Since having to undergo treatments in hospital Louise has had to deal with the side effects which have an impact on her daily - such as memory loss.
In the early stages of accessing Anglicare services, Louise found it hard to keep appointments and staying engaged, often cancelling appointment and preferred to be at home.
Louise, with the encouragement of her Anglicare Support Workers, parents and her Support Coordinator, soon established many goals. Her main goals were; increasing exercise, improving her communication, developing new skills around the home and becoming more independent overall.
As time went by, Louise focused on achieving her goals and has made significant progress. Her ongoing interest is now exercising. She is also a guaranteed group participant for all social and skill building groups. Louise creates a fun and happy vibe within the group. One of the many groups that Louise is a participant of is the cooking group. Cooking is her new-found hobby – with assistance from a weekly support worker she practices new recipes and has dinner ready for her parents when they return home for the day.
During her time at Anglicare, Louise also learnt mindfulness skills. Another skill she is proud to share. She now runs this skill training to the other participants in another organisation!
Another big milestone in Louise’s journey to recovery and independence is that she now calls the office to reconfirm her own appointments in the morning and arranges her own transport.
Louise has reported that she enjoys her time with Anglicare due to the friendly and well trained staff as well as the participants she has met during group times. She feels comfortable and supported by everyone at the Bondi Office. Louise is continually developing, learning and strengthening her skills to live her life as independently as possible. She brings a positive approach to all her appointments, whilst working towards her recovery.