Shane Gets Mobile by Kylie Slater (Division 8 Candidate)

YoungCare has made sure that Park Ridge’s Shane Nicoll will not be one of the many young Australians with high care needs being left behind. I met Shane and his amazingly stoic family when I attended the handover of a new vehicle. A vehicle that will be modified to meet Shane’s specific needs.  Shane and his family will be forever grateful to YoungCare, represented by Sarah Krause and to Long Tran from OldMac Toyota, Springwood for their generosity.

It was humbling to learn the way Shane’s family has rallied around and wrapped him in their loving care since a major health event in 2015 left their happy, healthy, independent 35year old with Class 4, non-verbal quadriplegia.   Whilst others are looking to indulge themselves with overseas holidays and lazily enjoy their well-earned retirement Wayne and Jan have modified their family home to accommodate Shane and themselves, as full-time carers, in a purpose-built two-bedroom unit. No aged care facility for Shane!  Shane’s sister Alana with her family has also moved back to the family home to lend support and care.

The fact of having his extended family co-located brings great happiness to Shane.  When his nephews come home from school they are straight in to see him share their days with him, next Alana arrives from work with his little niece from daycare and she loves to sit with Shane, holding his hand, telling him how much she loves him.  Wayne and Jan see his face light up with each interlude and although their days are long and hard they have their grandchildren close and the support of their daughter and her partner Adam.

Having an appropriate vehicle will see Shane and his family able to enjoy what so many of us take for granted, mobility.

Shane will not only have the company and love of his family but he will be able to be out and about enjoying his community.

I pray as Shane and family navigate their brave new world that government red tape and decision making does not add to their already heavy burden.

Kylie Slaterby Kylie Slater (Division 8 Candidate)

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