Roger is now on his second plan and going from strength to strength. His family couldn’t be happier.
Roger’s parents, John and Esme, care for their 50-year-old son who was born with Down Syndrome and a bowel deformity.
“Before we were introduced to the NDIS Roger spent all of his time with us. We took him on as many outings as we could but he didn’t want to be active, he was too unwell,” Esme says.
“It was also very draining on us to try and find him activities to do and being older people, we were slowing down.”
Joining the NDIS
Roger, John and Esme were introduced to the NDIS through Gemma Nixon, an occupational therapist at Integrity Therapy Services in Blayney, and then through Social Futures which delivers the NDIS in Western NSW as a Partner in the Community.
Roger’s Local Area Coordinator (LAC), Eliza, helped him access the scheme, gathered information around Roger’s goals, supported the family into the NDIS pathway, explained Roger’s first plan and empowered the family to take control of Roger’s care.
“Eliza was fantastic, very professional and fully explained the program. We could ring at any time to get information. The communication process has been a major plus for us and Eliza was always able to point us in the right direction,” John says.
Making community connections
“The change in Roger is incredible. It is now easier to get him out of bed on the mornings he has his day program in Bathurst, he’s very excited. He’s made connections in the community. We’ll be walking down the street and everyone will be waving and saying hello to Roger.”
“When Roger gets dropped back home from the day program he doesn’t want to come back inside, he wants to get back in the car and do it all over again,” Esme says.
“Roger has made such an impact on another person at the day program that one day when Roger was unable to attend, his friend picked his picture off the wall and put it on the chair next to him so he wouldn’t miss out.”
Boosting his confidence
As part of the day program, the group was invited to perform at the Bathurst Eisteddfod.
“Roger loves singing and dancing and he went up on that stage so confidently, normally he would be so nervous. It was the confidence that he showed that amazed us, it’s been tremendously boosted because of the NDIS this last six months,” Esme says.
“Even though Roger is very fortunate to have the support of his extended family, it is so good that he now has the support of a network of other people to care for him and it’s so important for us to get him involved in the community. The NDIS has taken a lot of strain and worry off us for when we won’t be able to look after Roger by ourselves anymore.”