Rachel was ‘super nervous’ about moving out of home for the first time, but 12 months in she’s thriving with her new-found independence.
The 36-year-old is learning to cook, does her own laundry, cleans her bedroom and enjoys a busy social life. She also works part-time at Multicap’s Makeables warehouse in Tingalpa.
“I have been living independently for almost a year now,” Rachel said. “I am very happy with my life, and I think I am improving my life by learning new skills. I have an active social life and I love spending time with my new housemates too.”
Rachel moved into her Multicap Supported Independent Living house in September 2022, a home she shares with two other Multicap customers.
With the support of a team of disability support workers, Rachel is loving her new home.
“I remember my mother started tearing up when I was leaving and I was going to miss my parents too as they have always treated me with so much love,” Rachel said. “I was feeling excited yet super nervous – I was feeling mixed emotions about my decision. But now I love it.”
Moving out of home was the next step towards independence for Rachel having gained employment with Multicap in 2016.
Rachel initially worked as a supported employee in the Monte Lupo Arts Studio before moving into warehouse logistics as a packaging assistant with Makeables.
Her job, along with the social experiences through Multicap’s Avegates program, gave Rachel the confidence boost she needed to take the next step and move out of home.
Multicap Service Manager, Saradah Thumiah said Rachel was enjoying the independence of living out of home.
“Along with doing her own laundry and keeping her room tidy, Rachel loves to join in with the cooking and baking,” Sara said. “She gets along really well with her house mates – they enjoy going out together along with spending time at home watching tv or having breakfast and dinner together.”
Rachel’s advice to other people with disability who are thinking about moving out of home: “Don’t give up and remember you have more freedom and control over your life.”
Rachel’s other tips include:
- Daily Routine: Creating a healthy routine will make the transition to independent living much smoother. Rachel has developed a routine that allows her to grow her skills and explore her interests. For instance, she enjoys cooking her breakfast and coffee before leaving for work and enjoys evening walks in the backyard or neighbourhood after dinner.
- Get involved in your community: Getting involved in your community is a great way to meet new people and build a support network. In her down time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and going out with her friends at Multicap’s Avegates social experiences program.
- Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family, and professionals for assistance. Rachel has learned to communicate her needs effectively both at work and at home. She seeks help from her carers, family members and colleagues when needed.
- Don’t give up: Living independently with a disability can be challenging, but it is possible.