Karina’s Story


When Karina’s mum, primary carer and best friend fell and broke her wrist, Karina who was born with cerebral palsy, was sent to live in aged care.

At only 45 years old, Karina lost all choice and control over her life, reluctantly foregoing her independence and freedom.

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In aged care, Karina was just existing…

“I lost all sense of myself as an individual. It was frustrating and demoralising. Any skills that I did have to look after myself seemed to slowly disappear over that time.

It left me feeling like my life was going nowhere and I couldn’t see any way out. I slowly lost hope. I would spend my days in various states of tears because I didn’t know if it would ever end.”

At a critical moment, with the support of Youngcare and her case manager, Karina was able to move into her very own unit, modified to meet her specific care needs.

“It was awesome to find out about my new place with Youngcare… I was stunned that it was finally going to happen.”

Karina & twin sister Ruth in the garden

Now, with thanks to your incredible support, her life is so different…

“I’m in my own home. My own home, at last. I volunteer, I exercise, I have control over what I eat.

It is a huge difference now that I am having a life, making plans and giving back to people in my community.

I am just like an ordinary person again. I have reconnected with my sisters, and with my mum on a different level.”


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