Damien felt he was living an unhealthy lifestyle until accessing National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports helped him change his mind-set and become fitter and healthier.
The 44-year-old from Loganlea sees an exercise physiologist to enable better eating and fitness goals, an occupational therapist, and physiotherapist to ensure he continues a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally.
Damien has arthrogryphosis multiflex congenica – the development of multiple joint contractures affecting two or more areas of the body prior to birth – all having an effect on his mental health.
“I have become quite serious about daily exercise and healthy eating. My NDIS goals were to live healthy and as independent as I can,” he said.
“With my exercise physiology and physiotherapy, and my occupational therapist, I have been able to overcome my depression without medication by exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
“After receiving support to take the stress out of my daily living activities and the options to get into exercise through my NDIS plan, I have been without alcohol for over six months, and I haven't smoked in just over three months.”
Damien has recently taken up swimming at Beenleigh Aquatic Centre two to three times a week doing resistance training, as well as accessing support workers to continue his health goals.
“Now my lifestyle is just the opposite of what it was; I am exercising regularly, eating right with food cooked with my support workers, and feeling confident that I can achieve more in the next year,” he said.
Damien received assistance to apply for and implement his NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination (LAC) Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region.
“Carers Queensland has been incredibly rewarding for me as I have made a life change with their help and support,” Damien said.
“All of this would not have come about without the dedication and support of my Local Area Coordinator, Tess. Without her being so helpful and patient, all of this wouldn't have happened.”
While Damien previously worked in a local mechanical shop, his focus is now on himself and getting through his day-to-day living.
“I want to get me sorted. I have only just started to get myself in order; my grass mowed, my house cleaned, and baby steps to get fit. I do think I’ll get back into work at some point.
“Everything is going well now and it wouldn’t happen without Carers Queensland and 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 help you identify and link to options for support in your community.
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