Youngcare, the organisation helping young people with high care needs have more freedom of choice in where they live, has made 33-year-old Boonah resident Jason Borys the face of their national Christmas appeal.
Mr Borys said without the help of Youngcare and a government grant, he would have ended up in an aged care facility.
“I have cerebral palsy and quadriplegia, so all four limbs are severely affected,” he said.
“About three years ago I woke up with a very sore hip which turned out to be badly dislocated.
“The orthopaedic surgeons put me in the too-hard basket, I think, because with my conditionthe bones and muscles don’t grow and repair how they should.
Mr Borys said he was in so much pain that he spent 90 per cent of his time in bed.
“I’m only 33 and I couldn’t do simple things people my age do, like go down the street for a coffee or go see a movie,” he said.
“I needed a specialised wheelchair was going to cost at least $20,000 and Youngcare helped make it possible.
“Before I got the new chair, my mum was providing 100 per cent of my care and eventually that would have had to change, even though she wasn’t complaining, because it wouldn’t have been fair on her.
“There are very limited housing options for someone in my situation so without Youngcare I could easily have ended up in a nursing home.”
Mr Borys said he was happy to be able to stay at home, continue his studies at university and hang out with friends.
“I’m told that donations are starting to roll in so I hope the Christmas appeal allows Youngcare to help other young people with high care needs,” he said.
To find out more, visit youngcare.com.au