A workplace accident in 2005 resulted in Lee sustaining an acquired brain injury. This unfortunate event was the catalyst for significant life changes that have resulted in lifelong consequences. Unable to return to his previous employment and separated from his family, Lee was experiencing loneliness and social isolation.
Initially Lee received his main supports from Liverpool Brain Injury Unit and commenced working part-time in a supported employment service and playing Table Tennis. But since joining Headway ADP Lee especially enjoys the group activities and outings, which provide him with the social contact he has missed. Meeting with Headway ADP friends and meeting new people has provided purpose and meaning to his life again. Lee loves to help people, whether this is giving gifts or making someone a cup of coffee. “Because I live alone I need people. Headway ADP is my family now”.
Over the years Headway ADP has worked to support Lee with his goal of being as independent as possible and continuing to live in his home. Support has focused around key areas of cooking, shopping, cleaning, maintaining his house, behaviour support, planning and memory skills, organising medical and other appointments, medication management and independent living skills.
Since the commencement of the NDIS in 2016 Headway ADP is continuing to provide Lee with support and advocacy to maintain his life goals. From working with him to put together his getting ready plan to providing coordination of supports with the ongoing implementation of the plan. We have been walking with him every step of the way, enabling continuity of supports and facilitating a smooth transition. Thanks to his NDIS plan Lee has been able to increase the amount of Headway ADP activities and groups he attends and the amount of individual support he receives at home as well. “I am very happy. Thank you for NDIS. I am lucky.”