When Mark Skeen went through the windscreen of a car that collided with his motorcycle, he was left with serious spinal cord damage and could no longer walk. It was the scariest time of his life, until he applied to LSA.
In his own words, Mark gives us an insight into his life as a participant of the Lifetime Support Scheme.
The experience that led to the Scheme:
Following my accident, I was in the RAH for two weeks and sent to Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre for two months. This is where I was when I applied to the Lifetime Support Authority’s Scheme.
I lived in a little unit where it was a trial just to get into my bathroom. I couldn’t get around unless I pushed 4 to 5kms in my wheelchair just to do my shopping. I had to rely on other people for the smallest task, which annoyed me as I am fiercely independent. I don’t like relying on other people and it was so frustrating when I couldn’t do anything. It was a scary time in my life.
Your participation in the Scheme:
Since I have been a participant in the Scheme, my mobility is no longer an issue – I now go everywhere on my scooter that LSA provided for me. And, they found a good physio that I go to regularly. My Service Planner, Sharon, helped to get me more suitable housing and I now can do most of what I used to do. I am now far more independent and I can pretty much do most of what I did before my accident.
It is great to know I have LSA looking after me. It’s a great program for people like me who have had a serious accident and suffered severe injuries. I just don’t have to worry about anything.
Living life without the Scheme:
Without the Scheme, I would have nowhere near the level of independence I now have. I would be confined to the house and just going to the bathroom would be a problem. I would not be going to the physio and would not be able to regain my life back to the level I now enjoy.
Working with your Service Planner:
Sharon and me have been working together for about four months and I trust her implicitly. Nothing is ever too much for her and she is, without a doubt, the person who has made the biggest impact on my life since the accident. I am happy that we will continue working together into the future. I am very lucky to have someone so good at what she does.
The question of footy:
I support the Adelaide Crows in the AFL and Central Districts in the SANFL.
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This article was featured in the March 2015 Edition of LSS News. The LSS Update is a quarterly enewsletter from Lois and the LSA team.