Planning the move to my new home

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Housing Commissioning Team Adult Social Care

Housing Toolkit: Transition Plan

Housing Toolkit:

Planning the move to my new home

A guide for people with learning disabilities and those supporting a move July 2013

eastsussex.gov.uk

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What is a housing transition plan? Moving home is a big experience. It can be scary, exciting or both. A housing transition plan can help you to think about your move. It helps you to think about and say, what is important to you and what you need to make your move a good experience. This is your plan. It will include information about you and your new home. It is your chance to say what you want or need to take with you. In your plan you can talk about the people who are important to you now and the new people you will meet when you are there. Your plan is about making your move work in the best way for you and your needs. Making your plan is also a chance for you to think about any worries you might have. Making plans and thinking about what you need to feel good about your move will help you and the people who care about you to feel ready for your move. Your family, supporters or people who are close to you can work with you to make your housing transition plan.

When should I make my plan? You can start as soon as you know you are moving. You can use photos, pictures or anything you wish.

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How will my plan be used? Your plan is for you but it is also a way to tell your new supporters what you need. If you want to share it, your new housing provider, supporters or staff can use your plan to make sure your move goes well. It will help them to get to know you and what you want from your move. This is your plan. It can include anything you want it to. The following plan has some ideas about what you may want to think about. This could be good place for you start. We hope that this plan will help make your move as smooth as possible. But what is more important is that you are able to say what you want, need and feel about your move.

How to use this booklet You can fill in this booklet on your computer or print it off and fill it in by hand. Each page talks about something different (like what you want in your bedroom, who is in your family). Print off or photocopy the pages you need more of. Delete or take away pages that you don’t want to use. This is your plan – it should include what you want it to. You can add your own pages if you think of other things you want to say.

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HOUSING TRANSITION PLAN About me…

My name is………………………………………… Picture of person

………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………… This section could include your age, where you live now, hobbies, friends and ambitions.

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My new home

Picture of house/home

Other picture of house/ maybe garden/ rear view etc

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Where is my new home? Town:……………………………………………………. Picture of town

Street……………………………………………………. Picture of street

Picture of number or delete this box and use number symbols from symbols file.

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What I can see from my front door ……………………………………………….………………………… …………………….……………………………………………………

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What I would like in my bedroom ……………………………………………….………………………… ………………………………….……………………………………… Insert photos of bedroom furniture/belongings that will move to new home

………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………… Insert photos of bedroom furniture/belongings that will move to new home

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Colours I would like in my bedroom Insert colour swatches or examples

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What I would like in my living room …………..……………………………………….…………………… ………………………………………………………………………...

Insert photos of living room furniture/belongings that will move to new home

………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………… Insert photos of living room furniture/belongings that will move to new home

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Colours I would like in my living room Insert colour swatches or examples

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Things that make my house a home Things that are important to me that will make me feel at home (for example, a pet, being able to friends over, choosing plants for the garden, a special photo, your special slippers, rug or ornament). ……………………………………………………………………..… ………………………………………………………………………. Picture of important item eg. Piece of furniture, pictures, fish tank etc

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Picture of important item eg. Piece of furniture, pictures, fish tank etc

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People I will meet in my new home I will be living with or close to: Name …………………………………………………… Picture of room mate, flat mate or neighbour – if not applicable remove page

Room mate House mate Neighbour

Name……………………………………………………. Picture of room mate, flat mate or neighbour – if not applicable remove page

Room mate House mate Neighbour

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Staff who will support me Name…………………………………………………... Job……………………………………………………… Picture of staff member

Name…………………………………………………... Job……………………………………………………… Picture of staff member

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My relationships – Who knows, who I know? In this section you can think about all the different relationships you have and about important people in your life. This is especially important when you move. You do not want to lose touch with anyone you would like to stay in contact with. Write about the people in your life and take this information with you to your new home. Staff and the new people that you meet can help you to stay in touch.

Think about how your move may change how you see or stay in touch with people like: People in your family Friends People you live with or near People you see on a daily basis People you meet in your community ( your postman, shop keeper, church or faith community for example) Other important people in your life

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Saying goodbye There may be people that you don’t want to stay in touch with. However if you are moving you might like to say goodbye to them or to tell them that you are moving. This might be a neighbour or the milkman or the person in the local cafe.

Keeping in touch There might be people you would like to make sure you keep in touch with in different ways. You might have people that you want to visit, phone, write to or just send a card to on their birthday or special occasions. You can use this booklet to keep a reminder of their details and how you’d like to stay in touch.

Remembering people There may be people you would like to remember that have passed away. You can write down how you like to remember them (this might be by having a quiet time or visiting a graveside). You might like to have a photo album or book where you can write about people who have been in your life in the past. This can help you to remember people, even if you don’t see them anymore. It can help new people you meet to know about important relationships in your life. You can write about people you have lived with before or who you knew for a long time before moving on.

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My family Name……………………………………………………. My (like brother, sister) ……………………………..…………… I like to see them:

Picture of important person

often sometimes never

How and when I see them ………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………… How I keep in touch (visits, phone, letter, email, send greeting cards for special occasions) ………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………............... ......................................................................................................

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Important dates (birthday, anniversaries, special times to get together) Date………………….. Details ……………………….......... Date………………….. Details ……………………….......... Date………………….. Details ……………………….......... Date………………….. Details ……………………….......... If I am ill please contact them

Yes

No

Support me to tell them important things that happen in my life Yes No Their contact details

Any other information

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Other people in my life Name……………………………………………………….. How I know them ……………………………..…………… I like to see them:

Picture of important person

often sometimes never

How and when I see them ………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………… How to I keep in touch (visits, phone, letter, email, send greeting cards for special occasions) ………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………............... ......................................................................................................

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Important dates (birthday, anniversaries, special times to get together) Date………………….. Details ……………………….......... Date………………….. Details ……………………….......... Date………………….. Details ……………………….......... Date………………….. Details ……………………….......... If I am ill please contact them

Yes

No

Support me to tell them important things that happen in my life Yes No Their contact details

Any other information

Name……………………………………………………………..

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People I would like to say goodbye to when I move Use this space to write down the names of people you would like to say goodbye to.

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People I don’t see anymore but want to remember Name……………………………………………………………… Picture of important person

How I want to remember them.

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People or places I like to visit Person or place ……………………………………………………………………. Picture of person or place/ or use symbols if necessary

Type of transport used (either take picture of person using transport eg. On the bus/walking/getting a lift or use symbols provided if necessary

How I get there …………………………………………….……………………… …………………………………………………………………….

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People I want to meet in my new community I would like to meet or be introduced to (e.g. postman, person who works in local shop, local vicar or policeman).

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Places I want to find in my new community I would like to find and go to (e.g. local swimming pool, library, place of worship, zumba class, bus stop).

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Transition and Move Diary Visits to my new home Use this part of your plan like a diary. When you visit the place you are moving to you can write notes. This will help you to remember your visits. If you are visiting a few different places, so you can choose a new place to live, you can write about the different places here too. I went to visit ………………. on (date): …………… What did I do? (dinner / coffee / overnight / weekend)

Who did I meet? (staff / other people who live there)

How did I feel? (what I liked, what I didn’t like)

What happens next?

Any questions or thoughts for your next visit?

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Anything else you may want to plan and remember about your move and your new home.

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Check list What will I need for my new home? Here is a list things that you may need for your new home. It includes bigger items like carpets, curtains, beds, sofas, and tables and smaller things such as knives, forks, plates and glasses. You may already have some of these or your new home may provide these, it’s best to check before you buy anything. You could take this list with you when you are shopping for what you would like in your new home. You can use the tick boxes alongside each item as you shop for each room.

Got it Kitchen Cooker Fridge Freezer Washing machine Kitchen table & chairs

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Need it

Got it Rubbish bin Clock Kettle Toaster Microwave Bread bin Can opener Baking tray Chopping board Set of knives Measuring jug Mixing bowls Oven gloves and tea towels A selection of pots and pans including a frying pan Bottle opener Salt and pepper pots or a spice rack

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Need it

Got it

Need it

Eating and Drinking Placemats A selection of forks, knives, dessert spoons, soup spoons and tea spoons Cups , mugs & glasses Plates, & bowls

Keeping the Kitchen Clean Cleaning cloths & washing up liquid Dustpan and brush Mop and bucket

Other things that I would like in my kitchen ………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………….......................................

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Got it

Need it

Living Room: Sofa or armchairs A coffee table Bookshelves Curtains (check if you need curtain poles or tracks too) or blinds Lamp or floor lamp TV, including something to put it on such as a TV stand or small table CD storage Vacuum cleaner Photo frames or pictures Plants, Cushions Ornaments to decorate

Other things that I would like in my Living room ………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………

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Got it

Need it

Bedroom: Bed & Mattress Bedside table Bedside lamp Wardrobe Chest of drawers Bed sheets, pillows & pillowcases Duvet & Duvet cover Alarm Clock Hangers for you clothes Mirror

Other things that I would like in my bedroom ………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………...

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Got it

Need it

Bathroom: Shower curtain Towels, including bath towels, hand towels and face cloth Bathroom mat Toilet brush Toilet roll holder and toilet roll Weighing scales

Other things that I would like in my bathroom ………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………… Other things that you may need to buy: Clotheshorse for drying clothes Iron Ironing board and cover

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People that I need to let know that I’m moving You will have already thought about telling your family, friends and people who are important to you about your move. But there are other people or companies that will need to know that you are moving too. You may need to let them know your new address and phone number in case they need to contact you. Here is a list of people and companies that you may need to tell you are moving. So you can give them your new address and contact details. You may not need to contact everyone that is shown in the list below. Check with your care manager or family & friends if you are not sure who to contact or need support to contact people.

Done Doctor Dentist Opticians Bank or building society Benefits agencies (DWP, DLA or PIP, Housing & Council Tax)

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Need help

Done

Need help

Employer (if you are working) Electoral Register Post Office – Redirect your letters to your new home DVLA & (if you have a car) Water Electricity Gas Telephone Landline Mobile Phone Cable/Satellite/ Internet/TV license Milk delivery Subscriptions to newspapers or magazines Library College Any clubs you are a member of (sports teams, gyms) Anyone else that needs to know that I have moved? ………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………

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Pictures The following pictures can be used in your plan if you need them Door numbers

What I can see from my front door – example

Bedroom furniture examples

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Use swatch cards/ hardware shops to show colour schemes. What I would like in my front room - examples

Places I like to visit - examples

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Journeys I make and how I travel – examples

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People in the community

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