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Disability and Youth Services
Kevin has faced many challenges in his 46 years. Diagnosed with Chronic Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 3, and later Crohnâ€™s Disease, he stopped walking when he was just 9. An attempt to fit him with artificial hips and legs in his teens did not go to plan and he has been wheelchair bound ever since.
Kevinâ€™s parents looked after and modified their house to have wheelchair ramps and an accessible bathroom. They received help from the local council three days per week for 18 years, but by the time Kevin was in his 30s they were getting older and decided they needed extra professional assistance.
They sought help from MOIRA Disability and Youth Services Centre and started to receive help with Kevinâ€™s care two mornings per week. Kevinâ€™s case manager at the Centre, Simone, continued to look for an additional carer. However the agency tasked to find Kevin a support worker kept sending men despite Kevinâ€™s requests for a young, bubbly, female carer. Choice of support worker was important to Kevin and we wanted someone chatty who would also be good company while they were around.
Eventually, Simone suggested they try CareChoice as she had heard that they go out of their way to fit the carer to the client. Finally Kevin was able to have some choice of the carers who would work with him and help him increase his independence.
Kevinâ€™s CareChoice carers now come every morning. They help him with personal services, breakfast and lunch, toileting, showering and grocery shopping.
When he was first diagnosed with Crohnâ€™s disease, Kevin didnâ€™t know when he would need to go to the toilet. However, since working with CareChoice he has increased confidence to go out with a carer and do extra things when his funding allows. This extra freedom is invaluable.
What Kevin values the most about his CareChoice carers:
CareChoice really do listen, and Kevin feels empowered when he is able to be honest and ask for what he wants. Having a choice is important to him.
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