It’s all about fun, friendship and a great life for Ben
Living independently has been life-changing for Ben. He just loves his home in the northern suburbs and his family really appreciate his independence.
Ben’s mum, Michelle, says the support of Identitywa over the past three years has enabled the family to feel confident about him living away from home which has been positive for all of the family.
“We really value the stability and the reliability of Identitywa’s support,” said Michelle.
“For Ben the transition to self-managing his supports has been seamless and really the best thing we have ever done! Whilst we are still very much involved in his life, we know that he is accessing the quality support he needs to be happy and remain independent.”
Ben really looks forward to his time with his Identitywa support worker, Lee. One of the things Lee helps Ben with is his weekly shopping. Lee goes to his home in the morning and they spend time working on a shopping list. They always check the local paper for specials as Lee has been helping Ben to ‘shop smartly’.
“Ben has become really good at recognising all the savings and when we get home we check all the dockets together to see how much he has saved ” explains Lee.
“We always include healthy food options in our shopping and look forward to cooking lunch together each week.”
Along with shopping and cooking, Ben and Lee go on lots of adventures too. Together they have been sand boarding, caught a ferry to Rottnest, travelled to the Pinnacles north of Perth and attended the Perth Wildcats’ games, which they absolutely love. The last time they went they were lucky enough to get a photo with Wilbur the Wildcats’ mascot.
Ben says he is happy. He is enjoying his life and definitely all the things that he gets to do with Lee.
Identitywa is one of WA’s leading agencies supporting people with disability to live the life they choose. With a strong commitment to Person Centred Active Support, staff work in partnership with individuals to explore, plan and design support options to suit their individual needs.
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