Morgan is a young 18 year old man that lives for his football. He follows the local football team on a Saturday and likes to hang out after the game with the players and supporters. The club refer to him as their “No 1 Supporter”. He likes to catch the odd AFL game when he can but if not, stays glued to his Foxtel sports channel.
Like most 18 year olds, Morgan is a very social young adult who likes attending the local bowling club where he has the odd drink and chats with the regulars.
He loves his family and spending time with them.
Morgan has Cerebral Palsy which impacts greatly on his everyday life. He requires assistance with personal care and other activities, but focuses on the things he can do. Morgan uses a wheelchair for mobility, and loves his motorised chair as it gives him more independence.
He has a wicked sense of humour as is seen by the smile which is always on his face.
The Cerebral Palsy Support Network encouraged Cindy, Morgan’s mum, to apply for the At Home Care Grants, as an additional avenue to support the care of Morgan.
“By receiving funding for respite over the next 12 months, I know that I can have a carer look after Morgan in the school holidays for one day a week,” Cindy said.
Accessing respite has allowed Cindy to keep her job which affords her time away from the house and gives her an opportunity to socialise.
“Once Morgan turned 18, there weren’t any programs that ran in the school holidays that suited his needs. If I hadn't received this respite funding then I would probably have had to leave my job. Now I know that I can breathe easily for the next 12 months at least.”
Morgan uses his time away from Mum to choose what it is that he would like to do for the day alongside a carer, whether it be going to the movies or heading into the city.
“It is a difficult thing to look after two boys with unique disabilities and worry about the fact that you may have to lose your job as well but thanks to Youngcare, this funding has made an incredible difference to our lives,” Cindy added