GPH Real Stories: Michael's Story

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June 06, 2019

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Michael first became involved with Grand Pacific Health’s Connecting Care in the Community Program in late 2018. He was referred to the program via a Community Support Worker who had assisted him to find suitable housing following an episode of homelessness. She referred Michael to Connecting Care as she was concerned that he was not managing his ongoing physical health issues, which included; epilepsy, high blood pressure and chronic back pain.
Michael also had a history of depression and self-harm - with all of these things impacting upon his ability to manage day to day tasks around the home.
Liz from the Connecting Care team met with Michael spending time getting to know him and to know what sort of assistance he required:
“Michael was estranged from his family, had limited social support around him and trust was a bit of a factor for him.”
“Together it was decided that Michael would benefit from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) if he was deemed eligible,” added Liz.

Connecting Care was able to assist Michael with the application process, supported by the expertise of GPH’s Occupational Therapist who provided a functional report to be included with his application. As the NDIS process is lengthy
and the outcome is uncertain, a referral was made to the Safe and Supported at Home (SASH) program who immediately initiated services for Michael while he waited to hear from NDIS. Michael was assisted with social support, shopping and housework which he was very grateful for.
Unfortunately, Michael experienced a significant mental health set-back along the way due to an unexpected family contact, however he knew to contact Connecting Care who could liaise with his GP and arrange for appropriate psychological support. Michael’s journey continues, some days are good, some not so good. The outcome of his NDIS application is still unknown and his mental health recovery continues, yet Michael remains positive in the fact that he has a team that he can turn to for support, guidance and a listening ear.

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