Tim is a proud and charming 54 year old man the Trust has supported since the introduction of the Haven Project in the Southern Highlands. Tim resided at Rosnel Boarding home from 2000, but was never very happy there. Unfortunately, due to his mental health and support needs during this period there were no other safe options for Tim, and he often moved between Waratah House Mental Health Facility and Rosnel.
Under his first NDIS plan Tim’s goal was to move out of Rosnel into a home he chose. When the plan was received Tim elected The Trust and was introduced to his Support Coordinator, Marijke.
This original plan required two reviews, which Marijke assisted Tim with. They needed to have shared living included, and then ensure that his plan contained therapy services. The first review for shared living was approved and Tim is still waiting on the outcome for the second review.
Marijke and Tim explored independent living options, however Tim made the decision that he would like a shared supported style of accommodation, as he was concerned he would not manage his health needs, including diabetes, appropriately.
Together, Tim and Marijke viewed several different supported accommodation facilities with three different providers in the Southern Highlands. Tim decided on an application to the North St Unit with The Trust as he knew another resident there.
After a planned and detailed transition developed and supported by The Disability Trust, Tim moved to North Street in May 2017.
“…. I am so incredibly happy to have been introduced to Marijke at The Disability Trust. She is exceptional, she always acts promptly whenever I ask her for a favour – like to contact various people as I do not really understand the NDIS,” Tim said.
Tim’s life has changed dramatically. He is now independent in his personal shopping, contributes daily to the care and running of his home and is very busily engaged with disability, mental health and mainstream supports.
Very importantly, he has gone from complete reliance on others in managing his diabetes and medication to carrying out his own daily testing and discussing with staff how this will be managed and what therapeutic support is required. Tim is supported to meet his psychiatrist and psychologist regularly further enhancing his health and well-being.
Tim has also being supported to re-engage with his family. He now goes for regularly visits with his brother and goes for cruises in Tim’s mint condition 1965 HR Holden. His next goal is to get his car at North St permanently, so he can continue to work on it.
Tim says: “I was feeling unwell and I am now gradually improving…. I know I will eventually reach the stars.” Congratulations Tim, with the help of your Trusted Support Coordinators at The Disability Trust we know you will.