26 July 2019
Maureen has been a client of Interchange Australia for three years. She has Multiple Sclerosis and receives support services under the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) to assist her with daily living. Maureen also receives support coordination to assist her in managing and coordinating her supports. Support Coordination has not only assisted Maureen with managing her services, it has also ensured her easy access to a podiatrist, occupational therapist and the services of a commercial gardener who is providing a makeover of Maureen’s small yard to make it easy to manage and safer for her to access.
“My goal is to stay as mobile as I can – MS is a deteriorating disease but I have kept it to a level where I am still independent to a certain degree, and I want to stay this way for as long as possible,” Maureen explains.
Interchange Australia provides Maureen with weekly services to assist her with cleaning, gardening and cooking.
“I used to have to pay for a cleaner to come in…I just couldn’t afford that on a pension. My NDIS funding helps me feel so much better knowing the house is clean, I don’t have to worry and I can breathe again,” says Maureen.
Interchange Australia support worker, Bernie, attends Maureen’s home each week to assist with cleaning and gardening.
“Bernie helps me to do the things I can’t do, he cleans, does the gardening and thinks of things he can assist me with that I wouldn’t have thought of. He is very helpful,” explains Maureen.
As a result of her multiple sclerosis and her loss of movement in her arms, Maureen has not been able to cook for herself. She recently lost 23 kilograms due to her inability to cook. Interchange Australia support worker, Azzura, visits Maureen on a weekly basis and cooks for her. Maureen and Azzura discuss what should be cooked the following week so that the groceries are purchased before each service.
“Azzura is new to me. Since she has been cooking for me, I feel that my soul has been fed,” exclaims Maureen. “With Azzura cooking beautiful food and the interaction I have with her, I feel energised and I am healthier.”
Maureen is making the most of her NDIS funding to remain living independently. With her proactive approach to managing her MS and with the support services provided by Interchange Australia, Maureen will be able to live independently for many years to come and to continue her regular walks with her ‘furry man’ and best friend, Benjamin the dog.
For more information about the support services Interchange Australia provides, please call one of our friendly and experienced consultants on 1300 112 334.