The freedom to choose


Behavioural outbreaks significantly reduced after referral to BACI
Wednesday June 15, 2011 — Ryan Rogers

Supervisor Alisdair Archibald says one of the most rewarding aspects of his role with the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) is the organization’s commitment to listening to the people they support, helping them to set their own goals.

He says it’s a great joy in his career to watch the people he supports make choices and finally do the things they want to do. With one of his residents, Marius, he says the difference has been incredible.

Marius was referred to BACI about three years ago from a professional assessment centre, and his behaviour could sometimes be harmful to himself and others. He was prescribed a pro re nata (PRN) medication at least once daily, sometimes more, for his behaviour.

“All of that has almost completely gone away,” says Alisdair. “He’s such a different guy than he was before.”

“We have him down to between one and three (PRNs) a month,” he says.

The difference has been taking the time to listen to what he wants and helping him set his own goals.

“When you get people doing things that they’ve never done before, they’re so excited about it, and you can tell that their quality of life has really improved,” says Alisdair.

“We’ve had (Marius) really happy and successful for almost three years now. He couldn’t get settled down in one spot before that. Seeing this success, where he’s very obviously happy and settled and enjoying the things in his life, is hugely rewarding,” says Alisdair.

“He’s always got a smile on his face, he’s excited about the things that he’s doing, and we’re not getting to the stage where he’s upset and needs to be given medication to get his mood back under control.”

Marius tells them he’s happy, as well. “He asks for his favourite staff, and laughs and smiles, and he tells us he’s enjoying what he’s doing,” says Alisdair.

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