21 December 2017
Claire: Achieving Her Life Goals with Interchange Australia – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Katie Dobie
Claire moved to the Southern Highlands in 2013. Her mother, Trish, approached Interchange Australia to engage in Case Management so Claire could be linked with local supports that were specific to her needs. Claire was born with several medical conditions that have impacted on her ability to live life independently.
Claire’s Consultant at Interchange Australia was successful in accessing funding for Life Choices, Flexible Respite, Leisure Link and Peer Support.
Life Choices enables Claire to attend Day Programs at Springett and Travis House where she participates in activities such as art, dancing, cooking, swimming and Zumba. Claire thoroughly enjoys the wide range of activities Interchange Australia was able to offer, and by participating, she was able to socialise and meet new friends.
Claire joined in Peer Support activities which includes regular dinners at the local RSL, going on outings to a variety of different tourist attractions and events and engaging in a variety of activities. Claire’s most memorable outing was the chocolate tour in Sydney and her favourite activity is art. Each year, the art classes conclude with a major art exhibition that is open to the public.
Flexible Respite funding allows Claire to attend weekend respite four times per year at Springett House where she socialises with friends and engages in more activities. With the combination of all of these supports, Claire has been able to build strong relationships.
Claire’s Consultant liaised with her GP to get her an Enhanced Primary Care Plan so she could attend ONTRAC at Eastbrook Medical Centre. Claire’s goal was to lose weight through healthy eating and exercise so she would be able to attend Riding for the Disabled. To date, Claire has lost 32 kilos and is planning to lose more.
When the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) commenced in South West Sydney, Interchange Australia assisted Claire’s mother to apply for NDIS funding. Claire was successful in getting a package that met her needs and enabled her to continue with the current programs and supports through Interchange Australia. Claire has since been able to transition into permanent accommodation. Claire’s Consultant also liaised with various service providers to obtain equipment to assist with daily living. Claire is now able to live away from her parents in supported accommodation where she is learning new skills such as budgeting and housework. Claire stated “With all the help from Interchange Australia, I have been able to achieve my lifetime goals.”
Claire should be very proud of her achievements and she will continue to achieve much more in the future.