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Alan’s Story

Alan first moved to Upper Springland in the 1980s, based on a recommendation by his social worker. He went on to live in Rosyth, Norwich and Aberdeen before moving back to Upper Springland in 2016.  

When Alan first moved to Upper Springland, it was a relatively new site, he received his first powered wheelchair and communication device which allowed him to communicate his needs and opinions more easily.

Alan and Wilma

Alan has cerebral palsy and requires 24-hour care and support with daily living activities. However, this has not held him back from living a full life. He leads an active lifestyle thanks to the support he receives from his family, and everyone at Upper Springland.

You’ll often find Alan around the grounds in his wheelchair, listening to music, emailing people, and making hands-free phone calls to friends and family. Alan’s mum Wilma visits him twice a week and often takes him into town. His cousin Beverly also visits regularly, and they occasionally go out to lunch together. Alan also works out with an onsite therapy assistant.

In the past, Alan was an accomplished Boccia player and competed nationally for Scotland’s cerebral palsy games, winning a gold medal. He also enjoyed swimming and competed in backstroke, winning several medals. Alan is extremely proud of his sporting achievements.

Alan has been heavily involved with OICP and was recently the star of a feature on STV News when they came to visit the Betha Park facility and the incredible technology we plan to implement. He has helped trial new environmental control systems using eye gaze technology.

Throughout his life, Alan has lived in several assisted living facilities and enjoys trying new things. His positive attitude has helped him adjust to changes and build confidence in advocating for himself. Mum Wilma is extremely proud of the full life Alan has lived, attending college, taking part in sports, and being his own advocate.

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