|At Legacy, we believe that people with disabilities have an inherent right to the same opportunities as others. The majority of dependents with disabilities that Legacy cares for have congenital and acquired disabilities that cause significant impairment. These disabilities may be intellectual, neurological, psychological or physical. |
|Our programs link people with community and special facilities in a bid to improve their quality of life, promote a healthy lifestyle, reduce social isolation, and provide support for carers. Furthermore, Legacy also offers financial and organisational assistance when needed.|
While most primary care is delivered by specialist service providers, Legacy takes a personal and long-term interest in the welfare of dependants and their families.
The difference Legacy makes
|"I first had contact with Legacy when my husband Fred passed away 10 years ago. Our son, Freddy, has cerebral palsy. He is now 61 and Legacy has looked after him ever since I was widowed. They gave him a scooter so that he can go out and he just loves it. Legacy even takes him on outings and visits, and he always looks forward to that. |
The welfare officers and volunteers are such a wonderful help to me. They seem to know about all the support I can get, and I certainly need all the advice I can get at the moment.
Now that we are getting older we both have a few health problems, but I know that whenever I need Legacy’s help they are right there for us. I really don’t know what I would do without them."
|Offering advice to those living with, or caring for someone with a disability is one of the most practical ways Legacy can help. Volunteers and welfare officers liaise with agencies and providers to determine appropriate disability and family support packages. These typically include options for care, medical and mobility appliances, home modifications and assistance with house maintenance. This program also provides advice on respite and guardianship issues for carers and their families and extensive care for carers who have lost a spouse. If the person living with a disability no longer has parents, the lifetime of Legacy care promised to the parent is transferred to the dependant.|
|For dependents, a much loved part of our work are our popular cultural, sporting and fellowship outings. These are regular events organised in their local area and may also include more elaborate day excursions and trips away. These social activities are always fun and conducted with personal growth and social development in mind.|
Lifestyle and independence skills
|People with disabilities often have significant levels of independence and life skills. Legacy encourages and supports dependants with employment, education for adults and children, mobility aids and lifestyle options to help each person, regardless of disability, to realise their full potential. |
For example, Legacy can assist with education choices for children, numeracy, literacy and computer training, adult education courses and assistance with work placement. Even where a high level of self-sufficiency is not possible, Legacy is able to assist with other lifestyle and independence training, sometimes including the residential care provider or carer.
Transition to residential care
|Dependants with a disability normally require a range of residential options throughout their lives. Each move can be difficult to the person and their families. If required, Legacy’s case managers will assist each transition with planning, liaison with guardianship authorities, assistance with financial planning, legal advice and practical assistance during the move.|
|To find out more about Legacy’s programs to support the adult children with a disability of deceased Australian Defence personnel, contact a Legacy Club in your community. |