0

John's Story

“Everything was normal, and then John went home and had a stroke. Just like that.”– Maree, John’s sister

Donate now to help young people like John

John was the Principal Lawyer in the Office of International Law in the Attorney-General’s Department in Canberra. A lover of all things art and culture, John was living the young life that he had always imagined; having visited 69 countries, he was travelling the world, exploring his hobbies and living life at 100%.

When John suffered an unexpected stroke in his 40’s, his life changed in an instant. Suddenly, his family was faced with the heartbreaking news that the only place for him to live was long term aged care. In the 10 months that John spent stuck in the hospital system while his family searched for alternatives, he lost 16 kilograms, his hope, dignity and independence.

In one night, John had gone from a vibrant young man to a man whose future was frighteningly uncertain. By Tuesday when his family arrived, John had deteriorated significantly. The only option that the family was given for John was aged care, and that is no place for a young man.

The family desperately turned to Youngcare for help, hoping that the new apartments at Albany Creek, could offer an alternative to the sad reality that John was currently facing.

“We didn’t really have a plan B. It had to be this.” – Maree, John’s sister

Click here to donate now

When the family was notified that John had been approved for his very own apartment at Albany Creek, their lives were changed in an instant once again… for the better this time.

“[Since moving in] John has gained a sense of independence again. Even though he needs 24/7 support, the Youngcare apartment allows him the freedom to decorate, have family and friends over. And he can choose to do that, he has the freedom because he is not in an institution” – Maree, John’s sister

Now, John’s days are filled with activities, entertaining visitors and social outings. His apartment is full of his favourite things; art lines the walls and he can watch his favourite cooking shows whenever he pleases. With their own choice of therapists, the family has seen drastic improvements in John’s condition, who is now able to participate in conversation, even cracking jokes.

Without your continuous support John’s family do not know where he would have ended up. They were facing a bleak future, dull and lifeless in comparison to the life that he has now.

Donate now to help more people like John regain their choice, independence and dignity.

Are you a young person seeking help?

What we do

GET INFO

Get Help

GET INFO

Contact Us

GET INFO

A huge thanks to our supporters 

Story Bride Hotel
Women's Weekly
Merlo
Hand Heart Pocket
Clark Real Estate
Vuly
Betta Home Living
ANZ
Audio Visual Elements
Sage
Just Cause Bunch
Forte Catering
Birdsville Social Club
Queensland Government
CUB
Keystone
Bunnamagoo
Vertica Capital
DAE
Braggs Signs
ALS Global
Birdsville Hotel
Motorola Solutions
Triffid
HSF
Collins Food
Batercard
MTAQ
ALS
Vincents
Knight Frank
Morgans
One Harvest - love beats
Pilot
Style
Select AV
Coates
MS Queensland
FKG
Wolff Group
Care Tech
Bruce Lynton
Neals
Vantage Performance
EY
Taylor Byrne
AWIC - Awesome Women In Construction
Brighton Homes
GNK
Savills
Rivergum Homes
Shine Lawyers
Thrifty
MMO Interiors
Aurora Adventures
QIC
Nova
Carbone
Tattersalls Club
Good2give
Media Merchants
Queensland Rail
Hopgood Ganim
Cutting Edge
CV Services
Birdsville Roadhouse
De Luca Corp
LAS logo
Eureka Landscaping
Spot Productinons
Tatts Group
Channel Nine
Network First
KFC Youth Foundation
Flight Centre Foundation
Just Photography
McCabe Curwood
MGD Private
Servcorp