With the help of great friends, a stimulating social life and a caring, dedicated team of support workers, 54-year-old Terri Wiedl has completely transformed her life.
Only a year ago, Terri, who has an intellectual disability, was socially isolated, uncommunicative and depressed spending her days at home either sleeping or watching TV.
On the recommendation of her mental health practitioner, Terri’s parents, Jenny and Bob, found her a place at a Greenacres Community Life and Leisure centre for four days a week and Terri hasn’t looked back.
“Straight away, the difference in Terri was amazing,” Jenny said. “She was talking, smiling and even laughing again, her confidence grew and she started gaining back some of the independence she had lost.
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“Most importantly, she made some really good friends who she can’t wait to see each day.”
Now while Terri is having fun with her friends in the community, Jenny and Bob can relax and do the activities they enjoy, knowing that their daughter is happy, safe and supported.
There is so much to choose from including cooking, movies, cultural exhibitions, picnics, dance, woodwork, music therapy, art and craft and relaxation classes.
Greenacres has respite and Community Life and Leisure centres in Wollongong, Shellharbour and Nowra.
Visit www.greenacres.net.au, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1800 IMAGINE (462 446).