increased opportunities for recovery for people whose lives are severely affected by mental illness
- takes a strengths-based, recovery approach, and
- assists people aged 16 years and over whose ability to manage their daily activities and to live independently in the community is impacted because of a severe mental illness.
The Personal Helpers and Mentors, employed by each service provider, support participants in their recovery journey, building long-term relationships and providing holistic support. They ensure that services accessed by participants are coordinated, integrated and complementary to other services in the community. A Personal Helper and Mentor:
- helps participants to better manage their daily activities and reconnect to their community
- provides direct and personalised assistance through outreach services
- provides referrals and links with appropriate services such as drug and alcohol and accommodation services
- works with participants in the development of Individual Recovery Plans which focus on participants' goals and recovery journey
- engages and supports family, carers and other relationships, and
- monitors and reports progress against each participant's Individual Recovery Plan.
The lady, Del who has started coming to see me is helping me to work on areas which I have been struggling with, mainly getting organised and having a routine. Now you might ask with 5 kids don't you have a routine to survive? Well yes and no. We have a sort of routine but it is not consistent and doesn't really help me to keep on top of the things such as the cooking and cleaning and washing. Now when I tell people this they are like you can't be too strict with a routine because you have kids. But when you have children with Autism and Asperger they actually need a pretty strict routine to help them cope. That is why I think my boys do well at school cause it has a pretty good routine and rules. That is another thing that we need to sit down and do is a set of house rules that is visual.
So my goals for this week:
- Sit down with the kids and work out house rules that we all agree on.
- Work out some a job roster for everyone (have been saying that we should do this but haven't done it yet)
- Work out some rewards - such as maybe having BBQ down at the park, doesn't really have to cost anything.
- Before getting on the computer put a load of washing and tidy up the lounge and kitchen.
- Spend some one on one time with each of the children with something that they want to do.
I think that should be enough for now.
Now the rules for this blog hop:
The rules are simple.
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