Yooralla supports Jean-Marie to be independent

DATE: 17 April 2018

Yooralla supports Jean-Marie to be independent

“[Just] because you have a disability does not mean you can’t live independently,” says Jean-Marie.

Jean-Marie says if not for Yooralla, she wouldn’t have discovered just how capable she was to live on her own.

“Because you have a disability does not mean you can’t live independently,” she says.

In a new video starring Jean-Marie, she tells her story about moving out of home and in to Yooralla’s accommodation two years ago

“I lived with my mum for 50 years. Mum used to cook and clean, and put my clothes out. Now I do everything for myself,” says 52-year-old Jean-Marie, who has an intellectual disability.

She says that moving in to Yooralla’s innovative house in Frankston, designed for younger people with disability living in (or at risk of) nursing home placement due to a lack of alternatives, has changed the course of her life forever.

Yooralla has supported Jean-Marie to build her life skills and independence.

“I cook for myself and I learned to do things for myself. I go to concerts and shop. I feel proud that I’m doing all that. The staff really help me and they’re the best staff out,” she says.

Jean-Marie enjoys being able to make her own choices about everyday life: what to wear, what to cook for dinner, what to do with her spare time and how to budget her money. She regularly goes to the gym, attends drama classes and hosts dinner parties for her family at her new home.

She now lives in one of six purpose-built units specifically designed for people with disability, to support independence. All units feature smart home and communications technologies that are able to be operated via a tablet or smart phones, to communicate with staff in case of an emergency and to allow control of heating, cooling and light conditions. Residents can call a staff member on site for assistance day and night.

You can read more about Yooralla’s accommodation service here.

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