Josh, a 32-year-old uni student from Toowoomba, has moved into his new home and is thriving.
Before moving in, Josh lived with his parents, which he admits was far from ideal:
“Access at my parents’ house was very difficult, I had to go into the laundry to be able to turn my wheelchair to get into the bathroom. I couldn’t do my own washing at home. It was very hard to move around and cook in the kitchen. I have to work hard to manage my fatigue, and I was using so much energy just on basic tasks.
I now have my own independence and freedom; I can do things for myself. Life is so much easier – the accessible bathroom and nonslip surfaces. I can now do my own washing and cook. I have put a BBQ in the courtyard to cook when people come over, and I am adding in a planter box to grow herbs. I will enjoy doing gardening with my nephews when they visit.”
As you can see, Josh loves his new home. It’s allowing him to take a lot of the difficulty out of the basic tasks and invest his energy where it matters most to him: helping others and interacting with people.
“I am doing placement at the PCYC teaching social skills to primary and high school students who have been suspended. Teaching skills like listening, conflict resolutions, communication, and social skills to help them get reintegrated into the school. I love building relationships and helping the kids do better at school.”