Maria had a stroke 5 years ago and is now a NDIS participant. After her stroke Maria needs ongoing and regular support to move around at home and carry out her personal care by herself. She also needs ongoing support from a speech pathologist so she can swallow and eat safely.
Maria uses a walking stick, grab rails or chair arms to move around at home by herself. She uses a shower chair to shower and dress by herself. She also gets regular support and exercises to do from a speech pathologist. This helps her to reduce the risk of food or fluids entering her airway when eating, and to maintain her swallowing. We fund these supports for Maria as they relate to her disability, and she needs them on an ongoing and regular basis.
Maria then becomes unwell with an infection in her lungs. She goes into hospital for 3 weeks for treatment. Maria recovers from the infection. But while she was sick and in hospital, she lost some of her ability to move around, shower and care for herself.
After hospital Maria moves to her local rehabilitation service to get physiotherapy and occupational therapy for 2 weeks. The rehabilitation service helps Maria to move around and care for herself again.
After her stay at the rehabilitation service, Maria goes home and has visits from her community health rehabilitation service for another 4 weeks. These services are provided by Maria’s local health system, as they relate to her recovery from a short-term illness.
Maria completed her 4-week rehabilitation program at home. Her occupational therapist recommended a new support for Maria so she can continue to move around her house and carry out her personal care by herself. We’ll fund this support as Maria now needs it on an ongoing and regular basis so she can move around by herself at home.