Rob Jerome loves busting out ‘Better Man’ by Robbie Williams in his Birkdale Community Men’s Shed, and appreciates a good pun playing in his ‘Sons of Anykey’ duo.
If the Thorneside local isn’t playing guitar and singing at events in the community, or out and about on his mobility scooter, he can be found volunteering with Circle of Men which visit men in nursing homes weekly and at the Prins Willem Alexander Nursing Home at Birkdale.
Misdiagnosed with muscular atrophy when he was 29 years old, it wasn’t for another 23 years that Rob was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy after seeking a second opinion.
While the scooter helps Rob get around town, he was finding it difficult to get in to shops.
Once Rob accessed the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) last year, he decided to use his funding to improve his scooter.
Using the knowledge he gained from previously working as a qualified mechanic, Rob developed a mechanised carrier on the back of the scooter to fit a more functional wheelchair on with help from engineer Alan Crawford from Technology for Ageing & Disability Queensland (TADQ).
“I removed the pod at the back of the scooter and put a carrier on to put the wheelchair on. Now I can get around on the scooter and then use the wheelchair to get into shops and the hairdressers more easily,” Rob said.
Rob also uses leg braces to help him stand; however, he can no longer walk with them.
“My knees were hyperextending and I found it painful to stand in the kitchen and cook a meal. I also get help from the NDIS to fund a house cleaner and for other jobs around the house.”
Rob received assistance to apply for and implement his plan from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program at the Capalaba office.
Rob admits the difference the NDIS has made to his life has been huge.
“I’m self-managed and it’s given me so much independence.”
He said he also appreciates the work of his Local Area Coordinator to help him with his NDIS plan.
“My Local Area Coordinator helps me understand the NDIS better, and they are only a phone call away if I am having any problems.”
Carers Queensland can support you to find out more about the NDIS, to apply for the scheme and to help you get started with your NDIS plan.
If you have a disability but are not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland can also help you identify and link to options in your community.
To find out more about how the NDIS and Local Area Coordination program can work for you, visit Carer’s Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordinator Partner in the Community Program for the Capalaba region at 2/8 Dollery Road, Capalaba or call 3565 8600.