Brooke moved into her Forsight home in January 2019. She is sassy, willful of her own likes and dislikes and loves attention. Her outgoing personality, intelligence and motivation has made her a very key part of her home at Azalea, in Sydney’s Hills’ district.
Brooke has severe cerebral palsy, is deaf and has a heart condition. At times she can also suffer from anxiety.
Brooke’s family started thinking about seeking a home for Brooke once she had finished high school. After Brooke’s parents both lost their own parents and had retired they escalated the search for the right type of home for their daughter. The search for the “right home” took 10 years.
Forsight understand that for many parents whose children have lived at home and have had parents cared for their children for over 20 years, the journey will not only be complicated in terms of finding a home that is “right” but is also overlayed with the emotional anxiety of letting go and learning to trust the organisation and the carers – as it was for Brooke.
Brooke’s mother Anne, reflected that the advice that was most relevant in seeking a home for her daughter came from those who knew her the best – her high school teachers, day program managers and other friends that they had with children of their own with disabilities.