David has a passion for work. He passionately wanted to be at work, to have a job, and make a contribution. After nearly losing his life in 2010 in a severe car accident and sustaining a traumatic brain injury, David’s tenacity and determination to get back to work is nothing short of inspirational.
It has been an honour to work alongside David, his family and his rehabilitation team to assist David not only return to work following a motor vehicle accident, but also to remain in his job and thrive. His family will often speak of the enormous benefit that being at work has had for David across his whole life.
David left a remarkable impression on me when we first met. He very clearly stated that it was his goal to get a new job (and to obtain his drivers license). Nothing else mattered – getting back to work was David’s goal. This did not appear easy in the beginning, but David made it so much easier. His enthusiasm and continued commitment to this goal saw him placed within 4 weeks of our initial meeting. This placement resulted in paid employment. Commencing at 12 hours per week, David is now working 20, and we have plans to help him increase this to 30 hours per week.
David showed us drive, determination, and enthusiasm. His family showed us what nurturing, a safe place to belong and a desire to simply make it work can do.
As Rehabilitation Professionals it is so rewarding to be able to share the success of our clients. We know that work is good for our health and well-being and the positive impacts of working are well documented and supported by medical science.
All the elements of sound, collaborative rehabilitation and case work have been at play while working with David. The result speaks for itself.
Congratulations David. Thanks to David and his family for permitting us to share David’s story.