Independent living the key to Terry’s happiness
Prior to accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in March, Terry Dallas was facing the prospect of living in a nursing home as a 54-year-old.
Terry has bilateral peripheral neuropathy and terminal colon cancer, and has been engaging NDIS supports to help him live an independent and happy life.
Terry now lives in his own unit in Annerley with support workers assisting him with daily tasks including meal preparation, house cleaning and maintenance, shopping assistance and attending medical appointments.
“My medical problems are quite complex. I have good days and bad days which can impact my mood because of the pain. Living independently allows me to make decisions on how I’m feeling. Having supports has made my life so much better,” Terry said.
With his newfound independence, Terry feels more confident reaching his goals and getting out and about in the community.
“I would like to visit my nearby library, purchase groceries at the shops and participate in social clubs utilising my mobility scooter. Improving my health by being more active visiting museums in the city also helps me mentally.
“I want to meet new people so that I can make more friends and develop better communication skills by doing an online course. This will help in my goal to find and keep a job such as in a volunteer position assisting in the community.
“Becoming more independent can easily be achieved and will provide such a real impact and positive improvement and change to my current life by utilising my NDIS funding and supports.”
Terry is also confident of reaching his long-term goals, including overseas travel and attending rugby league and other sporting matches.
Terry 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.
“The help from Carers Queensland and (my Local Area Coordinator) Kirsty has given me a reason to keep living my life fighting this terrible disease. I feel like living longer now. The NDIS funding has completely changed my life.”
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, contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or email@example.com