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Di's journey

Life can change in a moment. Parking in your driveway is as everyday as it gets. Moments earlier, around the bend, a witness saw a car whizz by and called the police. Locals heard the collision. Let Di tell you her story.

recovery

Di sustained a severe traumatic brain injury, as well as multiple fractures. She was in hospital for two months, initially acute admission at Westmead Hospital followed by inpatient rehabilitation in the Westmead Hospital Brain Injury Unit.

Di is supported by icare lifetime care who alongside her case manager and a team of health professionals and attendant care workers have worked to help Di return home and actively participate in her community. The support has helped Di achieve her goals of returning to driving, volunteering with Legacy, looking after her garden, attending Rotary, public speaking and improving her physical fitness.

Prior to the accident, Di was a business manager, student, church member, volunteer and charity board member. Di was also a councillor for 10 years and the deputy mayor at one time.

The ongoing care

Di has made remarkable progress in a relatively short time frame, through tailored rehabilitation along with family and community support.

Di continues to receive ongoing support from icare lifetime care to maintain her well-being, increase her independence and return to all the activities she enjoyed pre-injury, such as regular public speaking, being able to drive to where she needs to go or plan for using public transport.

Di’s rehabilitation story represents the positive impact that appropriate services provided at the right time and delivered collaboratively can have on a person’s outcome. 

About icare lifetime care

icare lifetime care is part of icare (Insurance and Care NSW) providing treatment, rehabilitation and care services to people who are severely injured in motor vehicle accidents in NSW - regardless of who is at fault.

icare lifetime care works with participants to set goals and engage services to meet their needs, partnering with skilled service providers to offer high quality treatment and care. icare lifetime care recognises participant needs will change over time, ensuring appropriate services are provided at the right time.

Services provided

Some of the services funded and provided to icare lifetime care participants include

  • rehabilitation specialists
  • case management
  • attendant care
  • physiotherapy
  • psychology
  • speech pathology
  • occupational therapy
  • podiatry
  • educational and vocational assistance, and
  • home modifications.

icare lifetime care has 991 participants in New South Wales (and some interstate and overseas) including 16 in Di’s regional area. Lifetime Care was formed in 2006 with the Motor Accidents (Lifetime care and Support) Act 2006.

Resources

Information for those affected brain disorders (such as brain injury, stroke, or other diseases / genetic disorders).

Information on acquired brain injury (ABI) whatever the cause.

For all carers regardless of their age, location, life-stage or circumstances.

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