Robert Freak became a quadriplegic as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He continues to live at home with the help of a wide range of equipment, support and technology provided through the scheme, including a motorised standing wheelchair equipped with a Tobii Eye Gaze screen, and a MOTOmed exercise bike.
Provision of a solar-powered emergency power supply system ensures the essential medical equipment, including 24-hour mechanical ventilation, will never be without power.
Through the scheme, modifications have been made to his house to accommodate equipment and keep him mobile, including a remodeled bathroom and installation of wheelchair ramps.
He says that the Lifetime Support Authority has made a massive difference to his life.
“The only time I feel almost normal is when I’m in my chair – and this chair will do so much. And, the opportunity to have my screen in front of me with email, Facebook or the paper”
“Being able to stand up in this chair, I feel different, I read different, my blood moves. And, the bike enables me to move my legs and paddle with my arms.”