Working with his hands again has been made possible for former builder Robert McNabb, thanks to accessing a support worker funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The 64-year-old from Sheldon said he found it difficult to continue to work, particularly around his 10-acre property, after being diagnosed with a neurological condition and then a visual impairment two years later.
“Physically, I was tired all the time, and frustrated I could not do half of what I did before, meaning I could not do my household chores anymore or dress myself, let alone attempt any projects in the garage or yard,” Robert said.
Since accessing the NDIS at the end of 2018, Robert has a support worker to help around the home.
“Together, we have done concrete work, bricks, pavers, woodworking, and even fixed a 60-year-old Kenmore Mixer. We got the range hood up in the kitchen, new flyscreens on all the doors and windows; all things I would have considered as weekly or monthly maintenance issues.”
Robert said he feels proud of what he can now achieve for himself.
“I am sure I don’t have to tell anyone about the sense of accomplishment of even trying to do something yourself, but the full-blown sense of accomplishment of knowing your limitations and still getting the job done with a dedicated support worker; I believe you call that ‘chuffed'. It is the best feeling in the world.”
Robert received assistance to apply for and implement his NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region.
Robert said he is thankful for his Local Area Coordinator (LAC), Kat, for helping work him through the process of applying for the NDIS.
“The NDIS has changed my life, and I can see how much it positively can impact others.”
Carers Queensland can support you to find out more about the NDIS, to apply for funding and to help you get started with the NDIS.
If you have a disability but are not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland can also help you identify and link to options for support in your community.
To find out more about how the NDIS and Local Area Coordination program can work for you, visit Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Capalaba region at 8 Dollery Road, Capalaba or call 3565 8600.
You can also contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or email@example.com