Simon Plint led a very active and social life before acquiring a brain injury two years ago. A hang-gliding accident left Simon with a severe brain injury that impaired both his memory and cognitive function.
Simon spent the next two years living in hospital, while his wife and daughters rented a house nearby.
Simon’s wife Tanya was a strong advocate for Simon.A healthcare professional, Tanya had the knowledge required to navigate the NDIS. She helped Simon to identify goals for his NDIS plan and made sure he had the resources he required. Simon also had a proactive NDIS planner who communicated openly and effectively with Simon and Tanya.
An opening in the Summer Foundation’s new housing project was crucial to Simon returning home. Had this place not been available, Simon would have been discharged to a nursing home. Support from the NDIS allowed Simon to transition smoothly from hospital to his new home.
With support, Simon is now starting to explore shops and cafes around his home. His family live in the vicinity of the apartment, and Simon looks forward to their regular visits.
An accessible new home has allowed Simon to exercise some independence, while still having access to support at
We are working to replicate this model of housing and support, so that more people with disability in Australia
have the opportunity to live as independently as possible.