Rob is now able to explore his hobby of tinkering on vintage engines and machines thanks to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Rob has muscular dystrophy, a condition which affects the muscles that control movement, and is using NDIS supports to maintain his home, allowing greater independence while also freeing up time and support to work on his projects.
“The NDIS has provided funding for me to engage support to maintain the property which has worked really well, and this has taken away a huge amount of anxiety I had previously about having to move out,” Rob said.
“I have a reasonable shed, with projects like small vintage engines and machines to be worked on when I can. I am passionate about keeping my mind active, and these projects help me achieve this.”
Rob has just begun his second NDIS plan, and is hopeful he can engage a support worker to help him continue with his hobby.
When he’s not in the shed, his support worker is on hand to take him on day trips to the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, lunches at local clubs and to watch his son play sports.
“Because I’m prone to falls and have to be very careful mobilising around, I need someone physically capable of supporting me as I walk sometimes,” Rob said.
“Previously, I would just not go out anywhere, because if I had a fall I wouldn’t be able to get up. This makes me feel far less anxious and nervous about getting out in public.”
Rob 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.
Rob said he is thankful for the support he receives from the NDIS.
“My wife doesn’t have to spend all her time away from her work commitments looking after me. I no longer stay in the house in front of the TV all day all week; my supports get me out in the community and I feel normal again,” he said.
“My Local Area Coordinator (LAC), Krystal, has always treated me with total respect, patience and professionalism.
“I believe my positive NDIS experience is a result of how Krystal has helped and guided me through the processes so far.”
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.
You can also contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or email@example.com