Helping People Thrive is a collection of stories about how people in long-term care can lead more independent lives.
Author Alicia Wood wrote the stories with illustrations from Books Beyond Words. The Department for Health and Social Care funded the project, while Baroness Hollins, David Nuttall, David Towell and Bob Tindall made additional edits and contributions.
The stories work as practical guides on transforming the lives of people who have been detained in hospital “far beyond any reasonable period for clinical assessment and treatment.”
Baroness Hollins took inspiration for the stories from a workshop she ran on good practice in care settings. The authors have changed the names and details in their stories to avoid identification.
We’re all committed to the same clearly understood goal: To help each person start a new life ‘back home’.
Clearly, we also need national policies, initiatives, and local practical support. This will make it easier for others to enjoy the sort of independence we see in these stories.