International Day of People living with Disability 2018: Turning lives around

Living life: Chris can now enjoy a number of daily activities that he initially found challenging, with the help of the staff at Lifestyle Solutions.
Living life: Chris can now enjoy a number of daily activities that he initially found challenging, with the help of the staff at Lifestyle Solutions.

For 21-year-old Newcastle local Chris, the ongoing daily support he receives from NDIS service provider Lifestyle Solutions has meant that he can now live more independently.

Not only that but Chris has also been able to overcome his immense fear of water.

Chris, who requires substantial support, came into Lifestyle Solutions’ care over two years ago.

Tina Keating, Facilitator with Lifestyle Solutions commented,

“When Chris first started support with us he was very afraid of water.

“He disliked the water on his face; which meant showering, swimming and even drinking water was very difficult for him.”

“Chris also found environments such as shopping centres and supermarkets very stressful and has trouble heading out into the local community without the assistance of a support worker,” on his own,” said Tina.

With the ongoing encouragement and guidance of his support workers, Chris is now enjoying much more freedom and quality of life.

“Because of the continuity of his care, Chris is now making some big strides in his personal development.

Because of the continuity of his care, Chris is now making some big strides in his personal development.

Tina Keating

“By building strong relationships with the staff, Chris now feels safe and is able to go swimming, shower on his own and even enjoy a drink of water, ” added Tina.

Chris’ dad, Colin said Chris will now happily go to the supermarket with the assistance of his support workers, pick items from a shopping list and use the self-serve checkout.

“The staff at Lifestyle Solutions have been invaluable to me and my son.

“They’re always happy to assist us whenever we need them. Chris’ support workers have been absolutely amazing, we are both very grateful to them.”

“Chris would not be where he is today, and I would not be where I am, without all of the support from the staff at Lifestyle Solutions,” said Colin.

Lifestyle Solutions provides services to people with disability, young people and children in Out Of Home Care, their families and communities.

Their national workforce is committed to providing service that is reliable, responsive, flexible, friendly, empathetic and caring.

To find out more information please visit: www.lifestylesolutions.org.au or contact: 1800 634 748.

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