Sharie Watts and her husband Kevin now have more time to develop their health and well-being goals since joining the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) almost 12 months ago.
The Annerley couple are both vision impaired and receive supports to enable them to make healthy choices when grocery shopping.
“With a support worker, they read labels and compare products for me so I can make the right choices for better health,” Sharie said.
As a result of shopping supports, Sharie says she has more energy at the end of the day.
“It no longer takes me half a day to do the shopping; by finishing quicker I have more time to do fun things in my spare time now, like going to South Bank to watch a movie.”
Sharie says balancing a full-time job, keeping fit, and eating well can be a challenge.
“I am also looking at going to the local gym where I will be able to use a support worker to help me be safe and to get around the gym okay.”
The couple also access supports to enable them to visit Kevin’s father on the Sunshine Coast and for family events.
“Being able to access these valuable supports enables me to do more for my family.”
Sharie said the NDIS has made a big difference to their lives.
“The NDIS has taken away a lot of anxiety; the working out of the when I can do things and how to do them. We feel more complete and can make proper decisions and follow through with them.”
Sharie received assistance to apply for and implement her plan from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region.
She praises the work of her Local Area Coordinator, Marita, in understanding what they are looking for from their plan.
“Marita has a genuine understanding of where we are coming from.”
Sharie encourages others who are thinking of applying for the NDIS to do their research and be prepared.
“You may feel independent yourself, but what would it take to feel more in control of your life? Having supports is actually enriching our independence.”
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 for support in your community.
To find out more about how the NDIS and Local Area Coordination program can work for you, visit Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region at Garden City Office, Building 20, Level 1, 2404 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains or call 3719 9600.