Since joining the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in January 2021, Kate has already achieved her goals – to be fit and healthier, to live independently and to become a responsible pet owner to young pup, Zeus.
“One of my goals was to get fit and healthy so I could have a big dog to walk. Even though Zeus is a handful, he makes such a difference emotionally. If I hit my head with my hands, he’ll put his paws up and pull my hands down,” she said.
However, for 44-year-old Kate, who has Schizoaffective Disorder, her desire to move out of the family home was her main goal.
With NDIS funding providing assistance for support workers, a recovery assistance coach, exercise physiology and dietitian, Kate found herself in a position to look for her own place.
“Mum thought I couldn’t do it, but she is amazed. She thinks I’ve done such a great job,” she said.
“I catch up with her once a week, and since I moved out my brother and I have gotten along better. I always take the dog when I see him. The dog’s therapeutic for all of us!”
Kate has a support worker who specialises in pet therapies and together they head out in the community with Zeus.
“I also have an in-home support worker who helps me with shopping, cleaning, healthy cooking, gardening, stuff like that. She helps motivate me to do it,” she said.
“I have a recovery coach who comes out every fortnight, but I speak with her on the phone in between.”
Kate has been a support worker on the Gold Coast for 13 years and currently works three casual jobs. With the help of her support worker, she has successfully completed her Certificate III in Disability Support, with recognition of her experience in the sector.
“I will either go on and do a Cert IV, or I can do a case management course through work, or do a psychosocial recovery coaching course because of my lived experience,” she said.
“I thank the NDIS for giving me this opportunity. You can use it to achieve your goals. I’m actually using it to learn the skills to move on with my life,” Kate added proudly.
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.