Not knowing who to turn to for support can be a worrying time in one’s life. On June 20th, 1990, Elizabeth’s entire life was turned upside down and she didn’t know what to do after acquiring a disability.
But connecting with disability service provider, Enhanced Lifestyles has given Elizabeth maximum choice and control over her services to help her live as independently as possible. In 1990, after developing a rare arm condition requiring immediate treatment or amputation, as a result of an injury, Elizabeth became an Enhanced Lifestyles client.
Choosing to undergo treatment, Elizabeth experienced complications that led to a spinal cord abscess and at 34 years old, she was classed as a C4 incomplete quadriplegic. Unsure of what to do or who to turn to for support, Elizabeth spoke to someone who was accessing disability support through Enhanced Lifestyles and decided to also become a client.
Elizabeth receives domestic assistance and community access through Enhanced Lifestyles which she says has “literally saved her life.”
“I can’t speak more highly of the hardworking Lifestyle Attendants (support workers) who are always there to assist me with anything that I need,” she says. “Hearing about their personal stories has had a positive impact on my life which I am truly grateful for.”
Always maintaining a positive outlook despite the changes, she has experienced throughout. her life, Elizabeth has a great attitude and gives everything a go. “I live it day-by-day,” she explains. “Some days are good and some are bad.”
“You live with your disability to the best of your capabilities and get through whatever is thrown at you.”
Elizabeth is very happy she found a service provider that meets all her needs and helps her to live independently. “I’ve always had a fantastic reception from whoever I speak to at the office, nothing is too
hard for them and they’re always friendly,” she says.
“My support workers are a breath of fresh air; I enjoy spending time with them and don’t know what I’d do without them”.
Previously Elizabeth worked as a Registered Nurse at the Women’s and Children’s Paediatrics hospital and specialised at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Following her injury she dedicated her life to volunteer work and helping others before she became unable to sit for long periods of time.