This is J*
J was referred to iBC Healthcare seeking an emergency placement in February 2023. J has an extensive history of rough sleeping, poly-drug use, exploitation in the form of cuckooing and placement breakdown. It was expressed that J would be at risk of homelessness and would return to rough sleeping if a suitable placement wasn’t secured.
J has mental health needs and is dependent on illegal substances. In light of this, J experiences increased levels of agitation, auditory hallucinations and was at significant risk of readmission under the Mental Health Act and committing further criminal offences. J expressed his wishes to engage in a substance recovery pathway, to settle in new accommodation and to feel safe. iBC were identified as able to support these goals and a referral was made to Lester Hall Apartments, in Leicester.
Lester Hall Apartments is a specialist residential home for individuals with a primary diagnosis of mental health and associated complex needs. Rooms are allocated to meet the needs of the individuals referred to the service, there is a mixture of en-suite bedrooms and self-contained apartments. With extensive in-house training and clinical support (PBS) the service is well-equipped to support emergency admissions
Head of Adult Services Ayaz Lalani visited J in his current placement in Nottingham, to complete an assessment. After meeting J, iBC were happy to offer a placement and J, was equally as happy to accept. Just a few days later, Ayaz Lalani personally travelled back to J’s current placement to collect him. Ayaz and J used this time to get to know one another, stopping for a meal on the way.
J arrived at Lester Hall Apartments and his carefully selected, compatible key workers were there to greet him. Since joining iBC, J has engaged in daily conversations with the local rehabilitation team, has attended scheduled appointments, has accessed local amenities in Leicester City Centre and has enjoyed a pint at the pub with the support of his staff. J says that Lester Hall is a wonderful environment and describes himself as feeling the best he has felt in many years, J is also very much looking forward to starting the local gym in the coming days.
We acknowledge that without the dedication of Ayaz Lalani and our colleagues at Lester Hall Apartments, things could be very different for J now. We are now keen to see J recover and no doubt flourish with the support of iBC Healthcare as we work in partnership with Nottingham and Leicester services.
*we have used different initials to protect J’s identity