Rita Cherti’s renewed focus on health and fitness has enabled her to start looking for a new job thanks to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
While Rita always had a passion for supporting others in her previous job in the aged care and disability sector, it took a toll on the 51-year-old’s physical and mental health.
The Parkinson local, who has a spinal cord injury from a motor vehicle accident more than 24 years ago, said her work life balance was non-existent and she was too tired to recognise she was neglecting her body.
“Working with a disability had its tough days; being the person I am I didn’t want to show any weakness or that I wasn’t capable of performing my job. What kept me going was support from work colleagues, management and the clients.”
Since accessing the NDIS a year ago and discontinuing work, Rita attends hydrotherapy with a support worker, accesses a physiotherapist and exercise physiologist who work collaboratively towards her goals to improve the range of function in her arms and hands and body strengthening, and a dietitian for a diet plan to develop healthy choices.
“This support has given me back my independence; my physical and mental health has improved significantly. My upper body strength has returned and other health problems have been identified in the process and will continue to be a work in progress.
“My mental health has improved immensely as I progressed; I’m grateful and proud of the achievements my team and I have accomplished so far.”
As Rita’s health continues to improve, she said she can now focus on looking for work with Disability Employment Service (DES) support.
“I will return to work at some point as I need interaction; I would be happy with three days a week. I’m working with a DES provider to find suitable sustainable employment.
“I’m excited as to what the future looks like and how I can contribute someday mentoring other NDIS participants who may need help.
“I don’t want to develop the same bad habits as before. My main focus is health first, work second.”
Rita 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.
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