Gina Bird is maintaining her independence and getting out into the community thanks to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Accessing a support worker for 30 hours a week allows the Tanah Merah local to reach her primary NDIS goal of becoming more social which includes going to dinner with friends and shopping at the local markets.
“Getting out to attend social occasions such as concerts, theatre, cinemas, getting outdoors to enjoy doing the things that I have not been able to do in many years; and being able to do these things on my own terms is important. I often find myself thinking about how lucky I am to have the funding to enable me to access things I have wanted to do for so long,” Gina said.
Becoming more independent is allowing Gina, who had a stroke 20 years ago and uses a prosthetic limb on her left leg, the chance to do things herself and not have to rely so much on her family for support.
“The assistance I received previously only afforded me bare essentials which meant having to rely on family and friends for any social interaction. Now with NDIS funding my family are freed up to live their lives so they can care for their own families and not have to worry about my care.
“It has allowed me to be the independent person I have wanted to be since my stroke. It has also improved my mental well-being with friends and family commenting on how much happier I am.”
Gina is also active at her local riding club and attends with a support worker.
“For over 10 years I have been involved with Crowson Park Riding for the Disabled as a rider and volunteer. As a volunteer I meet and greet fellow riders, parents, carers and visitors to the centre (and) following their lesson make sure they have enjoyed themselves. My support worker also volunteers as well.”
Gina 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.
Gina said she appreciates the work of the NDIS and her Local Area Coordinator (LAC), Michelle, in assisting with her plan.
“Michelle has a deep understanding of my complex disability and quickly worked out my needs and wants, being able to make suggestions on how best to use funding.
Her knowledge is excellent and she stays in touch making sure my core goals are being met.
“The NDIS has removed many barriers improving my quality of life. Thank God for the NDIS.”
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.
You can also contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or firstname.lastname@example.org