Denice is gaining confidence and independence thanks to National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports.
The 53-year-old from Keperra, who has chronic depression and a mental health disorder, is utilising her NDIS supports to assist her with her goals and to access the community.
“The NDIS has been a whole new experience, one that I would or could never have imagined. It was slow at first but it was like the cogs started working together,” Denice said.
Accessing a support worker allows Denice to reach her primary NDIS goal of becoming more independent so she is able to organise her home and achieve personal goals.
“I have decluttered my home and it is looking beautiful. It makes me feel proud. I go out with my support worker every week into the community to assist with my anxiety.”
Denice’s next goal is to improve her health, with surgery on her knee scheduled for next year after a rigorous weight loss and exercise plan that she has been following with her physiotherapist and support worker.
“I’m happy; I exercise every day.”
With a little extra support, Denice recently returned from a holiday to Hervey Bay; another goal she is happy to have ticked off.
Denice received assistance to apply for and implement her NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region.
“Overall, at first I found it all overwhelming due to my type of disability which is mental health. You might say “I am starting to see clearer now”… with a lot of help from an amazing team to keep me on track,” she said.
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 help you identify and link to options for support in your community.